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Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions
« on: November 05, 2011, 01:34:52 PM »

Every mini-maglite I've seen has an attachment point for a key ring. It might not have the coolness factor of a DBMA Kubotan, but I assure you it'll work the same while going under the radar.

Woof G M,

doh! you are right but of course, i overlooked that little hole! excellent, thank you for the wake-up call!


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions
« on: November 05, 2011, 11:44:07 AM »
Woof Guro C,

although my thought about the cane was in jest, point well-taken! thank you.

G M,

LOL - yeah, i used to carry a mini-maglite with me, even had the koppo wrap (thank you for the idea Don Rearic!) on one, but it seemed out-of-place on me so i stopped. As the weather is getting colder now in nyc, may start again, and just leave in my coat pocket.

Martial Arts Topics / jury duty
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:20:09 PM »
Woof all:

*bows deeply*

Not sure where to post this, figured this is the most appropriate thread.

This week I was summoned for Jury Duty in NYC. IIRC it used to be you get summoned every 6 yrs, but they changed it to 4 yrs and many previous exemptions are now not exempt (which includes clergy, LEO's, lawyers, judges, etc). 4 yrs ago, I was summoned, got on one panel, but before the lawyers went through the process of picking jurors, we were told the parties settled. We were sent back to the Juror Pool. Was not called the next 2 days, was dismissed and informed I had served my Jury Duty.

Many coworkers told me to try to get out of it by indicating I would not be a good juror. I just told the truth in answering the lawyers' questions during (if I have this French term correct) voir dire. I figured if they don't want me, at least my conscience is clear, I didn't shirk my civic duty by lying.

Anyway, some observations:

1) Courthouse opens at 9am. There was a long line waiting to get in. Although there were 4 or 5 metal detectors, the Court Officers used 2. Anyone on line outside that had a visible disability such as walking with a cane, or in a wheelchair, were allowed in without waiting.

2) I have an official Dog Brothers Keychain. The first day, perhaps it was hectic in the morning, I was allowed to keep it. When I came back from lunch, one of the officers noticed it was a Kubotan and held onto it. I was given a receipt and told to pick it up before I left for the day. I'm thinking the officers confiscated the keychain, and yet, jurors were allowed in with canes! Truly an example of the Walking Cane being the last of the legal self-defense implements. Wonder if I showed up with a Cold Steel City Stick and effected a limp... would the cane be held? LOL

The second day in the morning, the officer looked at the keychain and asked me, "Do you know what this is?"... I replied, "It's a keychain." He retorted, "It's a kubotan." He asked his supervisor "Should we let him keep it? If he has one, he must know how to use it." I said, "Huh? It's a keychain, it was a gift." Supervisor gave me a receipt for it.

3) The case I ended up getting picked for happened in May of 2004... ~7.5 yrs later, case finally makes it to court. Wow, Justice system is slooow. LOL This was a Civil court, not a Criminal Court. The plaintiff was suing the City of NY as well as the officer for injuries, alleging, the officer used excessive force and caused damage to his neck and other parts of the body. In the back of my mind, how is it not a conflict of interest as I'm a NYC taxpayer, I'm thinking if I find for the Plaintiff, I end up paying him. I was the first juror picked on the first day (this Monday 10/31). It took the lawyers all of the 2nd day to pick 7 more jurors (6 jurors and 2 alternates for a civil case). We were told to come back in 2 days at 10am which was today.

We waited for about 90 mins before a court officer escorted us to the court we were assigned to. We waited almost an hour before the court officer came back informing us that the lawyers didn't finish setting up. We could break for lunch, come back at 2pm. Also, as luck would have it, there was a fire drill scheduled for today. We get sworn in, sitting in the jury box, the judge gives us instructions and sure enough the fire alarm went off. This was 2:15.

We go downstairs and about 15 mins waiting time, we went back upstairs. The judge finishes his instructions. He informed us they will take a recess. We go back into the waiting room for jurors only. It's about 3pm before we go back into the court. The judge informs us that both parties decided to settle. Judge and lawyers thanked us.

On the one hand, I thought this case may take a few days and was worried about missing work (I am an equities trader and monday and tuesday market plummeted), but on the other hand, I was curious what the plaintiff would say, what the defendants would say, what the medical experts would say regarding this incident, what were the details of the incident. We didn't get that many details during voir dire and it was over before it began. We jurors saw and spoke to the Defense Attorney afterwards and got more details. Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle with his 2 kids, 13 and 10. Driver was told to pull over as the Officers checked on xyz (forgot the reason the carf was pulled over). It was 2 am or so. Officers run the license and checking for any outstanding warrants etc. when the plaintiff flipped out. He got belligerent and then was arrested for disorderly conduct I think. At no time did the officers attack him. While the plaintiff was being put into the cell, he attacked one of the 2 officers. Plaintiff is a big dude, the officer kept punching him. Defense attorney said, most officers don't want to lose their job and wouldn't admit to hitting anyone. This officer admitted he punched him, '...many times to get him off of me.'

Bottom line:  plaintiff settled for $40,000. This irks me somewhat, we live in a litigious society where it seems you could sue the City and get a gift by accepting the settlement instead of have the case go to the jury for deliberation. I believe if we listened to evidence we would find for the Defense so Plaintiff got a gift and settled. Do not know the amount he was suing for, guessing it was multi-million, but could be wrong. As a law-abiding citizen, really peeved that grifters exist and get away with stuff like this.

4) Lots and lots of mental toughness training for me. Despite having a book and a laptop with me, it was a tough 3 days. So much waiting, so much of the time, seemed wasted... I'm sure there are stuff going on that we, as jurors, were not privvy to, but it really seemed like wasted time. Everyone involved with the case semed to take their time with everything.

If you've read this far, thank you.

Very truly yours in the Martial Arts and Self-Defense,


edit:  my post is in no way attacking the Court Officers or the Justice System.

Martial Arts Topics / Alex Davis on Ego in MMA
« on: October 23, 2011, 01:19:10 PM »
My friend Xen Nova, on a different forum, gave me a heads-up to this article/interview. Pretty much substitute "Life" for "ego" and it's my thoughts too...well Alex Davis is way more articulate than I ever will be. Not sure if we have a thread devoted to ego only, so hoping this is the proper thread for this.

Copied from

As MMA continues global growth, veteran manager Alex Davis warns of ego's ugly side

by John Morgan on Oct 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm ET

As a lifelong practitioner of judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, not to mention a founding member of MMA's famed American Top Team academy, noted MMA manager Alex Davis has seen the sport grow from the beaches and jungles of his native Brazil to a global phenomenon.

And while Davis believes there are still plenty of opportunities for growth in the sport, he's also bothered by a growing enemy within the sport: ego.

"Time and time again, I find myself staring ego in the face," Davis recently told ( "A lot of money has been spent, events have been created, fights have been accepted, enemies have been made and big decisions taken – all based on ego."

"Ego is a part of us, it is a definition, it is a part of our mind that we use to identify our self. It is a subjective factor that drives many of us. And it is also a major factor in our sport. Many decisions are based on ego, strange as it may seem."

In some ways, ego is an integral part of a fighter's psyche. After all, in order to lock yourself in the cage with another man intent on separating you from consciousness, a certain confidence is required. But even if MMA's fighters are forced to toe the line of cockiness, Davis believes the athlete's support team should be available to make more rational evaluations. However, Davis said he doesn't believe this is always the case in today's MMA landscape.

"I don't know why ego so permeates MMA," Davis said. "Maybe it's the feeling that we get when we watch a fight that brings it out? We see a great fighter obtain a knockout or a submission, and we watch as he celebrates. At that moment, he is the man – the hero, the winner! We all want to be like him; we want that aura. We want to be looked at in the same way we are looking at him. We want to be near him, to participate in the glory; we want a piece of this. It's intoxicating. It touches us right in our ego, doesn't it?

"But, it's not reality. Whatever motivated this same guy to end up in that ring, a whole lot of hard work also went into it – a lot of sweat and a lot of pain. And here is where ego gets in the way. Your normal person, who for the most part has never really taken any activity as far as where these guys have taken what they do in order to do it, don't get it. They do not understand this reality. All they know, and its unconscious, is that they want a part of that glory. They want to be like that, and a lot of people act on that feeling. They act motivated by ego, and they will try to buy that feeling.

"Ego is a sorry decision-maker. It's a sorry trainer and sparring partner. It's a lousy manager. Ego turns champions into losers. It makes them forget what got them there in the first place. Some guys seem to be inoculated against it. Other guys are completely moved by it, and a whole bunch of other wackos are intoxicated by it."

It's Davis' perceived influx of those "wackos" into the sport that have him most concerned. It's new breed of manager, a new wave of trainers – perhaps even a few prospective professional fighters – who have allowed ego to overtake the true spirit of martial arts.

"Decisions based on ego will always be the wrong ones," Davis said. "It's not a logical factor. It's a feeling, although a real one, and decisions based on it will deviate from the objective, which in our case is to win fights.

"Martial arts teach us humility, teaches us about ourselves. When we step on a mat to compete or into a ring to fight, at that moment we are all by ourselves. No friend or trainer can share that moment. It's us and that other guy giving us that dirty look from the other side as he goes through and deals with the same moment."

It's an ages-old creed for those who train in traditional martial arts. Honor and respect over ego and personal gain. But as MMA continues its rapid global expansion, Davis believes some late arrivals to the scene are searching for financial gains and ego boosts instead of remaining true to the roots of the sport.

"The potential damage ego can cause is something a lot of people getting involved in this sport need to learn," Davis said. "It's pathetic to run into these people that just jumped on the bus but seem to think that they can just come up and buy a window seat in the front. Reality is not like that and careers are being ruined by this attitude. Fighters are being pried away from places like Greg Jackson's or American Top Team and fed an illusion of what some newcomer can do for them – what a Greg, who has spent a lifetime time doing this, supposedly can't. And what is all of this based on? Ego!

"I guess it also has to do with our culture – what we see on TV, how heroes are created and fed to us. I have been many, many times to Japan for fights, and one thing that has always struck me is the completely different way in which the Japanese fans see fights and fighters. In Japan, a loser can be as much a hero as the winner. He is appreciated by how hard and valiantly he fought. He is worshiped for never giving up, even though in the end, he lost.

"There is a deeper meaning to martial arts and MMA. It's what makes this sport noble rather then a bloodsport. Ego has no part of it. Ego is shallow and futile in comparison. The fighter learns that lesson, and that's why for the most part, fighters can be some of the nicest people out there. But in all aspects of MMA, not just fighting, we must learn to separate ourselves from our ego.

"What makes fighters win fights? Hard training with the right people and the right attitudes at the right times. It's determination. It's the will to overcome, to stick with it, to surpass our own selves, to become better and better. Maybe some people are motivated to do this out of their own ego. I guess what makes each person tick is different. But for sure, the moment ego takes over as the main decision-maker, things will go downhill."

Martial Arts Topics / Sanford Strong's Rules of Engagement/Survival Rules
« on: October 20, 2011, 07:53:59 PM »
Retired San Diego Police Dept's Sanford Strong wrote in his book, Strong on Defense:

1. React immediately
2. Resist
3. Avoid crime scene #2
4. Never give up

Edit:  I highly reco this book for any interested in 'self-defense'.

Martial Arts Topics / Guro Crafty's Rules of Engagement
« on: October 20, 2011, 07:37:37 PM »
Woof all:

Cutting and pasting from the "Self Defense Laws of all 50 States" thread part of Guro C's post:

Woof all:

In the real world, our Rules of Engagement (ROE) and our environmental awareness usually are more important than our physical fighting skills. Some of us have clearly worked out our ROE already.   This is good.   Having a sense of what one is and is not willing to fight for is an essential ingredient of not getting started in matters for which one is not willing to fight.

He who has not really thought about it may find himself having to work things out on the fly while under duress-- not good!!!

For example, someone barks and instinctively he barks back as a matter of self-respect and/or the respect of onlookers.  Sometimes all is well-- the situation subsides.  But sometimes, the situation escalates and a terrible problem arises-- in this moment he must determine whether to fight.  If not, then he may fear installing a backdown from an adrenal escalation into his self-programming.  He may fear that this is very bad for future response to adrenal dumps.  He may fear looking or feeling like a coward.  As a result he may decide to fight-- that is to say he agrees to fight for , , , for what? Certainly not for anything which he would have fought if he had lready
worked out his thinking!

For me, and your mileage may vary, a fundamental principle is "What you think of me is none of my business".  Of course there may be variations, but on the whole if someone barks at me it is very simple: according to the physical realities of the situation I can leave or respond with verbal judo/de-escalation techniques.  If these fail, then I can be clear both to myself and to any witnesses that may be present that I sought to avoid the fight and now must act.  This makes for an unencumbered mind and a superior level of action-- and better testimony should it ever come to that.

My next rule of engagement is to "Avoid the Three Ss".  That is to say, avoid Stupid people in Stupid places doing Stupid things.

Putting these three rules together (Environmental awareness; What you think of me is none of my business; and Avoid the Three Ss) will prevent most problems before they even get started.


SG's addendum:  some people add a 4th "S" = 'stupid times'

avoid Stupid people in Stupid places doing Stupid things at Stupid times

Woof all:

A belated good luck, have fun, and may your experience at this Gathering be transformational!

Very truly yours,


p.s. Get well soon C-Mighty Dog and very inspirational post! Great post Poi Dog about fighting the young'uns!  Funny post Guide Dog!

Hope the cane and staff fights make it to dvd or youtube.

Martial Arts Topics / DBMA Parable of the Promising Porn Star?
« on: September 15, 2011, 05:51:02 PM »
DBMA Parable of the Promising Porn Star?

Hmmm... perhaps this was it? Copied and pasted from DBMA's Facebook group:

I'm 56.

My philosophy is this:

There is a place within me which is forever young. I can go there whenever I want. The difference between age and youth is how frequently I can go there and how long I can stay there when I do.

Allow me to share with you a Dog Brothers parable: A couple wants to make a sex movie to remember themselves by for when they are older. The director cautions the husband about the rarity of being able to perform in front of a camera crew. The husband says not to worry, but on the day of the shoot, lo and behold, he cannot perform. The director starts giving him the
I-told-you-so routine and he interrupts to say "I can't understand it! We practiced three times last night and twice this morning!"

So I train not for volume of work, but quality of peak expression. When its time to say "Lets roll!" I will touch the place within me that is forever young.

I figure my passion for the mission will take care of the rest.

The Adventure continues!
Crafty Dog
over a year ago

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Parables
« on: September 15, 2011, 04:58:39 PM »
My bad.  It must be on the DBMA Association forum  :wink:

LOL - fair enough. After my last order of a whole bunch of dvd's from you, I didn't remember that my DBMAA membership was expiring. I am saving to rejoin the DBMAA.. no ETA unfortunately as I have to get a Kindle first. I have a whole bunch of books I want to read and the Kindle is the ideal solution for me to make use of the time on the subway commutes.

Which is, by the way, pretty cool! Lots of information...
Everybody should join the DBMA Association forum  :-)

Agreed, it's truly a great resource not just of matters pertaining to DBMA, but also of other subjects which truly helps one to Walk As A Warrior For All His Days! Cannot wait to rejoin the DBMAA... miss you all!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Parables
« on: September 14, 2011, 07:28:32 PM »
Woof All:

Recently in other threads I have posted of the Parable of the Cherry and the Parable of the Promising Porn Star. 

Woof Guro C,

I've found the Parable of the Cherry, search turns up nothing on the Parable of the Promising Porn Star. Please enlighten. TIA.


p.s. sux that my work firewalls now block out access to this forum... it used to show up as "Sports" and I could surf here, now, somehow it's treated as "Social Networking" and "Discussion Forum" and hence my absence from here.

Martial Arts Topics / DBMA Parable of the Cherry
« on: September 14, 2011, 07:23:27 PM »
DBMA's Parable of the Cherry (for first time fighters, either before or after they fight)

The three questions:

1) Do you remember the first time you had sex?

2) Were you any good at it?

3) Have you gotten better since then?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Dan Inosanto
« on: July 25, 2011, 01:44:06 PM »
Belated birthday wishes to Guro I!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 20, 2011, 01:48:09 PM »
38th anniversary of Bruce Lee's passing.

Grateful for his teachings which have had a positive impact on my thinking/training.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: KALI TUDO (tm) Article
« on: July 19, 2011, 08:03:11 PM »
Ah ha, got ya. Thanks (:

Woof CW:

N E Time lefty ;-)

Very truly yours,


Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older Warrior
« on: July 19, 2011, 08:01:27 PM »
Woof all:

*Bows deeply to all*

Just some ramblings on my part... after this post, many may think I'm a crackpot or whatever... but just wanted to get some food for thought added to the table.

@Guro ... that is great insight from Guro I. Thank you for sharing! I massage my head/scalp and neck at times to invigorate it with bloodflow with a similar idea to 'wake up'.

@Kaju ... although you miss the Gatherings and the brothers of the Tribe miss testing themselves against you, I know they all understand. Heal yourself first! We have a mutual brother/friend in the process of healing himself which should be inspiration (if not already) on your road to recovery. Only you are responsible for yourself. Good luck and speedy recovery!

@C-Mighty Dog ... I'm a wannabe and probably may end up a "never was" ... lol @ myself. BTW,  good luck and speedy recovery!


Here's the rambling...

Some times 'things' are written off because it is not the norm. Society says we must lift weights to be healthy, we must have muscle definition to look good, we must do this or do that because it is society's norms. Sadly that would be the easy way. We are all individuals, we must find out what works for us and what doesn't. Society's way may not be my way. My way may not be your way. Sounding very JKD-ish I realize, but it's Truth.

Who hasn't lifted weights because society says lifting weights is good? Like anything, if you have the wrong form, do it the wrong way, lasting injuries may happen. Sometimes there are alternatives which may not be accepted by the norm, but yet may work if you give it a try. Forgot which DBMA dvd mentioned this:  Guro Lonely was sick with a flu and something else, but there was filming to be done and he showed up, not 100%. Guro Crafty took him to a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and the Dr. prescribed some herbs to make an herbal tea... Guro Lonely mentions boiling the herbs for 10 hrs or so... after the tea, he felt better, nowhere near 100% but way better before he left Switzerland. Is Oriental Medicine accepted by society yet? It may still have that witch doctor/shamanism stigma attached to it that keeps it from wide acceptance as an alternative to Western medicine. I am of the belief that Western Medicine suppresses symptoms while Oriental Medicine seeks to heal the sickness which causes the symptoms...Western medicine is also about getting doctors, pharmaceutical co's and insurance co's paid but I digress.  I could go on about acupunture, qigong/chi kung etc. which faces the same stigma that Oriental Medicine faces.

There is yin and yang, there is hard and soft... to the commonly accepted Western conditioning/training hardness perhaps some of the soft arts like yoga or the Chinese internal martial arts (neijia - taiji/tai chi, bagua/pa kua, xing yi/hsing i) and qigong/chi kung may help. We hear stories of Chinese masters who are in their 70's-90's who seem as lively and energetic of someone in their 30's-40's. The Sports Illustrated article mentioned 37 as an age where things seem to go downhill... the Chinese have a saying, I forget the exact translation, but it's words to the effect of "Before 30 yrs of age, one fears nothing... after 30, one starts fearing sickness/ailments/body malfunctions starting". Perhaps if a good foundation is laid with understanding the body with the internal arts, there is lessened chance of the effects of aging? Westerners hear someone 60+ yrs old and they think they need a cane to walk... there are many Asians who are 60+ who are still active...of course there are also non-active 60+, but most of the active elderly I encountered have practiced Tai Chi/Taiji or Qigong/Chi Kung... perhaps there is something to this mysterious (unproven scientifically to Western mindsets) 'thing' called Chi/Qi? The basic idea is that qi/chi/blood/energy is flowing and if it flows, your body is healthy and the effects of aging are retarded.

For the record I'm 46 this year, I am nowhere what I used to be physically. I regret not keeping up tai chi practice when my dad taught me when I was 10. He taught me some yoga when I was younger than that. My dad never forced me to do anything and unfortunately, I regret not keeping up with the valuable lessons I learned when younger. I'm exploring them again along with qigong/chi kung and some internal martial arts. We will see where it takes me. My sojourn continues...

It's late, I'm rambling, I'm sure you all think me wacked after this post... thank you for letting me 'speak' and present food for thought.

Very truly yours in the martial arts,


Martial Arts Topics / Re: KALI TUDO (tm) Article
« on: July 19, 2011, 02:24:05 PM »

Forgive me the moment of shameless marketing, but there is more full discussion of this question within the DBMA Ass'n :wink:


DBMA Ass'n?

Woof CW:

It's the members only portion of the site, discussions not meant for the public forum... you get access to Vid-Lessons - not meant to be shared with general public, 10% discount on items sold in the Store, discuss DBMA with other members (some of them instructors from other systems, as well as some being full DB), also ask Guro C something and get a reply that he wouldn't normally disclose in public forum, etc.

There is a LOT of information and knowledge shared in the DBMMA forums by Guro C as well as other DBMAAers! Highly reco'd!!

edit:  if you are serious about DBMA, DBMAA is a must. I neglected to renew my membership recently when I sent in my order for loads of dvd's... saving now and cannot wait to get back in DBMAA.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 18, 2011, 04:51:27 PM »
"Over 50 fighters on the day, 65 registered but for many reasons several people couldn't attend." 

Perhaps a last minute mini-epidemic of vaginitis?  :evil: :lol:

"pu soir" has been called?


Great writeup Point Dog... thank you!

Congratulations to all who showed up to test themselves as well as their 'brothers' to test themselves... congrats on the ascensions!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 15, 2011, 02:25:36 PM »
LOL! My initial thought was because Kostas is from Greece he is C-Spartan Dog!

Very cool that Guro C was able to give you a few pointers, if you need more, you can always watch/rewatch Gordon Liu Chia-hui in "36th Chamber of Shaolin" aka "Master Killer" or "Heroes of the East" aka "Shaolin vs Ninja" ;-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 15, 2011, 01:40:57 PM »

Sounds like this Euro Gathering was a huge success! Congratulations to everyone involved especially Guro Crafty and Guro Lonely!!

Out of all the Dog Brothers Martial Arts Association European members, feel the 'closest' to C-Gong Fu Dog and candidate DB Kostas (what's your DB name going to be?) - Congratulations to both of you!!! Cannot wait to check out the 3 Sectional Staff fight!

Very truly yours in the MA and SD,


Martial Arts Topics / Re: MMA Thread
« on: June 15, 2011, 11:20:06 AM »
No one gave Rogers a chance against Fedor, but he did well... also could be a factor of Fedor being overconfident.

On any given day, any fighter can beat any other fighter. It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Rest in Peace
« on: May 31, 2011, 07:22:45 AM »
RIP Wally Jay

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers 2011 Tribal Gathering
« on: May 16, 2011, 01:37:36 PM »
Given two days of outstanding fighting it is no surprise that there were several ascensions, indeed more names than I can remember.  Here are the few that I do remember off the top of my head.  If I failed to mention you, please email me and I will put things right

New Dog Brothers:

Mark "Beowulf" Houston
Rene "Growling Dog" Houston
Tyler "Dirty Dog" Morin

New Candidate Dog Brothers

Thomas "C-Gong Fu" Holtman

Woof new DB's,

*bows deeply*

Congratulations to Beowulf, Growling Dog and Dirty Dog and any others Guro Crafty has not mentioned yet!!

And good luck to C-Gong Fu, I'm pretty sure he will be a DB very soon!

Very truly yours in the MA,



Been jammed at work last week with coworker travelling on business and I was flying solo... I wanted to make a post wishing all the Fighters at the Tribal Gathering, brotherhood and a good learning experience! Sorry for the belated posting.

Very truly yours in the MA and SD,


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 16, 2011, 09:26:14 AM »

Best thing on TV right now. Awesome acting, especially the "Imp".

a friend posted this clip elsewhere... too many cool shows to watch... but adding this one to the list.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: UFC/MMA Thread
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:37:28 AM »
Yeah, congrats VM!

My thanks to my friend K-Dub-T for posting this gif... not my gif, props to the gif maker.


I may be over-thinking, but think that Jake Ellenberger was testing Pierson's peripheral vision with his left hand move after the parry of Sean's jab... once the left hand reaches a certain point, Pierson won't pick up on it without moving his head, but once he does that, the right may be coming so he doesn't move the head... and Jake launches a left hook out of Pierson's peripheral vision... don't think I've ever seen this before.

Left Hook KO gif coming...


Martial Arts Topics / ABC and People's Magazine's Best in Film
« on: March 23, 2011, 11:02:38 AM »
Last night, ABC had a program on called Best in Film as voted on by fans

Take a 10 question quiz to test your movies trivia knowledge


Typed this up myself during lunch -- i'm such a dork


ABC News and People's Magazine Best in Film


5. Tootsie (1982)
4. Young Frankenstein (1974)
3. Some Like It Hot (1959)
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

1. Airplane (1980)


5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
4. The Matrix (1999)
3. Avatar (2009)
2. E.T.:  The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

1. Star Wars (1977)


5. West Side Story (1961)
4. Singin' in the Rain (1942)
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. Grease (1978)

1. The Sound of Music (1965)


5. Casablanca (1942)
4. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
3. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
2. From Here to Eternity (1953)

1. Gone With the Wind (1939)


5. "Here's looking at you, kid."
4. "I'll have what she's having."
3. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."
2. "Go ahead, make my day."

1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."


5. Gladiator (2000)
4. Die Hard (1988)
3. The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King (2003)
2. The Dark Knight (2008)

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
4. The Shining (1980)
3. Pyscho (1960)
2. Jaws (1975)

1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)


5. Fantasia (1940)
4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
2. Toy Story (1995)

1. The Lion King (1994)


5. Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones films
4. Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs
3. Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind
2. James Bond in the James Bond films

1. Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump


5. Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn
4. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
3. Richard Gere, Julia Roberts
2. Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

1. Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet


5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
4. Carrie (1976)
3. Poltergeist (1982)
2. Halloween (1978)

1. The Exorcist (1973)


5. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
4. Unforgiven (1992)
3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
2. Dances With Wolves (1990)

1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)


5. The Way We Were (1973)
4. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
3. Pretty Woman (1990)
2. Dirty Dancing (1987)

1. The Notebook (2004)


5. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
4. All the President's Men (1976)
3. 12 Angry Men (1957)
2. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

1. Schindler's List (1993)


5. E.T.:  The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
4. Casablanca (1942)
3. The Godfather (1972)
2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

1. Gone With the Wind (1939)

Woof Guro C,

I am firewalled from my pichost, I made this gif, think this should be it, I posted this elsewhere for UFC 98... may or may not be a good example of Lyoto's BB... also, not sure if I used up my monthly free allotment of bandwidth or not... will check at home. If pic doesn't show up, I will re-up to another pichost. If anyone finds the picsize is too big for the thread, please let me know, I will resize.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Straight Blast
« on: March 21, 2011, 08:18:54 AM »
Agreed... true on W. Silva's reactions and the 'newness' of the technique at the time.

If memory serves, in a recent fight, Lyoto Machida started his boxing blast on Rashad Evans, either by the 3rd step or 4th step Evans either sidestepped or something else and disrupted Machida's blast. Will check.


Meant I have the Vunak VHS set, I should put them onto dvd and discard my vhs.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Straight Blast
« on: March 21, 2011, 07:55:00 AM »
I should try to convert my vhs copy to dvd lol


Sadly, in the upper echelons of MMA, namely the UFC, still see fighters back up straight instead of off at an angle... one of the earliest examples was the gif I posted of Belfort vs W. Silva.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: UFC/MMA Thread
« on: March 21, 2011, 07:51:49 AM »
Good fight! Jones was unrelenting... GnP with the elbows, way longer reach... noticed some jeet teks, some just raised to stop Rua's movement... a few side kicks, very good fight.

And hours prior to fighting for the UFC's LHW championship in the biggest fight of his career to date, Jon Jones was meditating in the park and he and Coach Greg Jackson and 1 other coach caught a would-be mugger crackhead.

EDIT:  Guro C already posted another link on the Citizens who defend others/themselves thread on Jon Jone's pre-fight adventure

Martial Arts Topics / Vitor Belfort's boxing blast vs Wanderlei Silva
« on: March 19, 2011, 03:20:31 PM »

Vitor Belfort boxing blasting Wanderlei Silva

EDIT:  my thanks to the unknown gif maker and to the host of the pic.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: March 14, 2011, 01:21:47 PM »
Prayers for the people of Japan.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Poi Dog
« on: March 14, 2011, 01:21:14 PM »

Belated congratulations Guro Poi Dog!!

Very truly yours in the MA,


Martial Arts Topics / Re: R.I.P. C-Desert Dog
« on: February 21, 2011, 11:09:44 AM »
My deepest condolences to the Vanda family and friends as well as the Euro clans. It saddens me greatly.

R.I.P. C-Desert Dog

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Movies/TV of interest
« on: February 08, 2011, 01:15:19 PM »
 :oops: *red-faced with embarrassment*  :oops:

er, I knew it was Porn Star Dog, but for some reason, what was typed left off the "Star"

My sincerest apologies to Porn Star Dog!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Musangwe - "makes the heart strong"
« on: February 07, 2011, 07:56:15 AM »
Woof Maija:

Thank you! That is very interesting.

Very truly yours in the MA,


Unfortunately, I'll still forget and put year of the tiger on my checks for months now..... 



To any that celebrate the Lunar New Year, Happy New Year! or as the Chinese say it, Gong Xi Fa Cai (mandarin) / Kung Hei Fat Choy (cantonese) ! May the Year of the Rabbit bring you and your loved ones Health, Happiness and Prosperity!

Martial Arts Topics / Welcome to the DB forum diesel_tke!
« on: February 01, 2011, 02:06:56 PM »

Woof diesel_tke:

Welcome to the DB forum!

Very truly yours in the MA,


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: February 01, 2011, 02:04:32 PM »
Grateful Guro Crafty is safe back home with his family from his Vancouver seminar.

Grateful for a good start to the month.

Grateful for an ebay win.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Gurkhas and their Kukris
« on: January 28, 2011, 10:39:13 AM »
Hopefully it looked something like the aftermath of the tea house battle in "Kill Bill".   :evil:

Yeah, I can imagine that G M.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Gurkhas and their Kukris
« on: January 28, 2011, 09:14:16 AM »

Fought 20 mins (not sure if this was verified or the Adrenaline Dump misperception of time)... killed 3 and injured 8... 40 bandits in total, luckily, if it's the stereotypical railroad train car, narrow passage in middle, limited access at Gurkha by bandits.

IIRC their battlecry,

"Ayo Gurkha!"

EDIT:  it's "Gorkhali Ayo!" (The Gurkhas are coming!)

EDIT 2: Apologies to Matt Tucker, he posted it above. Didn't see it. LOL @ me

Martial Arts Topics / Fightmetrics - UFC Stats
« on: January 28, 2011, 07:47:40 AM »

Top Ten Stats for:

Shortest Avg. Fight Time
Longest Avg. Fight Time
Knockdowns Landed
Takedowns Landed
Takedown Accuracy
Takedown Defense
Significant Strikes Landed
Significant Strike Accuracy
SLpM - Strikes Landed per Min.
Total Strikes Landed
SApM - Strikes Absorbed per Min.
Significant Strike Defense

My thanks to my friend Ausgepicht for posting this elsewhere.

Martial Arts Topics / Optical Illusions by Kokichi Sugihara
« on: January 26, 2011, 06:50:47 AM »

on this link i am pointing out the two you tubes about a kiai master, the first shows him with his students in training, the second showing him fighting an mma guy, the video speaks a volume or two to me.

Woof Tim:

Firewalled at work, will have to check out at home when I have a chance.

Optical Illusions by Kokichi Sugihara

You have two eyes.

Each eye sees a slightly different world. (Put a finger in front of your face, switch from one eye open to the other and that finger will shift, just a little bit.) But rather than walk around all day seeing in double vision, your brain pulls the world back into one-ness.

Brains decide what we see. Kokichi Sugihara knows this better than anyone. He makes videos that trick your brain into seeing things that you know, you absolutely know, can't happen.

And yet —


That's the short 1:30 or so clip... at the link above is a link to a longer 13 mins vid.

Martial Arts Topics / safe cracking robot
« on: January 25, 2011, 11:16:02 AM »

Not sure if this is the appropriate thread, did a quick search on 'security' and this came up.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: January 24, 2011, 01:29:24 PM »
Grateful making some headway this month.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dealing with the adrenaline dump
« on: January 24, 2011, 07:56:38 AM »
Woof AndrewBole:

I'm firewalled at work from parts of that site. I do not know if Listowner Ray Terry has the 10+ yrs of the ED archived there or not. In the past, I know he had about 3-5 yrs worth available to read (or copy and paste).

One guess I had, ED ran its course, with the popularity of Facebook and many many FMA forums popping up, discussion relating to FMA via email list may have been outdated. Decline in posting was evident.



Martial Arts Topics / prostatitis
« on: January 21, 2011, 01:24:00 PM »
A guy is on a tour in a hospital, and he walks in on a patient jercking off. He asks the doc about it. Doc says, the patient has a severe case of prostatitis, and if he doesn't get off at least 5 times a day, he will die.

Guy keeps walking, and walks in on a guy getting head from a hot nurse. He asks the doc again. Doc says, he's got the same problem as the first patient, but a much better health plan.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: January 19, 2011, 08:14:51 AM »
Grateful our 2 younger children are enjoying their Christmas presents (Battleship, Connect Four, Milles Bournes).

Grateful our 2nd daughter beat me a few times in a row in Connect Four (granted, I was playing my son Battleship at the same time)... but she has progressed from, borrowing a JKD term, a SDA, to I guess what would be called a PIA in Connect Four.

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