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Martial Arts Topics / Guide Dog launching supplemental Website
« on: February 03, 2012, 12:59:53 AM »
I have been away from these boards for a few weeks. I have been hard at work on a new Academy Website, and the Website below:

The idea is pretty simple. If statistics show us the majority of the world's population will not engage in regular martial arts study, what if the major life lessons could be extracted and filtered for non-martial artists to use as self-improvement concepts?

There is some video content. I'm interested in what martial artists have to say about this idea.

Thank You,


As a fun, free, Haloween-themed exercise, I will be teaching a workshop on Halloween night at my school in Pomona, California on the very topic suggested in the subject line of this thread: using the FMA's to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Some people get very uptight about the Pagan origins of Halloween. I have always considered it a secular holiday, and would have no problem with the name being changed to “The Annual, Secular Scary Movie/Story Celebration". The topic of the workshop is not intended to be offensive; it is the martial arts equivalent of creative writing.

The workshop will start at 5:30 PM and last until 7 PM, which is hopefully early enough that participants can still trick-or-treat or get home to hand out candy afterwards. You are welcome to wear regular street clothes, loose-fitting workout clothes, or even your Halloween costume. Anyone may attend, so long as they fill out a liability wavier (or have one executed in their name if they are a minor); the workshop will be recorded and turned into one of my first commercially available DVD's.

For those thinking about attending with children, there will be an emphasis on blade work. I leave it up to parents to decide how young is too young, in the same manner that a parent has to make a decision about the appropriate age at which to introduce any reality/scenario training to his/her child.

My school is located at:
3900 Valley Blvd., Suite B.
Pomona, CA 91768

in the Big Valley Industrial Complex, next door to The Sugar Rush Cafe

If you have further questions, please visit my Website

or send me an E-mail

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you.


I am moving my garage program to a proper 1400 sqft space. My first classes begin in my new facility tomorrow. I will be starting with three days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays), and hoping to add more classes as enrollment increases.

Children's classes (ages 5 to 13) are from 5 to 6 PM, and the adult classes are from 6 to 9 PM on all three nights.

I teach eight different arts in two progressions: my empty handed blend consists of Jeet Kune Do, Thai Boxing, Silat, Savate, Wing Chun, and Grappling and my FMA progression consists of Dog Brothers Martial Arts and Inosanto/LaCoste. Your first evening of training is always free, whether you stay for 30 minutes or all three hours.

For more specific questions, please visit my Website at

I am having a grand opening celebration on Saturday, September 24th. There will be free sample classes all day and two of my students will be testing at the end of the day. The schedule for the day is on my Website.

Below, I have posted a video for my school one of my students made me from footage shot in my garage academy.


I am very fortunate to be able to represent the instructors, martial systems, and organizations that I do. East Los Angeles County, west San Bernardino County, and north Orange County are undeserved in terms of the systems that I teach; I want to change that. I hope to see you in my academy soon, even if you are just stopping by to hang out and leave behind some positive energy.


Starting on Tuesday, March 1st, I will be teaching regular weekly classes in my garage in Chino Hills. I will be teaching on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. My current schedule includes up to 32 hours a month of class time.

Professionally, I am a high school teacher. I'm about to earn my doctorate from the University of La Verne (a little private college in SoCal) and I am on to my next goal, which is to open up a commercial martial arts school. I am hoping to build enough students who would like to train with me regularly so that I can eventually transfer to a commercial facility with a student base all ready to follow me.

I start each evening off with an hour of Phase Class, the curriculum for which is composed of eight different martial arts; there is always a DBMA section. DBMA is one of the eight arts I would like my students to experience. Friday nights, I have budgeted a full hour of class time in my weekly schedule for DBMA. There is a DBMA section in all of my testing requirements. I am both a full Dog Brother and a Lakan Guro in the DB curriculum. If you would someday like to fight at a Gathering, I can help you with that. If you are only interested in the practitioner path, I can help you with that. If you would like to do both, I can help you with that. It is important to note that if you would like to learn DBMA, participating as a fighter (which is far out of the comfort zone of most people) and is not required. DBMA is one of the martial curriculums I require my students to explore; if you wish to take it further and fight, that is appreciated but not mandatory.

Your first night of training is always free, so you can come and train and get a feel for what I have to offer. I'll explain my fee structure after class if you want more info, and you could start the next evening I offer classes if you like. The people who start with me will lock in their rates if and when I do transfer to a commercial facility regardless of more hours offered or a more comprehensive schedule. My curriculum is written, and will stay the same from garage to commercial facility.

If you would like more info, please visit my website at:

or e-mail me at or give me a call at 909-606-4315

Martial Arts Topics / Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: May 07, 2008, 09:02:14 AM »
I don't know if this is too warm and fuzzy for DBMA.  I know that constantly dwelling in nothing but hard, cold reality can often lead to fatalism, so I'll try this:  

Recently, I was reminded many cultures in the world teach that a daily expression of gratitude can serve to "build up a storehouse for when adversity comes, because you know it is going to come", as a peer stated so powerfully last weekend.  

So, this thread is quite simple: try to post one thing a day for which you are grateful.  It can be big or small.

Today, I am grateful for my health and the ability to walk, run, and challenge myself on a physical basis.

Martial Arts Topics / Quick Personal Inventory...
« on: April 15, 2008, 08:57:46 AM »
Answer the following quick questions about yourself:

One area of my training that I currently feel good about is: Having multiple sources of great martial arts information coming in

One are of my training that I need to improve is: Not letting my work dampen my spirits for that evening's training

One area of my character that is currently thriving is: My commitment to my family

One area of my character that needs improvement is: Feeling like my work matters

A style of martial art in which I excel, or an area of my game that I feel like is thriving right now is: I'm feeling pretty good about my understanding of ranges at this point in my development

If I could, I would devote more hours to this martial art or area of my game as a whole: Shoot Wrestling

As your best possible coach, write a quick, positive message to yourself: Relax into the person you want to become.  Enjoy the journey and the moment.  To steal from Gandhi, become the change that you wish to see in the world.

Recently, I was coming back to California from a martial arts conference in Atlanta.  At the seminar, we explored the weapon forms of Wing Chun.  I bought a staff at the academy at which the conference was held.  We also explored the butterfly knives of Wing Chun.  I brought my wife and my ten month old son with me and on the last day, I left an hour early to go back to the hotel, finish our packing, check out, and drive down to the airport.  By the time we got on the highway, we had about two hours before our departure time.  My wife and I had packed quickly but efficiently, checking the room for anything we might have left.

We spent a little time driving around by the airport to find a gas station so as to avoid the crazy fees one has to pay if a rental car is returned with a half empty tank of gasoline.  On the bus to the terminal, my wife looked at our luggage and my staff from the conference.

"Do you really think they'll let you take that on?", she asked.  I told her that I didn't but at least I could see what my options were.
At the check-in area, I asked the man who checked our bags what the best thing to do with the staff was.  He told me that I would be able to carry it on the plane and I was surprised.  I asked again if he thought security would really let me take the staff on the plane.  He nodded, and my family and I walked into the airport.

At security, we were escorted down a shorter line (which was nice), because we had my son in a stroller.  My wife and I grabbed several trays and started loading up our shoes and carry-on items.  Finally, I put the staff down on the X-ray machine and walked through the metal detector.  I made it through without a problem.  A few moments later, I watched the man who was looking at the monitor for the X-ray machine.  His eyes were wide and he called over several other security employees.  They looked at the screen, looked at me, looked at the screen, and shook their heads.  One woman said, "Don't ever try that again!"

They asked me what the staff was and for a moment I was tempted to say that it was decorative pole.  I try not to lie as a rule, even if it's a harmless lie.  I told them that I was coming back from a martial arts conference and that it was a staff for training.  They immediately called over a supervisor, who fixed me with quite a look.  I calmly told the supervisor that the man who checked our bags had told me I could bring on the staff.  The security team all looked at one another and shook their heads.  I apologized and told them that I was not trying to cause trouble or make a scene, but that the information I had received from one the representatives from the airline was wrong.

The supervisor escorted me to ticketing and suggested that I try to check my bags.  My wife and baby went ahead to the gate.  He also told me that I had a blade in my main carry-on bag.  When he left, I immediately opened my bag.  In my packing, I simply hadn't thought about it.  I had my butterfly knives (completely dull) in my bag and a Sharkee training blade!  I had about 30 minutes left before my departure time.  I quickly went to ticketing but the woman informed me that I had missed my window to check my bag or the staff.  She looked genuinely sorry and I told her that I had no idea of what to do with the items.  I honestly thought about leaving the blades and staff in the bathroom for a few moments!  I quickly went to security again.

The lady behind the main security line said, "I know you're not trying to get on board with that staff again!"  I told her that I needed a member of the security personnel to formally confiscate my staff and blades.  She looked at me like I had just spoken another language.  I asked her to let me by and I immediately called over a security agent.  The moment he arrived, I said, "I need you to confiscate these items so that I can make my plane."  He looked at me strangely.  A female security agent walked up behind him and I repeated myself.  The woman immediately said, "There is no way you're getting these items on the plane."  I repeated myself and explained the situation.  She got frustrated with me and walked away.  She was replaced by another lady and I repeated my needs.  I told them that I was not trying to get away with anything and that I had 1. been given false information and 2. simply screwed up by not packing my training blades in my checked bags.  I tried to get them to examine the Sharkee, and maybe let is slide, but no dice.  The two agents finally seemed to realize that I was genuine, and they both suggested that I mail the items to myself.  I told them that my flight was leaving in 15 minutes and there was no time.  I left them with my staff which I had just completed a nice day of training with, my butterfly knives that I had bought on a whim when I was 14 and studying Tae Kwon Do of all things only to use them at a Wing Chun conference some 15 years later, and a Sharkee that I had used to "kill" some folks with at the Gatherings.  Above and beyond the $100 cost of the items, they all had meaning to me.

I barely made my flight, but I managed to get onto the plane on time.  I will take 50% of the responsibility for what happened.  It was an expensive way to be reminded that your training weapons must be in your checked luggage.  I had my doubts about the staff going into the airport, but I was told by a man who checks bags for a living that it was okay.

Anyway, if you work at the Atlanta Airport and you are a martial arts enthusiast, if you see my stuff, send me an Email and I'll pay for postage.  I realize that probably won't happen.  I guess the best that I can hope for is that some airport security employee has a young son or daughter and they will bring home one of the items and spark an interest.  Check your training weapons, folks!

Martial Arts Topics / Ninja Babies
« on: February 04, 2008, 10:18:13 AM »
I have a nine month old son. This past holiday season, I took my boy to a holiday party at a large martial arts academy at which I train.  When I was giving my son a bottle, several of the other students noticed that I feed my son with him holding onto my bottle arm in the closed guard.  I have been giving my son his bottles this way for as long as I can remember.

One of my other favorite games is to force my son to keep me at bay with his feet.  When I get to his side, he is kissed and tickled for some time.  I have noticed that over time, his legs have gotten stronger and he is a bit better at pushing me away.  I also take my son with me two nights a week to an academy for my teaching/training.  The other students seem to like that my boy is being exposed to the martial arts so early in his development.

I was wondering, for all the folks out there with kids or who have regular interaction with children, what kinds of things (like the above examples) do you do to expose them to martial arts?

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