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Martial Arts Topics / Re: ESPN show : backyard fist and weapons fighting
« on: August 03, 2011, 04:26:48 AM »
Poi Dog is at the Helm. Hope you and your family are well!


I really like this segment. I think it does it justice. As much as it can.


Guys I am very Jealous. I would love to fight in the Gathering. Consider yourselves very lucky. I will be at the end of the earth while you are fighting

Best of luck and woof!

Pappy Dog

La Playita we are down here now Canadians and Noho

I see 10 am. What is the location?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Tribal Gathering Fighter List
« on: May 02, 2011, 12:07:42 PM »
Faxed and emailed.


Martial Arts Topics / Video of interest from Balikatan
« on: April 12, 2011, 03:13:48 AM »
This is a product put out by us at USARPAC Public Affairs shot and edited by SGT Robert Ham for Balikatan 2011


Martial Arts Topics / Re: R.I.P. C-Desert Dog
« on: February 21, 2011, 11:37:26 AM »
I am so sorry hear the news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He is our brother. I will begin to think about some fundraising ideas for his family.

Kind Regards,

Pappy Dog

Martial Arts Topics / What are some indications your finger is broken?
« on: February 17, 2011, 09:33:41 AM »
Can you actually hear a clicking? Or could that be something else? The tip of my finger is broken, I believe. What can aid in healing it the fastest.

I have immobilized it. But it is the tip so is doesn't move anyhow.

Created a cocktail of Fighter's Friend, Dita Jow, and arnica. Along with some calcium pills

I think I might just end up stinky with kidney stones and a broken finger.

Please advise


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Full Contact Stickfighting on Christmas!
« on: December 23, 2010, 10:24:43 AM »
I think it was basically La Canne. Sort of Sabre sword-fighting with a stick. Our forefathers were way more Rough and Tumble

Pappy Dog

Martial Arts Topics / Re: December 7th, 1941
« on: December 07, 2010, 05:36:52 PM »
Building an airstrip is hard work. Now do it while someone is shooting at you. Go SeaBees!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: December 7th, 1941
« on: December 07, 2010, 04:00:44 PM »
I have been to Pearl Harbor and worked there and drank a few mai tais. The buildings there have been modernized but there still are machine gun holes from Japanese Zeros in the buildings at the base as a reminder.
It is sobering.

Pappy Dog

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Crafty in Vancouver January 29-20
« on: November 30, 2010, 08:52:50 AM »
Guys this will be a great seminar. All the guys up in Canada are skilled and and good training partners. This will allow Crafty to show some really good material (as he always does). I just mean there is always a good energy up there that lends itself to good training.

Pappy Dog

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fencing masks
« on: November 30, 2010, 08:50:34 AM »
If anyone mentions the this thread I will give them 10% off a fencing mask


Grandmaster Christoper N. Ricketts (March 21, 1955 - October 5, 2010)

It is with sadness and joy that we announce the passing and rebirth to eternal life of Grandmaster Christopher N. Ricketts on October 5, 2010 at 3:02AM. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle, he is survived by his wife Beth Ricketts and sons Jason Ricketts, Bruce Ricketts, Brandon Ricketts and Christopher Ricketts, Jr.; daughter-in-law Jeanne, wife of Jason and grandkids Jacob, Jennell, Josh and Justin; parents Edith and Max Ricketts; younger brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie Ricketts and Mariz and nieces Marella and Marie; and youngest brother and sister-in-law, Alex Ricketts and Marybeth and nephews Jamie and James.
Master Topher, known world wide as a consumate martial artist of Filipino decent, was loved by many but more importantly, respected by all. He was one of the founders and the Chief Instructor of Bakbakan International, a fraternal brotherhood of martial artists established in the Philippines in 1968 whose motto is “Matira Matibay” (The Best of the Best). Concerned with training and passing on his knowledge to students rather than collecting accolades and titles, Master Topher’s skills and credentials are impeccable and second to none.
A senior disciple of the revered Grandmaster Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo and one of the “Five Pillars of Kali Ilustrisimo”, he remained loyal to the memory and legacy of his teacher and was the highest ranked Ilustrisimo instructor in the United States. A close friend and training partner of the late Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite who founded Lameco Eskrima, he was also the highest ranked Lameco instructor in the United States. With teaching credentials in several martial arts systems including Ngo Cho Kun (5 Ancestor Fist), Sagasa (Filipino Kickboxing System), as well as being a professional boxing trainer and fight choreographer, his was a life befitting a true warrior.

A public viewing, requiem mass and farewell offering (Halad) will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at the California Cremation and Burial Chapel, 5880 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California 92115. In lieu of flowers, donation to your favorite charity in the name of Grandmaster Christopher N. Ricketts will be greatly appreciated.

All members of the warrior class are encouraged to come in uniform to pay their last respects to one of the best of the best.

Sumasaiyo at Maraming Salamat
(With Sincere Thanks),
The Ricketts Family


« on: October 05, 2010, 11:04:45 AM »
Master Ricketts passed away this morning at appr. 2 A.M. from stomach cancer.


Martial Arts Topics / Another Costa Rica story
« on: September 02, 2010, 11:09:26 AM »
An old friend (Gringo) owned a little market down there. He apparently was a little cocky about being an American. Was warned by the locals. He had to get bodyguards. Eventually, he was attacked in his store, at least one of the bodyguards were killed and he was put in critical condition by men wielding machetes. He is back in San Diego. Fortunately, he is alive and will probably have to donate his store to the country of Costa Rica.

Pappy Dog

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB on PPV TV
« on: August 04, 2010, 02:51:54 PM »
Interested to hear more about this


Martial Arts Topics / Some of your tax dollars at work- RIMPAC 2010
« on: July 29, 2010, 01:10:49 PM »
Here is the link to RIMPAC 2010's Facebook page. I assume military counts as a martial arts topic?



Martial Arts Topics / Re: Gurkhas and their Kukris
« on: July 24, 2010, 07:06:03 PM »
After all, he did bring it back...


and I am sure


and Tenn. Dog will be right behind

I find that most of these are ceremonial and a sign of manhood and or status. As far as how to use them........Well, it seems the best porthole into the past where they use them is in the dances or that really really old guy who sits outside on the street corner drinking coffee. Usually the knife stuff is basic.

I have the same issues with the Greek and Cretan knives. Which I am researching for a possible book.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: UFC 113 in Montreal
« on: May 11, 2010, 08:08:01 AM »
The UFC left me with a bad feeling. None of my picks won. However, Shogun is awesome. For some reason I feel like he is supposed to be the villain??? Maybe because Machida is Uber respectful and we are not used to seeing it. Super bummed with Cote. That dude he fought was strong. The Koscheck thing weird. Kimbo. Sam Stout fought really well. Opinions?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Head Count for the Tribal Gathering
« on: April 01, 2010, 03:15:28 PM »
1: Crafty Dog: Ringmaster

2: Lonely Dog

3: Guide Dog

4: Doc Kaju as EMT

5: C-Growling Dog

6: Tyler Morin

7: Tinu "c - 3D Dog"

 8. Tricky Dog

 9. Chris Goard

10. Patrick Gagnon

11. C. Ole Fredrickson

12: Pappy Dog

13: Tennessee Dog

14: Boo Dog

15: Junkyard Dog

16: Poi Dog

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fights Well with Others - shirts in kid sizes
« on: February 19, 2010, 10:53:59 PM »
The kids and toddler shirts will be up Monday or Tues on the site

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Kali Tudo (tm) Training Camp Feb 6-7
« on: February 05, 2010, 02:35:34 PM »
See y'all tomorrow


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Vid-clip of 9/20/09 DB Open Gathering
« on: November 18, 2009, 02:24:07 PM »
Looks good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: September 20, 2009 Gathering- Volunteer info
« on: September 17, 2009, 02:32:32 PM »

Please meet at Powerhouse Gym at 9am. Well :

Put together puzzle mats

place trash cans

Place seating

Thank in advance

818 618 0525

Martial Arts Topics / Re: September 20, 2009 Gathering
« on: September 15, 2009, 04:25:08 PM »
Erik Bryant AKA Tennessee Dog has sent in his form. And Greg 'Junkyard dog' Van Zuyen is coming.


Martial Arts Topics / To the Fencer
« on: September 08, 2009, 10:32:58 PM »
What if we made you a stick that was pointy. Not sharp but pointy? Please add Monty Python joke here... Seriously that might give those thrusts more meaning

Martial Arts Topics / Re: September 20, 2009 Gathering- volunteers
« on: September 04, 2009, 01:39:21 PM »
Gonna a need some volunteers to help set up Sunday. Just like last year



32 This link will give you the skinny on Burbank hotels

Yes their math is wonky.

SA1 can go 1 million frames per second but the resolution is horrible. Fastest actually used is 30,000 fps. Average is 5000 fps but go to 20,000 on a regular basis.

SA2 goes 10,000 fps but usually set at 1000-5000.

Phantom goes 1000 fps. Matt doesn't like to use it.

Fastec cube cams do 750 fps at decent quality.

This is a little better explanation


Martial Arts Topics / Tribal Gathering- who needs equipment?
« on: March 15, 2009, 12:12:48 AM »

If any of you guys need some equipment for the Gathering please let me know. Not sure I can make it both days, working it out. I will have to have someone bring the equipment if I am not there. I am currently out of the country and the Gathering is rapidly approaching.

Looking forward to it. How is everyone feeling?


Martial Arts Topics / Happy Birthday Marines!!!
« on: November 10, 2008, 11:41:22 PM »
Sorry for the late Login but it is still Monday so- Happy Birthday Marines


Martial Arts Topics / Props to Rog and Guide Dog
« on: August 09, 2008, 11:04:18 PM »
I saw that fight with Tom and Rog. He let Rog have it and Rog stood his ground and fought back. Impressive.

Guide Dog, I would be honored if you would take some my new guys out for a fight tomorrow. I know you will give them a good fight in the spirit of Dog Brothers and the day. I will come find you or if you get a chance see me before the fights get started and I will introduce you.

Thanks in advance,

Pappy Dog

Martial Arts Topics / Direction to Joes after Gathering eats
« on: August 09, 2008, 06:14:55 PM »

Joes Great American Bar & Grill
4311 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 729-0805

Start from:
10950 Sherman Way, Burbank, CA 91505
3.6 mi (about 10 mins)

1.   Head west on Sherman Way toward Vineland Ave   0.1 mi
2.   Turn left at Vineland Ave   2.5 mi (toward Hollywood)
3.   Turn left at Magnolia Blvd   1.0 mi
   4311 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Map data ©2008 Tele Atlas

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Gathering of the Pack August 10th, 2008
« on: July 31, 2008, 02:02:04 PM »
Eric Bryant will be there. Has his form made it?

Pappy Dog

Martial Arts Topics / Re: HELP PLEASE! Event Insurance
« on: July 07, 2008, 09:22:50 PM »
How is this going? I know another guy named Kevin was sent your way for insurance.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Humor- Not martial arts but funny
« on: June 06, 2008, 07:48:37 AM »
May be unrelated but very funny.

There will be more later......However, I have give a Howl of appreciation to Guro CraftyDog and Pretty Kitty for putting on the event. If you ever planned a wedding, film shoot, military campaign, or fed up to 30 people, you know how much stress is involved. More later on how much fun it was....


Martial Arts Topics / After Gathering meal.- Joe's- directions posted here
« on: November 17, 2007, 01:44:43 PM »
This is the place for the after Gathering Shindig!

Joe's Great American Bar & Grill
4311 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505 Map

(818) 729-0805

1.   Start at 2435 N NAOMI ST, BURBANK going toward THORNTON AVE    go < 0.1 mi      
2.   Turn LEFT on THORNTON AVE    go 0.1 mi      
3.   Turn RIGHT on N BUENA VISTA ST    go 1.7 mi      
4.   Turn RIGHT on W MAGNOLIA BLVD    go 1.1 mi      
5.   Arrive at 4311 W MAGNOLIA BLVD, BURBANK, on the RIGHT   

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Suzanne Spezzano: Majadpahit Silat
« on: August 10, 2007, 09:09:38 AM »
I bought it. This video is high on production value and high in information. This is a great reference for all those Techniques that Guro I throws at us. Also Suzanne does a very good job of demo'ing and explaining. Easy to watch and learn from this dvd. This helps with the throws on "Combining stick and Footwork" and "Attacking Blocks"


Martial Arts Topics / Re: HUMAN WEAPON SHOW - Dumog
« on: July 19, 2007, 09:15:55 AM »
In the write up, it is mentioned of a Karabao being taken down. This was being done in "Classic Dumog" style by the one and only Tuhon Gaje. It was in a rice paddy in two feet of mud. As the animal started to go over the Producer made him stop because he thought Gaje was going to hurt the animal.

Pappy Dog

Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: March 19, 2007, 05:51:19 PM »
It isn't a bad question. 1 to 8 fights. I usually fight 1 to 4 fights. Have never done more than that. Stick fights is what I am referring to. Top dog I have seen do 8. I am most pleased with myself when I do 4. However, 2 good fights are 2 good fights. The first fight is good to get out there and if I stop there I feel I have short changed myself. Top and Salty used to say after 2 you are warmed and ready for your good fights. It is all personal. For me, the fights are what train for. The experience that I gain from them is what I bring back to the classroom and use to augment my training.


Getting the most from your Gathering Experience

I paraphrase Crafty "Just show up." More specifically "90% of life is just showing up." Just getting out there is a feat. But you have to fight opponents better than you, guys equal, and yes opponents who are not as good as you. Some of us try to find guys who are not as good as we are. You also have to fight opponents who are smaller sized, equal sized and BIGGER than you. That is why we have the privilege of having a weapon. For some of us that is hard. I consider myself right in the middle. So I can pick or be picked by guys on either side of the spectrum.

I will relay a story. For anyone who doesn't know, there was a fellow, 240, 6'2, known as Dogzilla who also went by names like the "Juggernaut." At one of the Gatherings, he went around asking for fights. He is a very polite, soft spoken person. Persons would either walk away as he came up knowing what he was going to ask or simply decline. There was another person. Greg Van Zuyen- as he was known at the time. 140 lb with change in his pockets, artist. Not much experience under his belt. As relayed to me from Dogzilla- Greg walks all the way across the mat, around and through several groups of guys and walks straight to him. "Wanna Fight?"

Dogzilla politely declined (Dogzilla wanted to really mix it up that day and thought he might hurt him, no arrogance- just fact). But said "he was the only guy who asked him for a fight that day."

This forum, The Gathering, is meant to gather experience. It is there for you - so grab it. Certainly, some days we feel braver and more fit than others. It is a career, a stickfighting career. Get em next time. Just make sure there is a next time.

I look forward to your ideas and opinions

Martial Arts Topics / Gotta have it
« on: March 14, 2007, 09:23:24 AM »
Please reserve me a copy.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Kali - Means to Scrape is completed
« on: September 15, 2006, 11:21:56 AM »
Thanks Crafty,

We will see you on Saturday......

Kali Means to Scrape is out!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you guys enjoy this documentary. Ron Gabriel and I put 2 years into this thing. Also, it must be said that I am very proud to say there is all original music by Deploi, Dave Rothburgh, Helios Jive and some Guitar playing from myself. I think we may be able to boast the first hip hop Kali anthem.

This review says it all for me:

This DVD takes you on a journey into the heart of stick fighting, Dog Brother Nick "Pappy Dog" Papadakis captures the past and present Kali culture in the Philippines with an intimacy like no other Kali film has to date. With quality cinematography and production, ?Kali means to scrape? allows the viewer, whether an avid practitioner or virgin of the art, to become inspired. ?Kali Means to Scrape? was originally shown to me, with pride, by Guro Dan Inosanto. Enough said!

p.s. Saw a clip from Sonny's doc. Looks great can't wait to get it
Kali means to Scrape Review
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Martial Arts Topics / Re: Surfboard Wax for stick grip?
« on: September 07, 2006, 08:47:05 PM »
First time I used it was when I saw Surfdog use it. Any kind will work well. Junkyard dog always has some. We also found out if you don;t have tape or surfwax and in a pinch use orange juice as a last resort

First I will say, I think you will find some of the sticks on the show to look familiar. It is a very entertaining show. Anytime you get Guro Dan on your show it is amazing. Also, I will say the martial artists on it are very talented and of course what we have always known is boxers hit damn hard.

The crash dummy is a great idea. However, it really does not replicate a crash unless it is a crash by a car with a fist size extrusion coming out of it. Pounds per square inch. Watch it again and realize the science is not there. People and tv know that the mythology is good for business. The set is amazing and I will watch anything martial arts on tv. I think it needs a different title.


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