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Martial Arts Topics / Re: Zapata's Howl
« on: February 26, 2011, 04:54:45 PM »
This really deserves to morph into a series of short stories about the man and dog connection. Awesome writing here.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Poi Dog
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:10:55 PM »
Props to Poi Dog. Thankfully, he always went easy on me in training.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: R.I.P. C-Desert Dog
« on: February 24, 2011, 02:18:11 PM »
Very sad and unsettling news.  I hope the family is able to recover from this.  Thoughts and prayers sent their way. 

Martial Arts Topics / Thailand Travels?
« on: February 22, 2011, 12:20:32 PM »
It looks like I'll be in Thailand next month and I thought this would be a good place to get advice from others who may have been there.  I'll be with my mom, my sister and my girlfriend, so cooperation and some degree of patience will be required on my behalf...

Obviously watching some fights will be mandatory, and I may even be able to do some adventuring and find the place where Salty trained. 

Yoga and meditation have the biggest part of my life this past year, so visiting some of the temples would be great. I'm looking into some yoga retreats as well, and daydreaming about finding a teacher training program to stay with, or revisit in the future.

I've read some reports on Islamic attacks in the south recently, and it looks like red-shirt demonstrations in Bangkok present potential inconveniences as well.  Safety is a concern to me, as I will be traveling with the three most important women in my life.

Any input would be awesome.  Hope all is well with everybody.



Martial Arts Topics / Re: Any meetings in Nor Cal/ Bay Area / SF area?
« on: October 17, 2010, 03:55:53 PM »
Where in Nor Cal? 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Vid-clip of 9/20/09 DB Open Gathering
« on: November 17, 2009, 06:27:28 PM »
Geeez... Glad I was out of town for that one.  Those fights looked pretty lively.

I notice Tennessee Dog looks to be fighting at a very vicious level.   Who has he been working his ground game with? And can I get in on some of that?

A good showing from all fighters in general.  Oh, and did I see somebody working the Brando Buzzsaw somewhere in there?!!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Team Kali Tudo
« on: May 29, 2009, 12:00:21 PM »
Me too!!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe
« on: May 08, 2009, 10:07:07 AM »
"What happened to Dan Farley?"

I'm still around  8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Team Kali Tudo
« on: May 07, 2009, 11:14:48 AM »
A good time it was indeed!  I'm pretty happy to hear that you're changing it to Mondays, as I almost always have that day off. 

If any of the Chatsworth guys are following this, I am in Studio City, not too far from you all, should you want to get some extra practice in up here in the Valley. 

Thanks to Crafty for a great afternoon  :mrgreen:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Team Dog Brothers MMA?
« on: April 27, 2009, 11:36:58 PM »
Looking forward to this!  Who else is going to get in on it?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: I'm in Hawaii
« on: April 24, 2009, 03:11:48 PM »
Thanks for Pm'ing me, Peregrine.  Unfortunately, I had to cut out of there and get back to the mainland.  My mom fell and broke some bones and has to get replacement surgery, so I will be in MN taking care of her for a bit.

Made it into HK for a no-gi class though, and I have to say that Todd is an incredible teacher.  If any of you guys are thinking about training JJ down there, he is top-notch!!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: I'm in Hawaii
« on: April 16, 2009, 01:16:34 PM »
Thanks, Robert!

Went into Todd's school, off south King St last night.  What timing it was!  Relson was there himself.  I guess he does seminars around the world full time now, and sold his original school down here, but he does seminars with his guys down here once a month, and it just so happens that I walked in the one night a month he is here.
I missed the first part, but the half that we walked in on was really a treat.  Todd, the owner, let us sit in and watch. Relson's game is VERY technical and precise.  He was showing some awesome side control to knee on belly attacks.  I noticed that it was the fine details that he put into each movement that made his jiu jitsu utterly flawless.  He was using some BIG local guys to demonstrate on, and not one of them could move an inch from his basic side control or Kasa Katame (sp?) control.  I tried taking pictures with my brain, but there was too much to absorb.  But he had some great arm lock variations to branch off the basic attacks after you've been knee riding. 

I also noticed how much energy he had, and how incredibly fast he was.  All the pictures I had seen of him depicted him as one of the older brothers, and at a quick glance, he does look it.  But to see him in action shows otherwise.  Every transition was lighting fast and fluid, and he was all over the mats, watching over every one of his guys, quick to grab them and show them proper technique. 

Some of the guys were asking him about some of the "new school" escapes and submissions, which he was happy to look at.  Each time a guy tried one of the escapes they learned or heard of on him, he would make one tiny transition and shut it down instantly. 

Some quotes from him that stand out...

"Everybody wanna say they know the technique, cause they drill ten times in class...  No, Son!!  No!!...  You tell me you drill this maybe a thousand times, then I listen to you, cause maybe you understand now."

"You drill the technique till is like driving the car.  In traffic, if you don't know how to drive, you get scared and tense, but when you a good driver, is ok, no big deal.  That's how jiu jitsu should be.  I never think, I never worry, I just go, because I don't think about techniques, I just go..."

And when he handed out his promotions at the end of the night, he hugged each one of his students and said:

"Good job, brudda.  Day by day. Day by day..."

Probably the finest instruction I have ever seen a BJJ teacher pass down to his students.  I wish I could remember more to share.  But I might go back for the no-gi class tomorrow morning to see what it's like to roll with his students.  I will post more if I do.

Oh, and where are the best bars to watch UFC at down here??!!!

Martial Arts Topics / I'm in Hawaii
« on: April 15, 2009, 01:40:00 PM »
Staying in Waikiki for a few days with my girl.  I don't have any of my gear, but I might be looking for some open mats, or something like that.

I tried looking up the Relson Gracie school, but it looks like he has a bunch of affiliate schools, and I can't seem to find the one he teaches at...

Anybody have some suggestions? 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Team Dog Brothers MMA?
« on: February 23, 2009, 03:41:44 PM »
Awesome!  Will guys outside of the pack be welcomed? 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Crafty in Hemet on Sunday March 1
« on: February 23, 2009, 02:14:53 PM »
Wish I had the dough, I could roll down there with you guru. 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Team Dog Brothers MMA?
« on: February 23, 2009, 02:10:51 PM »
I do think there is an evolution happening in today's mma world.  What wound up as a consolidated hybrid is now going to move forward by stylists coming in with the unseen.   

Thanks for the bump, Cisco!  When are we going to meet up??

Martial Arts Topics / Dog Brothers Team Kali Tudo
« on: February 21, 2009, 11:55:06 AM »
I've been thinking about my time spent with Crafty these days, and it's really been a blast to train the new Kali Tudo material with him.  The only thing that bums me out is not having a team of sparring partners to drill it with on a regular basis.  It seems like progress is hindered when you're only drilling things a couple times a week, without training other aspects of the game like you would at regular practice.

What if we had a team going?  I'm sure we could arrange a place for practice, where we could work to develop a solid mma base and then work to incorporate the KT material as we go.

Though KT is outside of the mma box, it seems to behoove the practitioner to be fluid in grappling/bjj, as well as stand up fighting before, or during his merging into the KT game.  In southern CA, I'm sure we could find good wrestlers, kickboxers, jiu jitsu guys, to come together on this, to help drill the fundamentals of the game.

I know there are guys out there who can't afford to train at the overpriced gyms down here anymore, and would probably be willing to put time into a new movement like this.  All we need is a gym with bags and mats, and some dedicated guys.  Maybe we could chip in and find a gym owner, or a local mcdojo who will let us use their space outside of their operating hours?

Our team would represent the greatest part of fight training because we would be away from all the signing contracts, and dishing out huge money to do what we love to do.  No BS politics of the bjj world, belts and ranks, etc.  Just a team that only has to worry about getting as good as we can. 

In a time of economic collapse, I think this type of bartering will be the new way of forming small communities such as this. 

Who's down?


Hey Pero,

I live in Studio City, but I don't know much about Russian Systema...

Martial Arts Topics / Knife fight in my apt complex...
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:06:18 PM »
... Anyone who has visited my place is familiar with the party scene which occurs nightly.  Almost everyone here is a young artist, musician, actor, whatever.  Our courtyard is usually occupied until the wee hours with good people having a good time.

We also have a couple single mothers, stuck with teenage sons, who are too much for them too handle. The kind of kids who are on the verge of transitioning from wannabe gangsters to petty criminals. 

Worlds collided late at night when the little thugstas had too much to drink and found their way into one of the usual party scenes.  What started as juvenile trash talk graduated to a few people pushing/shoving/swinging.  Then the knife came out. 

One of my neighbors showed heart by bear hugging the kid, trying to hold him back from the others.  As he started to lose control of him, another neighbor, a south African man of substantial size and life experience, grabbed the kid from behind in what was described to me as a very crude sleeper hold/rnc.  Apparently, this guy's size and strength alone was enough to choke the kid pissless (literally) while forcing a tremendous upheaval of vomit from his young mouth.  Onlookers said the stream was launched several feet into the air!!

I laugh as I type, because the choker was apparently wearing an Indiana Jones costume.  Shirtless beneath a leather jacket, Indie hat and everything.  Upon putting the first punk down, others surrounded him, wielding the large, standing ashtrays around the courtyard.  At this point, Indie went into full character, throwing his hat off and taking on all comers while bystanders froze up.  I guess the guy was so crazy with his willingness to fight everyone, that each kid ran at high speeds when he came at them, perfectly fine with the concept of his opponent holding a large ashtray above his head, ready to throw it.  The last kid left started crying and begged for forgiveness. 

This is how everyone reported it to me.  I guess a couple people yelled for me to come out and help, but I was nestled up in my apartment, quite full of Corona, trying to download UFC fights online at the time.

After some talk of future concerns, we started up an apartment training group.  Mostly to get some healthy activities going around here, but also with the intent of being more prepared next time this occurs.  I will be working with a group of people who have little or no physical training in their background, so it should be interesting, but fun.

As time goes by, maybe we can get an appearance from one of the community Dog Bros?  Most everyone here has seen the Nat Geo show, so a cameo from Pappy or Poi would really be cool! 

Hope you are all well.  Also hoping to start seeing you again soon.

Dog Dan.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Cool training Vids
« on: October 07, 2008, 04:07:46 PM »
Yup!  Back in town, and ready to train.  Time to get the old group going again?  Me thinks so 8-)

I'm going to call you tonight.

Martial Arts Topics / Cool training Vids
« on: October 07, 2008, 02:34:41 PM »
Found a classic Erik Paulson vid today:


And also, a very entertaining fight of his! 


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Woof from a FMA noob
« on: September 13, 2008, 01:36:57 PM »

Sounds like you're  somewhere close to my old stomping grounds.  I grew up in the Lake Minnetonka area. 

I trained with Rick off and on for a few years when I was younger, so did my little sister. He is an incredible teacher!  A few years ago, I packed up and moved home for a bit, and spent my whole summer in his gym.  One of the best experiences I've ever had.  Rick is a big believer in drilling the basics, he will give you an awesome base to start with. From there, you can go anywhere.  He also has strong connections to Erik Paulson, Master Chai.  Obviously Guru I as well....

I've heard awesome stuff about Greg Nelson as well, but I never trained with him.  Either way, you can't go wrong.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dealing with stalkers/creeps...
« on: August 11, 2008, 10:41:45 PM »
Thanks for all the help on this, guys. 

It looks like whoever was messing around with me got what they want though.  I ended up becoming increasingly paranoid, and came pretty close to going crazy.  Last night I got into an argument with her over it and said some things I really shouldn't have said.  Long story short, we're not together anymore. 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dealing with creeps...
« on: August 09, 2008, 03:40:21 PM »
Thanks, SB.

I know that you're right, and it's what I intend to do.  I'm just really grinding my teeth now that I know he was able to get under my hood, which means he had to get into my cab to pop it, and his tampering with the brakes...   Well, that could have been bad on the highway, but it wasn't, so I'm grateful for that.

I talked to my dad about it, and he said to forget about it, it's just amateur pussy moves.  If we wanted me on ice, he would've shot me by now, or figured out some other way of doing it.  The brake tampering was probably a ballsy move for him, and it's probably the best he's got.  I'm actually not that worked about it anymore.  But what fun it would be to catch him in the act  :evil:

Thanks again for chiming in!!

Martial Arts Topics / Dealing with stalkers/creeps...
« on: August 09, 2008, 01:46:42 PM »
... Is what I've been having to do up here in Nor Cal.  The problem has to do with pinning down the guy I suspect, my girlfriend's ex.

The past year that we've been together, he has been sneaking around during our visits to her parent's place up here.  Leaving little notes in her mail box, Christmas presents at her doorstep, little things for her to stumble upon while I am around.  Of course he does this without making his presence known...

Recently, my girlfriend has been getting some harassing voice mails from a blocked number as well.  I always shrug it off and tell her not to worry about it, because whoever it is hasn't the balls to do anything more than that.  Things seem to be changing.

I recently left my truck parked in front of her parent's place for a few days while I went back to L.A. to handle a couple of things at work.  When I got back up here, I drove my truck to a coffee shop to get my fix, and when I came out, I started my truck and noticed my brakes didn't work.  I checked the brake fluid and it was full, and managed to get it to a local mechanic for a look.

Next day, the mechanic called me and said there was nothing wrong with my brakes, and with some concern, he told me that my truck had been tampered with.  Someone had gotten under my hood and manually disconnected the hose which connects to the power booster and controls my brake pressure.  After he reconnected it, he told me to go ahead and wiggle it loose, and I couldn't because it was secured with two clamps.

"These hoses don't wiggle loose on their own.  Someone pulled the clamps, and left the hose barley connected, so that the vibrations of your vehicle would eventually force it off while you were driving. There is no other way for it to come off.  Your vehicle has been tampered with."

He documented the tampering on the invoice for me and sent me on my way.

So now things have come into my world.  I've already sifted through all the obvious fantasies you could imagine when it comes to solving this.  I know where he lives, where he works, etc... But at 31, I'm trying to be a bit more responsible.  Plus, the guy I'm talking about was hired by the Cal State campus police dept, he was later fired due to incompetency, but still holds a desk job, pushing papers there.  So I have to be a little bit careful with my procedures....

It should also be noted that the  guy I'm talking about poses absolutely zero threat to me when it comes to man to man conflict, which is frustrating, because he will not engage me on this level.  Instead, I have to sit around and deal with his cowardice.  And I'm kind of done with it...

I couldn't think of a better group of guys to present this scenario to.   :-D   

How would you guys handle this? 

Also, best to all of you guys throwing down this Sunday!! 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Gathering of the Pack August 10th, 2008
« on: August 07, 2008, 05:20:14 PM »
Good luck to all guys this Sunday!!  I'll be up in Nor Cal until mid Sept, but I spoke to Crafty about picking things up again when I get home.  Last I heard, there was a Texan out there looking for a rematch with me  :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: August 06, 2008, 03:22:07 AM »
Today I am grateful for the random phone call I got from Crafty, and the motivation I now have to start training again.   8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: When you don't feel like fighting...
« on: October 31, 2007, 06:09:58 PM »
I like the way you you think, Tom.  Even though I'll probably sit this one out, I might just throw my training bag in the back of my truck, just in case it looks like you guys are having too much fun without me while I watch.   :-D

Crafty- no luck on the phone tag as of yet.  Shall we swap emails?     

Martial Arts Topics / Re: When you don't feel like fighting...
« on: October 30, 2007, 06:18:51 PM »
Some good stuff you guys are kicking around.  Thanks for chiming in!

Congrads, Gints!!

Best to you and the fam, and thanks for chiming in on my "when you don't feel like fighting thread."   Your encouraging words were appreciated!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: When you don't feel like fighting...
« on: October 27, 2007, 12:08:50 PM »
You get my voicemail yesterday? 

Have you been going to Erik's new place at all?  You're going to come Wed night practice with all that built-up work stress and unleash it on me, aren't you?   :evil: 

I agree completely.  bjj tournies are one thing, showing up lazy at a gathering=bad choice!!

Martial Arts Topics / When you don't feel like fighting...
« on: October 26, 2007, 05:27:33 PM »
What do you do?  Do you force yourself back into the mode, or do you just go with the flow? 

It seems that since the last gathering, most of my time has been spent in my new circle of writing peers, smoking those hippie-like herbal cigarettes and drinking too much wine :mrgreen:

I really haven't trained a lick, just some bjj for fun, and it seems as though the burn for a good, healthy squabble just isn't calling my name, when for so long I couldn't think of anything else.  wtf  :?

I've always known that I've never been at the same aggression level as some of the other pack members, but there has always been that drive to train and do the best I could, even if I wasn't that guy out there mixin it up as often as some the old-school guys that really go for it, but it was always a ton of fun, and I really loved it.   

Am I the only one who strays off the path? 

Maybe a little too much time on the jits mats has made me soft, huh? :-D   I'll tell you this much though, it is kind of nice going to bed and getting up without the stick-hickeys and the sore bones from stick grappling with Crafty. ha ha ha...

Anyways... hope you guys are doing well, haven't heard from anyone but Cisco in a while. 

Best to all.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: MMA Thread
« on: September 13, 2007, 12:53:10 PM »
I heard a rumor that Erik Paulson has a fight coming up.  Has anybody else heard the same? 


It really depends on how the fight is going, but if you know Eddie's stuff, you know how to get to London.  The trick here is holding on to your stick while you make the transition to the go go.  Punyo's to the side of the face and top of the head are helpful here.  Once you get the go go in place you can hold the head down with one hand and punyo with the stick in the other.  When it's time to finish, pulling his neck into your shin using both hands on the stick can really be nasty.     

Hope that helps.  Explaining in print is kind of hazy...

I've trained with Eddie for a while and been able to sneak some rubber guard material in with the stickgrappling.  One technique that stands out is a go go plata hybrid where the stick is used to pull the guy's neck into my shin. 

btw, Crafty:  Met a guy named Bill Hosken at work last night.  He said he goes back with you at Rigan's and told me to say hi.

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