Woof All:

Summertime means it is time for the Annual DBMA Summer Camp. The last few Camps have been held on the east coast (Guro Guard Dog Ryan Gruhn’s school in Central PA, Sean O’Dowd’s Vigilance Combatives in Aberdeen, NC) so this year we return to the west coast — specifically Martin Wheeler and Rigan Machado’s school in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles. Not only does it seem fair to have a balance between East and West Coasts for the Camp, but with airfares being what they are and the numbers of DBMA people in the LA area being what they are this seems to make the most sense.

As I see it, a Camp is where we go to return home afterwards invigorated with fresh ideas and deepened understandings. This can be from training with the best of the best in Dog Brothers Real Contact Stick Fighting (Top Dog, Lonely Dog, Dogzilla) fight tested in combat zones “Table Manners” (Sean O’Dowd) or the distinctive South African Piper knife system (Lloyd De Jongh).

This year we will be delving into Knife and Anti-Knife.

One of the guiding principles of DBMA is “Primal probabilities first.” Thus, in the first series for DB Real Contact Stick Fighting we began with four power strokes and the ability to hit hard, fast, and often– so that you would always be a fighter to be reckoned with.

1: ANTI-KNIFE: The Mad Slasher, the Prison Sewing Machine, and the Ice Pick Sewing Machine (a.k.a. the Jihadi):

Thus, in DBMA In anti-knife we began with the Dog Catcher against the primal ferocity of the Prison Sewing Machine– someone coming to pump us with repeated forehand thrusts from hammer grip. This year we will be adding two more primal modalities to solve: “the Mad Slasher” (also done with hammer grip) and “the Jihadi” (repeated caveman strikes from ice pick grip).

Among the responses taught will be TPI (third party intervenor) that I showed the Royal Bodyguard of King Abdullah of Jordan– some simple practical things to do should you inclined to jump in against an attack upon someone else.


Another Guiding Principle of DBMA is always to ask first “What is the problem being solved?”

With regard to knife the failure to ask and answer this question typically leads to some variation of “knife dueling”. This can be done in martial arts & crafts modalities or “sport knife dueling”. SKD (see e.g. knife fights at “Dog Brothers Gatherings of the Pack”) wherein– agility, movement, coordination, timing, footwork, range control, etc are all worked in the adrenal state– this is very good!

That said, our sense of things is that is less likely to be the way you might need you use your EDC knife– and with that in mind our “Chupacabra” system looks to solve something quite different from a knife duel. It is a system for EDC sized knife against:

A) “Malevolent Mongo”: going frontally at someone bigger, younger, stronger, fitter, meaner, and crazier than us. (Some of you know my story of the 280 lb. Samoan ex-con bill collector who thought I might be the debtor in question);

B) “Cranky Crowd of Scurrilous Scum”: A CCSS is very common in mob/riot type situations;

C) “Pack of Jackals”: A POJ is a team operating with coordinated hostile intent.

Solving these requires both frontal assault capability (and knife or no knife, going at a Malevolent Mongo can be a very scary thing!) and “porcupine capabilities”.

Both of these require footwork!

Two Camps ago I introduced “the Chupa Blitz”– what we do when we have to sprint at Malevolent Mongo, and some ideas as to what to do upon arrival– which were based upon our thrust-slash training based around an hour-glass framework. This year I will be introducing techniques and tactics for dealing with a CCSS and a POJ.

Time allowing, we may also go into and DBMA’s “Z Pattern”. Our Z Pattern owes much to the Z pattern I learned from Lloyd, but has substantial modifications to meet our distinct purposes.

Which brings me to our Guest Instructor at this year’s Camp: Martin Wheeler of Systema.

Even after training with him several years in a small class setting, I am still hard pressed to describe what he does, so rather than try I will let these videos of him in action speak for themselves.

Knowing the doubt found in some internet chatter about Systema, I begin with him interacting with a NFL linebacker from the Chicago Bears. Such a man will not be BS’d about violent interaction!

Martin flowing- sombrada like training:
Empty Hand (begin at 00:58)


Anti-Multiple Knife

Martin on The Discovery Channel:

Rigan Machado:

Guro Dan Inosanto:

Marc Denny

It is not likely that anyone looking at my movement would say that I am doing Systema. It is not a common thing to improve in one’s late 60s– but somehow my training with Martin has opened portals for me.

Come to the Camp and experience him for yourself. He will be focusing on the aggressive use of the knife.

Walking as Warriors for All Our Days!
Punong Guro Crafty Dog/Marc

The cost of a civilian weekend seminar in the United States is $1500 per weekend, plus airfare, hotel. Email or give a call 310-543-7521 (24 Hour Number) for further details or to ask about military and law enforcement programs. Seminar Deposits

Personal Training Programs

Private Training With Punong Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” DennyIf you want to really deepen and accelerate your growth, a Personal Training Program is the way to go. A PTP allows me to really focus on the particular individual(s) in front of me, whether beginner or advanced.

I enjoy what I do and with someone earlier in his/her path, my goal is to unlock his particular combination of learning modalities (visual, verbal, kinetic, etc) and install the building blocks that will best serve him to not only become someone to be reckoned with in short order but also serve as a sound foundation for growth over time. After all, the mission is to walk as a warrior for all our days!

I’ve been doing this a while now and have developed what I think is a pretty good menu of options and progressions in which to exercise them. The goal for me is to enable a higher rate of growth for all training that you may experience from our training forward. The art and science of helping someone do this is something that engages me fully, so please let go of any fear (“False Expectation Appearing Real” as the saying goes) of not being of a level “worthy” of training with me! Also let go of the fear that I am only interested in teaching people who want to stickfight at a Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack. I teach far more “Practitioners” than I do “Fighters”. So please let go of the fear that training with me means that I will be hitting you with sticks. Deep learning is best accomplished in a state of relaxed focus. Pain and fear are contrary to that state. Our idea is to train with “The Three ‘F’s: Fun, Fit, and Functional”.

The training should be FUN to do, or we will not continue doing it. The human animal enjoys cultivating skill over time and the martial path is a particularly satisfying and meaningful one.

The training should promote HEALTH & FITNESS. The healthier and fitter we are the more we enjoy life and the more we bring to any application of the skills.

And the training should be FUNCTIONAL– what you learn should work.

When we train together, my teaching is informed by:

  1. being a private student of and Guro under Guro Dan Inosanto and several other outstanding teachers.
  2. friends, coaches, training partners suchs as pro-MM fighter Pedro Munhoz of Team Blackhouse, MMA wrestling coach Kenny Johnson, Frankie McRae for firearms, and many more
  3. my experience as Crafty Dog, co-founder and “Guiding Force” of the Dog Brothers
  4. my experience at putting people on the field at Dog Brothers Gatherings– this includes not only obvious candidates for such endeavors, but artists, musicians, and “people who never knew they had it in them”
  5. training law enforcement: working with LEOs is a wonderful experience– not only do they have great stories for lunch time, but they bring a trememdously grounded perspective on practical problems in dealing with the people acting badly.
  6. Department of Homeland Security, and
  7. US and allied military.

Of course the more experience you bring to our training, there is more and more we can go into. Unlike a class or a seminar the focus is you and you alone. In your DBMA Personal Training Program there is no one size fits all– what we train is up to us. Some people prefer to focus on the “real contact stick fighting”; some on empty hand (our “Kali Tudo” ™ system); others prefer to focus on real world application– what we call “Die Less Often-The Interface of Gun, Knife and Empty Hand”; and many prefer a blend of all of them for the synergy of “consistency across categories”. It is up to you!

The logistics of the Personal Training Programs are these:

The training takes place in the Hermosa Beach area of Los Angeles—about seven miles south of LAX airport..

The specifics of your training schedule is something we work out together. That said, a typical day of training is usually five hours. What most people choose is to start at 1000 and go until 1230 with suitable breaks along the way. Then we break for lunch for until 1400. I like long relaxed lunches. The 90 minutes allows us to eat, talk and digest before returning recharged to the afternoon’s training from 1400-1630.

Our “Vice President in Charge of Reality” Cindy will help you with choosing hotel arrangements and related travel matters. Reach her at 310-540-6853. Know that we are a family business (translation: we have children and she may not always get back to you immediately) Regardless where you stay, the climate here is agreeable year round and many people who live in cold climes like to schedule their training during their colder months. A typical winter day here is usually 60-72 degrees.

The cost is $100 per hour for 1-2 people. Each additional person is $25 more. For US and Allied military, and for Law Enforcement there are special prices to express our gratitude.

The deposit is 50% of the cost of the time reserved.

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Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny
310-543-7521 (a 24 hour number)
Head Instructor
Dog Brothers Inc Martial Arts
703 Pier Ave
Box B-664
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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