Dog Brothers Martial
Arts came together as an idea around 1987. At least
that is when I became involved in it's creation.
had got together to train in a more realistic way than what
was available to them previously. The state of full contact
stick fighting in those days was limited to looking like
the "Michelin Man" with excessive padding
and extremely light sticks that seemed to favor a single
style of combat due to the restrictive rules in place at
that time. Those people were Eric "Top Dog" Knaus, Marc
"Crafty Dog" Denny, and Arlen "Salty Dog" Sanford.
When I visited
California in 1987 and called Eric Knaus (who I had met
in 1981 in New York at Tom Bisio's school) and he
invited me down to the Inosanto
Academy for some late night sparring. His reputation
had already grown to the point that Kajukenbo
friends of mine in California were discussing his sparring
method. I went down to see what he was doing and met a few
of the group that became the Dog Brothers. I sparred
with him and a few others that night. It was like I had
come home. We wore a slightly heavier head gear in
those days and that is about all in the way of protection.
year in 1988 the Video Series "Real Contact Stick Fighting"
was filmed. I was asked to participate and we all had to
come up with "Dog" names. I chose "Sled Dog". By
that time the head gear had evolved to fencing head gear
that had been decommissioned by fencing clubs.
point Dog Brothers Martial Arts has grown both in size and
reputation. There are two "Gatherings" per year,
one in the spring and one in the fall. Anyone
who wants to test themselves on the field of combat is welcome
as long as they follow this simple credo, be friends
at the end of the day.
The head instructor
of the Dog Brothers is Marc "Craft Dog" Denny. He
has developed close ties with some highly regarded teachers
such as Guro Dan Inosanto,
Tuhon Leo Gaje, Dr.
Maung Gy, and Rigan Machado
and continues to evolve his knowledge with these teachers
to improve Dog Brothers Martial Arts.
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