Dog Brothers Martial Arts
DBMA was established in 1995 by Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny. Mixed in are the experiences from numerous Dog Brother fights and the influences from a variety of Martial Arts. Above all the southeast-Asian Martial Arts played a fundamental role. Later, other Martial Arts melted in creating a many-layered fight system.
DBMA a “system of many styles”
Why a system of many styles? Because fighting resembles the children’s game of “rock, paper, scissors”, in our opinion it is difficult to cover every situation with a single style. By style we do not mean a specific martial art style, because even within a system different fighters will interpret a style for themselves in a unique way.
Bruce Lee spoke of “no form as form”, and in similar way Sugar Ray Leonard expressed it similarly: “One doesn’t defeat the boxer but his style”. We categorize our opponents by observing how they attack and look for an appropriate response. In the search for a solution to an attack we have a treasure trove of Martial Arts forms we can consult for an appropriate counter.
This doesn’t mean that DBMA is a hodgepodge of techniques assembled as if by chance but rather a ‘system’ of many styles. A ‘system’ because of the interrelated knowledge, an integrated instruction method and an unchanging basic training principle.
DBMA is a many-layered system that covers different areas. On the one side, we have the stick-fight and the specialized theories for the Real Contact Stick Fighting (RCSF). Another focal point is the empty hand fight, not only for the athletic competition but also for self-defence.
In the area of self-defence, our system offers techniques and concepts that apply to armed as well as unarmed aggressors.
DBMA also comprises a wellness concept that includes fitness and massage.
This variety of content makes it possible that different groups that train DBMA have the same main focus although the methods may vary, “Just because they take a different path to the goal does not mean they are on the wrong path.”
The DBMA curriculum draws heavily from the following arts:
- Filipino Martial Arts (FMA)
- Krabi Krabong and Muay Thai
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling
- Mixed Martial Arts
The aspects of our training include:
- Single Stick
- Double Stick
- Palm Stick
- Empty Hand
A belief that stands behind the Curriculum of the Dog Brothers Martial Arts is that there is not one style that works as the ideal solution for all situations and problems that can occur in a fight. If a fighter is presented with a problematic situation by an opponent they must come up with a solution in order not to be beaten. In this way, during the fight a unique and dynamic exchange exists between the fighters and their corresponding styles. With the Dog Brothers, there has always been an active exchange of concepts through representatives of very different fighting styles and systems meeting in order to fight against each other. In this way the Dog Brother Martial Arts developed as a “system of many styles”. The Curriculum is continuously further developed, refined, and adjusted. On the day it ceases to further develop, it begins to die.
However the Filipino Martial Arts and the Krabi Krabong are building the foundation of DBMA.
Filipino Martial Arts (FMA)
The FMA go back to centuries old warrior traditions and is comprised of fighting techniques utilizing a variety of weapons, primarily blade weapons and sticks. Beside the armed martial arts the Filipinos developed a series of unarmed techniques that reflect the armed techniques.
It is probable that the FMA were heavily influenced during the time from 16th Century till the 19th Century by western fencing.
Today, the Filipino Martial Arts are widely known under names like Kali, Eskrima or Arnis.
The DBMA have been primarily influenced by these three FMA styles:
- Inosanto Kali
- Pekiti Tirsia Kali
- Lameco Eskrima
Krabi Krabong / Muay Thai
Krabi Krabong is the military forerunner of Muay Thai. This art comprises an armed as well as an unarmed branch. The unarmed is familiar today as Muay Thai / Muay Boran. In Krabi Krabong, training is performed with a large variety of weapons, for example the sword, spear, and shield. Krabi Krabong distinguishes itself through simple techniques and efficiency. There are few exercises or drills, but these are used throughout the entire repertoire of weapons. Earlier, this training concept was used to ensure that the youngest warriors were prepared for combat as quickly as possible.
Krabi Krabong was introduced to the DBMA curriculum by Ajarn Arlan “Salty Dog” Sanford who trained many years in Muay Thai and trained in Krabi Krabong during his trips to Thailand. Eventually, he could successfully apply the techniques of Krabi Krabong at the Dog Brother Gatherings and so succeeded in creating an opposing influence to the strong influence of the FMA and the BJJ within the Dog Brothers.
The Krabi Krabong of the DBMA distinguishes itself through powerful strokes, aggressive foot work, and Muay Thai kicks.
The third component of the Curriculum is Grappling (BJJ, Wrestling, and others).
Grappling is a “softer” fighting art because one tries to force the opponent into submission through bars, locks, and holds. Seen technically grappling is the idea of defeating a stronger opponent through taking advantage of favourable circumstances and an intelligent strategy. The ground fight is the trademark of grappling and it is there that the fight is usually finished.
Dog Brothers Stick Grappling is our own interpretation from BJJ, Wrestling and the FMA. We believe BJJ to be very effectively and when combined with Kali yields an extremely explosive mixture.
With Stick Grappling one needs good abilities in Stickfighting, Grappling, and Stick Grappling. However, the difficulty arises when one attempts to pursue all three simultaneously. An open mind is very important here.
DBMA Empty Hands
Although we are mainly associated with stickfighting, fighting with empty hands also forms an important focal point within the DBMA.
DBMA Empty Hands comprises punching and kicking techniques that have their origin in Boxing, Muay Thai and Kali. The throw, clinch, and ground techniques of our system come from wrestling, BJJ and FMA. Our Empty Hands contains concepts and techniques that have applications for self-defence as well as in competition.