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.

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 has three areas:

1) RCSF (Real Contact Stick Fighting) which includes:
– Single Stick
– Double Stick
– Staff
– Stick-Grappling
– Flexible Weapons (nunchaku, whip, etc.)

moreover has DBMA RCSF the:
Crafty Dog Variation
– Lonely Dog Variation


2) Kali Tudo (Empty Hand) which includes:
– Striking / Kicking
– Clinching / Wrestling
– Grappling / BJJ


3) DLO (Die Less Often) which includes:
– Self-Defense
– Defense against weapons
– Short Impact Weapons
– Knife


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.