Company: Dog Brothers Inc.
Tape Name: Real Contact Stick Fighting Vol.3: Siniwali
Cost: $49.95 (the whole set of 6 tapes goes for $100)
Length of Tape/Time: 80
Number of Moves/Techniques: 12 plus concepts
Return Policy: ?
in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Eric Knaus
Address: 703 Pier Ave, Suite 664, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Company’s Phone Number:
Web Page: http://www.dogbrothers.com
Primary Grading Criteria:
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
3. Comprehension Score/Immediate
4. Degree to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist:
5. Score on delivery vs. hype: 10
6. Degree to which we'd recommend this
7. Wasted Time (The higher the number, the less "fluff"/repetition):
9 8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over again: 10
9. Would I purchase more
of this company's products:9
10. Overall grade based on cost vs. value: 10
Total: 97 %
1. 80%-100% = 97 %
2. Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent = Excellent
0-5 stars = 4.25
Secondary Grading Criteria:
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
3. Advanced benefit:
4. Time to benefit: As usual,practice,practice, practice! Techniques
are simple and direct ,only constraint being that one should apply them under Dog
Brothers testing conditions and that will hurt.
5. The need to buy additional
tapes to understand this one: The tape is part of a coherent series and it would
seem stupid to learn double stick techniques without having any idea of basic power
production and footwork.
Welcome to yet another
novel and excellent idea brought to you by MAVR ,as always on the cutting edge of
video reviewing ( even if we say so ourselves). Instead of having one person reviewing
a whole series, different reviewers tackle titles within that series. It helps our
readers in the sense that they may get a different slant on the same series. Sometimes
reviewers may actually disagree with each other's evaluation , and in such a case
it is good for the reader to know that not everyone loves or dislikes the product.
Similarly, if several reviewers all have more or less the same response, the reader
feels all the more motivated to buy or not buy the tapes. From the reviewer's point
of view, it prevents the kind of staleness that this reviewer , for instance , felt
on doing his fourth and fifth straight review of Mr.Taktarov's series.
Dog Brothers. Woof Woof! As reviewer C.J. says in his review of the first tape,"
most escrimadors either swear by them or swear at them." That about gets it
said. A lot of stickfighters find the "Ostrich Technique " to be the best
defence against the Dog Brothers, just as many stand -up fighters find it very useful
against grapplers. It's a simple technique : Dig a hole in the ground. Stick your
head into it. Then say repeatedly : What problem ? I don't see no problem! Apparently
works every time, although it does leave your backside somewhat dangerously exposed.
though, as martial artists we live in the best of times. These days we know, with
very few doubts , what works and what does not work. Off course there will always
be those practitioners out there who actually believe that their reverse spinning
flying kick or their ten-part wrist lock submission will save them in a street encounter,
but then again the "Flat - Earth" society is alive and well and apparently
has quite a few members. As long as the former never get into a street-fight and
the latter never go on a space-trip, they should be fine. There are plenty of people
who have tested techniques during their years as bouncers or police officers and
there are arts and/or sports that have been doing their thing under full-contact
conditions for a long time. Muay thai , Western Boxing , Brazilian Jiu Jutsu, Sambo,
Dog Brothers, Zulu Stickfighting and a few others have served as laboratories for
testing what works under certain conditions and what does not. To me this is the
central issue regarding this material . Every single technique and drill shown here
has been tested under as realistic conditions as are conceivable outside of a "death
match " format. None of this stuff is done because " Eric's teacher said
so,and he in turn taught it that way because his teacher said so". What a bunch
of crap. I am continuously puzzled that people still accept that kind of empty rationalisation.
That's the way we do it in this style ,because my teacher said so, because I say
so…why do people still take this kind of nonsense? Everything the Dog Brothers teach
has been tested. People have bled to establish the validity of these techniques.
What's more, more often than not, after demonstrating and explaining the technique,
Mr.Knaus shows an actual "Dog-Fight" or two to illustrate the point he
was making. How much more real can you get?
As to what is actually shown on
this tape. The first half an hour consists of Mr. Knaus teaching seven double stick
techniques or drills, as follows:
1.The Fluid Attack
Number One - Switching
3.Co-ordination Drill Number Two - Alternating Eight
Drill Number Three - Fluid Eights
5.Co-Ordination Drill Number Four - The Florete
6.Co-Ordination Drill Number Five - The La-Coste Eight Count
Exploding Star - Putting It All Together
Mr. Knaus observes that, in the case
of a full contact stick fight, even after years of Siniwali drilling, people have
the tendency to go to a position in which the lead hand stick is used for parrying
and the back-hand stick is used for striking ( as an interesting footnote, in Zulu
stick-fighting, which the reviewer has had the privilege of studying a little, that
is exactly how one fights ,i.e. the same natural response has been used as the basis
for a whole stick-fighting system. One stick is used as a shield and the other one
as a striking stick).He asks the obvious questions:
1.If we train both hands
evenly ,why do we automatically go to this " right power strike" structure
2.Why doesn't the fancy stuff come out when you fight?
For the answers
to these and many other interesting questions, buy the tapes.
This section is
followed by fifteen minutes of fights and interviews. I also liked the commentary,
given as one is watching the fight.
The next section is called " Jab
and Single Stick Combinations". It includes:
1.Basic 6 Jabs ( Forehand
and Backhand to head, hand and knee )
2.The Overhead With Jab
3.Jab & Toe
Smash/ The Takedown
4.Uppercut & Slash : One Part Of The X
Chopping and The Triangle From The Third Dimension
The last section, entitled
" Stick to empty hand" with Burton " Lucky Dog " Richardson shows
how the double stick movements translate to empty-handed usage. Mr. Richardson, who
is an excellent teacher, illustrates his ideas with many examples.That's it.
leading master from the Phillipines recently stated in an interview in the British
magazine "Combat" that, as far as he is concerned, the art is everything
and the individual is nothing. Off course, he ,being the master of this art, i.e.
it's living representation, is the art, so what he says ,goes, as far as his pupils
are concerned. The same master gave a seminar in Cape Town a few years ago, which
I was lucky(?) enough to attend. Aside from basic twelve strikes we were taught extremely
complex combinations. He slashes, you catch and trap. He strikes with other hand.
You also catch and trap this, then you tie both his arms up with one of yours and
now your knife hand is free and you fillet him elegantly. Sure, and the cheque is
in the mail. So you seem to have two options. You can study such fancy, involved
crap with someone who thinks he's God's gift to the Martial Arts or you can buy these
tapes, get together with a couple of training partners , practice the stuff off the
six Dog Brothers tapes and play with it whilst wearing a minimum of protective equipment.
This is the only drawback: To get the full benefit, you need to experience these
techniques under conditions as realistic as possible and this will hurt. Which you
choose is off course up to you but I know which will make you the better stick-fighter.
Remember, you don't have to , there's always the Ostrich Position ,which might even
lead to interesting new friendships!