Howl of Greeting: The rhythm of the seasons is with us and its time for the "Summer Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack". On behalf of the Council of Elders of the Dog Brothers, Dog Brothers Inc. hereby cordially invites all people of good spirit to its "Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack" at 11:00 AM on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at: Gokor Chivichyan's Hayastan MMA Academy 7299 Atoll Ave North Hollywood, CA 91605 http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sou...200809,-118.419431&spn=0.006904,0.016512&z=17 This is not far from last year's location so similar hotel arrangements should apply I am very happy with the fight area-- in my opinion it is the best indoor fight area we have ever had. Two sides of the fight area are padded walls, one side is a cagefight type fence, and the fourth side is a waist high version thereof. Fighters, please note that Gokor takes VERY seriously the cleanliness and condition of his fight area. Therefore ONLY wrestling shoes (white soled preferred) or bare feet will be required. You will be required to remove them before exiting the fight area and put them back on upon returning to it, so bringing sandals of some sort along may be a good idea. The viewing experience is also the best indoor experience we have ever had. There will be bleachers on two sides of the fight area and a balcony over looking from a third side. The donation at the door will be $15. Please remember that this will be a good opportunity to pick up our DVDs, sticks, clothing (including the new "Kali Tudo" MMA shorts and rash guards) and other items at special prices. The Magic Words: The MAGIC WORDS: "No judges, no referees, no trophies. One rule only: Be friends at the end of the day. This means our goal is that no one spends the night in the hospital. Our goal is that everyone leaves with the IQ with which they came. No suing no one for no reason for nothing no how no way!Real Contact Stickfighting is Dangerous and only you are responsible for you, so protect yourself at all times. All copyright belongs to Dog Brothers Inc. CA law applies." THIS MATTER OF ACCEPTING ALL RISKS APPLIES TO THOSE OF YOU OBSERVING AS WELL!!! For example, sticks, and fights for that matter, may go flying into the crowd. Parents should consider things like this in deciding whether a child is old enough to bring along and/or deciding on from where to observe the event. If a stick or a fight comes careening your way know that the fight has right of way-- it is on you to get out of the way! If you are sitting in or near the front row, we will not make fun of you if you wear protective headgear! As always, NO VIDEO CAMERAS and NO DUAL PURPOSE CAMERAS WILL BE ALLOWED. In God we trust, everyone else NO DUAL PURPOSE CAMERAS. If you see someone cheating, please let us know!!! We are very appreciative when people help look out for us! We will continue starting the knife fights with a handshake and the knives undrawn and analogous ideas. Concerning the knife fighting, there is a relevant thread at http://dogbrothers.com/phpBB2/index.php?topic=1296.0 We will have some "Shocknife" knives on hand and so it looks like we will be able to have electric knife vs. electric knife fights (as long as they last!). In lieu of the shock knives, aluminum blades are encouraged. Perhaps this will help induce more realistic behavior during the knife fights! We encourage you to fight knife versus stick-- the stick versus electric knife is always exciting. Stick vs. knife has been one of perennial questions of the FMA, so let's continue the research! Also, please feel free to hide a knife on your person and surprise your opponent with it during the stickfights. Remember that you may fight with weapons other than a stick if you can find someone willing to go against you. Please consider staff, double stick, and anything else. In order to more deeply explore certain variables, fighters may agree to "no grappling" rules. In staff and other heavy weapon fights the fighters may wear wrestling type ear guards under the fencing masks. As always, there is no charge for fighters but FIGHTERS MUST PRE-REGISTER, even if they have fought before-- no handing in registrations at the door! WE WILL BE RUTHLESS ON THIS! The Fighter's Registration form can be found on the website and MUST be filled out whether you have fought before or not. For all Fighter Registration matters, please contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org 310-540-6853. You are not registered until your name appears on the list of registered fighters on the website!!! The Adventure continues!!! "Higher Consciousness through Harder Contact" (c) Crafty Dog Guiding Force of the Dog Brothers President/Dog Brothers Inc.