Volume 1 Issue 2 05/04/08


Houston Premier Reality Based Martial Arts & Combative Fitness & Nutrition Facility.

Your monthly guide to Combative Techniques, Tactical Airsoft, MilSim and Combative Fitness & Nutrition.

Interview with Mr.Traylor
Hello Mr.Traylor Thank you for this interview, ok we have accumulated the 10 most asked questions. Q. Is it ok if we start? A. Yes, Sir! Q.1) How long have you been in the Martial Arts? A.1) Oh lets see, since the age of five. I was not in martial arts the whole time I took three to four years off, and then got back in to Martial Arts. It’s been quite a journey for me. Q.2) Why the name Dark Gift Combat, don’t you think it is a bit weird for a martial arts studio to have a name like that? A.2)”laughs” well no, I don’t think it’s a weird name; the name stands for some thing. DARK is the meanest part of humanity that punk thief or rapist, killer. That’s the dark side of people. GIFT COMBAT we are given you the gift to combat the dark side of humanity. Thus the name dark gift combat, we are not your corner MAC DOJO, what we teach and train in is for keeps. Your life or your families may be at stake.

Mr. Traylor Owner of D.G.C.F.S. and Founder of D.G.C.F.S. System.

Q.3) What is the Dark Gift Combat Fighting Systems? A.3) OOH wow ok, deep question. Let’s see hmm. D.G.C.F.S. is 34 years of experience
Inside D.G.C.F.S. Interview with Mr.Traylor Mikes Fitness Corner Coming event Event flyers Airsoft Products Continue Interview 1 2 3 4 6 7 and a journey of discovery. It’s an accumulation of different systems, the CORE being P.F.S. Progressive Fighting Systems, Then Ray Dionaldo F.C.S. Filipino Combat Systems, Hock Hochheim and Scientific Fighting Congress, Tony Blauer S.P.E.A.R. System, C.S.W. Combative Submission Wrestling just to name a few and of course my take and flavor of the systems to make it unique to D.G.C.F.S. very different and always evolving.

Q.4) What is Reality Based Martial Arts, Isn’t all Martial Arts essentially the same? A.4) “Laughs” well if you are talking about Traditional Martial Arts… yes, they are very close to the same both in the their beliefs and their training. Reality Based Martial Arts is 100% different both in mind set and training. 1st "The definition of the term Reality-Based" Training and survival skills based on modern conflict situations that the practitioner is likely to encounter in their environment (their "reality"). We train our students with modern methods and weapons, Knife, Stick, Gun; we have to address the "adrenaline dump". This fear induced high volume shot of adrenaline is normal and natural and cannot be stopped. That affects your gross motor skills.

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Below I’ve presented six of the interesting displacing debates I’ve heard argued lately. Hopefully by discussing them I can put to rest the idea that these issues are of critical importance to your overall health and body composition. I’d like you to understand that these represent small, fine tuning details which are only relevant to a small percentage of the population, if that. On the whole, these debates do more to confuse and paralyze people than to encourage them to take their health into their own hands.

The Top 6 Displacing Debates
1. Fruit is Bad Now? We all know fruit provides fiber, vitamins, minerals, and low glycemic index carbohydrates, so it should be no surprise that many experts recommend eating a few servings of fruit each day. Heck, this notion has even been turned into a clichéd rhyme:” An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Yet some experts out there actually suggest that fruit might be bad for us! That’s utter nonsense. So, imagine you’re someone with a lifetime of eating habits that are less than optimal (for some of you, it might not be so hard to do) and you’re exposed to this debate. What do you do? Well, nine times out of ten, you figure that if there’s a chance fruit is bad for you, you might as well stay away from it probably better to reach for a Big Mac instead. After all, it does taste better. What to do? Eat the damn fruit but, as with everything else, don’t overeat! 2. Raw? Organic? Speaking again of fruits (and vegetables), it’s recommended that the average person consume two pieces of fruit and three servings of vegetables per day as a bare minimum. I recommend 10-15 servings per day. Yet most North Americans (athletes included) consume far less than the standard recommendation of five servings of fruits and vegetables. However, rather than simply recommend more fruit and veggies (no matter how you can get them, for any fruits and vegetables are better than none), experts spend their time fighting about canned fruits and veggies vs. raw fruits and veggies. And then they fight about raw fruits and veggies vs. organic fruits and veggies! Sure, I agree that raw, organic fruits and vegetables are best since they probably have a higher micronutrient count, but let’s face the facts: any fruits and veggies are better than none! So again, imagine you’re someone with a lifetime of bad eating habits and you’re exposed to all this bickering. What do you do? Well, you'll probably avoid the fruits and veggies, wait for the experts to finish dueling it out, and reach for a Snickers bar instead. What to do? Get sufficient fruits and vegetables in your diet before worrying about whether they’re organic or not. Once you’ve done that, worry on.

Mr. Morales Owner of Fit 2 Fight Gym Co-Founder of R.E.A.C.T. System. Instructor in Hand to Hand Combat at D.G.C.F.S.

Inside D.G.C.F.S. Interview with Mr. Traylor Mikes Fitness Corner Coming event Event flyers Airsoft Products Continue Interview

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3. Raw Milk vs. Regular Milk What about milk? In my opinion, it’s not necessary, doesn’t always "do the body good," and should be minimized in the diet (although I see no need for total elimination unless you’re lactose intolerant).However, if we could simply get more people to drink milk instead of sugary soda, we’d have less obesity and disease. But instead of focusing on healthy behaviors, experts will bicker on and on about regular milk vs. raw milk. Of course, all this does is serve to draw negative attention to milk and away from the other healthy decisions people could be making. Sure, if it were possible to get raw milk that was guaranteed aseptic, it would be better than processed, pasteurized milk. But faced with the confusion, what do you, the

hypothetical sub-optimal eater, do? Well, nine times out of ten, you avoid both kinds of milk and drink another Coca-Cola instead. What to do? Limit milk, and drink calorie-free beverages like water and green tea instead. Page 2

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4. Tap Water vs. Bottled Water Speaking of beverage consumption, people are dehydrated because they drink too little water while drinking too many caffeinated, diuretic drinks (coffee, soda, and alcohol). Dehydration leads to all sorts of health problems for the inactive, not to mention the decrements in athletic performance seen in dehydrated athletes. But rather than simply promoting the heck out of water consumption, experts will bicker on and on about tap water vs. bottled water. Sure, good quality bottled water is usually a better choice, but don’t be one of these people who stay away from tap water, forget to pick up their bottled water, and simply remain dehydrated. What to do? Drink sufficient water first; worry about the source later. (Of course, you may want to avoid drinking out of puddles next to pig farms in Uganda.) Put a water filter on your tap or buy one of those filter jugs you store in your fridge and be done with it. 5. Glass vs. Plastic And How about the bottles the water comes in? That’s right, the glass vs. plastic debate. Just the other day, I was recommending that a group of my athletes pick up some Tupperware so they could whip up all of their meals and shakes in the morning. It’s easy to make a good food choice during the day when you’ve got all your good food with you, pre-cooked, pre-wrapped, and ready to be eaten. After the talk, one of the athletes came up to me and told me he avoids Tupperware altogether because of the potential leeching of xenoestrogens into his food. When I asked what he uses to store his food in, he told me he doesn’t even preplan his meals. He also told me he needed to lose fifteen pounds and that he was overweight because his nutrition sucked! Buddy, I agree that glass containers may be marginally better than plastic, but for the love of God, pick up some plastic if it'll help you plan your meals! And this was a world-class athlete! You can imagine how the average guy fares! What to do? Plan your meals in advance, storing them in woven baskets if necessary. Buy the best containers you can afford. If you can get the glass versions, great; if not, the generic plastic ones will do just fine. 6. Free Range vs. Extremely Limited Range Meat Most weightlifters eat lots of protein and that’s no mistake. One of the best ways to get all that protein is by eating a lot of protein and micronutrient-rich lean meat. Protein supplements are okay to supplement your diet, but real food should be your nutritional mainstay and there’s nothing better than good old fashioned lean meat. Since eating more protein can increase metabolic rate, improve your weight loss profile, increase protein turnover, accelerate exercise adaptation, and (when replacing dietary carbohydrate) decrease the chance of cardiovascular disease, it should be clear that most people would do well to increase their consumption of lean meat. So imagine the dismay someone might experience when hearing that the experts are now bickering about the type of meat we consume. Many experts muddy the waters when discussing free range vs. grain fed meat, telling people that grain fed meat (the only kind you can find in many grocery stores in North America) is full of toxins, bad fats, and hormones. Sure, free-range meat is probably a better choice, although there’s little proof the supposed toxins and hormones actually get passed on to us. But again, imagine you’re someone with a lifetime of eating habits that are less than optimal and you’re exposed to all this bickering about lean protein. What do you do? Well, when you’re afraid of the meat you have access to, you shy away from all types of lean meat and reach for another bagel. Bad choice! What to do? Find the best meat you can by going around to various grocery shops and butchers. Owners of health food stores may also be able to help you locate the best stuff. But don’t be afraid to eat the meat you find in your grocery store — the reports of your impending death are greatly exaggerated. These are just a few of the displacing debates gaining momentum in the nutrition world. Do your best to get past the marginalia, to get past the differences between all the new programs, and try to discover for yourself the basic principles all the successful programs seem to be built upon. Most importantly, when faced with a choice between two good options, one of which may be marginally better than the other, but both of which would be an improvement over what you're currently doing, just pick one and go with it. You can optimize later, as long as you make an improvement now. There's no debating that.

Coming Events
May 17-18/08 Mr. & Mrs. Traylor / some Apprentice Instructors will get training in Terrorist/Active shooter Interdiction Courses. June 13-14/08 D.G.C.F.S. is Hosting International Combatives Self Defense Association seminars "TACTICAL GUN SHOOTING, STICK, KNIFE, GRAPPLING 9am-5pm September 26-27/08 Ray Dionaldo F.C.S. Filipino Combat Systems seminar at D.G.C.F.S facility 12-5pm

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Events flyer

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length:695mm length with stock retracted: 595mm weight:2750g magazine capacity:450 rounds Initial speed:M120 / 395 fps . The original ICS Creation, It’s one and the only in the world Because of the market demand, ICS created CXP. ICS CXP has fantastic appearance and useful tactical rail. This design allows players easily to install different kinds of accessories on CXP. No matter where you are, ICS CXP always makes you under the spot light and to be the champion. The new designed retractable stock is very easy to use. There are six positioning holes. You can change the length of the stock according to your favor and your mission. It can work with the sling ring and make you completely win the assault battle. CXP has the strongest fore structure. The embedded barrel joins to metal body tightly. This deign removed the waver problem which results from the weak structure of the outer tube or the incompact body. ICS pursues quality without limited. We create our CXP with M4 pistol and upgrade the shooting speed to M120 / 395 fps. We also use our reinforced gearbox that you can only find in ICS to create the masterpiece. THIS IS ONE BAD A#$^ GUN. A bit on the expensive around $450.99 but I talked the manufacture they said the price may drop, that would be nice. I talked to Mr. Castandiello, he is going to purchase one soon for our training and airsoft fun, We will let you know the results.

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So a lot of what we teach and train in is IN YOUR FACE. Force on Force sparring weapons like airsoft guns that shoot about 330 fps. We do not use rubber guns there is no consequence if you make a mistake, marker knife as well as shock knife, there has to be a consequence if you make a mistake we need to see how you handle yourself under duress. Other wise I feel you are wasting your time. Q.5) Why do you teach with airsoft guns, marker knife, shock knifes, rubber sticks in your training? A.5) Well like I stated earlier their has to be a consequence if you make a mistake and to be honest I have a lot of instructors come in from different systems or style that ask for privates, they come in I ask if they do weapons disarms such as knife, gun, stick, they say “OH YES!” I am very GOOD at that. so I pull out the rubber gun and they do a beautiful disarm, So then I pull out the airsoft gun give him eye protection all of a sudden he is not smiling. I say ok disarm the gun he tries and gets shot 5 out of 5 times. He was never trained to move out of center mass or to wait for a command to move “such as give me your money ect. I could go on and on but I think you get the idea. 2nd I need our students to be in duress, that way, you are going to feeling like its a real situation, scared, anxiety ect.. That’s why we use these tools. Q.6) Why do you only teach Knife, Stick, Gun and not staff or bo or swords ect…? A.5) well STAFF, BO, SWORD, NUNCHUCKES , those weapons are not modern day, meanings that through police reports most assaults happen with a knife or a variation of one, stick or club and at gun point. These are weapons that you are likely to encounter in your life time.

Q.7) Who are your Instructors and who have your trained with? A.7) Ahh man I have trained with tons of people in my 36 plus years or so but my SIFU is PAUL VUNAK, RAY DIONALDO,
W. Hock Hochheim, but I have trained under some great instructors like Betiss "Super" Mansouri, Romie Aram, Javier "Showtime" Vazquez, William "The Bull" Sriyapai, All of these guys are the greats people and friends, I am who I am cause of these Instructors and friends. To those I did not mention please forgive me. Q.8) What are the four ranges of combat and why do you teach those ranges? A.8) The Four ranges of combat are KICKING, BOXING TRAPPING and GRAPPLING. The reason I teach the four ranges of combat is that in an altercation, most violent encounters star at Kicking range, then enters into the boxing range then following into Trapping and finally the Grappling stage. All fights frequently go through all those ranges of combat. NOT ALL some end very quickly that’s the perfect encounter, quick and to the point

Q.9) What are you most Thankful for? A.9) My family, for their support in what I do, My wife Fabiana Traylor or Mrs.Traylor for her belief and faith in me, I love Her she is my heart and soul, My two kids Gabriel and jasmine they are my very Heart Beat. My Instructors and students who are willing to learn from Mrs. Traylor and I, We are humbled,

Q.10) Why should people train at D.G.C.F.S.? A.10) Well 1st we have a very DEEP pool of Instructors, from different systems and back ground that add essence and depth to D.G.C.F.S. 2ND our training methods, we use only R.B.M.A.T. “Reality Based Martial Arts Training”. We use scenarios exercise such as walking to your car, home invasions, multi-attackers, elevator room ect… D.G.C.F.S. is always evolving our training changes with the times, as better techniques and training become available D.G.C.F.S. is there to learn, evolve, adapt, Most Martial Arts Styles are deep rooted in ritual. So they do not grow, adapt or evolve, they are still training in the past, there methods are antiquated and are not practical for today’s world. Let me say this I am not knocking Traditional Martial Arts or for that matter Mixed Martial Arts but there is a difference between R.B.M.A.T. and T.M.A. and M.M.A. and unfortunately people THINK they are all the same. THEY ARE NOT!!!! I am exhausted by people saying they are. D.G.C.F.S is evolution of combat, we will continue grow adapt and over come what ever faces us in life and in battle. D.G.C.F.S HAS ONE PRINCIPLE, TO SURVIE. Page 7

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