Guro Colin ‘Point Dog’ Stewart

Col

Colin began martial arts as a polite, scrawny, bookworm of a 13 year old kid who’d moved from living on a farm to living in a town and didn’t quite ‘fit in’. He read a lot of comics and thought becoming a bad-ass ninja might help him get picked on less.

Through over two decades of martial arts training he has trained in a lot of different styles and systems. He’s earned various Instructorships, Blackbelts and competition titles over the years but has found Dog Brothers Martial Arts (DBMA) and Guro Benjamin ‘Lonely Dog’ Rittiner to be his greatest influences.

Colin became a DBMA Group Leader in 2006 (under Guro Lonely), the same year he started fighting in the Dog Brothers Gatherings. By 2012 he was a full Dog Brother and one of the few full Guro’s in the DBMA system under Guro Marc ‘Crafty Dog’ Denny. He was also awarded Black Tag in the ‘Lonely Variation’ of DBMA, under Guro Lonely in 2015.

In 2013 Colin suffered a minor stroke which resulted in a lot of time out of training, but he has since fully recovered, even to the point of a return to fighting.

No bio would be complete without mentioning the names of several of his coaches over the years who have had a huge impact on his training: Sensei Brian Wildish (Tai Jitsu), Sensei Martin Livingston (Shodokan Aikido), Master Paul Smith (Wing Chun & Arnis), Guro Dave ‘Yoda’ Green, Guro Benjamin Rittiner (DBMA), Punong Guro Marc Denny (DBMA), Prof. Pedro Bessa (BJJ), Coach Martin Hurd (MMA), Coach John Conway (Boxing) and Coach Stuart McWatt (Judo).

A special mention has to go to his ‘Kali Brothers’ (Graeme ‘Scotty Dog’ Higgins, Gerry ‘Celtic Dog’ Casey and Steve ‘c-Hobbit Dog’ Ormerod) who have been equal parts teachers/training partners and drinking buddies for over 15 years.

Currently he teaches DBMA in Perth, Scotland, and enjoys having a ‘ruckus’ on the mats at Judo and BJJ. He is no longer scrawny, owning the fitness business Mindful Strength, but is still (generally) polite and a complete book worm. He could not possibly tell you if he ever became a ninja…