February 2004 Newsletter

Instructor of the Month

Name: Ryan Rosenberg

Q: Which martial arts have you studied to date and for how long? (PAMA and non-PAMA)

A: When I was around 10 I studied Taekwondo for about a year but as with most 10 year olds, I was very flighty in my likes and dislikes. Since 1997 I have been training in Jun Fan, Kali, Silat, Muay Thai and Grappling. I also studied capoeira for about 8 months under Professor Caxias when he was teaching at PAMA.

Q: How did you get into martial arts? Where did you get the interest?

A: I have always been interested in martial arts for a myriad of reasons. When I first started out, I found the physical fitness aspects to be most attractive. I wanted to be able to kick high and fast and do a full split (I'm still working on this!).

I also have found the spiritual aspects to be illuminating in that through training for combat one can achieve a calmer mind and develop a greater sense of compassion for others. While training in the martial arts one can forget about the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Its sort of like a "moving meditation" where you are extremely focused on what is at hand.

By day I am a graphic designer and artist, so martial arts is also a logical extension of that aspect of my life. It's another way to express myself and it also has worked its way into my artwork. By day I get to be sensitive to color, form and shape. When I am at PAMA in the evenings, I get to be more aggressive and work out some of my "frustrations." It's a way to exercise the duality of the male/female, yin/yang aspects of my life.

Now that I am married and plan on starting a family in the future I also can appreciate the self-preservation aspects of the arts.

Q: How did you hear about PAMA? What influenced you to join PAMA?

A: As a sophomore in college I found myself going to the gym every day to stay in shape, but not really having any goals or direction. That is when I decided to start researching martial arts. Being able to stay in shape while being educated at the same time seemed like the best of both worlds. Asking around, I found that an older fraternity brother of mine was a relative of Sifu Rick Tucci. He highly recommended PAMA and I went and saw a demo at a local bookstore. The next week I was a member of the school and on my way.

Q: What is your impression of PAMA today? What do you like most about PAMA?

A: My impression of PAMA today is extremely positive. I think that it is a great school with great instructors. Everyone is very nice and there are no big egos. Sifu Rick constantly gives his best on a daily basis and he expects the same from his students. While everyone is a different shape and size and each has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, he expects you to explore those and do the best that you personally can do.

I enjoy the variety of training that you can receive at PAMA and the tie-in of the historical and cultural aspects related to each martial art. You can remove yourself from the modern world of computers and machines and immerse yourself in traditions that are hundreds of years old. Something may seem strange and foreign at first, but when it is explained in the historical and cultural context that it is related to, it makes a lot more sense.

Q: What are your goals you hope to achieve through PAMA?

A: The goals that I would hope to achieve through PAMA would be to stay in shape, continue to learn and continue to use the martial arts as a tool for my total development.

Q: What advice would you give students based on your experience as a student and instructor?

A: I would have to say to other students to travel on your own path. Everybody has a different reason for studying martial arts and as long as your intentions are good, you will get more out of it than you put in. Have fun. And keep training. As Bob Dylan says, you have to "keep on keepin' on."

Q: Which aspects of PAMA training could you offer help to students?

A: I would be able to help less experienced students out with the drills and skills related to Jun Fan, Kali and grappling.

Student of the Month

Name: Neil Campeas

Q: Which martial arts have you studied to date and for how long?

A: I began studying at PAMA well over a decade ago. For several years, I focused upon both Jun Fan and Muay Thai. I also participated in numerous workshops and tested in Savate. Over the last few years, I have worked on Jun Fan and tested again in Savate last February. Before joining PAMA, I studied Shotokan Karate for approximately five years earning my Black Belt.

Q: How did you hear about PAMA? What influenced you to join PAMA?

A: I first heard about PAMA through a former student of mine, who attended the high school where I taught English. He knew that I was looking for a more comprehensive Martial Arts education and highly recommended PAMA. I placed a phone call and was invited to try a class. After one session, I was hooked. I was impressed by the curriculum, the instruction, and the facility.

Q: What is your impression of PAMA today? What do you like most about PAMA?

A: After all of these years, I still thoroughly admire the dedication and professionalism exhibited by Sifu Rick. He remains as a role model for the Martial Arts and has been instrumental in helping me to understand personal strengths and weaknesses. The opportunity to participate in various seminars remains both unique and priceless.

Q: What are your goals you hope to achieve through PAMA?

A: My goals have been, and continue to be, self exploration and development of both physical and mental attributes. PAMA encourages me to assess my performance before, during, and after classes, and to constantly seek refinement and improvement. Through the years, I developed confidence while understanding that there is so much to learn when involved with the Martial Arts.

Announcing a New Class Taught by Amy Tucci at the Inosanto Academy in Los Angeles

Amy Tucci is offering a new class starting Wednesday February 4th at the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts in Los Angeles California. The Mixed Martial Arts class covers the arts of Jun Fan, Muay Thai, Kali, Silat, and mixed grappling. It is offered Wednesdays 5 to 6 PM, and Saturdays 10 to 11 AM.

Welcome to Jun Fan Level II

Eric Kaufmann Keith Byrd

Congratulations to Eric Kaufmann and Keith Byrd for passing the rigorous Jun Fan Level II test and qualifying to take the Level II Jun Fan class on Tuesday nights.

Action Martial Arts Trade Show & Expo

Center Stage Demonstration

The worlds largest martial arts trade show took place January 16 to 18 at Atlantic City, and PAMA played a significant role in the show and expo. Sifu Rick Tucci was featured in two seminars and a center stage twenty minutes prime time demonstration of Kali, Silat, and Muay Thai in front of seminar attendants.

Center Stage Demonstration

Sifu Rick Tucci was accompanied at the show by assistant instructors Bernie Dudley, Neil Acevedo, Mike Lee, Mary Jo Colli, Glenn Herman, Lisa Melendez, Mike Wolhfert, and Eric Kaufmann. Sifu Rick's seminar was on the first day of the show covering Filipino Kali edge weapon techniques. The forty five minute seminar was so popular that on Saturday immediately after the demonstration Sifu Rick offered a second forty five minutes seminar expanding in more detail on edge weapons and dagger techniques of Kali.

PAMA was represented as a noted martial arts vendor at PAMA's expo booth, featuring Sifu Rick's Kali video series and other products used at the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts.

Center Stage Demonstration

Center Stage Demonstration

Sifu Rick's Seminar

Center Stage Demonstration

PAMA Booth

Technique of the Month

This month Sifu Rick demonstrates a Jun Fan trapping technique with help from assistant instructor Neil Acevedo.

Sifu Rick and Neil in ready position.

Neil side kicks and Sifu Rick defends with a kick to the inner thigh.

Sifu Rick immediately follows with a finger jab fake to the eyes...

... to a kick, bridging the gap with his opponent.

Sifu Rick follows with a slap and hit (pak sao). Neil parries the hit.

Sifu Rick absorbs the parry with a bong sao motion...

... flowing to an edge hand to the throat...

... followed by a finger jab to the throat.