February 2005 Newsletter


Student of the Month

This month Sifu Rick selected Justin Doran (left) and Dan Doran, “the lethal twins”, for the newsletter, and no they are not identical.  In fact they are quite different, but make for a great team.  Both have a great smile and a good attitude about life.  Watch out young ladies, I think they are single.


Justin (left) and Dan Doran

So with double the trouble this month, here is what they have to say:




Like many guys, I've been interested in martial arts all my life. I saw the movies and read the books, and the desire has always been in the back of my head. However, it wasn't until I graduated from high school that I decided to seriously go for it. I did some searches online and was lucky enough to come across PAMA's website. Impressed with the curriculum, and Sifu's long resume, I decided to check it out.


I train in every art including Capoeria, however, I mostly do Jun Fan. I train in the rest of the arts to varying degrees of frequency.


Going into my training I had a lot of bad habits. I never stuck to any one activity for too long and I wasn't all that motivated when I did commit. So far, with some help, I've slowly begun to turn away from those habits. I have a long way to go, but I'm confidant I'll work my way through it.


Like all things, having a twin is both good and bad. We have our fun with the situation and it usually makes for a good joke or two. However, on the flip-side, we've run into some problems as well. The greatest being what most people assume to be one of the benefits to having a twin. We cannot train together. We don't hold anything back and we can't let anything go. Let me put things into perspective. We haven't been apart for more than a few days. We live in the same house, we go to the same school, and we have the same friends. We see each other so much we can't help but get on each others’ nerves. Furthermore, as you might have guessed, we do a lot of things similarly. That means that if I don't understand a particular aspect of a drill, neither will Dan. Because of this, we usually work with other partners.


At the moment I work with my Dad. He's a land surveyor and I help him with the field work. I go to College at Buck County Community College and I'm majoring in biology. Besides martial arts, I like photography, and snowboarding.


I would like to thank Sifu and all of the staff for being so patient with me. Despite the frustration, you have taught me so much.





I was always an active kid but have never had any experience with any type of martial arts before and never seriously considered taking them as a kid. The first time I can remember hearing about Bruce Lee was from my brother Justin. He had to do a book report and for some reason decided to do it on a Bruce Lee biography. He told me a little bit about it and I read some of it myself. I would say that is what first sparked my interest in Martial Arts. I didn't think about it again until I was about to leave high school and realized that sports were soon to be over for me. My brother suggested we try some Martial Arts. After some searching online we came across PAMA. We tried it out and here we are!


I have trained in all of the arts that are offered at PAMA at one time or another. It's nice to really see how different each art is and at the same time, how attributes from one art will help you with another.


It’s good to have a twin to train with at PAMA with. We let each other know if we were doing something wrong and having a twin is a good motivator to work harder because neither of us wants to be the losing twin!


I am a student at Bucks (in Pennsylvania) and work at a restaurant in Yardley. I am studying to be a surveyor. I like sports, music, the usual stuff. I also do some photography.


I'm pretty sure I did just about everything wrong that I could have when I first came to PAMA but I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of things. I know I have Sifu and all the senior staff to thank for that. Thanks guys!



Sifu Recommends a Book

Sifu Rick points out that too much time is focused on the physical aspects of martial arts, and not enough time is allocated to the spirituality of the martial arts.  Therefore to inspire some spirituality Sifu Rick recommends finding some quiet time in your busy lifestyle and reading The Zen Way to the Martial Arts by Taisen Deshimaru, where a Japanese master reveals the secrets of the samurai.


Quoted from the back of the book:


“From the dawn of history, human beings have strived to extend the limits of their strength and wisdom, aspiring to absolute strength, absolute wisdom.  But by what means is it possible to become both strong and wise?  In Japan, that means is the practice of the martial arts, or Budo, combined with the way of Zen.  Together they form Bushido, the way of the samurai.”


“At last: a book on the martial arts from a true Zen master... In Europe he learned how to make Oriental concepts understandable to the Western mind.  One of the results of that experience was this book: a series of lessons, question-and-answer sessions, and koans (riddles or anecdotes that point out general principles) that provide practical wisdom for all students of the martial arts…”



Dietary Supplement for the Conscious Mind

As a follow up to last month’s dietary supplement, this month we introduce the liquid form of Glucosamine Chondroitin.  Since you may have already forgotten, Glucosamine helps relieve arthritis pain, but more so has been shown to regrow cartilage, slow the progression of arthritis, and possibly even modify the disease itself with almost no side effects.  For general glucosamine information visit The Arthritis & Glucosamine Information Center.


But which is more effective, tablets or liquid Glucosamine?  The comparison of tablets vs. liquid seems to suggest there are benefits to taking Glucosamine in the form of liquid.  The Glucosamine Center at The Arthritis & Glucosamine Information Center website contains the information at the links above plus more.



Learn a Technique From Sifu Rick

Here is a video clip of Sifu Rick demonstrating a JKD technique with the help of assistant instructor Neil Acevedo at the Mega Martial Arts Expo which was held at Atlantic City in January.  The video clip is available as a high resolution video and as a low resolution video.  If you have a slow Internet connection or an older computer the low resolution may work better.  Also since at normal speed it is hard to decipher the technique, a slow motion version is available as well. Thanks to Mike Lee for providing the videos.


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PAMA at the MEGA Martial Arts Expo

The Action Martial Arts Mega Martial Arts Weekend event took place at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City on January 14-16 with the worlds largest martial arts trade show & expo, academy awards of martial arts, free seminars and workshops, free stage demonstrations, stars and celebrities, and a tournament.


Center stage demonstration


Sifu Rick and the assistant instructors from PAMA played a significant role in this action-packed weekend. For the third year in a row Sifu Rick was asked to feature a prime time center stage demonstration and two seminars. Sifu Rick, assistant instructors Bernie Dudley, Neil Acevedo, Mike Lee, Keith Byrd, Mary Jo Colli, Mike Wolhfert, Lisa Melendez, Glenn Herman, and Kurt Komoda were featured in a prime-time demonstration on center stage. See the video in the technique section for a clip from the demonstration.


Center stage demonstration


Both seminars offered by Sifu Rick were well attended and well received. The first seminar covered Filipino Kali, Indonesian Silat, and empty-hand techniques. Over thirty people attended this seminar. The second seminar explored knife self defense techniques. This seminar hosted over fifty people. There to help in both seminars were assistant instructors Neil Acevedo, Mike Lee, Mary Jo Colli, and Bernie Dudley. Assistant instructor Glenn Herman helped in the first seminar.


Center stage demonstration


PAMA was also represented and actively participating in the trade show and expo with its own booth showcasing Rick Tucci and various products and training devices developed and used at PAMA, including the internationally renowned Kali video series by Rick Tucci.


Sifu Rick and assistant instructors at PAMA booth


Sifu Rick interviewed at PAMA booth


Sifu Rick's seminar


Center stage demonstration


Center stage demonstration


Center stage demonstration



Savate Weekend

Written by Michael Lee and Mary Jo Colli.


If there is a sport and a martial art which is 100% French, it is Boxe Francaise Savate! Savate, which literally means 'old shoe', is the only kickboxing style that uses shoes in the ring. The shoe becomes a weapon for the fighter to use against his opponent. This system of fighting was born in the streets of France and evolved to become a very sophisticated system of self-defense. It was the most popular fighting art in Europe up to the beginning of the century. Unfortunately World War I and II claimed the lives of many masters and students. But Savate rose from the ashes and flourished once again. It now takes its place as one of the most popular and complete fighting systems in the world. Its history, its masters and champions past and present give Savate its unique flavor not found anywhere else.

Salem Assli has been teaching Boxe Française Savate in the U.S. since 1984. He is the President of the California Association of Boxe Francaise Savate, which is affiliated with the French Federation of Boxe Francaise Savate. He holds the title of "Professor of Boxe Fracaise Savate", and "Silver Glove 2nd Degree". Professor Salem Assli is the highest ranking and most knowledgeable authority of Savate in the U.S.


Princeton Academy had the pleasure of hosting Professor Salem Assli for an entire weekend. On Friday night January 28th some of the students that were preparing for testing had the pleasure of taking a semi-private lesson with Salem. This gave them a chance to ask any last minute questions and receive some personal insight into improving their form. This personalized lesson was very beneficial and insightful.


Saturday, January 29th was a busy day at PAMA. Students of all levels were testing with Professor Assli for various Savate glove levels (the ranking system in Savate). It was a very intense day with students anxiously awaiting the test that they have spent weeks preparing for. Correct form and mastery of distance is key in this examination. Every student upon completing his or her respective test was drenched in sweat considering at each level the test contains some form of sparring. The results were very positive and everyone's hard work paid off!

Congratulations to the students that tested and passed for a new Savate glove level. BLUE GLOVE: Chuck Cho, Justin Corbalis, Dan Doran, and Justin Doran. GREEN GLOVE: Max Wang, David Ramsay, Keith Byrd, Sam Levine, and Ari Cohn. RED GLOVE: Lisa Melendez, Stephen Lidz, Greg Smith, and Carrie B. WHITE GLOVE: Mike Wolhfert, Ray Ng, and Kurt Komoda. YELLOW GLOVE: Amy Tucci, Neil Acevedo, Mike Lee, and Mary Jo Colli.

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The next day, Professor Assli gave a five-hour workshop on Boxe Francaise Savate. He went over offensive and defensive techniques, counter attacks, and proper usage and distance for each. He also shared with the students the history of the art from its street fighting beginnings to its current sport form to his thoughts on the future of Savate. For some students this was their first formal introduction to the art; for others, the seminar was a great way to hone their form and learn techniques both basic and advanced. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Author/Editor: Asaf Ronen