March 2004 Newsletter

Instructor of the Month

Name: Hank Goodhue

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

A: When I was about twelve or thirteen I used to study some western boxing at the Police Athletic League for about two years. Then I did not study anything for almost eight years. Currently I try to study all of the arts offered at PAMA and have been there for a little over a year and a half.

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

A: Originally I got into martial arts because I had just moved to this area and did not have anything to do after work. My boss suggested that I try doing some martial arts. I have always found martial arts interesting and loved watching Sonny Chiba movies as a kid, but never thought about learning to do what I watched. I always knew of Bruce Lee and thought he was very impressive, but never knew anything substantial about him or JKD until I joined PAMA.

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

A: I was fortunate enough to just stumble across the webpage while I was searching the internet for a school to enroll in. The usual crop of martial arts schools popped up first, but I was not really impressed with chain schools or people with no creditials. After reading about the level of training Sifu Rick had accomplished and seeing the numerous arts offered, I decided to at least do a trial lesson. What really influenced me to join PAMA was the quality of the instruction and the dedication I saw in Sifu Rick. It was also impressive to me that the owner of the academy, Sifu Rick, also taught all the classes and was so involved with the progress of his students. I had been to other schools for various reasons, but never had I seen one that was quite like PAMA.

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

A: I think that PAMA is growing as a school and have definitely seen some really great things come into being since my time joining. I really believe that Sifu Rick and the staff are refining the school in all aspects and that it will continue to grow. I also think that there is not another school around that is on the level of quality that PAMA is, nor do I think that will change. The things I like most about PAMA are still the things that caused me to join, the level of dedication I see in Sifu Rick and the others there, the quality of instruction and the variety of arts offered. Also I feel that PAMA has a very friendly atmosphere and like that the students know one another by name.

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

A: There are numerous things I would like to achieve while at PAMA, but for the most part I would like to continue to grow as an assistant instructor and a martial artist. I hope to constantly learn and refine techniques, but also to grow as a person, which I feel martial arts definitely facilitate.

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

A: The main thing I would tell any student is to have the right mindframe about your training and to not think negatively about your progress. This does not mean be lax in your training or to go half-hearted. By all means push yourself as hard as you can and be honest in evaluating your abilities, but understand that progress in martial arts does not always feel constant, rather it goes in steps. As long as your training hard your skills will not get worse, but sometimes you hit a plateau before you go up agian.

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

A: I would be willing to help with anything I could, although I have to admit that kali is an area better left to someone else. I have been training in JKD and mixed grappling the longest and am always willing to roll if anyone wants to see what its like to grapple a double jointed person.

Student of the Month

Name: Adam Elga

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

A: I did some wrestling in high school, and practiced Aikido for several years. In the last few years at PAMA, I have focused on Jun Fan/JKD and some grappling.

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

A: When I visited a class (found through the yellow pages), I was impressed by how carefully the instructors explained the techniques, and by how crisply the classes were organized. No time during class was wasted.

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

A: I get the feeling from the instructors that doing the techniques right really matters. That makes it more fun for me than if it were just lots of sloppy hitting. And it's been indispensable to me that advanced students have been so willing to help out by pointing out my weaknesses when I practice with them.

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

A: Right now I'm trying to be more relaxed during the semi-live drills. As it is, I tend to flinch, especially against quick punches. The skill in question is: being comfortable in a situation that would naturally lead to lots of tension. That's a skill I'd like to further develop---and not just for martial arts.

Book of the Month

"French Savate by Salem Assli"

If there is a sport and a martial art which is 100% French, it is Boxe Francaise-Savate! 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, the author of French Savate, has been teaching Savate in the United States since 1984. President of the California Association of Boxe Francaise-Savate, he holds the title of Professor of Boxe Francaise-Savate, and Silver Glove second Degree. He also teaches the art of French Canne, and is certified as an instructor in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Kali-Silat under Dan Inosanto, and Muay Thai under Ajarn Chai Sirisute. He currently leaves in Los Angeles and teaches martial arts worldwide.

Salem Assli visited PAMA at the end of February and provided a seminar in French Savate to PAMA members. See story in this newsletter.

JKD Women

Guro Amy Tucci was interviewed by JKDWomen, a website promoting general well-being through training, creativity and self-development. Read the interview of our one and only Amy Tucci at Amy Tucci - Focus On No Limits.

"I feel that learning martial arts is like sculpting a work of art from a block of marble - a lot of small, subtle motions over time finally reveal a beautiful work of art, but no one motion necessarily stands out..." - Amy Tucci

Guro Amy Tucci is an inspiration to all of us. Anybody that had the opportunity of experiencing her teach a martial arts class would attest to the depth and breadth of her instruction. She makes you think about what you are doing. Read about her experiences and thoughts at


Matthew Befi

Congratulations to Matthew Befi for passing the Gold Sash Jun Fan test on February 7th 2004.

French Savate Seminar

Salem Assli and Rick Tucci demonstrating a technique

On Sunday February 29 Salem Assli gave a five hour seminar in the art of French Savate at the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts. On the day before, Saturday February 28, students had the opportunity to test in Savate towards a glove level. Congratulations to the following people for passing their test and receiving their glove level.

White Glove Mary Jo Colli, Neil Acevedo, Mike Lee.
Red Glove Mario Rivera, Neil Campeas, Kurt Komoda, Mike Wolhfert, Ryan Rosenberg, Ray Ng.
Green Glove Bernard Seaborn, Eric Kaufman, Glenn Herman, Hank Goodhue, Gregg Smith, Steve Lidz, Lisa Melendez,,Kathy Dy, Mark Ingemi, Jim Robinson.
Blue Glove Dan Doran, Chris Pothier, Ari Cohn, Max Wang, Justin Doran.

Salem Assli and Rick Tucci demonstrating another technique

Seminar participants practicing Savate

Technique of the Month

This month Sifu Rick demonstrates a Muay Thai training technique with help from assistant instructor Mike Lee.

Sifu Rick and Mike in ready position.

Mike throws a round kick. Sifu Rick counters by catching the leg and kicking the support leg.

Sifu Rick follows with a left knee to the trapped leg.

Sifu Rick follows with a right elbow to the face, covering with left arm.

Sifu Rick follows with a left elbow to the face, covering with the right arm.

Sifu Rick follows with a right knee.

Sifu Rick follows with a left kick to the inner thigh.

Sifu Rick finishes with a right cross, while covering the face and body.

Your Manager at Work

Bernard Seaborn

Meet Bernard Seaborn, your PAMA manager. He helps to make sure PAMA is running smoothly, even on Sundays. Show him your appreciation next time you see him.

Friendly note: Watch his lead jab. Its quick, even when on the mouse. I know first hand.

New at the Pro Shop

New Training Equipment

Check out the line of training equipment at the Pro Shop, including some new stuff. Are you missing some equipment and delaying replacing them? Are they getting old and smelly? PAMA carries the best quality equipment. You can be sure the Pro Shop carries only equipment that meets Sifu Rick's high standards.

Sifu's Video Tapes and DVDs

If you don't already own Sifu Rick's JKD or Kali training videos, then what are you waiting for? These videos are an instrumental asset to the inspiring martial artist. At the next birthday, holiday, or sunny day, get yourself one volume from the series or the whole series, and watch Sifu explain step by step the techniques at your own paste.

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