How long have you been training at PAMA and in which arts?
I started here at PAMA approximately two years ago, since then I have studied Kali, Silat, Mixed Grappling, and Jeet Kune Do.
From all the arts taught at PAMA and all the areas in those arts, which arts or technique styles do you find are a good match for you? Why?
I enjoy all of the arts taught here at PAMA, but I am particularly fond of Silat. Silat has shown me that you don't have to be extremely strong, because the premise of this art is being able to use leverage against your opponent.
During the year PAMA hosts a variety of seminars with notable instructors. From the ones you attended which ones did you like? What did you like about them?
In the two years that I have been a member of PAMA, I have attended two of Guro Dan Inosanto's seminars, and a Savate seminar, by Salem Assli. I was most impressed by Dan Insonato's proficiency in the martial arts that he instructed us on. In particular, I was most impressed with his Kali disarms.
How did you get your interest in martial arts? What got you to start training in martial arts?
I started my martial arts training when I was about ten years old. I started studying Judo then moved on to Karate after about a year. From there I began studying the art of Tae Kwon Do. I stayed with this art for about two years. It was at this time that my interest changed and I began involving myself in other sports, such as: baseball, football, and basketball. I wanted to return to my martial arts training, however, my family and work obligations consumed most of my time. As my children grew older and became more self sufficient, I again began my martial arts training in 1995. I attained my first-degree black belt in the year 2002. It was approximately a year later, when I became bored and started to look at other arts to study. I was then introduced to Kali, and learned heaven-6, and I wanted to further my training in this art. I then began searching the Internet for different martial arts schools; it was in my research that I found the PAMA website.
How do you train or work out outside of PAMA?
My training outside of PAMA involves punching a heavy bag, working out with a Bow Cross and watching SiFu Rick's Kali and Jun Fan videos.
What line of work are you in?
I currently am employed by New Jersey Transit; I have been there for about 28 years. I am the General Superintendent of the Newark Division. I am responsible for the day-to-day operations for the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coastline, Raritan Valley and the Atlantic City Rail line. In addition, I also deal with community issues and outside agencies, such as Amtrak.
"The Art of Peace" by Morihei Ueshiba
The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. The teachings are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-body discipline he called the "Art of Peace," which offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. Ueshiba believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life - in personal relationships, as we interact with society, and at work and in business.
Quotes from the book:
Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969) is renowned as one of the greatest martial artists of all time. After years as a master of many martial arts, a soldier, and a spiritual seeker, he developed Aikido as a way to cultivate peace and harmony in the world.
In the March newsletter Sifu Rick recommended the book On the Warrior's Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology by Daniele Bolelli. If fact Sifu Rick went out of his way to highly recommend this book in class as the one book you must read. He liked it so much he traveled to Long Beach in Los Angeles to meet Mr. Bolelli in person. Daniele made Sifu Rick what Daniele called real Italian Bolelli pasta. They had a conversation about the book and Sifu Rick told Bolelli how much he liked it.
About Bolelli from the back cover of his book: "Daniele Bolelli teaches at California State Long Beach, Santa Monica College, and UCLA. He is a regular contributor to a variety of martial arts magazines including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Inside Kung Fu, and Samurai. Bolelli holds a 4th-degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo and is a practitioner of the traditional styles of Hsing-l, Pa Kua, and Tai Chi Chuan, as well as the emerging sport of Mixed Martial Arts. He is the author of several books in his native Italy."
Sifu Rick also paid a visit to Krav Maga school owner and instructor Alan Predoline while he was visiting in Long Beach. Alan attended Sifu Rick's Kali lesson in Las Vegas during the SuperShow. Predoline is interested in continuing learning the arts Sifu Rick teaches, so you may start to see Alan visiting us at PAMA.
On May 22, students of all levels packed into St. Robert Bellermine School in Queens, NY to learn from the best - Ajarn Chai Sirisute. An accomplished fighter and expert in many martial arts, he has been teaching the art of Muay Thai for more than 30 years. Students travel from all over the country to come to Ajarn Chai's seminars and the day was no exception. PAMA's Khuen Khru Rick Tucci, Khru Amy Tucci, Khru Neil Acevedo, Khru Mary Jo Colli, Khru Mike Lee and Lisa Melendez attended the excellent seminar. Throughout, Ajarn emphasized the basics, as well as introduced advanced counters.
On top of a wonderful seminar, participants were treated to an authentic Thai lunch, catered by our hosts at Nubreed Martial Arts. Thanks, guys.
After lunch and a few more hours of training, the main event. Nubreed Martial Arts' Jane Chan and John Chen, along with Progressive Martial Arts' Eric Ruiz all tested for their Apprentice Level Instructorships for the Thai Boxing Association. After the technical portion of the test -- form and Thai ceremony (Ram Muay/Wai Khru) -- each testee endured two rounds on the Thai pads. PAMA's own Amy Tucci and Mike Lee held for Jane Chan (2nd round) and John Chen (1st round) respectively. As painful and intense as the rounds were Jane, John, and Eric all passed their tests. Congratulations to all.
This month Sifu Rick and assistant instructor Mike Lee show us a JKD counter for an attacker's lead kick followed by a lead jab. Sifu Rick demonstrates two possible follow ups to the counter.
|Normal Speed Slow Speed Sifu Rick counters the lead low kick with a pak tek using the rear foot, then counters the lead jab with a woang pak biu gee, followed with a pak sao slap and hit. Opponent Mike Lee blocks with a parry crossing his center line in the process. Sifu Rick disolves the parry with a bong sao following with a gua chuie to the head and a combination of punches and a kick.|
|Normal Speed Slow Speed Sifu Rick counters the lead low kick with a pak tek using the rear foot, then counters the lead jab with a woang pak biu gee, flowing into a lop sao da, to a combination of punches, ending with a kick.|
The East Wind Academy of Martial Arts of Newport News Virginia is proud to present the "Mini-legends" seminar June 24 - 26 featuring Matass Na Guros Amy Tucci and Marc McFann. For information see the flyer posted at the East Wind Martial Arts Academy website.
On Saturday June 18 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts will hold a special class for teenage girls ages 12 to 18 on self defense. This class is open for anybody, not just PAMA members. If you know somebody who may be interested please direct them to PAMA for pricing and registration at 609-452-2208.
This course is designated to teach young women the realistic skills, awareness and mental attitude they need to defend themselves from physical harm. The course structure will be directed by Rick Tucci. Women instructors will provide much of the hands-on teaching. There will also be a law enforcement officer on hand to discuss subjects that young women should be aware of.
|"Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass." - Japanese proverb|
|"Opponents confront us continually, but actually there is no opponent there. Enter deeply into an attack and neutralize it as you draw that misdirected force into your own sphere." - Morihei Ueshiba|
|"Obstacles can not crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind." - Leonardo Da Vinci|
|"If you want others to be happy , practice compassion. if you want to be happy, practice compassion." - Dalai Lama|
Congratulations to Tom Everest and Yemi Okunseinde for passing the eight-month test and to Norman Sunga, Sony Chacko, Angel Soto and Tom Jason for passing the four-month test. Here are some pictures from their test. Click a picture to enlarge.
PAMA is extending a special offer to its member students. There is a special discount to all PAMA members for renting a car through Enterprise Rent-A-Car. For more information ask at the Pro Shop.
Twinlab Acetyl L-Carnitine
To learn about Twinlab's Acetyl L-Carnitine please visit the Twinlab website and BodyBuildingForYou.com website.
The Kali videos by Sifu Rick are on sale online and in the Pro Shop. Visit the Kali videos page for more information and check them out at the Pro Shop.
We don't mean that you take all of us on your next vacation, even though that would be nice. To have some fun this summer PAMA is holding a competition. There is no fighting involved, just a camera and your favorite PAMA T-shirt or jacket. On your next vacation don't forget to take your PAMA clothes with you because we want a picture of you on your vacation with your PAMA clothing in some exotic or scenic place. Bring in your pictures to PAMA by no later than September 30th for a chance to win a yet-to-be-announced prize. Who decides the winner? We all do. There will be a vote by the students.
Editor: Asaf Ronen
Photographs by Mike Lee, Asaf Ronen, Amy Tucci