August 2004 Newsletter

PAMA Competition 2004

On July 10th PAMA held the first PAMA Competition 2004 where PAMA members competed in five disciplines: boxing, kickboxing, grappling, shoot wrestling, and stick fighting. This event was the first of its kind since I can remember at PAMA, and proved to be a success. All spectators were welcome and enjoyed magnificent action.

Competitors included: Carrie Bona, Kathy Dy, Jamie Lynn, Jen Pantuso, Jim Blevins, Ben Brophy, Wayne Brown, Chuck Choe, Jon Denz, Dan Doran, Justin Doran, Hank Goodhue, Ryan Hansen, Kurt Komoda, Steve Lidz, Brian Matson, Ray Ng, Yemi Okuseinde, Mike Post, Dave Ramsay, Bernard Seaborn, Aki Shishido, Max Wang, Jerry Weaver and Mike Webb.

The first and second place winners at each event are as follows.

Event 1st Place 2nd Place
Kickboxing Men's Division 1 Dave Ramsay Bernard Seaborn
Grappling Men Hank Goodhue Ray Ng
Stick Fighting - Men's Division 2 Mike Webb
Stick Fighting - Men's Division 1 Jerry Weaver Steve Lidz
Boxing Men's Division 2 Mike Post Ryan Hansen
Grappling Women Jen Pantuso Carrie Bona
Kickboxing - Men's Division 2 Aki Shishido Kurt Komoda
Boxing -Men's Division 1 Dave Ramsay Chuck Choe
Shoot Wrestling Hank Goodhue Aki Shishido

An edited DVD of the competition with over two hours of action will go on sale at the PAMA ProShop soon! Check out these sample clips to preview some what is on the DVDs.

Smiling before the competition, but not for long.

Last minute training.

Get ready... Set...



Stick fighting.

Ready to go in and box...

Assistant instructor Glenn is preparing the next generation of PAMA students using the wooden dummy.


Check out our tough ladies.

Student of the Month

NAME: Jonathan Vergara

Q: What is your favorite martial arts movie? What was the best scene? If you had the option would you want to be more like Jackie Chan or more like Jet Li?

A: Of recent, my favorite M.A. movie would have to be "Blade II". The best scene was the sword fight scene when the two "ninja vampires" came to visit Blade in his warehouse. Can't wait to see "Blade III".

I have to say more like Jackie Chan. He looks like he is having fun in integrating comedy routines into his martial arts. It is all about having fun but behind is a very skilled martial artist.

Q: What is your favorite martial art at PAMA and why? Which other martial arts outside of PAMA do you find interesting?

A: Kali by far is my favorite martial art. I feel it is the most complete and very efficient. Complete in the sense that it covers a lot from grappling techniques, to striking, silat and weapon arts. I also enjoy the looseness and not so rigid form.

Judo would be something that I would be interested in.

Q: How did you get into martial arts? What do you hope to achieve through PAMA? What attributes would you like to refine?

A: I have always been interested in martial arts but never had the opportunity that I have today. I am glad I do now and it has been a great experience. I am looking to continue to develop myself and continue to learn more about the cultures that practice these arts as well.

Q: If you could design the best equipment for training martial arts what would it be? What would it look like and what could you do with it?

A: I am a very visual person and I learn a lot easier by seeing and visualizing. Videos are great for this and can always play it back. If I could record every class session and had the ability to play it back it would be a great training tool.

For those of you who don't know, Sifu Rick has three videotape series for sale at the PAMA ProShop - Kali, Jun Fan and Silat - demonstrating the techniques we learn in class step by step. These are an excellent resource for learning the techniques at home at your own pace.

Dietary Supplement of the Month


A major cause of aging is the deterioration of the energy-producing components of the cell which results in reduced cellular metabolic activity, the accumulation of cellular debris, and eventual death of the cell. - source: Life Extension

The amino acid L-carnitine helps to maintain cellular energy metabolism by assisting in the transport of fat through the cell membrane and into the mitochondria within the cell, where these fats are oxidized to produce the cellular energy ATP. - source: Life Extension

The mind boosting effect of acetylcarnitine is often noticed within a few hours, or even within an hour. Most people report feeling mentally sharper, having more focus and being more alert. Some find a mild mood enhancement. Acetylcarnitine may be used as an overall mind booster. The typical dosage is 250 to 500 mg once a day, preferably in the early part of the day. Side effects of overstimulation may occur at dosages greater than 300 to 500 mg. - source Dr. Ray Sahelian's web site

Supplemental acetyl-L-carnitine may have neuroprotective activity. In addition, it, like L-carnitine, may have cardioprotective activity and may beneficially affect cardiac function. It may enhance sperm motility. Acetyl-L-carnitine may also have cytoprotective, antioxidant and anti-apoptotic activity. - source PDRhealth

Acetyl-L-carnitine has recently demonstrated some efficacy as a possible neuroprotective agent and may be indicated for use in strokes, Alzheimer's disease, Down's syndrome and for the management of various neuropathies. It may also have anti-aging properties. - source PDRhealth

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is available at the PAMA ProShop.

Book of the Month

"The Art of War" by Sun-tzu - New Translation by Ralph D. Sawyer

The Art of War was originally intended as a set of principles designed to maximize the chances for military victory and national survival, and minimize the chance of military defeat and human loss. Whatever philosophic purpose it has been put to by later generations and other cultures, Sun-tzu's classic work, as translator Ralph Sawyer ably demonstrates, is best understood in the context for which it was initially created. This new translation, therefore, distinguishes itself from many of its predecessors by its insistence that the Art of War is, first and foremost, a work of military strategy.

Quotes from the book taken from the back of the book:

"In general, commanding a large number is like commanding a few. It is a question of dividing up the numbers. Fighting with a large number is like fighting with a few. It is a question of configuration and designation."

"In order await the disordered; in tranquility await the clamorous. This is the way to control the mind."

"With the near await the distant; with the rested await the fatigued; with the sated await the hungry. This is the way to control strength."

"Subjugating the enemy's army without fighting is the true pinnacle of excellence."

Technique of the Month

This month Sifu Rick demonstrates a Silat technique with help from assistant instructor Neil Acevedo.

Neil jabs with his left. Sifu Rick parries with the right and strikes the inner arm with his left.
Neil crosses with his right. Sifu Rick parries with the left and strikes to the throat with the right.
Sifu Rick follows with a left figer jab to the eyes, while striking the inner arm with the right.
Sifu Rick clears the arm with the left, and strikes with the right.
Sifu Rick moves in with an upward right elbow.
Followed by a right knee.
Sifu Rick wraps his right arm around Neil's neck for a choke.
While still controlling Neil's right arm, Sifu Rick gets into position under Neil's left arm for a take down.
Sifu Rick follows through with the take down to a neck lock.

Author: Asaf Ronen