September 2005 Newsletter

Student of the Month

Chuck Choe

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Chuck Choe

Share with our readers a little bit of your non-martial arts background.

I am a Korean-American (if you couldn't tell) and I came here to the states when I was two months old. My parents live in New Jersey and I have a sister that lives in Philadelphia. I went to college at Western Connecticut State University to play football, but after a year and a half I stopped playing because of my knee and transferred to Montclair state University where I graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems. I work as an auditor in Whippany, New Jersey, auditing technology and telecommunications grants for the FCC. I recently got engaged and will be getting married to a beautiful woman in October of 2006.

Click to enlargeWhat is it about the martial arts that motivate you to make it a part of your life?

The reason why I am so motivated to keep the martial arts a part of my life is the balance that it brings to me, physically, mentally, and emotionally. It keeps my body physically in shape, but it also helps me relieve stress and clear my mind. When I am training I am able to leave the realties of life behind. When I step into PAMA, I am not worried about bills, gas prices, work, etc. the only worry is surviving through the long training days.

During your time here at PAMA what arts have you trained in the most and what arts have you trained in the least and why?

I have trained in Muay Thai the most followed by Jun Fan, Grappling, and Silat. I have taken one class in Kali. The main reason I train in Muay Thai the most is because I feel that it is one of the more intense arts that can give an individual explosive kicking, kneeing, and punching power. Actually, I was only interested in Muay Thai when I was searching for martial arts schools. I was blessed to find PAMA because not only do they offer Muay Thai, but also offer a wide variety of other arts. Unfortunately, I have not been able to take to many Kali classes because of my schedule. I do plan on taking Kali more, but not until I can find a closer job to PAMA.

What have been some of the high points of your being a member of PAMA and why?

Some of the high points for me at PAMA were the different seminars that I attended. Being exposed to martial art legends such as Guro Dan Inosanto and Ajarn Chai have been unbelievable experiences. To be in their presence is an honor. I have learned an enormous amount about martial arts by attending these seminars.

Click to enlargeWhat is one thing about you that most people don't know?

Most people probably do not know the fact that I do martial arts. I mean everyone at PAMA obviously knows, but a lot of my family except for my immediate family does not know. Many of my co-workers have no idea I do martial arts. It isn't really a subject that comes up often. I wouldn't just sit there at blurt out, I know Muay Thai or Jun Fan. When people ask me what I did at night, I usually just say I worked out. Most people don't ask any further questions after that. The other thing most people probably do not know about me is that in 8th grade I failed every subject except reading and gym. I think I was rebelling against the stereotype that all Asians are smart. I eventually got my act together though and did okay.

What do you see as some of your goals in the martial arts and in your life in general?

My goals as a martial artist are to obviously improve on my skill and to keep growing mentally. I would like to obtain just a fraction of the knowledge that Sifu has. It is absolutely amazing how much knowledge Sifu has about martial arts. I would also like to represent PAMA with fights. I would like to show everyone what type of instruction/training PAMA students receive.

In life my goals are to always be happy and never forget the moments that have shaped me to be whom I am.



Blue Sash 6-7 Year Old Program

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Instructor Max Wang, David Dillingham, Patrick Dillingham, Nicholas Chow, Instructor Carrie

On August 27, three young students who have spent many dedicated hours as part of the PAMA family received their Blue Sash in their study of the art of Jun Fan Gung Fu. Their proud families and instructors looked on as they demonstrated their expertise in both the kickboxing and grappling ranges of the art, as well as incidentally displaying their knowledge of the Cantonese-derived Gung Fu terminology for many of the test drills that would stump even some seasoned adult students! Our congratulations go out to David Dillingham, Patrick Dillingham and Nicholas Chow. We wish them all the best in their continued growth and self-expression in the martial arts.

Gold Sash 8-13 Year Old Program

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from left, Instructor Ray Ng, Instructor Mike Lee, Michael Malyczek, Mark Kogan, Shiv Annapardy, Philip Malyczek, Instructor Neil Acevedo, Guro Amy Tucci

Congratulations to Mark Kogan, Shiv Annaparedy, and Philip and Michael Malyczek for passing the Level One Gold Sash Test. The Gold Sash candidates were successful in demonstrating their physical skill in a number of areas including punching and kicking form, kickboxing, and trapping. The students also had to demonstrate their knowledge of basic terms and general history of the art.

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Learn a Technique From Sifu Rick

Sifu Rick and assistant instructor Mike Lee demonstrate the following two techniques.

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Quotes from Great Thinkers

"We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you and you'll be flexible to change with the everchanging. Open yourself and flow at once with the total flowing now." Bruce Lee

"Two diseases: One is riding an ass to search for an ass, one is riding an ass and being unwilling to dismount." Bruce Lee
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." The Dalai Lama
"If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve." Lao Tzu

"In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it." Lao Tzu
"In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself." Krishnamurti

"There is no need to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning." Krishnamurti
To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour." William Blake
"Man is only great when he acts from passion." Benjamin Disraeli
"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sifu Recommends a Book

Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do
Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way

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In 1970, Bruce Lee suffered a back injury that confined him to bed. Rather than allowing this to slow his growth as a martial artist he read feverishly on Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, constructing his own views on the totality of combat and life. It was during this time that Lee wrote seven volumes containing his thoughts, ideas, opinions, and research into the art of unarmed combat, and how it applies to everyday life. Some of this material was posthumously published in 1975, but much more existed. This lost material is now available for the first time.

This landmark book serves as a complete presentation of Bruce Lee's art of Jeet Kune Do. The development of his unique martial art form, its principles, core techniques, and lesson plans are presented here in Lee's own words. It also features Lee's illustrative sketches and his remarkable treatise on the nature of combat, success through martial arts, and the importance of a positive mental attitude in training. In addition, there are a series of "Questions Every Martial Artist Must Ask Himself," that Lee posed to himself and intended to explore as part of his own development, but never lived to complete. Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way is the book every Bruce Lee fan must have.

Dietary Supplement for the Conscious Mind

SAMe S-Adenosylmethionine 20 tablets (Hypoallergenic)

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The following information is quoted from Allergy Research Group:

SAMe is a natural form of bioactive methionine that results when methionine is converted by ATP and SAMe synthetase. SAMe has a wide variety of benefits because it is utilized by almost every cell of the body. It is a precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinepherine, and serotonin. It is used in the production and protection of DNA and RNA, and in the production of phosphatidylcholine, which may benefit cell membrane integrity.* SAMe supports glutathione production and control of damaging cytokines (TNF) and free radicals, which may protect synovial cells and benefit joint function.* In addition, SAMe may protect proteoglycans (protein cells, composed of keratin and chondroitin sulfate) and chondrocytes (cartilage cells, that make proteoglycans and collagen), components of the spongy cartilage tissue.*

SAMe is used in the following metabolic pathways: methylation, synthesis of polyamines, and trans-sulfuration. Methylation is involved in protection or transformation of other molecules such as DNA and homocysteine. Synthesis of polyamines results in cell growth, gene expression and neuron regeneration. Trans-sulfuration is the synthesis of L-cysteine, glutathione and other sulfate groups, which are involved in liver support and detoxification.* In Chinese medicine, the liver is thought of as the seat of emotion and normal liver function is thought to be involved in healthy mood.* Research has shown SAMe to support liver enzymes within normal levels.*

*This statement has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug administration. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Editor: Asaf Ronen
Photographs & Videos by Mike Lee, Amy Tucci, Rick Tucci