October 2005 Newsletter

- Student of the Month - Recommended Book - Testing - Seminars/Workshops - Announcements and News - Video Techniques - Quotes - Dietary Supplement -

Student of the Month

-Jerry Weaver-

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Jerry Weaver

As a long time member of PAMA, tell us what first motivated you to begin training here?

I practiced Karate in university for two years and initially intended to "brush up" on my skills at PAMA. Not only did I discover arts that were both new and interesting to me but I have continued to "brush up" for the last 13 years.

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How does your martial arts training relate to your life outside of PAMA?

Martial arts are an essential and integral part of my life which complements everything else I do in life both mental and physical, plus I truly enjoy participating in martial arts.

Tell us about your training for and participation in the 1995 Full-Contact Stick fighting Championships.

I am very proud to have participated in both the training and the matches. Sifu's training was the toughest thing I have done physically and very challenging mentally. Everyone was committed to this "hard core" training and I feel a certain bond with everyone who participated. The effectiveness of the training speaks for itself in terms of the awards brought home by the team.

As one of the members of the over 50 group here at PAMA, what advice would you give to someone just beginning their martial arts training at 40 or 50 years of age?

You will improve given time and effort, so relax, enjoy yourself and if possible put in some off hours of training. It also helps to take notes in class and ask questions.

What are some of your goals in both the martial arts and your life?

I would like to continue to focus on Kali however I would like to maintain core competency in Muay Thai and Jun Fan. I may start back into Silat one of these days as well. In terms of life goals I would like to go as long as possible without slowing down and want to continue experiencing new things.

Share with us one thing about you that most people don't know.

I am an avid mountain biker.

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Sifu Recommends a Book

George Dintman/Bob Ward/Tom Tellez
Sports Speed "#1 Program for Athletes" 2nd edition

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Sports Speed, the second edition of the successful Sportspeed, is the perfect training guide to help athletes of all ages and levels maximize their speed and quickness.

Using the latest research, the authors have updated and expanded their trendsetting seven-step model that builds all key components in developing speed for sports--strength, power, technique, and endurance.

Sports Speed covers all aspects of developing speed, including specific movements and skills for seven specific sports. The book shows how to create individual or sports-specific speed training programs for age-group athletes at all levels - from high schoolers to Olympians and pros.

Starting with skills assessment, athletes can evaluate themselves and zero in on specific areas needing improvement. This guide also explains how to save training time and improve performance while reducing injuries. Other highlights include

World-class speed improvement expert George Dintiman and former Dallas Cowboys conditioning coach Bob Ward bring more than 50 years of speed training experience together with the expertise of world-renowned Olympic and University of Houston track coach Tom Tellez to provide the most comprehensive resource available on speed improvement for sports. Barry Sears, author of the New York Times best-seller The Zone, adds a chapter on nutrition for speed development.

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Testing Time

Basic Student Level 1


back row from left, Neil Acevedo, Mike Lee, Gregg Suskin, Frank Vamos, Jason Ganovsky, Mary Jo Colli. Front row, from left: James Pisacka,
Chuck Choe.

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James Pisacka and Gregg Suskin demonstrating their trapping abilities.

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Gregg Suskin demonstrating an arm bar on Chuck Choe


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Instructors Mike Lee, Mary jo Colli and Neil Acevedo talk to the testing group about their test.


Associate Level Thai Boxing Instructors Test
Amy Tucci

This seminar took special meaning this year as Guru Amy
passed her Associate Level instructor test in Muay Thai, thereby entitling her to the title of Khun Kru. Master Chai commented several times on her beautiful Ram Muay (this is a boxing dance preformed as respect to the teacher).

Amy joins a short and prestigious list of Associate Level instructors under Ajarn Chai. She also marks the third Associate Level instructor that teaches at PAMA, joining Khun Kru Rick Tucci and Khun Kru Mike Lee, who passed his Associate Level test at the annual Thai camp in Oregon earlier this year.

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For the seventeenth consecutive year in Princeton , Ajarn Chai Sirisute (click for his profile) taught a two-day seminar at the Hun School sponsored by the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts. Ajarn Chai's illustrious personality and extraordinary skill attracted people from several surrounding states to participate in this seminar. As usual, the gymnasium was brimming with attendees eager to experience the guidance from this Muay Thai Legend.

As always, Ajarn Chai gave a level of personal attention to all the seminar participants not seen in seminars of this size by a high level instructor. Ajarn Chai started the seminar on the first day with proper basic boxing technique. Several PAMA students had the honor of being fed focus mitts by Master Chai and getting first hand experience with his blinding speed.


The day was continued with proper Thai boxing stance and footwork. The second day consisted of several Muay Thai combinations that incorporated techniques with kicks, knees, punches, and elbows. In addition to the loads of great combinations, the seminar focused on form and proper technique.

Special Ajarn Chai
Workshop- 9/19/05

On Monday night, Ajarn Chai once again hosted a special workshop for the TBA instructors and advanced Muay Thai students. In it, he covered offensive and defensive techniques, teaching methods,
and provided us with invaluable stories of his life experiences.

At the end, Ajarn Chai watched over the students as they sparred. Ajarn analyzed our form over the course of the workshop and during the sparring, suggesting individual improvements for each
student as well as customized workout tips.

Thank you Ajarn for taking time out of your busy travel schedule to host this workshop.

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Private Lessons Available

A reminder from Sifu Rick - Private lessons are an invaluable asset to your martial arts training. Although your class time is certainly essential and unreplaceable, the extra personal attention and feedback that doing a private lesson provides will make your progress speed up dramatically. The following instructors are available for private lessons: Amy Tucci, Bernie Dudley, Mike Lee, Neil Acevedo, MaryJo Colli, Mike Wohlfert. Talk to them personally to schedule a session.

Thai Boxing Teachers Day In October

October 16 is the official day to observe Thai Boxing Teachers Day. PAMA students can observe this day any time during the month of October. This tradition is done to show respect to your instructor, and consists of presenting your instructor with flowers, three pieces of incense, and a candle.

PAMA T-Shirt Photo Contest

The votes are in! Results will be announced in the near future.


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Learn a Technique From Sifu Rick

Sifu Rick and assistant instructor Mike Lee demonstrate Punyo sumbrada with the high thrust.

Normal Speed
Slow Speed

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Quotes from Great Thinkers

"When there is a way, therein lies the limitation, and when there is a circumference, it traps and if it traps, it rottens, and if it rottens it is lifeless." -Bruce Lee

"Man is constantly growing and when he is bound to a set pattern of ideas or way of doing things that is when he stops growing." -Bruce Lee

"Great acts are made up of small deeds." -Lao Tzu

"He who knows others is wise.  He who knows himself is enlightened." -Lao Tzu


"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it.  We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. " -William Blake

"The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction." - William Blake


"Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit." -Benjamin Disraeli


"Always do what you are afraid to do." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Dietary Supplement for the Conscious Mind

Qmelt Natural Coenzyme Q10 - 60 mg
Natural Orange Flavor

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Qmelt uses naturally fermented CoQ10 in a fast-melting tablet. It's vegetarian, sugar-free and comes in a delicious, natural orange flavor - 30 Tabs

Qmelt Natural Coenzyme Q10 60 mg
Fast melting, Fast absorbing, natural Orange Flavor

Qmelt's patented fast-melt technology and formulation allows for the creation of a mouth-soluble tablet. The process allows for the incorporation of a lipid soluble compound (in this case, CoQ10) into a water soluble matrix. A porous tablet can then be created that will begin dissolving on contact with saliva, thereby releasing the active ingredient in a suspension that is easily swallowed. The result, rapid absorption of CoQ10 into the bloodstream.

Natural vs. Synthetic
The natural CoQ10 in Qmelt is made via fermentation in which a microorganism (in the case of CoQ10, a bacterium or yeast) naturally produces CoQ10. The CoQ10 is then extracted from the organism and concentrated. It is termed natural since it is normally and naturally produced by the yeast or bacterium from which it was taken. This is different from synthetic CoQ10 which is made by taking a compound found in tobacco and then mixing it with other chemicals to form a similar structure of CoQ10. While tobacco is natural, CoQ10 is not taken from tobacco in this synthetic process....the only thing taken from the tobacco is a compound which is used as the starting material for chemically creating CoQ10. That is why it is referred to as a synthetic process. Tobacco or plants in general do not contain significant amounts of CoQ10

Recommendations: Adults take 1-2 fast-melt tablet daily or as directed by physician.

See www.qmelt.com for more info.

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Video/Pictures by: Mike Lee & Amy Tucci
Stories by: Mike Lee, Amy Tucci & Mary Jo Colli