November 2005 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

-Thomas Everist-

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Thomas Everist

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

I have always wanted to train in the martial arts but never pushed myself to do it. When I became a police officer I wanted to take my training very seriously. I started to ask people who had trained in the martial arts where they trained and the first 3 people I asked all said to go to PAMA, that it was the best and most complete training I could possibly get. Click to enlarge

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

As I said, I'm a police officer so the training that I get is essential to what I do. No matter what you do in police work you must always be aware of what is going on and nothing is routine. Not only does the physical training make me better able to handle whatever might come up, the mental aspect of keeping aware of my surroundings has also been an added benefit that I didn't think I was going to get.   Believe it or not, the training that Sifu gives us (especially in Silat and Grappling) allows me to handle situations with less force than I would use if I didn't know some of these moves.

What advice would you give to someone just beginning their martial arts training at your current age?

You are NEVER too old for anything! I have been through a lot of life experiences when I was younger and people would always say that I was too young. Now that I am older, people are starting to say, I'm too old for that. Don't believe it. I went through the police academy at age 34 and finished better than half of my class who were in their 20's. Age is just a number and if you have a positive outlook on life, you can do anything. I believe that everything you do in life is a journey and martial arts help you live this way, especially Sijo Bruce Lee's style. If you can think and believe this, coming into martial arts at age 40 is no problem.

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

This is simple: To keep training and progressing. Too never give up and to put 100% into everything I do. I would also like to become an instructor under Sifu if I can progress well enough in the arts.        

Share with us one thing about you that most people don't know, i.e. hobbies, exciting experiences, interesting facts, etc...

I have been a Roman Catholic Deacon for 5 years and help serve the Catholic community in Lawrence . This is part of my life that continues to bless and challenge me everyday.  

How long have you been training at PAMA, what styles do you train in and what is the most important thing that PAMA gives to you?

I have been training at PAMA for over a year and a half and train in Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai Boxing, Silat and Grappling.

The most important thing that PAMA gives me is very hard to say. The physical conditioning, the knowledge of martial arts, the disciple and the chance to meet and train with so many great people are all important. I think the most important thing is the totality of everything. All those things I just mentioned plus the incorporation of the mental and spiritual aspect of martial arts makes whole experience of PAMA important.

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Sifu Recommends a Book

Medieval Combat
"A 15th Century Illustrated Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat" by Hans Talhoffer

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Medieval Combat is an annotated reproduction of Hans Talhoffer's 1467 Fechtbuch , or Fight Book, a collection of 268 illustrations on how to fight with swords, shields, daggers and other weapons. Talhoffer's own text was sparse and greatly open to interpretation - the educational value was derived from the illustrations, not an in depth-discussion - and this modern volume has notes and an introduction by Mark Rector, who also translated the volume and practices some of the contents. The manual deals with techniques for judicial duels and one-on-one combat, not the kind of group and battlefield combat which dominates narrative history.

With one plate per A5 page the illustrations are generously sized and certainly enjoyable to view, although the black and white prints pale in comparison to the introduction's description of the original's glorious colour. Equally, although there is some social detail - in a judicial duel between a man and a woman, the former fights in a waist deep pit - you don't get much more than a reproduction of a fifteenth century fight manual. As such, this book is perfect (maybe even vital) source material for writers, re-enactors, fight co-ordinators of film and screen and those who like to practice medieval swordplay. (Of course, your Guide cannot recommend anyone other than highly trained individuals copying the techniques!) However, casual readers should enjoy a browse, if only to see people swinging swords by the blade to strike with the hilt, and the vast size of the 'judicial shield'.

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Guro Amy Goes to LA to Train

Guro Amy spent a week in LA training at the Inosanto Academy. Here she is with Ajarn Chai and Jeff Imada.

After four days of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Jean Jacques Machado, with Guro Inosanto as her training partner, Amy is here with Jean Jacques, on the left and Guro Dan Inosanot on the right.


Amy also had the opportunity to train with Rigan Machado as well. Here he is with Amy after training.

Picutred here with Amy and Guro Dan are some of the women instructors in the Inosanto International Martial Arts Association.


Thai Boxing Teacher's Day Flowers

Thanks to all students for showing respect to the art, to PAMA, to your instructors, and to yourselves.



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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.

Photo Contest Winners

Coolest: Chuck Choe
Most Creative: Asaf Ronen
Most Exotic: Bruce Dunson

Each winner was awarded a $50 Pro-Shop gift certificate...Congratulations!!!

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Learn a Technique From Sifu Rick

Sifu Rick and assistant instructor Mike Lee demonstrate a Maphiindo Silat technique.

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Quotes from Great Thinkers

"Jeet Kune Do is not to hurt, but is one of the avenues through which life opens its secrets to us. we can see through others only when we can see through ourselves and Jeet Kune do is a step toward knowing oneself." -Bruce Lee

"Learning Jeet Kune Do is not a matter of seeking knowledge or accumulating stylized pattern, but is discovering the cause of ignorance." -Bruce Lee

"Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. ." -Lao Tzu


"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"What is now proved was once only imagined." - William Blake

"Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth." -Benjamin Disraeli

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Dietary Supplement for the Conscious Mind

Enada "NADH"
The Energizing CoEnzyme

What is Enada NADH?

Enada NADH has been clinically trialled in M.E./C.F.S. Enada NADH (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) is the active coenzyme form of Vitamin B3. It is a naturally occuring coenzyme found in all living cells and is necessary for cellular development and energy production. Studies show that Enada NADH may improve cellular energy, elevate mental clarity, improve alertness and concentration and act as a potent antioxidant and free-radical scavenger.

How Does Enada NADH Function?

Cellular fuel for energy production.
Each molecule of (Enada) NADH can produce three molecules of ATP, a major form of energy in our bodies. It is thought that the more (Enada) NADH a cell has available, the more energy it is able to produce.

Key role in controlling cell regulation & DNA repair.

Exposure to UV light, radiation, ozone or chemical toxins increases the risk of damage to the genetic material of body cells. This in turn increases the risk of chronic diseases. NADH is necessary for DNA repair systems within the cells to function effectively.

Enhancing the cellular immune system.
Large amounts of NADH are used when the body's immune system is activated. It is thought that having more NADH available for the body to use improves the protection provided.

Potent antioxidant.
Antioxidants protect the body from highly reactive molecules called "free radicals", which have the potential to cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radical damage has been associated with many degenerative diseases, including the ageing process itself. NADH is one of the most potent antioxidants and free radical scavengers.

Stimulating neurotransmitters.

Increased concentrations of NADH in the brain may result in improved production of essential neurotransmitters including dopamine and adrenaline. This should have a positive effect on all physiological functions, including mental clarity, alertness and concentration.

More Information Here

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Video/Pictures by: Mike Lee & Amy Tucci
Stories by: Amy Tucci