December 2005 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

-Matt Eventoff-

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Matt Eventoff


1. Prior to training in martial arts at PAMA, what was your life like?
I have countless interests, and have been involved in so many different things throughout my life.  Right now, I work as a public affairs strategist full-time, I go to school at night at Penn going for my Masters, I volunteer teaching kids yoga (and practice myself daily), I'm a writer, I'm training to teach kids martial arts at PAMA, I train at PAMA, etc..  My life is pretty chaotic, and I very rarely have the same schedule two days in a row. Because life gets so hectic for me, maintaining my focus can sometimes become a challenge. In my first week here, in the course of a conversation with Guro Amy she said that the best advice she could ever give was to go slow and steady, rather than try to master everything at once and burn out. Great advice, especially for me. I am also very analytical, I look at Sifu's "What if....Flow" poster constantly, and I think I am really starting to just let things flow rather than trying to analyze them.  This is creating a nice balance for me.
2. How has training at PAMA impacted upon your life?

Training here has really had a tremendous impact on all aspects of my life.   Training I have received here has improved my focus, and I can see the results in every activity I do.  For me, life is a process of really gaining self knowledge, and I have yet to find an activity other than the Arts, aside from those very few (for me) occasional moments that can occur in meditation, that allows me to learn about myself.  I never really knew much about Bruce Lee before I walked in the door, and certainly did not know the depth of his spirituality.  I am a voracious reader of things related to modern sociology, spirituality, different religions, philosophy, etc., so learning first about Bruce Lee and then reading a lot of what he had written, and then from that reading some work from Alan Watts, and now Sifu has turned me on to Krishnamurti, its all been so spiritually and philosophically charging , and I really feel blessed and thankful that I have had the opportunity to learn so much.  There are so many examples of things I have learned that have stuck, like the concept of no way as way, of taking what works for you and using that rather than subscribing to any set form or structure - I think that the concept works for so many different things in life besides the arts.  Also, Sifu really has a cool way of putting different things into perspective and has taught me more in less than a year than I ever would have guessed I could learn.  Sifu always notices things and can put them out there that maybe I miss sometimes that have a greater significance than just that drill, or just in Martial Arts, for that matter.
3. Do you have any favorite Marital Art, or are any Arts offered at PAMA that you have yet to train in?
I don't really have a favorite - there are aspects and movement sequences in each one that I have trained in that I prefer personally.  I take JKD, Muay Thai and Silat regularly, Grappling less regularly, and Kali only once, and I really need to change that going forward and take more Kali classes.  I definitely see the benefit of cross training, and have done more of it over the past few months than before.  I really enjoy the camaraderie and different personalities at PAMA, and that is one thing that makes each class different and beneficial, at least to me.  I really like how helpful and patient all of the instructors are - for me I usually learn best hands on by making mistakes, so I rarely pick up the drill upon first seeing it, and all of the instructors, both inside and outside of class, are awesome at kind of showing the intricacies and applications of each drill, which for me really helps me get it a lot better. 
4. What do you tell people who are not Martial Artists about your Martial Arts training at PAMA?
For me my training is pretty personal, and is really about a personal journey - I really don't discuss it much other than with my fiancé, my family, some friends - when I do talk about it I talk about the psychological attributes rather than the physical, although I think they both kind of meld together.
5. What are some of your personal goals in your Marital Arts training?
I really just want to keep improving - I really don't have any exact goals because this whole process has really been a lot different and lot more eye opening than I ever would have guessed.  For me, when I try to force things, it never works, and when I stop, it does.  Example - I have been trying to open my hamstrings and hips for years and it never really worked, then a few weeks ago I kind of stopped trying and just started having a lot more fun with my yoga and my training by myself, taking things that work for me from JKD, Muay Thai, and Im not nearly as flexible as Id like to be, but I improved more in a few weeks than I had in the years prior.  If I had one goal, it would be to keep learning and grow a little bit more each day  

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Sifu Recommends a Book

Pain Free
"A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain " by Pete Egoscue

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This month's book is not a book about how to train a particular martial art or about how to develop your attributes. This month we bring you very practical reference material that should help you if and when you get hurt training or any other time for that matter. This book was recommended by Sifu Rick to a couple of students over the years and has proven to be very helpful to them.

Quoted from the back of the book:

"Pain Free is based on a very sound understanding of human physiology. It shows how we can break the circuit of pain and naturally heal one of the most significant disabilities of our times." - Deepak Chopra, author of The Path of Love and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

"When I first met Pete Egoscue, I had such a significant back pain that I never thought I would be able to play golf or tennis again. Within a matter of months, I was able to play both without any problem. It is hard for me to find adequate words to describe my gratitude and admiration for Pete and his no-nonsense, straightforward approach to relieving chronic pain." - Ted Forstmann, CEO, Forstmann Little & Co.

"Born from the genius of Pete Egoscue, the simple and effective routines in Pain Free are the cutting edge of physical therapy. This book is extraordinary, and I am thrilled to recommend it to anyone who's interested in dramatically increasing the quality of their physical health." - Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power

"Pete Egoscue teaches you practical, powerful 'motioncises' - motion exercises that will become your own best exercise therapist. Whether you are in chronic pain or are a peak performance athlete, Pain Free can help you transform pain into power, and hurt into heart. Egoscue's methods will help you feel at home again in your body!" - Harold Bloomfield, MD, author of How to Heal Depression

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Neil Acevedo Advances to Associate Instructor


Congratulations to Neil Acevedo! He has recently been promoted to Associate Instructor by Sifu. Neil began his martial arts journey at PAMA back in 1997, through hard work and and dedication to the arts, he eventually sought out and received his instructorship under Sifu. Now, he is only one of two people in PAMA's history to ever receive the Associate Instructor level from Sifu.

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Seminar in Geneva, Switzerland

In late October into early November, Sifu Rick, accompanied by PAMA assistant instructors Mike Lee, Neil Acevedo , and Mary Jo Colli, gave a seminar in Geneva , Switzerland . It was one of many seminars that Sifu has taught in Geneva , but the second for all of us as a group.


The first day there consisted of re-familiarizing ourselves with the city and enjoying the breathtaking scenery and culture - while adjusting to the 6-hour time change. We all were there in March 2004 so the locations of many places in the city were still fresh in our minds.
For instance, Mike still knew where all the good "Schwarma" places were. (For those less traveled, Schwarma is thinly-sliced "meat" - Lebanese style, not something that you had to pay extra to enjoy.) But just in case we got lost, Chris Cornaz, the head instructor of the Geneva Academy of Martial Arts (GAMA) and the seminar coordinator, was on call to help us out.
After a fun-filled and sleepless first day, it was off to work. Sifu Rick's two-day seminar brought martial arts students from Italy and Belgium as well as from Switzerland.

Over 30 people came to learn about the arts of Jun Fan Gung Fu, Kali, Silat, and Muay Thai. Students of all levels and disciplines had much to learn as Sifu covered both basic and advanced concepts in each of the Arts.
Each technique was broken down into easy to comprehend steps and explained in full, making it easy for everyone to follow along. After just two days everyone's technique had noticeably improved and everyone had smiles on their faces!

Of course, we got to spend Halloween this year in Geneva .
So the trip would not have been complete unless we all had opportunities to get dressed up in order to celebrate.
A trip to the alpine region would not be complete without experiencing the beautiful towns nearby. In between the teaching and training, we all managed to squeeze in a day trip to the town of Chamonix, France (Home of the First Winter Olympics in 1924). The drive was breathtaking; the sky was so clear that we could see all of the mountain peaks, including the famous Mont Blanc. In the village, we visited the shops, restaurants, and took a cable car ride up one of the nearby hiking spots to get a bird's eye view of the town.
We all had a wonderful time in Geneva and would like to express our gratitude to Sifu Rick for allowing us to accompany him. We would also like to thank Chris, Helen, and Luca for treating us to such a magnificent time. One last thank you also goes out to Chris' students and to our friends from Belgium for making the trip equally enjoyable. Hope to see you all next year!!

Bruce Lee Night- November 5th


Saturday, November  5th, PAMA celebrated Bruce Lee's life, in honor of what would have been his 65th birthday (on the 27th). It was fun for all who attended, as many of our students, their families, and friends of all ages gathered in the Green Room for a night of honoring Sijo Lee with a special viewing of Enter the Dragon (the event was a defininite success, as we ran out of chairs). People brought refreshments and snacks, and in true movie fashion, fresh (organic, of course) pop-corn was popped and passed around. During the intermission, the Blue Room was opened up, presenting the astronomical collection of Bruce Lee posters, books, and other memorabilia from Sifu's personal collection.

The night gave us a rare look in the many facets of the man who inspired many of us to pursue the martial arts. We were treated to rare film clips, of Sijo Lee doing Sil Lum Tao, working out, and his complete last televised interview. Without Bruce Lee's inspiration, martial arts would be a very different place, and it's safe to say we wouldn't be here training at PAMA. Topping off the night, Sifu reached into his own personal video stash, and we were able to get a glimpse at the evolution of PAMA, from when only the Blue Room existed, all the way back to the pre-Princeton Academy "basement days".

Thank you all for making the night a success!



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PAMA Website is the #1 Most Visited Jeet Kune Do Website!!!!

According to Black Belt Magazine, PAMA's website is the most frequently visited of all Jeet Kune Do websites.

Happy Birthday Sifu Rick

I hope everyone had a chance to wish Sifu Rick a very happy birthday this past November 11th.
Make sure you mark it on next years calendar...November 11th, Sifu's B-day!!!

Toys for Tots

Please remember that PAMA is collecting toys for the USMC. Please bring your toys in and put them in the Toys for Tots box.

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Learn a Technique From Sifu Rick

Sifu Rick and assistant instructor Mike Lee demonstrate a Laban Laro drill from the art of Lameco Eskrima, the art of the late Punong Guro Edgar Sulite.

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Quotes from Great Thinkers

"Self Knowledge is the basis for Jeet Kune Do because it is effective, not only for the individual's martial art, but for his life as a human being." -Bruce Lee

"The more aware you become, the more you shed from day to day what you have learned so that your mind is always fresh and uncontaminated by previous conditioning " -Bruce Lee

"It is the readiness of the mind that is wisdom " -Shunryu Suzuki- Zen Master


"A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really free, a peaceful man. " - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"There is nothing either good or bad that thinking makes it so." - William Shakespeare- Hamlet

"Little things affect little minds. " -Benjamin Disraeli

The divine does not like to be shut up in a building. The devine likes to be out in the open. It is right here is this very body. Each one of us is a miniature universe, a living shrine."- Morihei Ueshiba

"The divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us."- Morihei Ueshiba

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Dietary Supplement for the Conscious Mind

Topricin CTS
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Video/Pictures by: Mike Lee & Amy Tucci
Stories by: Amy Tucci, Max Wang & Neil Acevedo
Newletter by: Galvanek & Wahl LLC