February 2006 Newsletter
Student of the Month
- Ben Brophy -
What first turned you on to martial arts?
I first became interested in martial arts when I was fairly young, around 15. At the time, I was not involved in any sports or activities, but I still felt the urge to be physically active and martial arts became that outlet for me.
What was your motivation for coming to PAMA?
To be honest, I searched through the yellow pages for a martial arts school and came across an ad that Sifu had put up, I got the impression that PAMA was a no-nonsense, serious school that was interested in techniques and training that would be applicable to real life situations.
What do you most enjoy about your training?
I really enjoy pushing myself to places that most people will not go. Of course, I'm not in the best physical shape or claim to be a super athlete, but most people I know sit around watching TV or at best, spend 30 minutes at the gym. PAMA will take you as far as you want to go physically, competitively etc and I love that.
What are your goals you hope to achieve through martial arts?
My biggest goals are to finally be in good shape and hopefully have success in some form of competition or another.
In what ways has your training at PAMA premeated into other aspects of your life?
Martial arts has made me want to continually improve. This has become a part of my goal in further education. At first I simply wanted to finish college and move on, but now I continually want to learn more in the same way I want to improve in martial arts.
What advice would you give other PAMA students based on your experience as a student and competitor?
Cross Train. I know Sifu says this on a regular basis, but I have found it extremely beneficial for my growth as a martial artist. I currently take JKD, Grappling and Muay Thai on a regular basis and in the past I have taken Kali on a frequent basis. For me, each art requires something new from me and each art offers a different perspective and style.
Any closing remarks?
I'd just like to say that Sifu and PAMA have been an incredible positive force in my life for the past six years and I encourage anyone and everyone to get involved. I have not seen one drawback, but continually see benefits.
- Atlantic City Demo -
The Action Martial Arts Mega Martial Arts Weekend event took place at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City on January 6 and 7 with one of the largest martial arts trade shows in the region. The expo included seminars, workshops, stage demonstrations, famous movie stars, and martial arts celebrities.
Sifu Rick and the assistant instructors from PAMA played a significant role in this action-packed weekend. For the fourth year in a row Sifu Rick was asked to feature a prime time center stage demonstration and two seminars. Sifu Rick, assistant instructors Bernie Dudley, Neil Acevedo, Mike Lee, Mary Jo Colli, Mike Wolhfert, and PAMA students Lisa Melendez, Mario Rivera, Chul Choe, and Kurt Komoda were featured in a prime-time demonstration on center stage.
Both seminars offered by Sifu Rick were well attended and well received. The first seminar covered Filipino Kali, Indonesian Silat, and empty-hand techniques. Over thirty people attended this seminar. The second seminar explored knife self defense techniques. This seminar hosted over fifty people. Assistant instructors Neil Acevedo, Mike Lee, Mary Jo Colli, and Bernie Dudley were present to help the people taking the seminars.
PAMA was also well represented in the trade show and expo with its own booth showcasing Rick Tucci and various products and training devices developed and used at PAMA, including the internationally renowned Kali video series by Rick Tucci.
- PAMA'S High Profile at Martial Arts Trade Show a Great Success -
The Sixth Annual Mega Martial Arts Weekend Trade Show and Expo held on January 6 and 7, 2006 at the Tropicana Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City has become one of the major events in the Martial Arts Industry. Sifu Rick Tucci and PAMA both garnered much attention this year as both martial arts practioners and martial art industry insiders made their respective way over to the PAMA booth to meet with Sifu Rick and discuss with him various areas of both the practice of martial arts and the business of martial arts.
Sifu Rick was even approached by several autograph seekers as well as other instructors and school owners who sought to make personal contact with him for the purpose future communication regarding his insight and skill in both the practice of martial arts and the martial arts industry. The PAMA booth was laid out with information regarding Sifu's instructional Kali videos and other products available from PAMA.
- Kids Black Belt Sash Test -
The 8-13 year old Kid's Program has began the New Year in full gear! Matt Panfili, who has been a student of PAMA since he was six years old, tested for the highest rank in the Program, the coveted Black Sash. Through six years of hardwork and perseverance, Matt has risen through the ranks from the 6-8 year old class to the 8-13 year old Advanced class. For his Black Sash, Matt had to successfully complete both a technique section, as well as, a conditioning section (similar to the Adult Jun Fan Level II test). The topics tested included Jun Fan kickboxing drills, trapping, grappling, and Kali running attacks. Matt did a super job on his conditioning section, where he had to punch and kick on focus mitts continuously for two rounds, held by Instructors Mary Jo Colli and Ray Ng. This was followed by standing leg lockouts, horse stance, pushups, and situps. Way to go, Matt!
All the hard work culminated in Sifu awarding Matt with his Black Sash on Jan 14, 2006. Congratulations, Matt!
- Muay Thai Level Two Test -
2006 started off with a "bong" as Mike Wolfert and Dave Ramsey took their second level tests in Muay Thai on January 16. For those of you new to Muay Thai, you are eligible to take the Level Two test after you have been in the Phase Two class for over a year. The comprehensive test includes: boxing and Muay Thai form and technique, knowing the basic TBA counts, performing the Wai Kru, and a conditioning element (2 rounds on the Thai pads with a 60 kick and 35 knee minimum while the holders hit back at you).
Students of all levels came to watch and lend their support for Dave and Mike as they went through their basic techniques, Wai Kru, and finally the actioned packed pad rounds. Mike fought every step of the way to get his required kicks and knees in while receiving punishment from Kru Mike Lee in Round 1 and the fiery Kru Bernie "Get Some" Dudley in Round 2. At the end though, Mike prevailed. Next up was Dave. Round 1 wasn't easy as Dave was required to catch the fleet footed Kru Neil Acevedo. For Round 2, Dave had a treat in store for him as Kuen Kru Rick Tucci put on the pads. As if the kicking and kneeing requirements weren't hard enough, Dave had to endure Kuen Kru's powerful right kicks and lightning fast hands. But in the end, Dave, too, prevailed (... along with receiving a "few" souvenir bruises). Long six minutes, huh guys?
Congratulations Mike and Dave. But don't celebrate too long. Your instructor's test is only around the corner.
- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -
Sifu Rick and assistant instructor Mike Lee demonstrate a sweep (Video 1) and the beginning of a lock flow (Video 2) off of the Hubud flow.
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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Amy Tucci
Stories: Neil Acevedo, Mary Jo Colli, Bernie Dudley, Mike Lee, Ray Ng