March 2006 Newsletter

- Guro Amy Benefit - Student of the Month - Recommended Book - Testing - Events - Video Technique - Dietary Supplement -

Guro Amy Going Away Dinner and Benefit

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Warm wishes from your PAMA family.

The PAMA family gathered together at Sunny Gardens to send Guru Amy off to Germany with good fortunes and well wishes. It was an wonderful night filled with laughs and positive energy. Get well soon, Amy. Before you know it, we'll be having your welcome home celebration :)

Such a large turnout, we filled the whole back room.

Amy in Germany

Amy and Carrie in the town square.

On February 19, 2006, a fund-raising benefit cocktail party for Guru Amy was held at the Triumph brewery in Princeton. Over 50 supporters came to the event to help raise funds to assist the cost of her on-going treatment in Germany. At the event, the winners of the drawing that was being promoted at the school over the last few weeks were announced. The winners of the various prizes were notified and posted at the school. In all, 10 prizes were awarded and a lot was raised in just two weeks.

Your MCs and coordinators for the night.

PAMA staff, students, guests, and friends.

... and more friends

... and still more. What a huge turnout!

We all would like to thank everyone who participated in the event. It was an incredible outpouring of generosity and support from many of you in the PAMA family. Please keep sending your good thoughts and "well-wishes" to Amy every chance you get.

Look at those pearly whites!

A group shout out from NJ!!! We miss you Amy!

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Student of the Month

- Greg Smith -

(left) Greg with his children, (right) Greg firing the perfect jab

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think -

Living the Martial Way
Living the Martial Way,
by Forrest E. Morgan
Excerpt from book:
Living the Martial Way is a concise manual for training in warriorship. Unique amoung martial arts books, it provides a systematic, step-by-step approach to applying the warrior mind-set to your martial training and daily life. It combines a knowledge of fighting with an exploration of the culture of the warrior-The Martial Way. Individual chapters include "The Warrior Mindset," "The Warrior's Way of Strategy," and "Honor in Action." Morgan carefully guides the reader from The Way of Training, through The Way of Honor, to The Way of Living, constantly finding applications both inside and outside the martial arts.
... In Living the Martial Way he teaches the reader not only how to fight, but also when to fight, and why.

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- Kids Gold Sash Test -

Aubrey Mulford
Aubrey Mulford

On Feb. 18, Aubrey Mulford tested for her Gold Sash in Jun Fan Gung Fu. Her kickboxing form was very good. Most notably, her execution of the Sil Lim Tao form (the first form learned in Wing Chun Gung Fu) was excellent. Congratulations to Aubrey on her newly awarded Gold Sash!

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- England Seminar -

PAMA comes to England

(left) Sifu Rick with seminar coordinators Laurence Sandum and Paul Finn,
(center) Laurence Sandum practicing a silat drill,
(right ) Sifu Rick demonstrating hubud

On the last weekend in February Sifu Rick Tucci made yet another cross-continental voyage. This time he traveled to Chelmsford, Essex, England for a second annual two-day seminar hosted by Laurence Sandum and Paul Finn. Laurence and Paul are both apprentice instructors under Guru Dan Inosanto, and under Ralf Jones, a full instructor in England under Dan Inosanto. The seminar was very well attended by participants from all over the UK, Scotland, as well as PAMA friends David and Vince from Brussels and PAMA student Mike Webb who is temporarily working in the UK. PAMA assistant instructor Mary Jo Colli was also on hand for the seminar.

(left) Sifu Rick demonstrating a takedown, (right) A huge showing from students in the UK

... and if you look closer, Belgium was also present

The attendees enjoyed the intense and information packed seminar that covered a vast array of arts such as JKD, Kali, Silat and Muay Thai. As always, people were very grateful for the information but more appreciative of the knowledge that Sifu Rick shared with them about martial arts and present day influences. For information on future seminars in England contact Laurence Sandum at

2006 Seminar in Chelmsford, Essex, England

- Boxe Francaise Savate Seminar -

Founded in the 1800's, modern B.F. Savate is a unique French kickboxing art involving an array of multi-level kicks and standard Western boxing melded together with extreme precision and beautiful grace. It is not uncommon to see B.F. Savate practitioners throw three or more kicks in rapid succession, all of which strike with a hard tipped shoe (another difference from other kickboxing systems). On February 11, Professor Salem Assli, Silver Glove 2nd Degree and President of the California Association of B.F. Savate, was at PAMA to conduct Glove testing (the rankings system in Savate). The tests are comprised of a technical section and assault (sparring) section. From lowest to highest, the glove order is: blue, green, red, white, yellow, and silver.

Testing Results:
Blue Glove: Nick Harrison, Angel Soto
Red Glove: Keith Byrd, Ari Cohn, Dave Ramsey, Jim Robinson, Max Wang
White Glove: Neil Campeas, Lisa Melendez

Students of all levels drilling in B.F. Savate

This February's Savate seminar was met with a surprise... loads of snow! The "Nor-Easter" did not stop (just delayed for a few hours) the seminar and the great instruction. After digging out all of the participants were more then happy to get out of the house. The day started off with viewing some amazing professional Savate fights. After being inspired the group was equally awed by the skill and finesse that Professor Salem Assli displayed in his teaching and instruction of Savate Boxe Francaise. His teaching method and instruction assured that students of all levels learned and improved.

(left) Professor Assli countering a kick with a frontal chasse, (right) Keep those hands up or else...

Students drilling

The mid afternoon break was met with a Happy Birthday cake for Neil, all natural from Whole Foods of course! The group ended the day by running into the snow for a cool down! Thank you for all the attendees who came out in this weather and of course thank you Professor Salem for another great seminar.

(left) Happy Birthday Neil, (right) Environmental training...

- Kickboxing 101 at Princeton University -

For the third year in a row the students of Princeton University have been given the opportunity to participate in a semester-long kickboxing class taught by instructors of Princeton Academy. Neil Acevedo and Mary Jo Colli are teaching this class which meets twice a week for the entire semester. There has been quite a showing this year and the students are enjoying their training which consists of a blend of boxing and various kickboxing arts.

Princeton University students kickboxing in Dillon Gym

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu Rick demonstrates two counters to espada y daga locking.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

Video 2: regular speed - slow motion

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Dietary Supplement

- Wobenzym®N -


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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee
Stories: Neil Acevedo, Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Ray Ng