April 2006 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

- Thom Jason -

Thom Jason

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- The Legendary Bruce Lee -

Living the Martial Way
The Legendary Bruce Lee,
by The Editors of
Black Belt Magazine

A must have book for Bruce Lee fans!!!

A collection of articles detailing Bruce Lee's rise to fame, including his own famous and controversial essay Liberate Yourself from Classical Karate.

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- 8 Month Jun Fan Test -

8 Month
Angel Soto and Jason Ganovsky

Congratulations goes out to Angel Soto and Jason Ganovsky for passing your 8 Month Test in Jun Fan.

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- Chul (Chuck) Choe's Muay Thai Fight -

Congratulations go out to Chul (Chuck) Choe for his knockout victory in his match at the Evolved Fighting Amateur Muay Thai event that was held at the New Alhambra on March 25, 2006 in Philadelphia. Chuck competed in the 175-pound weight division and defeated a tough opponent from the Boston Muay Thai Academy.

(left) Fighters exchanging punches, (center) Chuck landing a nasty hook, (right) The aftermath of the "Chuck Special".

Chuck demonstrated great conditioning and punching power in a bout that was filled with lots of clinching, knees, and exciting throws. Chuck proved to be the much stronger fighter as he rocked his opponent several times with crushing blows. The bout eventually ended mid-way through the third round as Chuck's opponent, who was still stunned from a previous throw, walked into a perfectly timed "Chuck Special" overhand right. The referee called a stop to the match as the hurt fighter could not continue even after beating the 10-count.

Congratulations again to Chuck for a great fight!!

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- Paul Saltzman Visits PAMA -

It was an extraordinary evening that revisited a remarkable time and experience!

Author, photographer, film maker and friend Paul Saltzman came to PAMA and took us back to 1968 when he arrived at the Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh, India, to heal a broken heart, only to find the Beatles were there. Paul shared his stories and his pictures.

Paul Saltzman presenting slideshow.

Overall the turnout was over 80 PAMA and non-PAMA attendees. Even non-Beatle fanatics were impressed by the great auditory skills of Paul and the story and message that he conveyed. Paul Saltzman's intimate and remarkable photographs captured in a pure and raw sense the amazingly artist and gifted side of the Beatles from a humanistic perspective. The presentation and the pictures show how the most important rock group the world has known continues it's influence!

(left) Sifu Rick with Paul Saltzman, (center) The Beatles display, (right) Mr. Paul Saltzman

(left) Mr Saltzman's assistants Andreas and Patricia.
(right) One of Mr. Saltzman's many famous Beatles photographs. Depicted is John Lennon playing the guitar.

- Silat Workshop in Philadelphia -

(left) Guru Rick demonstrates a Saphu Luar, (right) Guru covering entries and destructions.

March 25 was an exceptionally busy day for PAMA. While fight preparations were going on for Chuck's fight (see other event), Guru Rick was giving a Silat workshop in another corner of Philadelphia. The workshop was hosted by Sensei Dawud Muhammad and covered Silat from the ground up (no pun intended). Sifu started the workshop by going over the basic triangles of Silat, explaining the principle of body leverage points, and showing basic sweeps. In the beginning Sensei Muhammad's students, some with little or no Silat experience, had a little difficulty, but by the end of the workshop, they were flowing from one basic sweep or lock to another. It's great to see seasoned martial artists in one area be so open to new ideas.

Silat workshop participants at Muhammad's Martial Arts Academy, March 25, 2006

Everyone learned a lot on Saturday and had a great time. Thanks Sensei Muhammad for having us and we'll see you next time.

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu Rick demonstrates the effective use of the spinning heel kick.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

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Dietary Supplement

- AlkaMAX™ -


What Do You Get From New AlkaMAX™?

  • Optimize your low-carb diet efforts with a restored pH balance!
  • Neutralize excess acid caused by low-carb / high-protein diets!
  • Natural relief from occasional acid indigestion!

Excerpt from TriMedica International, Inc.
An acid-alkaline imbalance can be caused by the over consumption of animal products, processed foods, and beverages such as coffee and soda, coupled with the absence of alkaline-rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Regardless of diet, many people find the stress of modern living can create elevated acid levels that need proper care. While popular antacids may temporarily relieve some of the common symptoms of pH imbalance, like occasional acid stomach and indigestion, the undesirable artificial ingredients and preservatives don't create a long-term solution. These products also do nothing to address the alkaline deficiency at the root of the problem. Elevated acid levels have been associated with numerous ailments including occasional fatigue, sore muscles, weight gain, indigestion, signs of aging, wrinkles and other possibly more serious problems.

Visit TriMedica for more information.

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