June 2006 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

- Frank Pantuso -

Frank Pantuso

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- Scholar Warrior: An Introductionto the Tao in Everyday Life -

Scholar Warrior
Scholar Warrior: An Introduction to
the Tao in Everyday Life,
by Deng Ming- Dao

In this beautifully illustrated offering of ancient wisdom, Deng Ming-Dao shares the secrets of the spiritual path handed down to him by Kwan Saihung, his Taoist master, as well as by herbalists, martial artists, and other practitioners of the ancient arts. Deng shows how Taoist philosophy and practice may be integrated into contemporary Western lifestyles for complete physical, mental, and spiritual health. He provides an abundance of philosophical and practical information about hygiene, diet, sexuality, physical exercise, meditation, medicine, finding one's purpose in life, finding the right teacher, death, and transcendence. (excerpt from back cover)

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- Brussels, Part Deux -

This month Sifu Rick and assistant instructors Neil, Mary Jo, and Mike returned to the city of Brussels; a unique small European city filled with lots of culture, churches, and wonderful architecture. Similar to our last visit, we were located in the center of the city and were within walking distance to much of what the city has to offer; including what has become our annual pilgrimage to the Drug Opera - where we had our fill of Belgian culinary delights such as waffles, crepes, and chocolate.

Sifu Rick demonstrating trapping and kickboxing techniques.

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The trip began with a Friday evening workshop with our hosts and invitees: Vincent, David, Frederic and Gianfranco. The two-hour workshop focused on Silat principles of leverage, body positioning, and insightful details to enhance the proper execution of various techniques.

A huge European showing. Students from Brussels and beyond.

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The next two-days were filled with the seminar itself. Sifu Rick covered Jun Fun punching form, as well as ranges, footwork, trapping, and lead hand tool development. Also taught were Kali training methods with a concentration on single stick and dagger techniques. In addition, some time was devoted to the principles of Silat as well.

(left) Neil helping students with knife disarms, (right) PAMA visits Bruges

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After a relaxing sprint through the center of Brussels, the final day was marked with a one-hour train ride to the town Bruges in the northwest corner of Belgium. Bruges is a small medieval city containing many canals, medieval architecture, and churches. It once was one of the wealthiest cities in Europe and was nicknamed the "Venice of the North" for its many canals. Of course, no trip would be complete without a trek up the gothic bell tower in the city's center. 366 steps later, the views were fantastic despite the rainy weather.

(left) Our seminar hosts, (right) Brussels Seminar 2006

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Many thanks to Sifu Rick for allowing us to share this experience with him and also many thanks to our wonderful hosts Vincent (Vick), David (Dan), and Frederic (Frank), through whose efforts made the event possible.

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- Chul "Chuck" Choe Wins at Strike Zone -

Congratulations go out again to Chul (Chuck) Choe for his impressive performance in his match at the Strikezone "Strike Challenger 2" Amateur Muay Thai event that was held on May 13, 2006 in Long Island City, NY. Chuck competed in the 175-pound weight division and dominated his opponent from the Master K Muay Thai Academy. Due to the weight difference, the match ended up being labeled an "Exhibition Match" as Chuck was giving up 15 pounds to his opponent. From what the PAMA fans witnessed in the crowd, the size advantage did not make a difference for Chuck's opponent.

(left) Chuck in action, (right) Taking a breather while getting last minute instructions

Chuck trained hard for this fight and demonstrated great conditioning and skill in his bout. Unlike Chuck's other fights, Chuck came into this one as the more experienced fighter; and it showed right from the start. Chuck was able to hit his opponent at will and avoid blows as he imposed his will on a bigger but outclassed fighter. Chuck dictated the pace and showed the poise of a veteran as he tattooed his opponent in every aspect of the fight. In the end, it was a very solid showing for Chuck and many of the fans, trainers, coaches, and promoters of the event came up to congratulate him.

Waiting for the decision...

Thank you to all the PAMA faithful that made the trip to see Chuck's fight. Congratulations again to Chuck for another great fight!!

And your winner is...

- Keith Visits from England -

Once again, PAMA opened its doors to an overseas martial artist. Keith James, a martial arts instructor from England made his first trip to the U.S. solely to train here at PAMA. He met Sifu at one of his seminars, hosted by another "friend from across the pond" Laurence Sandum of the Fitness Academy, and greatly enjoyed the training he received. Keith wanted to expand his knowledge in both JKD and Kali. He decided to take time off from his school in England and come over for a week to train here. His training included both intensive private lessons with Sifu, and the gamut of classes that we offer. Keith now holds a Trainer certification and is pursuing an instructorship under Sifu. He plans on making regular annual trips to PAMA and to attend as many of Sifu's European seminars as possible.

Keith James


- Kids Sash Testing -

Si Hing Max, Victor, Si Jay Carrie, Matthew, and Nicholas
(from left to right)

Congratulations! Pictured here are students Nicholas Castro, Matthew Tantoy, and Victor Bell proudly displaying their new sashes and certificates with instructor Carrie. Each one outdid themselves in form and discipline, Nicholas and Matthew earning their Green Sash, and Victor achieving Gold Sash level.

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu demonstrates two techniques from the double pak sao, the sut sao to biu jee and the bo pai.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

Video 2: regular speed - slow motion

- Learn a Technique from Guru Amy -

Guru Amy demonstrates a Lameco drill, transitioning from largo to corto range and back out.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

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Upcoming Events

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Dietary Supplement

- Chromium Picolinate -

Chromium Picolinate
Chromium Picolinate by Pure Encapsulations

Chromium picolinate is a highly utilizable form of chromium, promoting optimal regulation of cholesterol, as well as glucose and fat metabolism.

*Chromium is important for fat metabolism, enzyme activation, and the regulation of cholesterol. Chromium inhibits the synthesis of new fat from carbohydrates, thus freeing the mitochondria to burn already stored fat. In addition, chromium increases the effectiveness of insulin and optimizes glucose metabolism.

*This is a statement of nutritional support. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Amy Tucci
Stories: Neil Acevedo, Carrie Bonadeo, Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Max Wang