July 2006 Newsletter
Student of the Month
- Will Fogler -
Share with us a little bit of your non-martial arts background.
I grew-up in this area, and at 18 went to college. I graduated from the University of South Florida in 1993 then finished my doctorate in chiropractic in 1998. My wife, Desiree, and I have three children, Evan, Austin, and Kyla. We currently own two chiropractic practices in Hopewell and Pennington. Our practices are committed to helping people live a better quality of life - naturally.
What influenced you to start training and return to your training after a hiatus?
Initially, I was looking to train in the arts because I had done it briefly as a kid, and always wanted to do it again. In 1999, I was finished with school and no longer involved with any organized athletics. Wanting to stay fit and practice martial arts brought me to PAMA. I trained at PAMA for 2 and a half years before leaving to build-up my chiropractic practice, get married and start a family. I always knew, and planned to come back to train again though.
How would you characterize your progress since you first started? Also, what arts have you trained and why?
When I started PAMA I really had no experience, so in that respect my progress has been tremendous. I started out training Silat. The fact that it was different than anything I had ever seen really drew me in. I loved the entries, sweeps, and especially the finishes. I trained in Silat only for almost a year before I took Sifu Rick's advice to cross-train. I tried Muay Thai next and fell in love with the physical intensity of the work-outs. Learning those powerful kicks, and how to box instilled a new confidence in me. My next move was to Kali. The knife, stick, bo staff, and of course the footwork really improved my timing and coordination. I have also participated in numerous Jun Fan classes which also prompted me to spar on Wednesday nights. That was were you got to put everything together and really test yourself. Since I returned to PAMA I have focused on the Mixed Martial Arts class. Ground training was an aspect I wanted to improve in. The rigorous training, and live grappling at the end of every class is not only challenging, but an incredible workout!
What is it about the martial arts that motivate you to make it a part of your life?
I'm motivated to make martial arts a part of my life for both my family and me. For my family I want to have every advantage possible in the preservation of the ones that I love. For me, having an active family life and busy chiropractic practices, the arts is a way to release stress, and keep in shape.
What is your favorite aspect about training at PAMA?
Some of my favorite aspects of training at PAMA include the facility itself. It's always clean, the equipment is top notch, and of course the decor - the weapons, pictures, and articles really immerse you into the world of martial arts. I also love the camaraderie of the school. Everyone from the instructors to the students are always friendly and approachable. But what I love most about training at PAMA is the wealth of knowledge, the quality of instruction, and the diversity of classes... We students truly are blessed for choosing PAMA as our place to train.
Sifu Recommends a Book
- The Alchemist -
Here's a fresh twist to your summer - a refreshing, simply-told tale of a shepherd journeying through the heated lands of Spain and cool nights of the Moroccan desert. Through tests of wit, tenacity, and pure determination, a young boy learns to draw upon his inner strength to realize a dream of finding the ultimate treasure. His only tools are a few small stones that a wise man handed him to be used only in dire situations. Discover for yourself what rewards await him and you as you engage in the soul searching process with the main character.
- The Legends Camp -
On June 9-11 PAMA assistant instructors Mike Lee and Mary Jo Colli once again attended the Legends Camp at the famous Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts in Los Angeles. Celebrated Instructors Dan Inosanto, Chai Sirisute, Francis Fong, and Jean Jacques Machado lead sessions in the arts of Kali/Silat/Jun Fan JKD, Thai Boxing, Wing Chun, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Both were very proud to represent PAMA at the event that attracts participants worldwide. It is always a pleasure to participate in the camp with 10 hours of training a day. Both Kuen Kru Mike and Kru Mary Jo assisted Ajarn Chai and helped the students with the various Muay Thai drills. It is always quite an honor to see and experience these Legends in person.
- PAMA is ready to go on Vacation again! -
Back by popular demand! Make it a tradition and take PAMA with you on vacation again this year. Given the overwhelming amount of responses last year we are going to have even more fun this summer with another PAMA T-shirt competition. Bring your PAMA T-shirt or jacket with you on vacation along with your camera. Take a picture with your PAMA clothes in some original, exotic, or scenic place. Bring in your pictures to PAMA by no later than September 15th for a chance to win prizes including items from the pro-shop. Everyone will get a chance to vote on their favorites. Don't miss out and don't forget to put in some extra training so that you look good in your bathing suit!
- Kids Sash Testing -
On June 3, 2006, PAMA initiated the first Orange Sash test for Kid's Jun Fan. The Orange Sash is a new sash level between Gold and Green. Sunil Ramakrishnan and William Minor tested under the new test requirements, which included the Jun Fan kickboxing and trapping, with the newly added Kali requirement. The Kali portion required the proper execution of the Heaven 6 Sinawali drill. Sunil and Will tested with energy and did great. Congratulations to Sunil and Will on their newly awarded Orange Sashes! Keep up the good work!
- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -
Sifu demonstrates a counter to a grab and an entry into a rear choke from the double pak sao.
- Learn a Technique from Guru Amy -
Guru Amy demonstrates a Lameco drill, defending against the high thrust.
- Ajarn Chai will be conducting a Thai Boxing seminar at PAMA on September 16 & 17.
- Sifu Rick will be conducting a seminar in Malmo, Sweden on October 7 & 8.
- Pantothenic Acid -
Pantothenic acid and biotin are water-soluble vitamins, which means that they cannot be stored by the body and must be replenished every day. They are used for the breakdown and utilization by the body of food and are part of the B vitamin complex. Pantothenic acid is essential for the metabolism of food. It is essential in the synthesis of hormones and cholesterol. Cholesterol is needed by the body for the proper functioning of its cells' membranes, particularly in the brain. Biotin is essential for the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates (like the other B vitamins), and in the synthesis of hormones and cholesterol.
To learn more about Pantothenic Acid please visit the MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia website, a service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Amy Tucci
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee