September 2006 Newsletter
Student of the Month
- Orlando Skelton -
Please give us some of your professional background.
I am an Electrical Engineer by training and spent several years working as a telecommunications systems engineer at Bristol-Myers and the Space and Communications Group at Hughes Aircraft Company. Upon receiving my MBA from the University of California, I moved into the Sales and Marketing area culminating with an executive position at General Electric. From there, I became the President of a media production company in New York City that produced daily television shows, operated a television studio and outsourced technical personnel for television and film projects.
A few years ago, I started an Investment Banking firm in New York City specializing in Turnaround Management. Turnound specialists work with financially distressed companies to either return them to profitability, raise additional investment capital or find a suitable buyer. Currently, I am a working for the Department of Justice as a Chapter 11 (business reorganization) and a Chapter 7 (business liquidation) Trustee in the State of New Jersey managing three bankrupt companies.
When did you first become interested in Martial Arts?
When I was twelve, my father was stationed in the Philippines (Air Force) for two years. We lived "off-base" in an area where Filipinos and Americans lived virtually next door. It was there I was first exposed to Martial Arts. As I recall, the training was very intense and disciplined. I'm not sure what form of Martial Art we were being taught, but I continued my training until we left the country.
Where did you first hear about PAMA and what drew you to the Academy?
For several years, I would get my car washed across the street. Occasionally, the PAMA sign would catch my eye, but I never stopped in to see what the school was all about. About one year ago, a friend from France was visiting the United States and invited me to an Aikido Dojo in Philadelphia. I attended a few classes ... which rekindled my interest in Martial Arts (along with the desire to drop a few extra pounds and improve my level of conditioning). As a result of that experience, I decided to visit PAMA and learn more about the school, the people and its philosophy toward Martial Arts.
What were your initial expectations of PAMA and the Arts? What is your present opinion?
Initially, I had no real expectations other than to learn about what form of Martial Art PAMA specialized in. The schools I was aware of (such as the Aikido Dojo) specialized in one Art. When I learned that PAMA specialized in multiple Martial Arts and had a philosophy of cross-training in several Arts simultaneously, it made perfect sense. My first training session was with Mike Lee.
As students of PAMA, we all know the training is excellent, top notch and second to none. What I find unique about PAMA is the Sifu's dedication to the development of the students. My sense is training and teaching is a way of life for him; his dedication and enthusiasm is evident. I am a strong believer in self-development and surrounding oneself with like minded individuals. The second area I want to comment on are the training methods and explanation of the "logic" behind the various drills, trapping or disarming techniques. For me, my knowledge (and subsequently my training) has been enhanced by the instructors explanation of the underlying principles behind the various attacks, counters, defenses, etc.
How do you feel about your personal training and development?
I have been training at PAMA for about ten months. I am currently training in JKD and Kali. The development of my skills has been slow, but based upon my past experience, I was not expecting any miracles. Developing reflexes and making the mind body connection in real-time is a huge challenge. However, since joining the school, my level of conditioning has improved significantly and I have lost several inches off my waist. Overall, I am very satisfied with the level of instruction and training I have received.
What goals have you set for yourself and how do you plan to meet them?
I currently train on average about five hours per week at PAMA. My goal is to continue to make steady progress in my level of conditioning, skills and knowledge of Martial Arts. I also plan add one additional Martial Art in the upcoming months ... I'm leaning toward Silat.
Sifu Recommends a Book
- The Encyclopedia of Finishing Holds -
This book has taken Judo Gene years to write, and it is his legacy to the world of grappling. It is a massive text on the art of finishing holds, and contains over 600 pages outlining in great detail more than 950 finishing holds. Among the 600-plus pages are chapters on grips and handles; catches and grabs; foot and leg controls; arm bars and shoulder locks; wristlocks and twists; straight leglocks; ankle bends and twists; chokes; and necklocks and cranks. Many of the techniques shown in the volume are old, never-before-seen pro-wrestling techniques. These holds were used by the Ancient Greek and Roman pankration grapplers. This book explains why Gene LeBell is known as "The man of 10,000 finishing holds."
- Guro Amy Going Away Dinner -
Before traveling back to Germany, Guro Amy was surrounded by a large group of friendly faces to wish her a safe and healthful trip. The delicious dinner, at Sunny Garden on August 24th, was highlighted with hearty laughs mixed with some tears. While our thoughts and prayers are with Guro Amy, we will miss her and can't wait for her return!
Click here to see all the photos taken this evening.
Click here to see all the photos taken this evening.
- Back to School Time!
Welcome back, any and all ex-PAMA students. It is never to late to restart your martial arts training. Call to make an appointment to come and see all of your old schoolmates again!
- New PAMA Shirts! -
- Kids Sash Testing -
Three of the student's from the 8-13 year old Kid's Program had a very busy summer preparing for their Black Sash Test. Tony Arias, Liam Kiernan, and Jeff Mulford tested for the highest rank in the Program, the coveted Black Sash. All three have spend many dedicated years at PAMA and risen through the ranks of the 8-13 year old and into the Advanced class. During the Black Sash the students had to successfully complete a rigorous technique section, as well as a challenging conditioning section. The many areas of the test included Jun Fan kickboxing drills, trapping, grappling, and Kali running attacks. Each did a fantastic job of remembering and showing proficiency in each of area. Great job guys!
- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -
Sifu demonstrates knife on knife disarms against a thrust and a backhand slash.
- Remember to bring in your vacation photos. All you need is your picture with your PAMA shirt for a chance to win great prizes. The deadline is Sept 30th and students will make the final votes!
- Ajarn Chai will be conducting a Thai Boxing seminar at PAMA on September 16 & 17. Register Now!!!
- Sifu Rick will be conducting a seminar in Malmo, Sweden on October 7 & 8.
- Del-Immune V™ -
In the 1980s, Russian research focused on discovering a product to treat the immune depression following the Chernobyl accident. The research also addressed the anthrax poisoning that occurred due to the destruction of a nearby biological warfare laboratory. The team quickly concluded vaccines and antibiotics would not be effective.
Their research efforts focused on finding a product to "activate, enhance, and to quickly boost" natural immune system activity. More than 600 different products were examined, including many strains of lactobacillus. Only one product showed dramatic immune system activity: the parent product to Del-Immune V™.
In 2000 a Boulder, Colorado pharmacist, John A. Sichel, discovered the product could control his daughter's hepatitis C infection. He arranged to manufacture, distribute and market the product in the U.S. under contract with the Russian owners.
Today, Del-Immune V™ offers immediate immune system support. The product is made from a unique strain of lactobacillus. Strains of lactobacilli bacteria have been used to produce cheese, yogurt and other food products throughout history. Other strains of lactobacilli occur naturally in the nose, throat and the gastrointestinal tract. The lactobacillus cell wall fragments activate switches (called cytokines) that stimulate T, B and NK cells that serve as the army that helps protect us from a wide variety of pathogens.
Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee, The Mulford Family
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Lisa Melendez