August 2007 Newsletter

- Student of the Month - Visiting Student Profile - Events - Recommended Book - Video Technique - Announcements - Dietary Supplement -

Student of the Month

- Aldo Alarcon -


Aldo Alaracon

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Visiting Student Profile

- Nishaud Ali -


Nishaud Ali

PAMA always enjoys the frequent visits of our international brothers and sisters who travel a great distance to train with us. In July, PAMA opened it's doors once again for a guest from across the pond. Nishaud Ali visited us from London for the weekend of the 4th, risking life and limb as a British citizen during our Independence celebrations. With a background in both Muay Thai/Krabi Krabong and Silat, Nishaud was very enthusiastic in coming here to train in the various arts. He arrived in the US and spent a few days of sightseeing in NYC, before coming to train here. Refreshed and ready to train arrived here for both Monday and Tuesday classes and actively participated in as many of the classes as he could: including Muay Thai, Jun Fan, Kali and MMA. During his time here made several friends and extended an invitation to anyone traveling to London.

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Events

- Sifu's Spiritual Journey in Peru -

Starting at the end of June through the beginning of July, Sifu Rick journeyed to Peru for exploration, experience, relaxation, and learning some internal healing aspects of the way of the warrior.


With all its beauty and energy, it is no wonder Peru is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the New World

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After spending a couple of days in Cusco relaxing and acclimating to the high altitude of the Andes, it was off to the area known as the Sacred Valley. While in this area he visited many ancient Inca sites, temples, and towns of this special place. Machu Pichu of course, is one of the most well known of these sites and recently voted to be included as one of the seven wonders of the new world. "It is a beautiful place, with great energy, that would have to be experienced first hand to appreciate fully".


(left) The sheer magnitude of the ancient structures can't be fully appreciated until you get right next to it.
(right) Sifu Rick and Don Martin.

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Sifu Rick also had the privilege of meeting with, and sitting in on traditional Shaman ceremonies, meditation and healing sessions with elder shaman (Qero) from the high Andes. These people have an internal intensity about them that is difficult to verbalize. Although they are very intense while in ceremony or prayer, they are very warm, friendly, and each of them have a great sense of humor.

The Sacred Valley of Peru is a very beautiful, spiritual place, perfect to help balance out the external aspects of martial arts with the internal.

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- 17th Pacific Northwest Muay Thai Camp (told by Poneyboy Miller) -


Early morning at Camp Wilkerson

Once on board the aircraft, fast forward five restless hours exacerbated by three little children crying, we landed at Portland International Airport. Gathering our luggage and piling into the rental, Khun Kru Mike Lee, a seven time camp veteran began to tell us the routine, what to expect from camp, and of course the dreaded written exam, which if one should fail, he or she would have to run an extra three miles, 100 push ups, 100 sit ups, and 100 jump squats. Fearing the humiliation of exam failure and 100 jump squats like the ones Sifu makes us do, I begin to study. When we arrived at our hotel we took ten minutes to unload the car and after that headed for Camp Wilkerson.


(left) Station One: Heavy Bags, (right) Guro Dan rocking the beats during the break.

Once at the camp, Ajarn Chai, out of his iconic uniform (black TBA t-shirt and sweat pants) wore a white polo shirt and jeans began to tell us the laws of the land. After that, he had us introduce ourselves to everyone one at a time; the introduction followed a script of name, length of training, trainer/school, and how many times one has attended camp. As people began to introduce themselves I was amazed at the depth of talent and felt truly honored of being there among them. Guro Dan Inosanto, Khun Kru Greg Nelson, and Khun Kru Bryan Dobler were the most senior of the group with Guro Dan Inosanto being the most senior of the three at 25 years training with Ajarn Chai. Once finished we raced down to our hotel room for some rest because our day would start at 5:30 am with streching and our two mile morning run, which I'm proud to say all the PAMA crew would always finish in the top 5 or 10 out of 110 attendants.


(left) Ajarn Chai gives his morning talk before workout begins
(right) Khun Kru Mike Lee tests for Full Instructor

The days were broken into morning and afternoon workouts with the morning being the easiest for me. After the run we would stretch and shadow box for 30-40 minutes or until Ajarn Chai blew his whistle. We then would line up and pay respect to each other and sprint to the breakfast line. At 9:30 am morning workouts starts with whatever Ajarn Chai has in mind e.g. foot work and stance with Khun Kru Bryan Dobler, plum with Khun Kru Greg Nelson, or boxing with Khun Kru Leonard Trigg. We would continue training until 1:00-1:30 pm; once again we would all line up and pay respect and have lunch until 3:30 pm. The afternoon workouts would be further broken into five stations, station one: heavy bags, two: shadow boxing, three: Thai pads, four: Sparring, and five: Plum/clinch. We would spend four three minutes rounds and one minute break at each station with 30 seconds to change stations. On average we would complete 80-90 rounds each afternoon. All the while there were drummers playing native Filipino, Thai, and native rhythmic beats at the main lodge, which made us forget how hard we were all working out. The experience was truly awesome for a lack of a better word. Seeing Guro Dan Inosanto working out with us at age 71 was inspiring to say the least and working with Khun Kru Greg Nelson and Khun Kru Bryan Dobler was amazing. Khun Kru Greg Nelson of course is Sean Sherk, Brock Lesnar, and Nick Thompson's coach just to name a few and Khun Kru Bryan Dobler is famed for knocking out Parinya "Lady Boy" Charoenphol.


PAMA represents!

As a first time attendant I was awestruck by all the instructors and grateful for all the instructions given. The camp was truly a one of a kind experience from start to finish and even though the days were long and hard we all pushed through it. What I'm taking away from camp is that one can only push themselves so far, after that one needs to surround him or herself with people that can help them reach their goal and we are lucky as PAMA students to have such an incredible team of instructors, associate instructors, and diverse pool students who are lawyers, doctors, engineers, educators, and more who can help us reach our goals whatever they may be.

I would also like to congratulate Khun Kru Mike Lee for becoming a full instructor in Thai Boxing Association under Ajarn Chai. We are truly blessed in having him as our instructor. Please congratulate him when you see him round the academy.

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- Kalarippayattu Workshop -


Sneha Bharadwaj explains the animal origins of Kalarippayattu.


After a quick explanation and demonstration, students work their tiger form.

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- The Four Insights: Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers -

The Four Insights: Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers
The Four Insights: Wisdom,
Power, and Grace of
the Earthkeepers,
by Alberto Villoldo
From the Publisher:

The Four Insights are the wisdom teachings that have been protected by secret societies of Earthkeepers, the medicine men and women of the Americas. The Insights state that all creation-humans, whales, and even stars-is made from light manifest through the power of intention. The Earthkeepers mastered the Insights, and used them to heal disease, eliminate emotional suffering, and even grow new bodies that age and heal differently.

About the Author:

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., a psychologist and medical anthropologist, has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the U.S. and Europe in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval.

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu disarms an angle #1 strike using a sector #1 strip.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

Sifu disarms an angle #2 strike off of sector #2.

Video 2: regular speed - slow motion

- Learn a Technique from Guro Amy -

Guro Amy enters into a harimau leg weave off a jab.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

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Announcements

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Dietary Supplement

- EPA/DHA Essentials by Pure Encapsulations -

EPA/DHA Essentials by Pure Encapsulations
EPA/DHA Essentials
by Pure Encapsulations

EPA and DHA from fish oil promote cardiovascular health by supporting healthy triglyceride and lipid metabolism, maintaining healthy blood flow, and supporting healthy platelet function. Fish oil is also important for optimal joint function. It maintains healthy prostaglandin and leukotriene production, which is important for maintaining connective tissue health and comfort. Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids are important components of neuronal cell membranes and are essential to cognitive function. By supporting vascular health, fish oils promote oxygen and nutrient delivery to the brain. Studies suggest that healthy red blood cell membrane omega-3 fatty acid concentration is associated with emotional well-being. Both epidemiological and double blind placebo- controlled trials indicate that fish oil supports positive mood.

Excerpt taken from Pure Encapsulations.

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Credits:
Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Poneyboy Miller, Rick Tucci, Max Wang