October 2007 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

- Peter von Kaenel -

Peter von Kaenel

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- A Warm Sendoff for Guro Amy -

On Wednesday, September 19th after some hard training the PAMA family went to Sunny Gardens. Instructors, students and friends gathered for a warm send off for Guro Amy before her trip to Germany. It was a pleasant time amongst friends with plenty of laughs and well wishing. We all dined on Chinese cuisine and were merry thanks to Bruce Dunson's supply of fine wine. It was a great show of support for Guro Amy who is a large part of PAMA. She will be missed during the time she is away and we all wish her a speedy and healthy return.

(left) A toast to a speedy and healthy return. (right) Guro caught by the paparazzi mid-story.

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(left) A delicious (and healthy) cake for good wishes. (right) After Bruce's wine, Dave eats Pikachu

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- Ajarn Chai Seminar -

At this year's Muay Thai seminar with Ajarn Chai Sirisute, participants not only received intensive training in the art of Muay Thai, they also received insight into the qualities that are the hallmark of every true Thai Boxer and martial artist, namely, respect and discipline.

(left) Ajarn Chai points out the finer details of a Thai kick. (right) Ajarn drills the group in knees across the gym.

Ajarn Chai shows how to keep your opponent away with a long foot jab.

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This was the 19th consecutive seminar that Ajarn Chai, President of the Thai Boxing Association of the United States conducted for PAMA. The attendance for the two day event was excellent as befits a man of Ajarn Chai's stature in the martial arts world, and both instructors and students of many different styles of martial arts came to this seminar for a chance to receive hands on instruction in the art of Muay Thai from Ajarn Chai.

(left) Ajarn Chai emphasizes the importance of proper stance. (right) Ajarn shows how to correct your partner's form.

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While Ajarn Chai conducted the seminar covering both basic Muay Thai skills, including the proper stance and position of hands relative to boxing, he also taught combinations incorporating punches, elbows, knees and kicks. These combinations dealt with both counter attacks and opponents who might attempt to grab a Thai boxer to nullify his strikes. As always Ajarn Chai's intensity was mixed with his humor and genuine passion for his chosen art. Even when he was holding focus gloves for various seminar participants his lighting fast hands were tempered by his jokes and smiles. When he hit someone you knew it was with the intent to make that person more skillful and to keep their hands up.

Ajarn proves that he's still quicker than 7 hands.

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Ajarn Chai made it a point to stress that martial arts are about discipline and respect more than they are about simply fighting. He emphasized that all real martial artists carry themselves with discipline and respect for themselves and others. Mere physical skills do not make one a martial artist. It is the qualities of discipline and respect that enable a person to work hard and overcome adversity in the ring and in life. Simple fighting skill is not enough by itself, a true martial artist must first be disciplined. Every seminar participant received a true lesson in being a better martial artist courtesy of the sage wisdom of Ajarn Chai Sirisute.

(left) Ajarn Chai relates Muay Thai to Krabi Krabong. (right) Ajarn shows how to teach the elbow.

Workshop Participants

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The following night Ajarn Chai conducted a special workshop for PAMA's Muay Thai instructors and a selected group of PAMA students who were interested in Muay Thai but had not trained it the art yet. Ajarn Chai focused on what constitutes good instruction and what a Muay Thai instructor's priorities as a teacher of new students should be. He then matched up the instructors with the Muay Thai neophytes and observed how each instructor related to his student one on one. The workshop was eye opening and great fun for all who attended.

- Kids Testing: 9-13 Year Old -

September was a busy month for Kids testing. Students of all ranks in the 9-13 Program tested for higher sashes this month.

Receiving their first sash (Yellow) were Brandon Kaplowitz and Philip Trevisan. Way to go guys and keep up the hard work!

At the intermediate level, Patrick Dillingham, Newell Woodworth, and David Dillingham passed their Green Sash test by demonstrating a greater mastery of basic skills as well as more advanced Jun Fan trapping and kickboxing skills. With this new level, the students will now be qualified to take the advanced Kids class on Saturday mornings. Congratulations!

And finally, showing that hard work and dedication pay off, Matt and Alex Hilerio have earned their Blue and Black Sashes, respectively. Matt showed great skill and endurance as he was tested in all areas of Jun Fan Gung Fu. His older brother Alex faced an even more difficult test that required perfection in movement as well as a rigorous conditioning phase to receive his Black Sash, the highest rank in the 9-13 program. Alex now joins only a select few children to have ever received this honor. Great job!

(left) From l-r: Brandon Kaplowitz and Philip Trevisan
(right) From l-r: Patrick Dillingham, Newell Woodworth, and David Dillingham

From l-r: Alex Hilerio and Matt Hilerio

- Kids Testing: 6-8 Year Old -

Congratulations to all 6-8 year old students who tested on September 22nd. Earning their first level Gold Sash are Spencer Stengle and William Tantoy, showing the knowledge and understanding that form a solid foundation in their martial arts studies. Emily Minor, Kyle Schuler, and Rosalind Stengle, excelled in their second level Green Sash Test. They showed how much they grew and developed in their form, knowledge, maturity, physical and mental capabilities. All of the children showed good discipline and focus, key ingredients in good learning habits. One unique and important factor in the success of this test was every child had a family member, be it sibling or parent, that was active in the martial arts here in PAMA!

(left) From l-r: William Tantoy and Spencer Stengle
(right) From l-r: Rosalind Stengle, Emily Minor, and Kyle Schuler

- Teacher Appreciation Month -

October is Teacher Appreciation Month at PAMA. Traditionally, each student pays their respects by preparing a special gift to their instructor. This customarily includes: flowers, 1 candle and 3 sticks of incense. Officially, October 16th is Teacher's Day, a pratice adopted from Muay Thai (it's also Ajarn Chai's birthday!), however at PAMA it is observed the entire month.

Generous gifts from last years Teacher's Month

- PAMA's 3rd Annual Photo Contest Begins -

Help us determine this years photo content winners. There were a number of great entries this year, so vote for your favorites today. This years three categories include: Most Exotic, Most Creative, and Coolest.

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss -

Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss
Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan
for Automatic Weight Loss,
by Mark Hyman
Excerpt from inside book cover:

No wonder it's so hard to lose weight -- our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it's a matter of survival. It's embedded in our DNA. Our diet has changed dramatically over the past ten thousand years, but our genetic blueprint has not -- our bodies are not designed to process the types of food we are fed today. It's like putting diesel fuel into a regular car -- it just won't work. And making matters worse is the fact that diets don't work either: less than 6 percent of weight-loss attempts succeed. The average person who goes on a diet actually gains five pounds. But a medical revolution is under way, finally showing us precisely how the powerful forces that keep weight on can actually be reprogrammed to automatically burn fat and keep weight off for good. The concept is simple. By learning how to work with our bodies instead of against them, we can ignite the natural fat-burning furnaces that lie dormant within us. For the first time ever, Dr. Mark Hyman makes this new science of weight loss available to the general public. This medical revolution is based on a groundbreaking concept called nutrigenomics -- the science of how food talks to our genes. This science is actually startlingly simple. Food contains information and instructions for our bodies -- eat the right foods and send instructions of weight loss and health; eat the wrong foods and send messages of weight gain and disease. After spending the last ten years conducting pioneering, hands-on research with over two thousand patients at Canyon Ranch, one of the world's leading health resorts, Dr. Hyman has discovered the seven fundamental causes of obesity. While fad diets have identified one or two of these causes, never before have they all been integrated into a single, simple plan for automatic weight loss -- this is the promise of UltraMetabolism.

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu defends a downward angle #1 stab with a counter thrust and wedge followed by a disarm.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

Sifu defends the same attack, but this time parries the dagger as he counter thrusts.

Video 2: regular speed - slow motion

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Dietary Supplement

- Vitamin D3 by Pure Encapsulations -

Vitamin D3 by Pure Encapsulations
Vitamin D3
by Pure Encapsulations

Vitamin D promotes intestinal calcium and phosphorous absorption and reduces urinary calcium loss, essential mechanisms for maintaining proper calcium levels in the body and for healthy bone composition. Vitamin D supports cardiovascular function in some individuals, which may be attributed to its effect on calcium metabolism or possibly by helping to maintain healthy plasma renin function. A role for vitamin D in supporting colon health by promoting healthy cellular function has also been suggested. Furthermore, vitamin D is believed to provide general cellular support potential, including for the breast and prostate, in part by helping to maintain healthy angiogenesis balance, supporting immune cell activity, and maintaining healthy cell metabolism. Vitamin D's role in immune health has long been established; vitamin D receptors are found on a number of immune cells, including lymphocytes and macrophages, supporting healthy immune cell activation.

Excerpt taken from Pure Encapsulations.

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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Bernie Dudley, Mike Lee, Mike Wolhfert