November 2007 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

- Vincent Hohn -

Vincent Hohn

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- Sifu Rick Visits Sweden -

by Dan Johansson

Guro Rick explains the intricacies and dangers of the knife.

Once again it was time for Guro Rick to spend some time in Malmo Sweden. Of course the main thing was the two-day seminar at MMA-Alliance/ Malmo Academy of Martial Arts. The seminar was divided into three segments so those attending could choose any combination of what they were interested in. The first segment covered no nonsense street knife defense. Guro Rick with his usual skill and ability to get the important points across really got the participants to understand the different aspects.

Guro Rick demonstates various disarms and locks when defending against a knife.

Students practicing new techniques during the knife segment.

Click here to see all the pictures taken from Sweden.

The second segment gave an in depth look at some of the basic skills, techniques and training methods for having a great stand up game. Especially two of my students who are going to compete in Thai Boxing really appreciated this segment. The second day was devoted entirely to the third segment, which covered the martial arts from South East Asia. Guro Rick really showed all students the effectiveness of these arts. He also stressed the fact that these arts mostly were not designed for sport but for pure survival and combat effectiveness.

Guro demonstrates a counter to round kick.

Guro defends a jab cross with a parry to elbow destruction in the SEMA phase of the seminar.

Click here to see all the pictures taken from Sweden.

I have been a student of Guro Rick since 1988 and still he inspires and motivates me as much as he did the first years. Probably more when I come to think about it. Martial arts is a continuous growth and as much in life everything becomes much more clear if you have a really good guide to show you the way.

Everybody had a really great seminar and I of course was very grateful for the extra days to talk and train with Guro Rick.

- Teacher Appreciation Month -

Students showed their gratitude and appreciation to Sifu Rick by bringing in flowers and cards during October's teachers appreciation month. Thank you to the students for their warm thoughts and sentiments regarding the martial arts and what training at PAMA means to them.

- Kali in the Park -

by Orlando Skelton

For those of you who missed the Kali in the Park event, you truly missed an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and training in Kali/Martial Arts.

Picnic tables provided the ideal platform for uneven (and unstable) situations.

The majority of our training is done under "ideal" conditions (good lighting, level surfaces, etc) in a comfortable environment. Is that a "real world" situation you may find yourself in? Are your skills of perception with respect to your environment as sharp as they should be?

The beautiful fall day is full of potential hazards (branches, slippery leaves, trees, ditches, etc.)

Kali in the Park was about training in less than ideal conditions. The ground was uneven, slippery and had fallen tree branches everywhere. Even basic Kali drills and footwork took on a new dimension. As an example, I ran into several trees trying to defend against a charging attacker with a sword. Needless to say, the outcome of being backed up to a tree limits your options.

In real combat, the conditions are often less than ideal.

We worked on drills to develop our awareness and peripheral vision, defenses when your opponent has the high ground, defending against multiple attackers and how to use the environment as a defense or weapon.

For me, I continue to be amazed by the vast amount of knowledge that Sifu has in the arts taught a PAMA. An equally rewarding part of this event was the time spent "outside of the classroom" with our fellow students and instructors. I encourage you to take advantage of these rare opportunities if you are able.

- PAMA 3rd Annual Vacation Photo Contest Winners -

The 3rd Annual PAMA Vacation Photo contest brought more entries than ever, making it especially hard to select winners from all the great pictures. Thanks for all those who participated.

And the winners are (as voted on by fellow students):

- Muay Thai Level 1 Test -

On October 22nd Poneyboy Miller took his Level one test in Muay Thai. He was evaluated on his form and technique in boxing and Muay Thai. He then went on to show the basic TBA count and performed the Wai Kru. Only after showing good form and technique he was allowed to complete the test with 2 rounds on the Thai pads with a 60 kick and 35 knee minimum while the holders hit you.

(left) Poneyboy performs the Wai Kru accompanied by Kru Mike Wolhfert
(right) Poneyboy tries to get in his knees against Kru Mary Jo

Poneyboy showed a true warrior's spirit the whole way with a tremendous effort. Round one was held by Kru Mary Jo Colli and Round 2 was held by Kru Mike Wolhfert who as holders made Poneyboy push himself beyond his limits and keep fighting. It was a great effort all around by Poneyboy.

While attempting to reach the minimum number of kicks and knees, the tester must keep up his hands, or else...

After passing this test he is eligible for the Phase II Muay Thai class. He is also one third of the way to complete his apprentice instructorship under Ajarn Chai Sirisute founder of the Thai Boxing Association of the U.S.A.. Congratulations to Poneyboy who achieved this first step in his martial arts journey which is not the end but only the beginning.

- Guro Amy Says Hi -

Frederik, Vincent, and David

Guro Amy would like to thank the guys from Belgium for their visit to Cologne, Germany.

"The boys from Brussels came to visit me in Cologne for a day. It was really nice of them and it was good to see familiar faces, since Cologne is a big city." -- Guro Amy

Stay tuned: You will see more of Freddie, Vince, and David in next month's seminar section.

- Jun Fan 4 and 8 Month Tests -

(left) Jeff Mulford, (right) Marcelina Reyes

Jeff Mulford and Marcelina Reyes passed their 4 and 8 Month Jun Fan tests respectively. Great job.

- Kids Testing: 9-13 Year Old -

(left) Omar Tsoutiev, (right) Nick Castro and Matthew Tantoy

Congratulations to Omar Tsoutiev, Nick Castro, and Matthew Tantoy for passing their first tests in the Kids 9-13 Program and earning their Gold and Orange Sashes (awarded to graduates of the 6-8 Kids Program who have already tested).

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- The Martial Way and its Virtues: Tao De Gung -

The Martial Way and its Virtues: Tao De Gung
The Martial Way and its
Virtues: Tao De Gung,
by F. J. Chu
Excerpt from back cover:

A Classical Vision of the Martial Arts

Through the millennia, man has been subject to aggression and violence from other men, and has pondered ways to meet such hostility. The source of man's ceaseless conflict lies in our nature. We are just not content with the simple life. We want what we do not have and lust for what others possess.

Ironically enough, the modern civilized world promotes many alternatives for conflict resolution in place of overt violence. As a result, physical strength, mental determination and emotional endurance have lost their urgency in today's popular society. Are we a generation self-absorbed in the absence of routine discipline and sacrifice?

While the martial arts revolve around the way of personal combat, it also demands that its adherents live in accordance with a certain warrior code of conduct and honor. The Martial Way promises a long and arduous journey. It is an invitation to the subordination of self, the endurance of sustained practice, and the cultivation of the body and mind, with no tolerance for self-indulgences of any kind.

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu defends a backhand stab with a counter thrust, knife strip, and head throw.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

Sifu defends a straight thrust by destroying his opponents weapon hand and then enters into a sweep.

Video 2: regular speed - slow motion

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PAMA Remembers

The PAMA Family extends their thoughts, and prayers to the Family of Will Friedman

William J. Friedman
March 17, 1982 - October 6, 2007

GREAT BARRINGTON -- William James Friedman, 25, of 154 Main St. died Oct. 6 in East Mountain State Forest.

Born in Pittsfield on March 17, 1982, son of Warner Friedman and Gina James, he graduated from Monument Mountain Regional High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He also attended Simon's Rock College of Bard.

A practitioner of martial arts, Mr. Friedman studied at the Princeton (N.J.) Academy of Martial Arts. He also taught the disciplines to others. He had an in-depth knowledge of the topography of the Taconic Mountain range and hiked from Mount Greylock to Mount Everett. During his hikes, he discovered the art of the Hudson River School and especially admired the exalted views painted by Thomas Cole and Frederick Church.

Besides his father, of Sheffield, and his mother, of Great Barrington, he leaves a brother, Louis Friedman of Larchmont, N.Y.; and a sister, Paula Friedman of Buffalo Grove, Ill.

William also leaves his caring friend, Janet Rickus of Great Barrington. Family and friends will miss his smile, wry sense of humor and empathic nature. He had a love, appreciation and deep appreciation and understanding of the wilderness. He enjoyed watching and discussing films, especially action-packed ones, an interest he shared with his late grandmother, Pauline Kael.

Will, as we all know, was a very passionate person. He was brave enough to explore and live a life that most are undaring enough to do. He was inspired at a young age by Bruce Lee and in his youth longed to study martial arts. When he heard about Princeton Academy of Martial Arts (PAMA) and the martial arts that were taught his passion for martial arts brought him down from the Berkshires to New Jersey to train at the world renowned Academy. Most might have not dared to leave home for the unknown but that was passion ignited!

His time at PAMA was filled with the drive and passion. Ignited and inspired, Will spent many days at the academy studying, taking classes, training on off times, and sparring. Learning, growing, and exploring everyday through his physical, mental, and spiritual training. Martial arts brought a dimension to Will's life that he could have never envisioned. To take a quote from Will's student of the month interview Will said, "Martial Arts is such defining part of who I am, more even than I think I ever knew."

Like his inspiration, Bruce Lee, who died at the age of 32, Will has left this world at an early age. Most people spend years on this earth but Will actually lived his life. All his friends and training partners at Princeton Academy wish him safe journeys and as our Kali salutation states "May his fighting spirit and soul rise to the heavens for they are unconquerable!"

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Dietary Supplement

- l-Theanine by Pure Encapsulations -

l-Theanine by Pure Encapsulations
by Pure Encapsulations

Green tea has been recognized for centuries as having relaxant properties. l-Theanine, a unique amino acid derived from tea, provides the characteristic taste of green tea. l-Theanine has also been discovered as the biologically active constituent of green tea responsible for promoting relaxation. In a preliminary non-clinical study, an l-theanine solution enhanced alpha wave production in the occipital and parietal regions of the brains of volunteers. These observed patterns are considered to be an index of relaxation. Furthermore, it did so rapidly and without causing drowsiness. In two additional studies, alpha waves were also shown to be detectable soon after l-theanine administration. Theanine is also useful for supporting healthy cellular function. Preliminary research suggests that l-theanine may be helpful for premenstrual support including healthy attitude. Furthermore, theanine has been reported to moderate the effects of caffeine on the central nervous system. l-Theanine's safety is supported in studies and by its long history of safe consumption in tea. Pure Encapsulations l-Theanine is Suntheanine®, the brand which has been used in scientific studies.

Excerpt taken from Pure Encapsulations.

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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Dan Johansson, Mike Lee, Orlando Skelton, Mike Wolhfert