January 2008 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

- Ray Alcantara -

Ray Alcantara
Ray Alcantara

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- New Years Eve Class -

Sifu Rick welcomed in 2008 with a wonderful New Year's Eve class. Unlike the typical class focused on the PAMA curriculum, Sifu covered a wide variety of subject matter in the 90 minute class.

The evening began with a cross-curriculum warmup (which for some turned out to be a workout in itself) and then transitioned into breathing exercises, some of which many had never done before, and a discussion on the journey and role of the Martial Artist. Sifu talked about the loss of identity of Martial Arts in the modern times, the importance of "soul" and expression behind movements, the value of stillness and centering especially in a world filled with emotional distractions, and much more. The night was a great way to start the new year on a positive and inspirational note.

- Holiday Party -

Keeping with PAMA Holiday Tradition, PAMA Instructors and Staff met at Triumph Brewery for their annual Holiday Gathering. As always good cheer spread throughout the room as we all reflected upon the past year, and looked forward to the new year ahead. We all wish you a prosperous, and healthy new year filled with growth, good will, and fulfillment.

Pictures from the Evening

(left) Happy New Year from the PAMA Instructors and Staff
(right) We present Sifu with a token of our appreciation for everything that he has done for us.

It was a great night, filled with laughter and cheer.

Fine food, drink, and of course great company.

- Great Toys for Tots Turnout -

Once again, PAMA held a wonderfully successful drive for the Toys for Tots campaign with a variety of new and exciting toys. Thank you to all that participated.

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- Jun Fan 4 and 8 Month Tests -

(left) Boris Volodin and Allie Raghavan, (right) Poney Boy Miller

In December, Boris Volodin and Allie Raghavan passed their 4 Month Jun Fan test and Poney Boy Miller passed his 8 Month test making him eligible for the intermediate class. Congratulations!

- Kids Testing: 9-13 Year Old -

Sriram Raganathan

Sriram Raganathan passed his first test in the Kids 9-13 program and earned his Gold sash. Great job.

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- Soul Sword: The Way and Mind of a Zen Warrior -

Soul Sword: The Way and Mind of a Zen Warrior
Soul Sword: The Way and
Mind of a Zen Warrior,
by Vernon Kitabu Turner
Excerpt from publisher:

The power of the Warrior Mind is its ability to act from Mushin...a state of No Mind. As a mirror reflects objects without clinging to the images, the Warrior Mind is free to flow from one object to the next without impediment. From this state arises instinctive wisdom, the power that allows ordinary people to perform extraordinary feats.

This is the power that lives within each of us: the power which the author, a legendary black belt and Zen master, hopes to awaken in his readers. It functions within us daily but is counteracted by the false mind and its endless projections. The task is to still the mind to the point where "the action and the actor [are] a seamless thread."

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu defends a jab with a woang pak biu jee to the inside, followed by a second biu jee when he meets an obstruction.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

Sifu defends a low nao tek to jab combination with a pak tek followed by a loy da to trap.

Video 2: regular speed - slow motion

- Learn a Technique from Guro Amy -

Guro Amy demonstrates a stick and dagger disarm starting with the switch and hit and then into a hand smash.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

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Dietary Supplement

- MultiMin by Allergy Research -

MultiMin by Allergy Research
MultiMin by Allergy Research

Allergy Research Group's classic mixed mineral formulation, emphasizing hypoallergenic sources as developed by Stephen A. Levine, Ph.D., MultiMin includes minerals known to be important for metabolism, and at levels that are physiologically significant. MultiMin provides macrominerals, trace minerals, ultra-trace minerals, and minerals likely to be proven essential. Also included in MultiMin is glutamic acid, which is a mildly acidifying agent to aid with absorption.

Excerpt taken from Allergy Research.

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