February 2008 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

- Steven Huang -

Steven Huang Steven Huang
Steven Huang

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- Instructor Certification -

Congratulations to Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, and Mike Wolhfert for renewing their instructor certifications under Sifu Rick in the arts of Jun Fan Gung Fu and the Filipino Martial Arts. Advancing to 2nd Year Associate Instructors are Mary Jo Colli and Mike Lee, and moving up to 3rd Year Apprentice Instructor is Mike Wolhfert.

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts -

Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts
Ki and the Way of
the Martial Arts,
by Kenji Tokitsu
Excerpt from back cover:

While technical prowess and physical power are essential characteristics of a martial artist, true mastery of the art comes by cultivating one's inner strength. Here, Kenji Tokitsu-an authority on Japanese and Chinese combat arts and a respected karate teacher-shows how cultivating ki (life force) and understanding the principles of budo (the martial path of self-development) can make training in martial arts more meaningful, effective, and personally and spiritually rewarding.

Tokitsu emphasizes the mental aspects of martial arts practice including:

  • The importance of ki development
  • Seme, or capturing your opponent's mind
  • Understanding ma, the spatial relationship in combat

Studying these concepts, he explains, gives martial artists the tools to train for a lifetime and at the very highest level. Tokitsu also gives a historical and cultural survey of budo, and explains how the Western view of budo training is different than the Japanese-a perspective rarely available to Western martial artists.

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu defends a jab with a woang pak biu jee to the outside, followed by a pak sao da down the middle when he meets an obstruction.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

Sifu demonstrates the bo pai with the huen sao hand on top.

Video 2: regular speed - slow motion

- Learn a Technique from Guro Amy -

Guro Amy enters into a rear choke after trapping the hands.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

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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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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Max Wang, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee