April 2008 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

- Alan Paley -

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- Sifu Rick Returns to England -

Sifu covers the fundamentals and importance of stance and footwork.

Click here to see all the pictures taken from England.

On March 14, Sifu returned to Chelmsford, England for the 4th year in a row to give a seminar in Jun Fan Gung Fu and Filipino Martial Arts. The seminar, hosted by Laurence Sandum, lasted 3 days and took place in his facility at The Fitness Academy. Over 30 participants, ranging from beginners to instructors and hailing from all parts of the United Kingdom attended the event.

(left) Sifu fine tunes Jun Fan trapping
(right) Sifu explains the importance of weapons training as we move to a new, larger facility

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Understanding the importance of basics and a strong foundation, Laurence asked Sifu Rick to cover the PAMA curriculums in Jun Fan and Kali. Over the course of the next three days, students learned the arts from the beginning, refining the basics and progressing to more intermediate/advanced topics. It did not matter what level the attendees were at, everyone loved the seminar and came away with a deeper understanding of what they already knew as well as taking away new material to practice until next year :) Thanks Laurence for being a wonderful organizer and terrific host!

Attendees of the 2008 Rick Tucci UK Seminar
(left) Jun Fan segment, (right) Filipino Martial Arts segment

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- Kids Testing: 9-13 Year Old -

(l-r) Will Minor, Uliyana Volodin, Albert Su

Congratulations to Will Minor, Uliyana Volodin, and Albert Su for continuing to show their excellence in Jun Fan Gung Fu, kickboxing, form, and trapping to earn high level Blue Sashes in the older Kids program.

Great job everyone.

Sifu Recommends a Book

- Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being -

Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being
Courageous Dreaming:
How Shamans Dream
the World into Being,
by Alberto Villoldo
Excerpt from the book:

Modern physics tells us that we're dreaming the world into being with every thought. The Courage to Dream Your Life tells us how to dream our world with power and grace. The ancient shamans of the Americas understood that we're not only creating our experience of the world, but are dreaming up the very nature of reality itself - that is, "life is but a dream." When you don't dream your life, you have to settle for the nightmare being dreamed by others. This book shows how to wake up from the collective nightmare and begin to dream a life of courage and grace, a sacred dream that shamans throughout time have known and served.

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu disarms an angle #1 strike by performing an immediate strip from sector 4.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

Sifu disarms the same angle #1 strike, but this time performs a strip off of sector 5.

Video 2: regular speed - slow motion

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Dietary Supplement

- Phosphatidylcholine by Pure Encapsulations -

by Pure Encapsulations

Phosphatidylcholine, or PC, is an integral component of cell membranes and, as a source of choline, is also a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It also plays a role in liver health. In a multi-center, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted in Germany, investigators reported that PC helped support liver health by promoting healthy enzyme activity. Animal studies also report that soybean PC may promote healthy lipid metabolism at the hepato-billiary level. Additional animal studies indicate that PC promotes healthy liver and pancreatic antioxidant activity. PC has also been studied in the context of cognitive support and moderating stress. A long-term double-blind placebo controlled trial suggested that high dose soy lecithin containing phosphatidylcholine may lessen mild memory loss associated with aging.

Pure Encapsulations concentrated soy-derived Phosphatidylcholine provides integral hepatic, cognitive, and cellular health support.

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