June 2008 Newsletter

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

Student of the Month

- Kerrin Paul -

Kerrin Paul
Kerrin Paul

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- Ajarn Chai Seminar in New York -

On May 18, students of all levels attended a Muay Thai seminar at Progressive Martial Arts in Fresh Meadows, NY to learn from the best - Ajarn Chai Sirisute. Ajarn Chai is an accomplished fighter, expert martial artist, and phenomenal teacher. This year marks two major milestones. In October, Ajarn Chai will be celebrating his 60th birthday. Also this year, he is also celebrating 40 years of teaching in United States! We thank Ajarn Chai once again for his dedication to sharing and cultivating the art.

The seminar was excellent, as usual, and emphasized the basics, as well as introduced advanced counters and newly evolved Muay Thai techniques. After lunch, Ajarn spent time on the Muay Thai ceremony (Ram Muay/Wai Khru) and then Khru Mary Jo was asked to assist in teaching the female version of this beautiful and symbolic dance.

(l-r) Khru Mike Wolhfert, Ajarn Chai, Andy Maulbeck,Khru Mary Jo Colli,
Khru Dave Ramsey, Matt Foster, Kurt Komoda

- PAMA Goes on Vacation Again! -

PAMA announces its fourth annual photo content. With the arrival of summer also comes the PAMA T-shirt contest. Each year, the number of entries have continued to grow as well as get more creative so help keep up the tradition. Bring your PAMA T-shirt or jacket with you on vacation (don't forget your camera) and take a picture with your PAMA clothes in some original, exotic, or scenic place. Please submit your pictures to PAMA by no later than September 15th for a chance to win great prizes including items from the pro-shop. Everyone will get a chance to vote on their favorites. Don't miss out!

Last year's winner for Coolest photo

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- Kali Level 1 Test -

Thom Jason and Kurt Komoda

Congratulations to Thom Jason and Kurt Komoda for passing the Level 1 Test in Kali. Great job guys on your work in this long and comprehensive test.

Sifu Recommends a Book

- Stretching: 20th Anniversary & Stretching in the Office -

Stretching: 20th Anniversary
Stretching: 20th Anniversary

Bob Anderson's book Stretching is probably the most widely used and recommended book on the topic ever published, and it's still one of the best, more than 20 years after it was written. The simple stretches detailed here do wonders for everyday fitness and for sports including golf, tennis, running, and cycling. All are illustrated with clear line drawings.

Stretching in the Office
Stretching in the Office

Staying Loose provides simple stretching routines to make high-tech life healthier. Easy-to-follow instructions and line drawings accompany each stretch. The book also includes tips on creating an ergonomic workstation. "Task-specific stretches that keep you stress-free on the job." - Self magazine "Addresses the dilemma of the ... workday: getting in some exercise when you have no time to work out." - Publishers Weekly

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu demonstrates flowing from the hubud drill into a disarm and then a stick lock.

Video 1: regular speed - slow motion

Sifu executes a puter kapala after ejecting the stick.

Video 2: regular speed - slow motion

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Dietary Supplement

- Nattokinase -

Nattokinase by Allergy Research Group

Nattokinase (NK) is a profibrinolytic serine protease originally extracted and purified from natto, a traditional fermented soybean food popular in Japan. The fermentation process includes incubating boiled soybeans with Bacillus subtilis natto. Current research suggests that NK may support healthy coagulation of blood within normal levels, and may be useful in the maintenance and enhancement of normal healthy endogenous fibrinolysis, the dissolution of the essential portion of the blood clot or thrombus. Maintenance of optimum functioning of the body's fibrinolytic/thrombolytic mechanisms may benefit the function of many bodily systems, in particular the cardiovascular system and the brain.

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