Student of the Month
- Tony Arias -
When did you first start training at PAMA?
I started training at PAMA six years ago, when I first turned 10.
How do you think that the Children's program at PAMA prepared you for your present training?
The children's program helped to create a solid foundation in the arts. The variety of the arts I was exposed to there helped to pique my interest in the different classes available in the Adult Program, and the smaller classes insured that I got the attention needed to learn proper techniques. The children's program also helped me get accustomed to properly moving my body, and inspired me to train my body more often. Since outside of PAMA I was a pretty inactive kid, this helped me immensely with my overall health.
What made you first interested in Martial Arts?
I first became interested in the martial arts when I was about 4 years old. Like just about every other kid my age, I idolized the Power Rangers, and I begged my dad to let me learn martial arts so I could be just like them. After a couple years he enrolled me at classes at the local gym, and I eventually found my way to PAMA.
What are some of the key things that Martial Arts has taught you?
The benefits of martial arts have been integral to my schoolwork and my life in general. Aside from the physical benefits, the arts have taught me to always be respectful to myself and others, how to be disciplined in regards to my work, and they have given me far greater confidence in myself than I had to begin with.
What are your favorite arts and why?
Although I've immensely enjoyed the wide range of arts I've been exposed to, I'd have to say that my favorite art is Muay Thai. The sheer physical intensity of the art is a thrill, and I love trying to push myself past my physical limits.
Anything else additional you would like to add?
I'd like to thank Sifu and the rest of the staff at PAMA for running such a wonderful facility and for being as helpful as they've been in my journey in the martial arts.
- Celebrating Sifu Rick's and Si Suk Bernie's Birthdays -
On November 11th, PAMA celebrated the birthdays of Sifu Rick and Si Suk Bernie. The instructors and staff took them out for a night on the town. Over dinner and drinks laughs, stories and good times were shared. We presented Sifu Rick and Si Suk Bernie with their birthday gifts which they both loved and thanked everyone. The gifts were small tokens because as students we can never match the gifts Sifu Rick gives us every day in the knowledge of the martial arts. Thank you Sifu for all you have shared with us.
Click here to see all the pictures taken from that night.
- Special Guest: Ratsa Geshe Tenzin Dargye Rinpoche Visits PAMA -
In November PAMA had a very special visitor, Ratsa Geshe Tenzin Dargye Rinpoche, Doctor of Philosophy and abbot of the Tashi Gegyes Thaten Ling Monastery in Western Nepal. He is Tibetan and his settlement camp is Bonpo, who follow the path of Bon Religion, a religion that pre-dates Buddhism. This is quite an amazing honor in that he takes a 2 day car ride and 5 day walk to get to his Monastery!
Many PAMA students participated in private sessions with the Khenpo Tendar, gaining spiritual insight and learning Bon breathing and yoga exercises as well as receiving blessings. He will be using the donations to build a cafeteria as an addition to his monastery and dispensary in Dhorpatan with the goal of feeding the poor and disabled in Nepal.
His is an AMAZING individual with such warmth, caring, and compassion for all sentient beings. His presence was a blessing and something that will not soon be forgotten. We hope that our paths will cross again in the near future and until then we will keep Khenpo Tendar in our hearts!
You can visit his website at http://www.dhorpatanbon.com/index.html
- Celebrating Lao Si Mary Jo's Birthday -
At PAMA, November is an important birthday month as we also celebrate Lao Si Mary Jo's birthday. This year was a unique one as we were blessed with our special guest, Khenpo Tendar. Thank you Tendar for extending your visit to PAMA to attend as well as leading off dinner with a special blessing.
Click here to see all the pictures taken from that night.
- PAMA 4th Annual Vacation Photo Contest Winners -
The 4th Annual PAMA Vacation Photo contest again led to many more creative and unique submissions. Thanks for all those who participated.
Congratulations to the winners! And the awards go to (as voted on by fellow students)...
- Gear up for the Holidays! -
Finally get what you really need and want for the Holidays!
The Holidays is right around the corner. PAMA is here to make your loved ones holiday easier. Check out the PAMA wish list. Print and fill out on your own or see the Pro Shop staff or instructors for assistance. Or Gift Certificates always do the trick, good for merchandise or private lessons.
Look for an upcoming holiday sale items outside the Pro Shop. Also, it is better to give than to receive. Give family members and friends the gift of self-development and self-defense with a PAMA gift certificate.
- Childrens Testing: 9-13 Year Old Test -
Moving on to the Blue Sash level are Newell Woodworth and David and Patrick Dillingham. Great job on your long and grueling test.
- Kali: The Filipino Martial Arts -
- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -
Sifu demonstrates a kali entry, using nerve destructions and checking his opponents hands, to a kinjit.
Sifu uses the same entry, but instead performs a walice or sweep.
- Get the most out of your training! Private lessons are a great way to gauge your progress and fine tune your skills in a one on one environment. For more details, see any of the instructors.
- Don't forget that we are now collecting for Toys for Tots. Collection will occur on or near Dec. 16, so get your toys in now. (Toys must be new and unwrapped)
- The Lost and Found is now filling up. If you are missing any equipment, clothing, or anything else, please check in the lost and found (located next to Bob and the equipment rack). Also, please remember to put your name on your equipment!
-Sublingual L-Glutathione -
Body cells and tissues are threatened continuously - damage caused by toxic free radicals and reactive oxygen species (e.g., peroxides) which are produced during normal oxygen metabolism, by other chemical reactions, and by toxic agents in the environment. Free radicals are capable of disrupting metabolic activity and cell structure. When this occurs, additional free radicals are produced which, in turn, can result in more extensive damage to cells and tissues. The uncontrolled production of free radicals is thought to be a major contributing factor to many degenerative processes seen during aging.
Glutathione is a naturally-occurring tripeptide of L-cysteine,L-glutamate and L-glycine. Glutathione is the essential cosubstrate for two major antioxidant enzymes in the body; glutathione peroxidase and glutathione reductase. As such, glutathione offers one mechanism for scavenging toxic free radicals. Glutathione is well absorbed in the intestine, and enters the blood and other extracellular compartments where it exerts much of its beneficial antioxidant effects.
Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Mike Wohlfert