- New Year's Resolutions - Silat Seminar - Student of the Month - Events - Recommended Videos - Video Technique - Announcements - Dietary Supplement -

New Year's Resolutions

Regardless of what is going on in the world as warriors we need to transcend! This list gives some great pointers to help enhance and maximize your martial arts potential.

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Upcoming Silat Seminar Announced!

Sifu Rick will be teaching a Silat seminar here at PAMA on February 7 from 10:30am-4pm. This seminar is open to the public so pass on the word. Register now in the Pro Shop! (Adult classes will be suspended this day. Childrens classes will still be held.) For more details, click here!

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Student of the Month

- David Stengle -

David Stengle
David Stengle

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Events

- New Years Eve Class -

by Mike Wohlfert (abridged by Mary Jo Colli)

On Jan 1st, 2009, the students of PAMA were treated to a special class taught by Sifu to ring in the New Year. The beginning of the year was started out on the right foot to develop the mind, body and spirit as one. The experience started with a series of breathing exercises to get in touch with our inner selves and calm the mind. From sources of Yoga and Bon culture, we preformed fire breathing, alternate nostril breathing. With daily practice of these techniques we can achieve an inner peace and learn to quiet the mind from the daily chatter that plagues us all.

After quieting the mind and relaxing the body, it was time to wake it up and experience the physical. There were challenging drills with partners and multiple opponents. The concepts and focus of these drills were those of lightness and grounding techniques as well as their application and use. Sifu then began to talk about the areas of our very complex brains. We gained knowledge of perceptual states, archetypes, and time & space. Various drills were performed to learn how to tap into these areas and states at will, exercising our most important muscle, our mind. These drills helped us to focus in many ways on the Zen mind and our ability to reach that still point and single focus.

The class ended with a variety of inspiring and spiritual quotes and stories from Sifu. The overall approach of training and living as a martial artist were focused on. The martial arts are a way of life, not a hobby or recreation. The tools one learns in the martial arts are to be carried through every day life. To walk like a warrior every day, to take every step the way a warrior would step. A story that sticks in my mind is the story of the Samurai who was encroached by three men to challenge him. As he was eating with his chopsticks the men approached him, never having to draw his sword, they saw the way the samurai used his chopsticks and carried himself and they knew his skills were that of a true warrior and left without a fight.

Another point that was brought out was that most people are living in fear and lack the courage to do the things they want. Fear through the media, fear of people's reaction, fear of lack of money, fear of being uncomfortable. The true warrior has to get over his fear and be at peace with ones self. If the mind has fear inside you can not be truly at peace and on the path to enlightenment. When the universe shows you the path you should be on you can not be frightened to take it. Sifu did not start his journey to open PAMA and to teach the arts he was a student in love of what the martial arts have to offer. PAMA was the path that the universe set for him and he took it. If it was not for him to take the path we would not have been enlightened ourselves of the journey of martial arts. The class ended with comments and sharing by some of the students, warm wishes for all, and gratitude toward Sifu for allowing us to start the New Year off with this special learning experience.

- Holiday Party -

by Poneyboy Miller

As 2008 drew to a close, PAMA instructors and staff gathered at the warm and cozy dinning room at Alchemist and Barrister in downtown Princeton.


(left) PAMA Instructors and Staff laughing and trading stories, (right) Lao Si Mike presents Sifu with his gift.

Click here to see all the pictures taken from the night.

This year was difficult one, but we found the spirit of Christmas to gather and give thanks for what we had and to look forward to the year ahead. As customary with the holidays, we exchanged gifts, with Sifu Rick Tucci receiving a wonderful Wuhan Wind Gong and Si Suk Bernie Dudley a beautiful textured Jimi Hendrix painting. In return, Sifu gave each of us Mala meditation beads saying the beads were to help us center ourselves, or as Sifu said, "You can use them as decoration." :)


The unveiling of... the gong.

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We all wish you a prosperous, and healthy new year filled with growth, good will, and fulfillment.


(left) Si Suk Bernie doesn't hear Jimi, he sees him, (right) Sifu presented all of the instructors with very meaningful and spiritual gifts.

Click here to see all the pictures taken from the night.

- Holiday Get Together! -

by Max Wang

On Thursday, December 18th, PAMA held a get together for students to relax and have fun for the holiday season. After a year of hard training, it was time for kicking back and socializing with fellow students without fists, kicks, and sticks. We all gathered together in the Blue Room for snacks and refreshments. The night rolled on filled with lots of joy, laughter, and some antics.


PAMA members in street clothes and enjoying the festivities.

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We started the night out with refreshments and food, including some award winning gumbo contributed by Ken Novack's wife (many of us needed to refuel from the Jun Fan class right before). The next three to four hours were spent chatting about multitudes of things going on in everyone's lives, of course, being the martial artists that we are, conversation drifted to martial arts from time to time.


(left) The history books come out - photos since the beginning of PAMA, (right) Light hearted slap fighting :)

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The true highlight of the evening was Sifu's picture albums from PAMA's inception, through the new millennium. For some of the students it was a good time to reminisce but for the rest of us, it gave us an great view of PAMA's birth, evolution, and, history. Thank you all who came out and contributed to a great evening.


Enjoying the night and learning about each other, outside of class.

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- Toys for Tots Drive a Great Success-

PAMA's Toys for Tots drive was a wild success this year as toys overflowed the boxes. Thank you to everyone that participated in helping children in need.

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe -

The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
The Field: The Quest for the
Secret Force of the Universe
by Lynne McTaggart
Excerpt from the back of the book:

Science has recently begun to prove what ancient myth and religion have always espoused: There may be such a thing as a life force.

In this groundbreaking classic, investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart reveals a radical new paradigm-that the human mind and body are not separate from their environment but a packet of pulsating power constantly interacting with this vast energy sea, and that consciousness may be central in shaping our world.

The Field is a highly readable scientific detective story presenting a stunning picture of an interconnected universe and a new scientific theory that makes sense of supernatural phenomena. Documented by distinguished sources, The Field is a book of hope and inspiration for today's world.

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Video Technique

- Learn a Technique from Sifu Rick -

Sifu enters on a jab, cross combination using an inward to a backfist gunting. He then drives an elbow before preforming a foot trap and throw.

Video: regular speed - slow motion

Sifu performs the same technique, but instead of trapping the foot, he does a back sweep and throw.

Video: regular speed - slow motion

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Announcements

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Dietary Supplement

- Chromium Picolinate -

Chromium Picolinate
Chromium Picolinate by Pure Encapsulations

Chromium picolinate is a highly utilizable form of chromium, promoting optimal regulation of cholesterol, as well as glucose and fat metabolism.

*Chromium is important for fat metabolism, enzyme activation, and the regulation of cholesterol. Chromium inhibits the synthesis of new fat from carbohydrates, thus freeing the mitochondria to burn already stored fat. In addition, chromium increases the effectiveness of insulin and optimizes glucose metabolism.

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Credits:
Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Poneyboy Miller, Max Wang, Mike Wohlfert