Student of the Month
- Joe Calzada -
Tell us a little about your life outside of PAMA.
Currently, I am a research scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Hopewell, NJ. I work in the biologics research area supporting in process development analytics. I have been there for seven years and have watched the department and company grow the biologics pipeline displaying the quality, development, and research necessary to be successful in the industry.
Outside of work, I take great pleasure in cooking, playing musical instruments, and participating in other sporting activities. I enjoy cooking dishes from all around the world. Lately, I have been focusing on the Chinese and Indian regions. My musical interests are far reaching. I play the guitar, some piano, and percussion. Some of my favorite musical influences are Steely Dan, Gorillaz, Chick Corea, and Pink Floyd, just to name a few. Other physical activities that I have fun with are playing softball and volleyball in the company leagues, pick up football games, and bike riding.
As a member of PAMA, tell us what first motivated you to begin training here?
I have always been interested in martial arts, but somehow, the path eluded me. I have two younger brothers that trained in Tae Kwon Do for years, yet I was never really drawn to the style. About a year ago, I had a little more free time on my hands and was looking for something else to challenge me physically. The same old work out routine was not working for me anymore. I asked my brother if he had any ideas on what to do and he suggested PAMA as a school that may interest me. One afternoon, we stopped by the school to see what it had to offer. Max gave us the tour and that Saturday I took my first trial Jun Fan class. Immediately, I knew it was something that I had to do to continue developing myself, physically and mentally. I was really drawn to the openness of the Jeet Kune Do style and the ability to learn so many different styles.
How does your martial arts training relate to your life outside of PAMA?
There are many parallels between martial arts and life outside of PAMA. Skills such as courage, perseverance, flexibility, and a positive mental attitude are relative and necessary to be successful in and out of the class. These are life skills that I believe will benefit anyone in any situation.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about beginning to train in Martial Arts?
The first thing would be to immerse yourself in the philosophy, history, and lifestyle. Martial arts is something that must be done full heartedly, with a deeper level of commitment. Also, be prepared to push yourself mentally and physically to excel. There can be no advancement if one is lackadaisical and unwilling step out of one's comfort zone. Finally, be open to instruction and take as many styles as possible. Each style gives specific skills and conditioning. Only when combined, does one completely understand and achieve all that martial arts has to offer.
What are some of your future goals in both the martial arts and your life?
A future goal in martial arts would be to continue to excel and become the best I can be mentally and physically. I understand that there is no finish line, that martial arts is a habit or lifestyle one must walk in order to reach a higher level of being. Right now, I am focusing on passing my 8 month Jun Fan test to being taking Jun Fan Intermediate level classes. I am also gearing up for the Kali test to transition out of the beginner's group.
On a personal side, I am looking forward to continuing my education. I will be applying to Lehigh University's Biochemical Engineering program with hopes of starting in the spring semester.
How long have you been training at PAMA, what styles do you train in, and what is the most important thing that PAMA gives to you?
I have been training at PAMA for thirteen months now. I train in Jun Fan, Kali, Silat, MMA, and boxing. I am looking to add more Muay Thai training to my regiment.
The most important thing that PAMA gives me is a place to let out stress in a constructive way, hone mental and physical skills, and meet interesting people from all walks of life.
Any other comments?
I would like to thank Sifu Rick and all the other instructors for being such a powerful inspiration in my life. Thank you!
- Teacher Appreciation Month -
Here are some of pictures of the beautiful and heartfelt offerings that students brought in during October's Teacher Appreciation Month to thank and celebrate Sifu Rick and all of his teachers who have brought the arts we study to us. Sifu would like to thank everyone for their warm thoughts on how martial arts and PAMA have benefitted their lives.
- PAMA 5th Annual Vacation Photo Contest Winners -
Once again, the 5th Annual PAMA Vacation Photo contest brought in many more creative and unique submissions. Thanks for all those who participated and congratulations to the winners!
As voted on by fellow PAMA students, the awards go to:
- Gear up for the Holidays! -
Finally get what you really need and want for the Holidays!
The Holidays are right around the corner. PAMA is here to make your loved ones holiday shopping easy! Click here to check out the PAMA wish list. It is very simple to print and fill it out. See the Pro Shop staff or instructors for assistance or questions that you may have. Also we offer Gift Certificates. They always do the trick, and are good for merchandise as well as private lessons.
As the holidays approach 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! Also, we offer Certificates for a FREE trial class, these make great stocking stuffers and are available at NO COST. See Max in the Pro-Shop to collect.
- Childrens Testing: 6-8 Year Old Test -
Sifu Recommends a Book
- The Tao of Power -
In ancient times a daring and independent thinker, Lao Tzu, presented to his world a collection of strategies and attitudes designed to bring true power and influence to leaders, and personal freedom to those whom they led. His book, the Tao Te Ching - The Tao of Power - has remained in print for 2,500 years and has been translated more frequently than any other classic except the Bible.
The Tao of Power blends the principles of management, physics, and evolution together with the cultural and philosophical insights of the Eastern mind. Accompanying the text are a series of Personal Power Approaches that help the reader tap into the secrets of the Tao. For today's reader The Tao of Power is a tool for enhancing interpersonal relationships and integrating into life the enduring qualities of leadership that Lao Tzu gave to China's rulers.
VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL for many great techniques and videos by Sifu Rick.
- Folic Acid -
Vitamin B9 also called Pteroylglutamic Acid, Folate, or Folacin, is a vitamin of the B complex group that is essential for the metabolic processes going on in our body. In humans, folic acid is necessary for the synthesis of nucleic acids and the formation of heme, the pigmented, iron-carrying component of the hemoglobin in red blood cells. A deficient intake of folic acid can impair the maturation of young red blood cells, resulting in folic-acid-deficiency anemia.
Folic acid may also play a role in protecting against some forms of cancer and heart disease. Decreased blood levels of folic acid are associated with an increased risk of colon cancer in women.1 Long-term supplementation with folic acid from a multivitamin has been found in one large population study to be associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee, Max Wang
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Max Wang