Student of the Month
- Sean Kelly -
Give us a little background and interests of your life outside of PAMA.
I'm a professional musician. I play bass in a trio called Jazz vs. the Space Tiger and I give private instruction on bass, guitar, piano and drums. I also do freelance work as a bass player.
When did you originally start training at PAMA and how did you hear about the Academy?
I think I originally started in 2004, but I really wasn't focused so I took a few years off and returned in June of 2008. I learned about PAMA online. I wanted to train somewhere that was legitimate and after some research PAMA was the right choice.
What made you first interested in Martial Arts?
Every since I was about six years old and first discovered what karate was I knew that it was something I wanted to do.
What do you most enjoy about your training?
Everything really. The people, the workout, the euphoric feeling after class. It really keeps me in balance.
What are your goals you hope to achieve through martial arts?
Just to keep improving and growing.
In what ways has your training at PAMA permeated into other aspects of your life?
It helps me with music a lot. I draw from the methods and concepts Sifu shares with us and I apply it to my own teaching and practicing. It also makes playing gigs easier, a three hour gig seems like a cake walk compared to three classes back to back. And I'm a little less clumsy...that's a big one for me.
Anything else additional you would like to add?
I would like to thank Sifu and the PAMA staff for all of the guidance and I look forward to training harder and more consistently in the years to come.
- A Very Special Birthday(s) -- Happy Birthday Sifu Rick and Si Suk Bernie! -
On November 11, PAMA Staff and Instructors enjoyed a special night a Teresa's Cafe, celebrating Sifu Rick and Si Suk Bernie's birthdays. We have a wonderful night of good food and drink along with some great stories and laughs. Sifu, you are an inspiration to us all. We are grateful for everything you have given us and shared over the years.
- Sifu Rick Celebrates His 21st Year in Sweden -
Sifu Rick returned to Malmo, Sweden for a Seminar on Oct 31st and Nov 1st this year. The host of the seminar and good friend of PAMA, Sifu Dan Johansson of the Martial Arts Alliance, has been training under Sifu Rick since 1988.
There were many returning students this year and it was great to see their progression and improvement over the years. Also, it is always great to see students who are very new to martial arts participate and enjoy the teachings. This year there was a strong emphasis on the Southeast Asian Arts and, as we spoke about, we are watching as the pendulum swings and the martial arts community's interests return to the traditional, effective, and time proven martial arts. This seminar brought out some of the most important fundamental elements of self development necessary for these arts as well as the self actualization that all true martial artists strive for at all levels.
There was a large portion of the seminar that emphasized Silat, the beautiful but deadly art of Indonesia. This art is so rarely taught and understood at a high level it was a pleasure for all participants to get a glimpse into its complexity and intricate movements. There were many takeaways and Dan was left with the torch to carry and lead Sweden with his knowledge and understanding of Silat.
Sweden holds a very special place in our hearts and this trip was enjoyable on many levels. Thank you Sifu for giving us this opportunity and reigniting our passion once again. As always, thank you Dan for being such a wonderful host!
For information on classes in Malmo and future seminars in Sweden contact Dan Johansson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PAMA Holiday Party -
Greeting PAMA Students,
This is an invitation to join us in our annual PAMA holiday celebration! Spend time with your PAMA family relaxing and socializing outside of class. Bring your favorite edible dish and bottle of cheer, juice, wine or beer. Significant others invited and welcomed.
Children are welcomed with a parent.
- Holiday Super Sale! -
Just in time for the holidays. Visit the Pro Shop for exciting holiday deals. Items like the Genuine Thai Leather Shinguards, Thaismai Deluxe Double Focus Mitts, and the always popular PAMA 3-season Flag Jackets are now available for discounted prices. Get them while the specials last!
- 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.
-Jun Fan 4 and 8 Month Tests -
- Childrens Testing: 8-13 Year Old Test -
Sifu Recommends a Book
- Scholar Warrior: An Introductionto the Tao in Everyday Life -
In this beautifully illustrated offering of ancient wisdom, Deng Ming-Dao shares the secrets of the spiritual path handed down to him by Kwan Saihung, his Taoist master, as well as by herbalists, martial artists, and other practitioners of the ancient arts. Deng shows how Taoist philosophy and practice may be integrated into contemporary Western lifestyles for complete physical, mental, and spiritual health. He provides an abundance of philosophical and practical information about hygiene, diet, sexuality, physical exercise, meditation, medicine, finding one's purpose in life, finding the right teacher, death, and transcendence. (excerpt from back cover)
VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL for many great techniques and videos by Sifu Rick.
- 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)
- Tyler Indolplex -
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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee, Max Wang
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee