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- PAMA's 2nd Annual Indonesian Pentjak Silat and Maphilindo Silat Seminar -

by Bernie Dudley

On Saturday, February 20, Guro Rick Tucci held PAMA's Second Annual Indonesian Pentjak Silat and Maphilindo Silat seminar. The seminar was held at PAMA and drew attendees from New York, Pennsylvania, and Northern New Jersey; providing those in attendance with over six hours of intense, detailed and dynamic instruction in Indonesian Pentjak Silat and Maphilindo Silat.

Guro Rick opens the seminar by explaining his Silat lineage and showing a sample of the weapons of Indonesia.

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the Silat Seminar.

Guro Rick started the seminar by providing a detailed overview of Indonesian Pentjak Silat, its customs, clothing, weapons, salutations and terminology of the art. Guro Rick acknowledged his personal instructors, giving respect to the late Pak Herman Suwanda (Mande Muda), Pendekar Paul DeThoaurs (Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara), Guro Dan Inosanto (founder of Maphilindo Silat) and Guro Richard Crabbe DeBordes (Harimau Minagkabau). Building upon last year's seminar, Guro Rick delved deeper into the history of the Baduy tribe of Indonesia and their role in the development of Pentjak Silat. Guro Rick encouraged questions from the seminar participants throughout the day and he answered all questions providing in depth answers to each question presented to him. He detailed the 25 styles found in the Mande Muda system. Guro Rick also explained the distinction between Bersilat and Silat (including the difference between the Buah and the Bunga). A particular highlight this year was Guro Rick's detailed explanations regarding Indonesian weapons and the protocols to be observed regarding the selection, use, and handling of the Kris. This included the significance of the number of waves on a Kris blade (the luq). Guro Rick also discussed the meaning of the three pronged Tjabang used in the logo of Pencak Silat Mande Muda.

Guro Rick leads students through Djurus and shows the application of the triangle principles.

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the Silat Seminar.

Seamlessly moving into the physical aspects of the arts, Guro Rick had everyone engage in various deep breathing exercises (both seated and moving). With everybody energized, Guro Rick then instructed the group in various Silat Masuks (entries), Mande Muda footwork, hand djurus, and sweeps and Bukti Negara Lanka foot-sweeping methods. A very detailed explanation of Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara's triangle principle and forward levers was provided by Guro Rick to enhance everyone's understanding of the techniques being taught. Going from a stand up posture to a ground based one, Guro Rick taught various techniques from the Harimau (Tiger) method including takedowns and explanations showing how incorporation of the Karambit is an integral part of the art. Students were then given detailed instruction in the use of the Sarong as a weapon to strike, entangle, throw and choke an opponent.

Guro Rick teaches hand drills from the Sanalika System from Mande Muda as well as leg weaves from Harimau.

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the Silat Seminar.

Covered this year for the first time were the Djurus of Pentjak Silat Mande Muda with their respective applications. Several of these Djurus were covered in detail by Guro Rick giving everyone added insight and knowledge in that element of the art. Next the drills from the Sanalika system were covered followed by the various types of leg maneuvers (including the leg weave from a standing position) found in Silat.

(left) Guro Rick demonstrates the offensive use of the sarong,
(center) Students of all disclipines partake in the seminar,
(right) Hoboken's finest and PAMA student Cesar Olavarria brings his students

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the Silat Seminar.

Guro Rick's expansive knowledge of Indonesian Pentjak Silat and Maphilindo Silat made the time simply fly by. Nonetheless the scope of these arts is so great that there was simply not enough time to cover everything. But due to Guro Rick's dynamic and informative teaching method, all seminar participants came away from the seminar filled with new knowledge and new insight in the arts of Indonesian Pentjak Silat and Maphilindo Silat. The seminar concluded with the presentation of certificates by Guro Rick to each participant noting their six hours of instruction and training in Indonesain Pentjak Silat and Maphilino Silat and a brief photo session.

Participants of Guro Rick Tucci's 2nd Annual Silat Seminar

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- The Craft of the Warrior -

The Craft of the Warrior
The Craft of the Warrior,
Robert Spencer

A big house, fancy cars, and money in the bank seldom lead to a fulfilling life, a life true to one's potential and essential nature. Ordinary life can be a prison, but it doesn't have to be that way.

In this updated edition of The Craft of the Warrior, author Robert Spencer asserts that a new myth is emerging-one that guides people to a life of conscious living, where they escape the rat race and forge a new destiny based on real choice. The warrior's way leads from compulsion to freedom, from boredom to adventure, and from darkness to awareness. Synthesizing the works of Carlos Castaneda, Dan Millman, G.I. Gurdjieff, and Chogyam Trungpa, and combining personal growth processes including the Feldenkrais Method and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Spencer opens the gate to anyone with enough spunk to enter this way of life.

-- Excerpt from back cover

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Dietary Supplement

- Magnesium Taurate 400 -

Magnesium Taurate 400
Magnesium Taurate 400
by Douglas Labs

Unlike some other magnesium preparations, magnesium taurate does not cause gastrointestinal upset. Magnesium Taurate is routinely used to help support healthy heart rhythm. Studies have revealed magnesium & the amino acid taurine have some interchangeable & potentiating roles. Magnesium helps to regulate taurine & taurine can substitute for magnesium when magnesium is deficient. Both taurine & magnesium stabilize cell membranes.

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