- Teacher's Appreciation Month - Student of the Month - Events - Dietary Supplement - Recommended Book - Video Technique -

- Letter from Khuen Khru Mike -

Dear PAMA Students,

As a member of the Thai Boxing Association of the USA, PAMA participates in the TBA's tradition of honoring instructors on Teacher's Day. At PAMA, this tradition is celebrated throughout the month of October and is extended to include all of the arts that we teach and all students. This is a wonderful opportunity to express your gratitude and appreciation to Sifu Rick and the PAMA instructors for continually making PAMA a world-class martial arts institution and oasis.

The traditional offering normally consists of flowers, a candle, and three sticks of incense. HOWEVER, this year, in respect to Mother Earth, we ask that you DO NOT bring in flowers. We do not wish to support non-organic flower shops and have flowers that have been shipped from far away. INSTEAD, I will be taking up a collection to get the school something that is both energetically and spiritually beneficial and longer lasting.

Please bring in your offering, candle, and incense no later than October 24th of this month and don't forget to include your name and a personalized note as to what PAMA means to you. If you have any questions regarding the Teacher's Month tradition, please don't hesitate to call or e-mail us.

Thank you,

Khuen Khru / Lao Si Mike Lee

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Student of the Month

- Joel Padilla -

Joel Padilla
Joel Padilla

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- Sifu Rick Interviewed in Blackbelt Magazine-

In case you missed the latest issue of Blackbelt Magazine, check out this interview of Sifu Rick.

- Ajarn Chai Returns to Princeton -

by Poneyboy Miller

After a two-year absence, Ajarn Chai Sirisute returned to the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts for his 22nd year to teach and promote Muay Thai to martial arts practitioners of all levels. This year's seminar was held at the prestigious Hun School of Princeton. Attendees of the seminar came from all parts of the tri-state area. Participans included members of local mixed martial arts schools as well as professional Muay Thai and MMA fighters.

(left) Ajarn Chai demonstrates proper hand positioning and stance.
(center) Ajarn Chai shows proper placement of the defending hand during a kick.
(right) Khru Poneyboy takes a knee to the head.

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the Muay Thai Seminar.

The first and most important drill Ajarn Chai taught was footwork and the Muay Thai form, which took the better part of the morning. After lunch, Ajarn Chai taught basic and advanced counter techniques used in Muay Thai. Ajarn Chai also taught multiple takedowns and locks from the Muay Thai clinch, as well as defensive and offensive techniques against knife attacks. First-time attendees were clearly mesmerized by Ajarn Chai's wit and depth of knowledge of Muay Thai and other martial arts.

Ajarn shows the left snap elbow in the air adn then on the Thai pad.

Ajarn demonstrates how to evade the left kick.

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the Muay Thai Seminar.

Although the seminar lasted only two days, the amount of material covered by Ajarn Chai could last participants a lifetime. Ajarn Chai concluded the seminar with these words of advice: "Time waits for no one." If you truly want something in life, do it now. Don't wait until it's too late. As Ajarn Chai always says, in regards to teaching and promoting Muay Thai throughout the world, "If I can do, you can do."

(left) Uncle Chai, "Soft as Silk", (right) Participants of Ajarn Chai's 2010 Seminar

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the Muay Thai Seminar.

- Women's Self Defense Workshop -

by Matt Foster

On September 29, 2010 PAMA held a special self-defense class for the ladies of Cultural Care Au Pair, an organization that matches up au pairs from around the world with host families and helps them adjust to life in the United States. The green room was packed with about 30 young women learning basic techniques for protecting themselves. They were taught how to escape from side body control, the mount, and what to do if an attacker chokes you or grabs you from behind. Some of PAMA's instructors volunteered to help teach and pose as the attackers.

(left) Sifu demonstrates how to get out of a choke with an eye jab.
(right) Mikes shows how to get off the ground in a safe, protected manner.

The women run the gauntlet, testing all the skills that they learned during the night.

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the Self Defense Workshop.

The au pairs were also shown some useful strikes such as finger jabs, stomp kicks and skip knees. Watch out for these women; they've got some pretty hard knees. At the end of the class each au pair had to run the gauntlet, utilizing the skills they had just learned for their final test of the night. It was a successful class, educational and fun. Each of the women walked away with a few helpful self-defense techniques and a little more confidence. Thank you to all the au pairs for your enthusiastic participation and good luck.

Participants of the Women's Self Defense Workshop

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the Self Defense Workshop.

- Get Your Tasty AND Healthy Treats! -

Artisanal Ice Cream and Good Food Bakery right in Princeton! Check it out. Serving local and organic good food ingredients. Perfect for when you are looking for a treat right in Princeton's Palmer Square.

- PAMA's 6th Annual Vacation Contest Final Reminder! -

The summer is now officially over and voting for the Photo Content is about to begin. The last date to get in your entries is this Saturday, October 9th. So get your final entries in for a chance to win great prizes!!! See the June Newsletter for details.

Last year's winner for Most Exotic/Adventurous photo

- Visiting Student -

Steve Walters
We would like to wish good luck to Steve Walters as he returns back across the pond. Steve is a PAMA seminar student from Wales who visited PAMA during his "holiday" to relax and train hard. Have a safe trip back home and we will see you soon.

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Dietary Supplement

- Prostate Health by DaVinci Labs -

Prostate Health by DaVinci Labs
Prostate Health
by DaVinci Labs

A dietary supplement to support proper prostate function. One man in every two over the age of 50 may experience prostate dysfunction that can lead to such symptoms as frequent urination, urinary urgency, low or difficult flow and repeated nighttime trips to the bathroom. Prostate HealthTM contains 14 well researched ingredients including EGCG, lycopene, saw palmetto, and resveratrol, which support the healthy function of the prostate gland.

Excerpt from DaVinci Labs

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- The Tao of Jeet Kune Do -

The Tao of Jeet Kune Do
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do
by Bruce Lee
The Tao of Jeet June Do is a must have book for every student at PAMA. It contains notes and thoughts that Bruce Lee captured on paper along with some of his many illustrations. As you progress in your martial arts training you will get something new from this book every time you read it. This international best seller includes the philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, mental and physical training, and strategy among other things.

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Video Technique

VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL for many great techniques and videos by Sifu Rick.

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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Matt Foster, Mike Lee, Poneyboy Miller