Student of the Month
- Reynold Thelwel-
Give us a little background and interests of your life outside of PAMA.
Right now I work as a teller at a PNC bank in the Princeton area. I also study computer science at DeVry university.
When did you originally start training at PAMA and how did you hear about the Academy?
I started training at PAMA around June. I actually found out about the academy on the internet while looking up martial arts schools in the area.
What made you first interested in Martial Arts?
I grew up watching things like Ultraman (if anyone is familiar with that show) and Power Rangers. One time while I was watching my mom asked me if I would like to be able to do what they do and I said yes. So shortly after she enrolled me in a local karate school and I've been studying the arts since then.
What do you most enjoy about your training?
What I enjoy the most about my training is the depth of it. I like how Sifu highlights what we as students need more work on so that we can better progress in our training.
What are your goals you hope to achieve through martial arts?
Through martial arts I hope to better myself... physically, mentally, and spiritually.
In what ways has your training at PAMA permeated into other aspects of your life?
I find myself working more diligently to do things that are more difficult that I wouldn't have tried to do before.
Anything else additional you would like to add?
I enjoy the variety of arts that are available to learn at PAMA. It encourages me to broaden my horizons.
- Teacher Appreciation Month -
Sifu Rick would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt thoughts on PAMA's positive influence on their lives and what the Martial Arts means to them. He would also like to thank everyone for their generous donations, a portion of which will go towards charity and the rest to go toward a spiritual item for the school. Here are some of the beautiful offerings students brought in during Teacher Appreciation Month for their gratitude to Sifu Rick and the entire lineage of instructors that have given us the arts that we study. Thank you all.
- PAMA 6th Annual Vacation Photo Contest Winners -
The 6th Annual PAMA Vacation Photo contest results are in! As always, the content brought in many more creative and unique entries of PAMA students. Thanks for all those who participated and congratulations to the winners!
As voted on by fellow PAMA students, the awards go to:
- Sifu Rick will be conducting a seminar in Malmo, Sweden on November 6 & 7. For more info, contact Dan Johansson or check out the seminar page.
- On December 4 & 5, Sifu Rick will be conducting a Filipino Martial Arts, JKD, and Silat seminar at the Institute of Defensive Methods in Hoboken, NJ. For more info, contact Cesar Olavarria or check out the seminar page.
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Sifu Recommends a Book
- Hara: The Vital Center of Man -
When we speak of an individual's state, we are actually referring to something that transcends the duality of body and soul, something that reflects the entirety of a person's being. Because each of us is a unity of body and soul, there is no psychic structure or inner tension that is not reflected outwardly in the form and order of the body. When we find the physical center of the body we also find the psychological center of the soul. According to Zen masters, by correcting posture and breathing to balance this center, one can cultivate inner tranquillity and balance: the state called Hara.
In Hara Karlfried Graf Durckheim shows the Western world how to overcome the physical and spiritual decay of modern life by adopting the age-old techniques of Japanese Zen masters. By leaving behind the "chest out-belly in" posture and attitude of the West and adopting the belly-centered posture and attitude of Hara, individuals can live a calm, grounded, and more balanced life. Included in this classic text are vital life force practices and translations of the wisdom teachings of three Japanese Zen masters. This book also explores how the practice of Hara emphasizes empirical learning and the cultivation of self-knowledge through the perfection of arts such as painting and archery.
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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee