New Year's Resolutions
It is the NEW year, the holidays are over. Time to get back in gear!!! Get over the winter blues with intensity, focus, and fitness. You will be amazed how great your mind and body will feel with intellectual and physical stimulation. Regardless of what is going on in the world as warriors we need to transcend - rise above and create a fresh New Year!
This list gives some great pointers to help enhance and maximize your martial arts potential.
- Pack your clothes at night. Mornings are cold and dark now and may be hard to get motivated. Also, keep a packed bag for PAMA and extra clothes in your car. That way you are prepared at all times to train.
- Set a goal for your next testing level in one of the classes. Register or set a date, tell your friends/family, and pay in advance, that way you are bound to it!
- Subscribe to PAMA Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RickTucciPAMA. Watch the vast array of FREE content to enhance your training. When you subscribe YouTube will send you an email when new content is added. Vote for your favorite clips and add your comments. People all over the world have subscribed to this channel.
- Don't stop home after work! The TV, internet, and refrigerator will be there when you get done. Nothing is more pressing then your health and wellbeing.
- Keep nuts, dried fruit, or a healthy bar available and with you so you are not hungry. Have a snack after work to refuel your brain and body and get ready to train. (Psssstt, there are also healthy, yummy bars for sale in the pro-shop!)
- Join the PAMA Facebook group and get PAMA updates emailed to you so you can stay in touch with the PAMA community.
- Buy yourself a Kali, Silat, or Jun Fan DVD in the Pro-Shop. These are great tools to support your practice, enforce what you are learning, and help you jump ahead!
- Stay for more then one class. You are already warmed up and mentally focused. Cross-training is a key to the totality of the martial artist!
- Get your body in line! Do an inventory, how are you feeling? What supplements and/or vitamins are you lacking? Don't waste your time with sub-par brands that will not be absorbed. We are spoiled, the Pro-Shop puts all of the best brands right at your fingertips!
- Get a private lesson to work on the things you have been struggling with and get brushed up on everything. These are great ways to improve and progress in the martial arts. You can always share them with another person so you will have a training partner to work on them with after the lesson.
- Have a book around to read at all times. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do and others are available in the Pro-Shop and are constant tools you can keep returning to and rereading.
- Get a family member or friend to join PAMA. Ask some of the family members who train at PAMA today, this is a great way to bond and spend quality time together. Also, it is a great motivator!
- Utilize the facility outside of class. The school opens at 10:30 and is open throughout the day until 10:00 P.M. each weeknight and 7:00 P.M. on Fridays. Saturdays the hours are 9:00 A.M. until at least 3:00 P.M. Use of the facilities is included in your tuition, take advantage!
- Supplement your training with a weight lifting regimen. PAMA has a gym so that people can get everything they need in one place. See the Pro-Shop to register for the Gym facilities.
- Get a training partner. There is a message board as soon as you walk in PAMA on the right. People who are looking for a training partner place their info on there. Hook up with someone and get some outside partner training in.
Student of the Month
- Prasanth Tiruchanur -
Please share with our readers a little bit of your non-martial arts background professionally and personally.
I've been in New Jersey for almost 10 years now. I am a recent graduate of Rutgers University and am currently training to be an SAP HR consultant.
I love playing sports and was in the college badminton team where we went around and played other major universities.
I am also an avid reader of psychology and how humans behave and currently work as a counselor for people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
What made you first interested in the Martial Arts?
My first introduction to the martial arts was Varma Kalai. Varma means pressure points and kalai means art. I used to watch people practice it when I was young and it got me interested in martial arts.
How did you hear about PAMA? What influenced you to join PAMA?
I was looking for a good place to learn and practice martial arts. When I was searching for a good school to join, I came across PAMA. After I discovered it is literally 5 minutes away from my home, I was thrilled to join.
What do you most enjoy about your training at PAMA? And which arts do you enjoy the most?
I love the training method that PAMA uses. Working in pairs really gives you a good grasp on the art. I enjoy Jun Fan and MMA classes the most because Jun Fan gives me a good fighting style when on my feet, and the MMA gives me a good grasp on fighting on the ground.
How has martial arts helped you in other areas of your life or other activities you engage in?
Practicing martial arts have given me good body flexibility when I play sports. It has also taught me to have patience in life.
What do you see as some of your goals in the martial arts and in your life in general?
I want to get really good at Jun Fan and MMA. In my life I would like travel the world in a sailboat.
Any closing remarks?
I want to thank Sifu Tucci, and all the instructors for dedicating their time to teach the students at PAMA.
- Jun Fan 4 and 8 Month Tests -
- Children's Testing: 9-13 Year Old Test -
- New Year's Day Class -
After a hiatus from last year, Sifu Rick brought back the New Year's Day class, which a number of us were looking forward to attending. The class itself is unstructured and delves into aspects of martial arts, JKD in particular, that we generally do not cover in regular class because of time. While the class was supposed to last about two hours, as usual, there was so much to do that we ran over.
The first hour of the class included an exploration of many topics such as mythology, psychology, the archetypes and the warrior's path. We input our views on the importance of the Hero's Journey and the facing of the threshold guardians. We also talked about walking the warrior's path in everyday life and living without fear since we often make decisions based on fear. We discussed Jiddu Krishnamurti, the 20th century philosopher who noted that society, being made up of individuals, can only be changed by each individual undergoing a change. Sounds like JKD and, in fact, Sifu outlined quotes from the Tao of JKD that mirror Krishnamurti's writings showing what an influence he had on Bruce Lee.
Needless to say, it was not just mental development on New Year's Day but also physical development. Footwork, heavy bag work, and techniques that we all know and love were included, but the last part of the class was spent on sword drawing and thrusting. Students practiced one thrust with a sword over and over. The purpose was not simply repetition but to have intention and full awareness of each moment and each movement through focused preparation. After the sword drawing and thrusting the students tried their hands at Zen Art, which is strongly connected to the art of the sword. The movements with a sword should be like the movements with a calligraphy brush. Each student painted a Zen picture as a reminder of the artistic aspects of the martial arts. A great time... too bad we have to wait another year.
- Trenton Time's Feature on Sifu Rick -
- Stay Connected with YouTube and Facebook! -
- Institute of Defensive Methods Hosts Sifu Rick Seminar -
On December of 2010, Sifu Rick Tucci conducted a spectacular 2 day seminar for the Institute of Defensive Methods in Hoboken, NJ. This two day block of instruction focused on Jeet Kune Do and Kali. It was an overflow anointing of knowledge presented to every participant. Sifu's unique insight stimulated many questions which were all answered in great detail. As a result, one could feel the tremendous amount of positive energy flowing within the room.
Sifu's kindness and generosity made us feel like one family. Unconditionally, he provided that extra time to make sure the students understood the material exactly the way a father would.
Instructors Mike Lee and Mary Jo were also extremely helpful with the education that came with this seminar. Thank You Sifu Rick Tucci for an amazing and inspiring seminar, we can still feel the energy.
- Filipino Martial Arts Demonstration -
On December 11, a group of PAMA instructors and students traveled to Cherry Hill to put on a demonstration of the Filipino Martial Arts for members of the Philippine Community of Southern New Jersey. The demo team wowed the crowd with various drills from each of the 12 areas of Kali. The members of the Society were treated to a dynamic demonstration of the arts of their ancestors which included single stick, double stick and knife work as well as empty hands, takedowns, disarms and even some sarong chokes and throws. The high pace performance was well received by the audience.
After the hard work was done, the team was re-fueled by the delicious buffet of homemade Filipino cuisine provided by the hospitable hosts and given a tour of the cultural library which held art, artifacts and books from the Philippines. It was a day of feasting and sharing of the arts and culture. Thank you to the Philippine Community of Southern New Jersey for including the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts in your holiday celebration.
- PAMA Holiday Party! -
On December 15th, as 2010 was coming to a close, PAMA staff and instructors came together after class to celebrate the holiday season. The holidays can be a hectic time for everyone, so it was nice to take some time to relax and enjoy the great food and spirits offered at BT Bistro.
This year the instructors showed their appreciation and holiday spirit by giving Sifu a top-of-the-line navigation system to assist him as he travels spreading his martial arts knowledge. Si Suk Bernie's gift from the instructors, which goes along with the travel theme, was a must-have and needed emergency kit for his car.
Sifu's gifts to his instructors have always been unique and personal. This year's were no different as he presented everyone with handmade and custom picked Shaman Dream Pillows and authentic Indonesian Ecots.
The Christmas holiday is a good time to put the Kali sticks down, boxing gloves aside and enjoy reminiscing/reflecting on the year of training that just passed. We all look forward to a great 2011 at PAMA!
- Thank You All -
We would like to thank everyone for making this years Toys for Tots and Canned Food Drive a huge success! Thank you for your generous contributions!
- 3rd Annual Silat Seminar -
- March 12, 2011 (1-3 PM): PAMA 24th Anniversary - Open House and Family and Friends Day -
Come one, come all!! Join us in celebrating PAMA's 24th Anniversary and bring your family and friends to join in the festivities. There will be tours, demos, and refreshments!
- Announcing New Yoga Class -
Starting January 11th we will have an excellent yoga teacher giving lessons in the Blue Room. Yoga is, of course, great for martial arts as well as life, it promotes flexibility, strength, and breath control. Here is some more information on the teacher:
Mecquel is a yoga practitioner who has been teaching since 2002. She teaches a vigorous Vinyasa practice that challenges the body, quiets the mind and awakens the spirit. In this style each posture is connected to the next by the breath. Mercquel's practice and teaching stems from her desire to know and embody truth within herself, and to inspire the same in others. Her experience is that the practice of yoga, and authentic movement, is a process of melting away the layers that keep us from being able to touch, experience, and finally reside in what we really are, openness, light and love. Mecquel completed her teacher training at Saraswati River Yoga with Kirin Mushra (Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati) and has studied with Jai Uttal. She is currently a Lululemon ambassador for Princeton. Mecquel is so grateful to her many devoted teachers.
This is a multi-level class, all are welcome. Prior experience is not necessary. The class will be on Tuesdays from 5:45p.m.-7:15p.m. Fees for the class are paid directly to Mecquel.
- Zinc Citrate by Pure Encapsulations -
Zinc plays an important role in supporting the body's defense system, and is related to the normal absorption and actions of the B vitamins. It is a constituent of over two dozen enzymes involved in digestion and metabolism, including carbonic anhydrase which is vital to tissue respiration. Zinc is essential for the normal storage and metabolism of carbohydrates. Zinc plays a fundamental role in collagen formation and healthy tissue development. This mineral is also essential for normal fetal and reproductive development, and it contributes to healthy prostatic function.
Sifu Recommends a Book
- Pathways to Bliss -
Tying in with this month's article in the Trenton Times and the New Year's Day class, Sifu recommends Joseph Campbell's Pathways to Bliss:
One of the basic functions of myth, contends Joseph Campbell, is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a travel guide to reach fulfillment - a map to discover "bliss." In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell once again draws on his masterly gift of storytelling to apply the larger themes of world mythology to personal growth and transformation.
Looking at the more personal, psychological side of myth, he begins to dwell on life's more important questions - those that are often submerged beneath the frantic activity of our daily life. With characteristic wit and insight, he draws connections between ancient symbols and modern art, schizophrenia and the hero's journey, revealing the way myth helps identify one's heroic path.
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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Matt Foster, Vince Hohn, Mike Lee, Sam Levine, Cesar Olavarria