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Student of the Month

- Harrison Ridall -

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Harrison Ridall

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- Muay Thai Level 1 -

(l-r) Vince Hohn, Matt Foster, and Yemi Okuseinde
Congratulations to Matt Foster, Vince Hohn, and Yemi Okuseinde for passing the long (and arduous) Level 1 Muay Thai Test. The test was comprised of form, ceremony, and the always exciting rounds on the Thai pads. Great job everyone and congratulations!
The Level 1 Test covers form, ceremony, and Thai pad rounds. Keep your hands up sirs!

- Children's Testing: 9-13 Year Old Test -

(l-r) Ines Aitsahalia, Andrew Shen, William Tantoy
Congratulations to Ines Aitsahalia and Andrew Shen for passing their Green Sash test. They now join the Saturday advanced children's class. Also passing is William Tantoy, who received his Blue Sash. All three excelled through their tests. Congratulations!

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Upcoming Events

- Celebrate PAMA's 24 Year Anniversary - Open House and Family and Friends Day -

Date/Time: Saturday, March 12th from 1 pm to 3pm

Open to the Public as well as PAMA Friends and Family

Demonstrations, Tours, Give-aways, Refreshments and Celebration!


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PAMA’s Third Annual Silat Seminar Was Both Educational and Enlightening

by Bernie Dudley

PAMA’s third annual Silat seminar featuring Guro Rick Tucci featured several highlights that made it an outstanding event for all persons who attended. This year Guro Rick shared with seminar attendees not only his knowledge of the physical techniques of the many styles of Silat throughout Southeast Asia, he also shared with them profound insights into the internal aspects of the Martial Arts in general. Beginning the seminar with an overview of the origins and history of Silat, Guro Rick then went on to discuss and display from his personal collection the myriad of weapons developed and utilized by various Silat practitioners. Guro Rick pointed out to the seminar attendees the Silat lineage that is unique to PAMA by naming and explaining in detail his personal Silat instructors and their respective styles.

Guro Rick covers the weapons of Silat as well as lineage and history.

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

Moving onto the physical aspects of the art, Guro Rick had everyone do various breathing drills from the Mande Muda style of Silat to energize the seminar participants. In addition to those breathing drills Guro Rick generously had his personal teacher Ratsa Geshe Tenzin Dargye, Khenpo of the Bon Monastery in Dhorpatan, Nepal briefly explain the breathing methods of the Bon tradition. Khenpo then lead the seminar participants in some of those ancient breathing exercises. Going deeper into the physical elements of silat, Guro Rick started with flexibility drills, leg strengthening drills and then moved on to sempaks, dempaks, and other demanding footwork drills. Guro Rick then introduced some of the curriculum of Harimau Silat. Harimau silat focuses on ground fighting with throws, strikes, tearing and breaking of joints.

(left) Khenpo leads the participants through breathing exercises,
(right) Guro Rick demonstrates a leg break from Harimau

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

After lunch Guro Rick then introduced the standup aspects of several other styles of Silat including, Bukti Negara Silat, Maphilndo Silat and Mande Muda Silat. Revisiting the weapons element of Silat, Guro Rick pointed out and provided an unforgettable demonstration of why training in martial arts requires facing the reality of weapons. Guro Rick then taught several methods of dealing with knife attacks. Staying with weapons Guro Rick gave instruction in several Silat techniques using the Sarong as a flexible weapon of devastating effectiveness.

(left) Cesar disarms an oncoming knife attack, (right) Guro Rick demonstrates the use of the sarong as a flexible weapon.

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

Closing with a question and answer session, this year’s Silat seminar ended with all seminar participants receiving certificates confirming their attendance in what has become a great annual event.

Participants of the 2011 Silat Seminar

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by Vince Hohn

Congratulations to Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, and Mike Wolhfert for renewing their instructor certifications under Sifu Rick in the arts of Jun Fan Gung Fu and the Filipino Martial Arts. Lao Si Mary Jo Colli and Lao Si Mike Lee advanced to First Year Full Instructors. Lao Si Mike Wolhfert earned his certificate as a Third Year Associate Instructor. From the students at PAMA, thank you for being such great teachers!

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Dietary Supplement

- MultiMin by Allergy Research -

MultiMin by Allergy Research
MultiMin by Allergy Research

Allergy Research Group's classic mixed mineral formulation, emphasizing hypoallergenic sources as developed by Stephen A. Levine, Ph.D., MultiMin includes minerals known to be important for metabolism, and at levels that are physiologically significant. MultiMin provides macrominerals, trace minerals, ultra-trace minerals, and minerals likely to be proven essential. Also included in MultiMin is glutamic acid, which is a mildly acidifying agent to aid with absorption.

Excerpt taken from Allergy Research.

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Sifu Recommends a Book

- Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit -

Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit
Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit
by Bruce Thomas

Bruce Lee was a truant child and practical joker who drove himself to realize his highest human potential and become the supreme exponent of martial arts in modern time. Through a short, but explosive film career, he made the world aware of the Chinese fighting arts and philosophies, and in the process he became the highest paid movie star in the world. He died suddenly at the age of thirty-two, seemingly at the height of his powers. Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit is his extraordinary story.

Excerpt from back cover.

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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, Bernie Dudley, Vince Hohn, Mike Lee