Take your training to a New Level and Altitude - SEDONA, AZ!!!
Would you like to take your training to a whole new level and altitude? Do you need a recharge from the hustle and bustle of daily life, a time just for you with no distractions and interruptions?
The Princeton Academy of Martial Arts and Sifu Rick would like to invite you on an epic martial arts adventure to the magical Red Rock location of Sedona, Arizona!
Sedona is known throughout the world as a major energy point. The energy is notoriously known to invigorate and energize. You will take hikes and see scenery that is unimaginable. Sedona is one of the most beautiful places in the country and so well known for it's incredible red rock formations and great outdoor adventures. If you have not heard about Sedona here is a link to the official Tourism site: http://www.visitsedona.com
This very special martial arts seminar will be taking place on the weekend of June 18th and 19th at an amazing facility the Sedona Creative Life Center: http://www.sedonacreativelife.com
This will be a great opportunity to learn, connect on a personal level with the instructors, and have lots of fun kicking back, site seeing, and enjoying social events. This event will be intimate and personalized. A detailed itinerary will be provided for Friday evening through Monday AM.
Please join Sifu and other instructors in this amazing journey - not just a seminar but a once in a lifetime experience. Space is very limited so reserve your spot today to ensure your don't miss out! Information will be provided regarding airfare, hotel discounts, and room sharing if interested.
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Student of the Month
- Vaughn Price -
Please share with our readers a little bit of your life outside of PAMA.
I am in my first year of being enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program at Middlesex and serve in the National Guard, home stationed on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. I enjoy playing football, basketball, paintballing, writing music and running.
What is your profession and background?
I am a Dental Assistant in my civilian life and work as a Personnelist in the Guard.
What first turned you on to martial arts?
I'd have to say my father was the first person to introduce me to the idea of Martial Arts because of his love for Bruce Lee movies. From then on I fell in love with the idea of fighting for my own selfish reasons but it wasn't until I joined PAMA that I learned to respect the arts.
How did you hear about PAMA? What influenced you to join PAMA?
I wanted to get back into Martial Arts. I trained in Tae Kwon Do while I was in middle school but left because I didn't like the sparring rules. It wasn't practical enough for me I guess. From the few scuffles I've had in my past, it was much more than a flurry of kicks, back and forth. Years later I discovered that Bruce Lee had created a system and immediately started researching schools. That’s when I came across the PAMA website.
Initially I joined PAMA just because it was the only place I found that trained in JKD. At first I was skeptical because of rumors of fake trainers within the art but during the trial class my doubts were put to rest. The numerous amounts of plaques and certificates around the school helped in making my decision too.
What do you most enjoy about your training?
I'd have to say what I enjoy most is the learning about myself: my strengths and weaknesses, both physically and mentally. Not only will I find that I need to work on certain attributes but I will get a life lesson out of it as well. For example, one of the first things Sifu Rick pointed out to me was that I tended to back up or run rather than using counters. I reflected on that as I drove home that night and realized that I run from most of my problems in my life. Maybe it's coincidental, but I found it to be a lesson nonetheless.
What are some of the benefits that you have experienced through the Martial Arts?
I've learned to pay attention to detail which helped me during basic training. Also I used to be a bit of a hot head. It was at a point to where if someone looked at me the wrong way I was ready to fight. Training in Martial Arts has helped calm me down by instilling discipline and awareness inside me.
Anything else additional you would like to add?
I would like to thank Sifu Rick, all the instructors, and my fellow students for their time, dedication, and support.
April 30, 2011 was a beautiful spring day for the annual Communiversity in downtown Princeton, NJ. The demo team from the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts was on full display for the crowd on Witherspoon Street. The action started with the adult group mixing in a flourish of Kali double sticks, bo staff, Jun Fan kickboxing, Muay Thai. The Little Dragons were next on the stage showing the crowd the Sil Lim Tao. Then the Bigger Dragons followed up with an impressive display of Jun Fan kickboxing and Kali and then the Little Dragons took over again with focus mitt work.
After the Dragons bowed out the PAMA Juniors group did their own display of high energy Jun Fan kickboxing followed by an equally engaging Kali double stick series.
Next it was the PAMA adult group back on stage, amazing the growing number of spectators with all different areas of Kali weapon training including jabong, espada y daga, single and double sticks, knives and bo staffs. Then it was right on to trapping. The students showed their connection to the Gung Fu art of Wing Chun and seamlessly displayed various Jun Fan trapping techniques and even switched to the Kali & Silat systems traps and throws. An incredible range of knowledge and skill were demonstrated in a short period of time.
Without pause the team showed their fitness and conditioning by going from the close range trapping back to the longer range of kickboxing. The students went back and forth covering the whole street showing the arts of Muay Thai, Jun Fan, and Savate.
Next the mats came down and it was time for Senior Instructor Mike Wolhfert to show the crowd the lethal efficiency of the art of Silat by taking on multiple attackers. Mr. Wolhfert tossed each attacker aside with throws, bone breaks, and even chokes using his sarong. Then it was Senior Instructor Mike Lee’s turn to show off his weapons skills. He also faced multiple attackers, only this time around they wielded knives and sticks. Mike Lee evaded and disarmed each attacker’s weapon to the applause of the crowd. Finishing up the PAMA demonstration were Kurt Komoda and Matt Foster pitted against one another in a grappling match. The crowd cheered on each of their favorite fighters, but in the end Matt was able to overcome Kurt with a rear naked choke hold!
Thank you to all the PAMA students for participating, and to all the friends and family members who came out to enjoy the demonstration and cheer on the team.
Children’s Grappling Workshop
On the first Saturday in April, PAMA held its first ever grappling workshop for the children. After many requests for grappling in classes, they finally got a whole afternoon dedicated to the art of ground fighting. The students were first taught how to fall properly, how to roll and of course how to “ebi” or “shrimp” which is a very important basic maneuver for overall movement and escapes. All the students got a kick out of the shrimp. Then the instructors emphasized the significance of the positions such as the guard, the mount, side control and kasagatami (remember kids: position, control, submission). They were also shown some of the essential grappling techniques like how to escape from the mount and side control, and of course no grappling workshop would be complete without triangle chokes and arm bars. The students were given time to practice their basic submissions, and although there was some confusion at first, they were all able to improve. The workshop came to a close with a series of grappling matches in which each of the students was paired up with one of the instructors and just had to go for it and demonstrate what they learned. They all survived and did a fantastic job. Good work kids! You earned those certificates and belts the hard way.
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Sifu Recommends a Book
- Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living -
Bruce Lee’s phenomenal life and career were energized by his ideas. They made it possible for him to live a happy and assured life, overcoming difficult obstacles with seeming ease. And they inspired his family, friends, students, and colleagues – helping them achieve success in their own lives.
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Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Matt Foster, Vince Hohn, Mike Lee