Sifu Rick Featured in Princeton Patch
Student of the Month
- Joceff Pasion -
Please share with our readers a little bit of your non-martial arts background professionally and personally.
I am currently a medical arts professional working in a diagnostic laboratory for a Trenton hospital. I have lived in the area for the last 16 years. I was born and bred in the Philippines prior to immigrating to this country.
How did you first become interested in Martial Arts?
I first became interested by watching Jackie Chan movies while I was growing up. Very cliché but I think that sometimes martial arts movies are one of the few methods where one develops an interest to study martial arts.
Which martial arts have you studied to date and for how long?
I have had two years of Kendo (Japanese fencing) training through a collegiate club at Rutgers University. I have been to one tournament meet and was fortunate enough to actually face a relatively same skill level opponent. It was very intimidating and scary to face off against a non-club member. I remember howling my lungs out just so I could keep my teeth from chattering and my knees from buckling. I thoroughly lost though it was quite a rush to test myself against an unknown opponent.
How did you hear about PAMA? What influenced you to join PAMA?
I saw a newspaper ad for PAMA in 1998 and tried the free class a week later. It was not until 2003 that I committed to attending regular classes in Kali and Jun Fan. I hit a rough patch and had to discontinue training for several years but now I am back and my life is more settled now so it is easier to dedicate time and focus on training again.
What do you most enjoy about your training at PAMA? And which arts do you enjoy the most?
Seeing the improvements in myself, however small and minute, encourages me to come back for more. Missing any night I set aside for training really shows how much I can regress if I cannot be regular and focused on training.
My favorite art would have to be Kali/Eskrima. When my mom found out that Kali was synonymous with Eskrima, she kept reminding me that one of her great uncles was a proficient and skilled Eskrimador, so it is in my genes to enjoy this martial art form. And we all know our moms can never tell a lie.
What do you see as some of your goals in the martial arts and in your life in general?
The main long term goal I strive for is improving myself physically, mentally, and emotionally which I am achieving through the practice and training in the martial arts. Martial arts training and practice is a lifestyle that I hope to keep, improve upon, and love doing for as long as possible.
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I am glad to have discovered PAMA by chance and am privileged to continue training. The academy gives a great opportunity to enrich and improve myself as an individual and a practitioner of the martial arts. Thank you, Sifu and all the instructors for this.
- Dan Johansson Returns to PAMA! -
In May, PAMA had a member of our PAMA family return for a training visit. Dan Johansson, a student and instructor under Sifu Rick since 1988, journeyed once again to Princeton from him home in Malmo, Sweden. For nearly two weeks he joined us for intense training in all of the arts. Dan is the head JKD, Kali, Silat, and Muay Thai instructor at the Malmo Martial Arts Alliance. Since starting his training with Sifu Rick here in the U.S. 23 years ago, Dan has returned many times and he has also trained with Sifu during each of Sifu’s visits to Malmo (over 20+ times!). Dan had a wonderful time at PAMA and would like to thank everyone for their camaraderie and for being great training partners. We’ll see you again next year, Dan!
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Sifu Recommends a Book
- Commentaries on Living -
'What you are is much more important than what you should be. You can understand what is, but you cannot understand what should be.' The essential message of J. Krishnamurti, revered philosopher and spiritual teacher, challenges the limits of ordinary thought. In talks to audiences worldwide he pointed out to listeners the tangled net of ideas, organizational beliefs and psychological mind-sets in which humanity is caught, and that truth-the understanding of what is-not effort, is the key factor of human liberation. Commentaries on Living, a three-volume series, records Krishnamurti's meetings with individual seekers of truth from all walks of life. In these dialogues, he reveals the thought-centred roots of human sorrow and comments on the struggles and issues common to those who strive to break the boundaries of personality and self-limitation. In over fifty essays in each volume, Krishnamurti explores topics as diverse as: Knowledge Truth Fulfilment Meditation Love Effort Seeking Life and Death Education The series invites readers to take a 'voyage on an unchartered sea' with Krishnamurti in his exploration of the conditioning of the mind and its freedom.
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WHERE AND WHEN TO FIND US:
Z Food Farm Stand - 3501 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville: Wednesdays & Fridays 12-7
Lawrenceville Market: Saturdays 10-2
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia: Saturdays 9:30-3:00
New Amsterdam Market, NYC: Sundays 11:00-4:00
Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee, Thomas Zucosky