- Student of the Month - Teacher's Month - Ajarn Chai Seminar - Au Pair Seminar - Visiting Tibetan Monks - Adults Test - Kids Test - Edged Weapons Seminar in October - Muay Thai in Princeton - Sweden Seminar - Dietary Supplement - Recommended Book - Video Technique -
Student of the Month
- Perze Ababa -
Please share with our readers a little bit of your non-martial arts background both professionally and personally
My wife Marchesa and I have two beautiful daughters, Emma and Zienne who are six and two years old respectively.
I have been testing software in the past 10 years and the companies that I've worked with include Aetna US Healthcare, AIG Travel and The New York Times. I currently manage the testing team for NBCUniversal's iVillage division. During the weekends, when I am not training with PAMA, you will most likely find me volunteering at my local church in Pitman, NJ.
How did you hear about PAMA? What influenced you to join PAMA?
Truth be told, my wife was the one that found PAMA via google search. She's been coaxing me to look for a boxing gym but I wasn't that interested. When she gave me a list of what PAMA offers, I didn't hesitate in calling the academy and scheduled a free kali class. I was simply amazed at the depth and breadth of knowledge that this school has, and how knowledgeable and gifted all the instructors were at teaching their respective arts.
What does martial arts mean to you and what are some of the key things that it has taught you?
Martial arts is not just about strength and power but it is also how you live your life and interact with your surroundings. In order for you to be effective, you'd have to incorporate what you learn with how you live. Not that you'd be walking around looking for a fight, but respect for other people and the discipline to practice and learn are things that you'll need to hold on to for the rest of your life.
What are your favorite arts and why?
I would have to say the combination of Kali and Silat, not only because I originally came from the Philippines but the flow of things just make sense and are very practical. I must admit that I do need to find time to attend a JKD class since this school is considered as one of THE premiere JKD schools in the country.
What do you enjoy most about the PAMA experience?
I would have to say the approaches to teaching when it comes to the classes that I have been in are very helpful. The camaraderie between fellow students have been a great help as well. I must say that going to this school is like getting a drink of water from a river of knowledge, I realized early on that I can't drink an entire river but I'll need to take what I can get and appreciate what I can't learn the first time around.
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I just would like to thank Sifu Rick and the other instructors for their continued guidance and allowing me to train in this school for the past 10 months.
- Teacher's Month -
- Ajarn Chai’s 23rd Muay Thai Seminar at PAMA -
Written by Asaf Ronen edited by Mary Jo Colli
On September 17 and 18 PAMA welcomed Ajarn Chai Sirisute for a two-day seminar in the art of Muay Thai for the 23rd year.
Over 80 people from all over the tri-state area, ranging in age from eight to the sixty-four, attended the seminar. The focus this year was the essential basics; the bread and butter of Muay Thai. Stance and footwork were drilled and re-drilled both days with noticeable results. We learned the nine elbows of Muay Thai and how to properly execute them. There were funny moments and serious moments. We learned effective take-downs and escapes out of the plum and other tie up positions. This seminar was a great way to bring anybody’s current Muay Thai, at whatever level it may be, to the next level, through focus on refinements. Even after training for fourteen years I learned at this seminar indispensable fine-tuning that helped me refine my Muay Thai and “feel” in Muay Thai more than ever.
A brave eight-year old PAMA student got the honor of drilling one-on-one with Ajarn Chai in front of everybody at the seminar. A prospective ring fighter got to experience how it feels to be knocked out, without actually being knocked out. And nine young bodied men could not block, from close range, Ajarn Chai from grabbing a piece of paper at lightning speed.
At the end of the two days you felt like you really accomplished something on the journey of self-improvement in the arts and in life. Ajarn Chai was inspirational and full of wisdom.
- Au Pair Seminar -
This September 29, 2011, PAMA was proud to host a special self-defense class for the ladies and gentleman of Cultural Care Au Pair. Au pair programs are organizations that connect au pairs and host families in the United States, allowing both parties to learn from different cultures. The green room was filled with enthusiastic au pairs that learned basic self-defense techniques that would enable them to escape from a variety of attacks, such as being choked, grabbed from behind, grabbed at the wrist, and how to escape mounts and body side control. But the most critical skills that the au pairs learn were to be aware of their surroundings and use their voice and project confidence in critical situations. At the end of class, the au pairs were given their final test, where they were allowed to demonstrate the techniques they learned as PAMA's instructors posed as attackers.
- Visiting Tibetan Monks -
On Wednesday September 29th the students at PAMA were treated with a rare opportunity to learn from two high ranking lama’s Ratsa Geshe Tenzin Dargye, Khenpo of the Bon Monastery in Dhorpatan, Nepal and H.E. 7th Kundol Namkha Thinley Wangyal Rinpoche is a non-sectarian and has received teachings and empowerments with highly venerated Bon and Buddhist masters. It is always a great honor and enlightening experience when the students of PAMA have the good fortune to absorb wisdom from theses spiritual teachers. The Lama’s discussed the importance of the martial arts and it’s correlation of the mind and body. Insight was given about the importance of teaching and learning. The five poisons of the mind were discussed and how those poisons cause sickness in the body. The spiritual teachers taught us how to recognize the poisons and once recognized find their antidote. The Lama’s showed us the path of how to be free from the poisons of the mind and through that freedom live as better beings. The session ended with having questions answered, photos taken and a uplifting spiritual prayer.
Testing Results - Adult Tests
- 4 Month JKD Tests on 9/3 -
- Josh Neidlinger
- Brian Scordinsky
- 8 Month JKD Tests on 9/3 -
- Richie Avallone
- Larry Azzarra
Testing Results - Kids Tests
- Gold Sash Kids Tests on 9/24 -
- Louis Jamieson-Dove
- Jackson Ikenberry
- William Hopper
- Anish Puligilla
- Orange Sash Kids Tests on 9/24 -
- Lena Dibble
- Green Sash Kids Tests on 9/24 -
- Anisa Lateef
- Thomas Morris
- Trinity Pelina
- Green Sash, 1st Stripe Kids Tests on 9/24 -
- Ines Aitsahalia
- Andrew Shen