William F. Tucci
October marked the passing of Sifu Rick's father, William F. Tucci, Bill to his friends. Bill had 4th stage lung cancer for quite a few years now but during that time he was able to maintain a fairly good quality of life.
If we can learn something from Bill it is that he did exactly what he wanted each day and did not allow others to dictate how he should live or not live with his disease. He was positive until the end and that positive attitude led him through even though many thought that he would have fallen hard many years before. The doctors had no explanation for Bill's health but those who knew him know that he was a tough kid from Trenton that was not going to give up easily.
We can all thank Bill for being a major supporter of Sifu Rick's choice to pursue martial arts. As a teenager when Taky Kimura would not initially accept Sifu Rick to come to Seattle and train, Bill even got on the phone with him to plead Sifu Rick's case and we know the rest of the story! Bill and Teresa (Sifu Rick's mother) unlike other parents never suggested that Sifu Rick give up his dreams and sell out to follow another profession. They always encouraged Sifu Rick and were very proud of his accomplishments.
Bill was also know for his love of music and his amazing dance ability, know in the professional dance circuit as the Boy Wonder at age 4. This gift will live on in Sifu Rick's (and Ilaria's) footwork and zest for all things musical.
Please send your thoughts out to Sifu Rick's mom, Teresa, Bill's wife for over 60 years. They don't make couples like that anymore. They were still blowing kisses to each other just days before his death.
Student of the Month
- Igor Durdanovic -
Please share with our readers a little bit of your non-martial arts background both professionally and personally
Most of my professional (and a larger part of personal) life revolves around research, using computers to bring math to life and apply it to various interesting problems.
What made you first interested in the Martial Arts?
I have been interested in martial arts as far as I can remember, but being the smallest kid in the known universe, my father thought I would get hurt. So all my martial art experiences were through friends who practiced one or the other popular arts (Judo, Karate, Tae kwon do) and shared some of the techniques with me in friendly sparring.
How did you hear about PAMA? What influenced you to join PAMA?
I found PAMA on the Internet (along with a lot of other places offering the popular arts), however what set PAMA apart was the offering of exotic arts like Kali and Silat (which prompted more searching on the Internet). So I decided to visit the place, scheduled a trial class, and as they say the rest is history :)
What do you most enjoy about your training at PAMA? And which arts do you enjoy the most?
Improving my physical fitness while learning something very useful. It can also get overwhelming and frustrating at times as the exotic martial arts have rather exotic movements which I have never seen before. I find Silat and Kali fascinating, they are very efficient arts where the physical size of the practitioner is not a deciding factor. JKD/kung fu trapping and hands sensitivity concepts are novel and exciting aspects of the art and very hard to master - yes I have been told the secret - relax :)
How has martial arts helped you in other areas of your life or other activities you engage in?
My physical fitness has improved greatly, which provides a nice balance to my other activities which are mainly armchair mental gymnastics.
What do you see as some of your goals in the martial arts and in your life in general?
Considering that it could take a life time to master a martial art and I am currently engaging in several with only a half of the life time left, I'll settle for getting reasonably proficient and further improving my physical fitness which gets more and more important as we age.
Any closing remarks?
I'd like to express my gratitude to Sifu Rick for sharing his vast knowledge (which is often under appreciated) with us, instructors for their hard work, as well as other students, our practicing partners, they all make PAMA a very exciting and unique place.
- Teacher's Appreciation Month -
The traditional offering normally consists of flowers, a candle, and three sticks of incense. HOWEVER, this year, in respect to Mother Earth, we asked PAMA students not to bring in flowers. We did not wish to support non-organic flower shops and have flowers that have been shipped from far away. In lieu of flowers, students had the option of bringing in canned goods that are going to support the Trenton Food Bank. This amazing effort collected well over 180 cans!
- Edged Weapons Seminar -
On October 8, 2011, Guro Rick Tucci conducted an edged weapons seminar at the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts. There were PAMA students, visiting martial artists, and law enforcement officers in attendance eager to learn. Guro Tucci presented the different types of edged weapons and their capabilities. Guro Tucci showed common attacks and how dangerous facing an edged weapon can be. Students learned how these weapons may be used against them. The seminar taught students how to face weapons in various ranges, situations, and positions. All who attended gained a better understanding and respect for edged weapons.
- Seminar in Malmo, Sweden -
Once again, Sifu Rick Tucci together with Mary Jo, their daughter Ilaria and Mike Lee, graced, MMA-Alliance in Malmö Sweden with their presence. It was a weekend with great training in Kali, Jun Fan, Muay Thai and Silat. Everybody who attended the seminar was very happy and impressed with the training. Not only did Sifu Rick cover techniques and training methods in these arts but he also talked about the philosophy behind the martial arts, the importance of the mental part and the warriors path. I have been a student of Sifu Rick since 1988 and to this day I am constantly amazed by the knowledge and spirit of my instructor. I and my students are already looking forward towards the next year's seminar.
Written by Dan Johansson Head Instructor MMA-Alliance, Malmö Sweden.
- Jun Fan 4 and 8 month Test -
4th and 8th Month Jun Fan Tests are scheduled on Dec 10th, please contact us for more details.
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Sifu Recommends a Book
- Ideals of the Samurai -
Ideals of the Samurai
by William Scott Wilson
Translated and introduced by accomplished Japanese language and literature scholar William Scott Wilson, this anthology compiles the writings of 12 samurai warriors and paints a cultural picture of feudal Japan between the 13th and 17th centuries. Each warrior's text is preceded by a brief summary of his life and career. What emerges from this collection is a picture of the samurai class that not only acknowledges a man's behavior on the battlefield but also surprises with its depth and humanity.
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