- PAMA's 25th Year Anniversary - New Year's Resolutions - Student of the Month - Instructors Christmas Party - Adults Test - Kids Test - Toys for Tots - Dietary Supplement - Recommended Book - Video Technique -
- 2012, A Collosal Year: 25 Years in The Making -
February marks Princeton Academy of Martial Arts' 25-Year Anniversary! As the year begins it is already jam packed with amazing opportunities to train with Sifu/Guru Rick Tucci as well as exciting PAMA events. Mark your calendars now!
MA Success Magazine, the Official Publication of the Martial Arts Industry Association, has chosen to profile Rick Tucci for their February 2012 Feature Cover Article titled "Capturing the Adult Market". This outstanding article capturing Rick's amazing ability to intrigue professional adults.
Celebrating Silver: PAMA 25th Anniversary Open House! - Saturday, February 4th, 2012 - Community Open House (1-3 PM) and PAMA Students and Family Celebration (6:00 PM - onwards). Come one, come all!! Join us in celebrating PAMA's 25th Anniversary and bring your family and friends to join in the festivities. The Open house will include tours, demos, and refreshments!
First time ever, Guru Rick's will be teaching Filipino Boxing, Trapping, Locking and Throwing seminar as well as a Filipino Cultural Celebration at PAMA on Saturday, February 25th! This seminar is open to the public so pass on the word to friends and family. Come join us in this not to be missed seminar and celebration of all things Filipino. Guru Rick's in house seminars are a guaranteed sell out so, register now in the Pro Shop today to guarantee your spot! In the next few weeks look for more information to follow on the PAMA seminar page.
Attention Martial Arts Instructors and School Owners: Sifu/Guru Rick Tucci will be teaching an important Teaching the Teacher Seminar: How to Teach a Sophisticated, Well-Earning, Adult Demographic (5 hours - $145). March 4, 2012 at Princeton Academy of Martial Arts, Princeton, NJ. See the PAMA seminar page for more information or contact Mary Jo Colli - MaryJo@PAMAUSA.com or 609-452-2208.
MARCH 30th - APRIL 1st
JKD Summit Seminar held in Chicago. All are invited to join Sifu/Guru Rick both live AND via webcast as he present in the arts of Kali, JKD, and Silat. His slots are Sunday 11am-2pm CST for the in-person seminar and 2pm - 3pm CST for the online seminar. For more information contact Matt Numrich - http://elitejkd.com
JULY 1st - 3rd
Rick Tucci - Featured Speaker "Capturing the Adult Market" at the 2012 Martial Arts Super Show, July 1-3 at the Venetian in Los Vegas. For more information on this event: www.masupershow.com
New Year's Resolutions
It is the NEW year, the holidays are over. Time to get back in gear!!! Get over the winter blues with intensity, focus, and fitness. You will be amazed how great your mind and body will feel with intellectual and physical stimulation. Regardless of what is going on in the world as warriors we need to transcend - rise above and create a fresh New Year!
This list gives some great pointers to help enhance and maximize your martial arts potential.
- Pack your clothes at night. Mornings are cold and dark now and may be hard to get motivated. Also, keep a packed bag for PAMA and extra clothes in your car. That way you are prepared at all times to train.
- Set a goal for your next testing level in one of the classes. Register or set a date, tell your friends/family, and pay in advance, that way you are bound to it!
- Subscribe to PAMA's Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RickTucciPAMA. Watch the vast array of FREE content to enhance your training. When you subscribe, YouTube will send you an email when new content is added. Vote for your favorite clips and add your comments. People all over the world have subscribed to this channel.
- Don't stop home after work! The TV, internet, and refrigerator will be there when you get done. Nothing is more pressing then your health and wellbeing.
- Keep nuts, dried fruit, or a healthy bar available and with you so you are not hungry. Have a snack after work to refuel your brain and body and get ready to train. (Psssstt, there are also healthy, yummy bars for sale in the pro-shop!)
- Join the PAMA Facebook group and get PAMA updates emailed to you so you can stay in touch with the PAMA community.
- Buy yourself a Kali, Silat, or Jun Fan DVD in the Pro-Shop. These are great tools to support your practice, enforce what you are learning, and help you jump ahead!
- Stay for more then one class. You are already warmed up and mentally focused. Cross-training is a key to the totality of the martial artist!
- Get your body in line! Do an inventory, how are you feeling? What supplements and/or vitamins are you lacking? Don't waste your time with sub-par brands that will not be absorbed. We are spoiled, the Pro-Shop puts all of the best brands right at your fingertips!
- Get a private lesson to work on the things you have been struggling with and get brushed up on everything. These are great ways to improve and progress in the martial arts. You can always share them with another person so you will have a training partner to work on them with after the lesson.
- Have a book around to read at all times. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do and others are available in the Pro-Shop and are constant tools you can keep returning to and rereading.
- Get a family member or friend to join PAMA. Ask some of the family members who train at PAMA today, this is a great way to bond and spend quality time together. Also, it is a great motivator!
- Utilize the facility outside of class. The school opens at 10:30 and is open throughout the day until 10:00 P.M. each weeknight and 7:00 P.M. on Fridays. Saturdays the hours are 9:00 A.M. until at least 3:00 P.M. Use of the facilities is included in your tuition, take advantage!
- Supplement your training with a weight lifting regimen. PAMA has a gym so that people can get everything they need in one place. See the Pro-Shop to register for the Gym facilities.
- Get a training partner. Hook up with someone and get some outside partner training in.
Student of the Month
- Joshua Powers -
Please share some information on your profession and non PAMA related life.
Currently, I am a junior at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) majoring in chemistry,with a specialization in forensic chemistry. Additionally, I work part time at Sears as a backroom associate, though I have also been a tutor for TCNJ in the past. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.
When I'm not studying for school or working I enjoy playing soccer and basketball, spending time with friends, and visiting my mom and two dogs.
How did you get an interest in martial arts?
I think like most people I became interested in martial arts through film and television. When I was younger I was a huge fan of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I did some karate when I was younger but stopped to focus on team sports with my neighborhood friends. More recently, movies like Ip Man, Enter the Dragon and the Bourne Trilogy piqued my interest again.
How did you come to train at PAMA?
I first learned of PAMA through an online search one night after watching Ip Man with my roommates, who also now attend PAMA. We wanted to learn practical yet traditional martial arts from a school that was faithful to the original material. Thus, PAMA's lineage was a huge factor for being my number one choice.
Which martial arts are you studying now at PAMA?
Actually, I am studying most of the arts offered at PAMA, save Silat. I have spent the most time learning Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai, and have just started Kali/ Eskrima as well as Mixed Martial Arts/Grappling. Eventually, I hope to mix Silat in as well.
How has martial arts helped you in other areas of your life or other activities you engage in?
Even though I have only practiced martial arts at PAMA for a short time, I have seen great improvements in my own physical fitness. By pushing myself during training sessions, I have found that running up and down the court is easier than ever.
That being said, I have found that martial arts have had greater intangible effects on me. Like most people, I found training to be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.
However, I think the aspect that really drew me in was the peace of mind following training. Similar to a "runner's high," the time proceeding directly after studying martial arts has left me in a better state of mind, leaving me more perceptive and disciplined. Ultimately, I believe practicing has and will continue to make me a better person.
What do you enjoy most about the PAMA experience?
Whether learning something new or perfecting a move practiced before, I simply enjoy tackling the challenges that the martial arts at PAMA present. Undoubtedly, this could not be done without the patience, respect, and kindness of not only the instructors but the other students as well.
Anything else you would like to add?
Of course, I would like to thank the other students, the instructors and especially Sifu Tucci for such a great experience. Everyone has given and continues to give me pieces of the puzzle that is the philosophy and practice of martial arts, which is left to me to put together.
- Instructors Christmas Party -
The PAMA family to include staff and instructors came together to celebrate the holiday season. The holidays are a special time to celebrate and spend time with family and friends. It was a fun experience with great food and spirits at the Metro Grill.
The instructors presented their gifts to Sifu and Si Suk Bernie which they both enjoyed. Sifu then presented his gifts to the instructors who are always grateful. We hope everyone had a joyous holiday and New Year. We all look forward to another great year in 2012!
- Toys for Tots -
We would like to thank everyone for making this year's Toys for Tots a huge success! Thank you for your generous contributions!
Testing Results - Adult Tests
- Basic Student 3 - Level 2 Test on 12/3 -
- Rich Avallone
- Joe Calzada
- Asaf Ronen
- Max Wang
- 8 Month JKD Tests on 12/10 -
- Roza Crea
- Marc Pelina
- Harrison Ridal
- 4 Month JKD Tests on 12/10 -
- Vincent Chassey
- Igor Durdanovic
- Tandia McLaren
- Shane Smith
Testing Results - Kids Tests
- Gold Sash Kids Tests on 11/26 -
- Kian Holden
- Sahir Mir
- Green Sash Kids Tests on 11/26 -
- Kaia Dykman
- Julian Liao
- Green Sash Kids Tests on December -
- Arthur Shim
- Daniel Sibilia
- Blue Sash Kids Tests on December -
- Ethan Aquino
- Green Sash Kids Tests on December -
- Tyler Chen
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Sifu Recommends a Book
- Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond -
Younger Next Year: Live Strong,
Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond
by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge
These are the books that show us how to turn back our biological clocks - how to put off 70% of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury.
The key to the program is found in Harry's Rules: Exercise six days a week. Don't eat crap. Connect and commit to others. There are seven rules all together, based on the latest findings in cell physiology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and experimental psychology. Dr. Lodge explains how and why they work - and Chris Crowley, who is living proof of their effectiveness (skiing better today, for example, than he did twenty years ago), gives the just-as-essential motivation.
Both men and women can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, then continue to live with newfound vitality and pleasure deep into our 80s and beyond.
VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL for many great techniques and videos by Sifu Rick.
Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Mike Lee