March 2005 Newsletter


Student of the Month


Ari Cohn


Q: What is martial arts to you?


A: Martial arts is a mix of things to me. It is how I keep in shape and dissipate stress. I also get confidence and self control from it (physically and mentally). It is one of the things that I do to ensure that my health continues to grow and flourish over the course of my life. I love seeing people in their sixties and seventies that are faster and that can hit harder than I can. I think it’s sad that it is so rare to see older people in great shape physically or mentally. One of the things that motivates me is that the few older people that I see in great condition have been training in either martial arts or yoga for their whole lives. Martial arts is part of the lifestyle I have chosen for myself so that on my 70th birthday I can do a back handspring while all my friends that are my age are complaining that walking up the three steps to get into their homes is getting to be too much of a hassle.


Q: In what aspect other than the physical (such as spiritual, intellectual, or mental) have you noticed change since first joining PAMA?


A: Since beginning my training at PAMA I have noticed many changes in myself. In fighting alone I look at things from a lot more perspectives than I did before. I remember when I first started training in Kali and we were taught about “weapon destruction” (attacking the limbs before the body) I realized what a simple concept that was and that it was the total opposite of what I had been doing. I have always been very even tempered but now I do feel more centered and balanced emotionally. I have also noticed that my overall awareness of my surroundings has improved dramatically.


Q: Which of the books Sifu Rick recommended to date did you find helpful to you? What did you learn from them?


A: The Tao of Jeet Kune Do was definitely the book that got me to think the most. I have always been interested in the philosophy of things. It is the “why” that is important in anything and that is what philosophy addresses. This book really got me to think about the different strategies of fighting.


Q: Which attribute would you like to focus on in your personal training? (e.g. speed, strength, agility, etc.) Why?


A: I would like to see my agility and flexibility improve as I continue in my training. My agility has made leaps and bounds since I began at PAMA but it still needs work. I think that to have these attributes improve would not only help my skills in martial arts but they would benefit me in many aspects of my life and health.


Q: How did you get your interest in martial arts? How did you hear about PAMA?


A: I always wanted to do martial arts. I grew up in Parsippany, by no means a tough town. However we lived in a big apartment complex which was great because there were always other kids around to play with. Unfortunately there were always older, bigger and meaner kids around too. One time I was walking home from school with three friends and we ran in to a few bullies. They acted nice at first and one of them asked us to stand in a circle around him. Being smaller, stupid and naive we agreed. Apparently he had been taking some form of martial arts because what came next was a flurry of sidekicks and punches. I was in 4th grade and after taking a pretty solid sidekick to the stomach I distinctly remember thinking how impressive the whole thing looked and of course “ouch!”. Aside from not wanting to get kicked again I really wanted to be able to move the way he did. It took a number of years but I finally started training in high school with a couple of my friends, ironically enough one of the bullies ended up being my martial arts instructor. He said he felt really bad about all the stuff he put me through as a kid and repeatedly apologized. We ended up becoming pretty good friends. I trained for a number of years and got up to my brown belt in kenpo. When I went away to chiropractic school two of the friends that I had started training with had found PAMA. They were commuting 1½ hours each way to train there. They told me that the curriculum was amazing and that when I moved back I had to check it out. That did factor in to where I opened my practice. I have a lot of friends in this area and I did want to be close to a place that I could start training again. So I opened an office in Princeton.


Q: Which classes do you take? Which ones do you like the most and why?


A: I have been taking Jun Fan for about three years, Kali for two and a half years and Muay Thai for about two years. Recently I have also been taking mixed martial arts and Silat. When I started at PAMA I didn’t think that I would like Muay Thai because I thought it had no art to it. The more I train in it the more I see that it is a very sophisticated fighting style. I also really enjoy the mixed martial arts class. It reminds me of wrestling in high school but with much more of an emphasis on real fighting.


Sifu Recommends a Book

On the Warrior's Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology by Daniele Bolelli


ABOUT THE BOOK: The urge to forge one's character by fighting, in daily life as well as on the mat, appeals to something deep within us. More than a collection of fighting techniques, martial arts constitue a path to developing body, spirit, and awareness. On the Warrior's Path connects the martial arts with this larger perspective, merging delicate philosophies with no-holds-barred competition. Nietzsche with Bruce Lee, radical Taoism and Buddhism with the Star Wars trilogy, traditional martial arts with basketball and American Indian culture. Though the warrior seems to manifest contradictory values, Bolelli describes the heart of this tension: how the training of martial technique leads to a renunciation of violence, and how overcoming fear leads to a unique freedom.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Daniele Bolelli teaches at California State Long Beach, Santa Monica College, and UCLA. He is a regular contributor to a variety of martial arts magazines including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Inside Kung Fu, and Samurai. Bolelli holds a 4th-degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo and is a practitioner of the traditional styles of Hsing-l, Pa Kua, and Tai Chi Chuan, as well as the emerging sport of Mixed Martial Arts. He is the author of several books in his native Italy.



Congratulations !!!

On February 19th 2005 Tony Arias, Jeff Mulford, Gil Tungol, and Luthien Tungol, from the 8 to 13 year old program tested and passed the Blue Sash test. Congratulations to them on this great achievement.


Students from left to right: Gil Tungol, Tony Arias, Luthien Tungol, and Jeff Mulford. Instructors from left to right: Ray Ng, Neil Acevedo, Sifu Rick Tucci, and Mary Jo Colli.



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Learn a Technique From Sifu

This month Sifu Rick and assistant instructor Mike Lee bring you two excellent JKD technique videos. In the first technique video, starting in matched leads, Sifu Rick scoops Mike Lee's side kick, proceeds to bridge the gap while switching leads, traps the arms from a Pak Sao, and finishes with a straight blast. In the second technique video, starting again in matched leads, Sifu Rick scoops Mike Lee's side kick, flows to bridge the gap while maintaining the same lead, traps the arms from a Lop Sao, and finishes with a straight punch.


First Technique Video - Normal Speed - Half Speed


Second Technique Video - Normal Speed - Half Speed


Quotes from Great Thinkers

"We have made a mess of this world, each one of us, because we don't know what living is. Living is not this tawdry, mediocre, disciplined thing which we call our existence. Living is something entirely different; it is abunantly rich, timelessly changing, and as long as we don't understand that eternal movement, our lives are bound to have very little meaning." - Krishnamurti


Seminar in England


Sifu Rick Tucci taught a two-day seminar in Chelmsford, Essex, England covering everything from JKD, Kali, and Silat to Muay Thai and Savate. About forty people from all over England attended this seminar. The seminar was hosted by Laurence Sandum and Paul Finn, both apprentice instructors under Guru Dan Inosanto, and under Ralf Jones, a full instructor in England under Dan Inosanto. Besides covering such a breadth of styles and techniques this seminar was especially notable for Sifu Rick's discussion of special topics not typically discussed in a seminar format.


Laurence Sandum, seminar host, drilling boxing


Keith Gilliland and his student Joel



Seminar group picture


Seminar group picture


Keith Gilliland (far left) and Rick Tucci flanked by Laurence Sandum (left) and Paul Finn


Students practicing Silat


Students practicing Jun Fan


Sudents practicing Muay Thai



Author: Asaf Ronen