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NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION

“Capturing the Adult Market” MA Success Magazine Cover Article February 2012

“The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” Princeton Patch June 7, 2011

“Following His Bliss” The Trenton Times December 26th, 2010

“New Jersey’s Finest” Black Belt Magazine December 2010

“Weapons Training in your School” Tiger Claw’s Clawmarks Summer 2007

“Rick Tucci – Bruce Lee’s Arm Bar Series” Martial Arts Illustrated -UK April 2006

“Jeet Kune Do’s Rick Tucci “ Martial Arts Illustrated-UK May-June 2005

“Rick Tucci Interview” Tiger Claw’s Clawmarks Summer 2004

“Le Jeet Kune Do, Une de couverte de soi-meme” Karate Bushido -France June 2004

“Bruce Lee’s Arm Bar Series” Black Belt Magazine: Martial Arts Legends March 2000

“Rick Tucci, Princeton, NJ” Thai Boxing Association Newsletter 1998 – Vol. 1, Issue 1

“Face a un couteau: sanchez esquiver puis desarmer” Karate Bushido – France January 97

“Dan Inosanto Returns to Black Belt” Black Belt Magazine August 1995 by Rick Tucci

“In the Footsteps of Bruce Lee: An Interview with Rick Tucci about Jeet Kune Do” Fighter International – Sweden Mars-Juni 1991

NATIONAL TRADE SHOWS AND EXPOS

2012  Martial Arts Supershow and World Conference – Las Vegas, NV – Featured Speaker: “Capturing the Adult Market”

2012  JKD Summit Seminar – Chicago, IL – Featured Instructor

2003 – 2007 Action Martial Arts Mega Martial Arts Weekend – Atlantic City, NJ – Workshop instructor, Demonstrator, Group Demo Leader

2004 – 2006 Martial Arts Supershow and World Conference – Las Vegas, NV – Certification Program Trainer

2012  Martial Arts Supershow and World Conference – Las Vegas, NV – Featured Speaker: “Capturing the Adult Market”

2012  JKD Summit Seminar – Chicago, IL – Featured Instructor

2003 – 2007 Action Martial Arts Mega Martial Arts Weekend – Atlantic City, NJ – Workshop instructor, Demonstrator, Group Demo Leader

2004 – 2006 Martial Arts Supershow and World Conference – Las Vegas, NV – Certification Program Trainer

TEACHING CREDITS

  • 1987 – 2013: Established and Directed the World Renowned Princeton Academy of Martial Arts (www.pamausa.com). Head Instructor developed and instructs unique, cutting edge curriculum. Produced several thousand successful adult students.
  • 1992: Worked with Dr. Fishman, a psychiatrist, as part of part of treatment program for eating disorder patients
  • Established affiliated instructors and Martial Arts Academies in Malmo, Sweden, Geneva, Switzerland, Paris, France, Brussels, Belgium and England.
  • Produced successful fighters, to numerous to mention
  • Throughout his career has taught numerous self defense courses to police, military, and private security agencies
  • 1978-1987: Head Martial Arts Instructor Philadelphia Aquatic and Fitness Center

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

1964-1971 Studied Karate and Boxing

1974 Started on Jun Fan path with Taky Kimura, Bruce Lee’s first student in Seattle

1975 Studied Wing Chun in NYC with Sifu Duncan Leung, student of Yip Man

1976 to 1984 Intense self-training and developed skills from time spent with Taky Kimura and Duncan Leung

1985 Completed course for Executive Protection at Executive Security International in Aspen, Colorado.  Graduated first in class

1986 Worked one year as private bodyguard for high-profile family

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Jeet Kune Do – Kali – Maphilindo Silat – Sifu Dan Inosanto

1988 – Started studying with Sifu Dan Inosanto in seminars, classes and privately

1989 – Apprentice Instructor under Sifu Inosanto in Jun Fan and Kali

1993 – Associate Instructor under Sifu Inosanto in Jun Fan and Kali

1995 – Full Instructor under Sifu Inosanto in Jun Fan and Kali

1994 – Fifth Level under Sifu Inosanto in Maphilindo Silat

1989 – Acted as assistant and fall guy for Sifu Dan Inosanto during many seminars and training camps. This continued for approximately ten years.

Pentjak Silat- Pendekar Paul de Thouars

1988 – Started studying privately and hosting seminars and small classes with Pendekar Paul de Thouars. Acted as seminar assistant in several seminars and camps.

1994 – Guru under Pendekar Paul de Thouars

Thai Boxing – Master Surachai Sirisute

1989 – Began training with Ajarn Chai Sirisute in privates, seminars and workshops. Acted as assistant and demo partner for all seminars attended from 1989 to present.

1990 – Passed Instructor test in Thai Boxing under Ajarn Chai Sirisute

1995 – Passed Associate Level test in Thai Boxing under Ajarn Chai Sirisute

2006 –Full instructor under Ajarn Chai Sirisute

2015 –Senior instructor (Ajarn) under Ajarn Chai Sirisute

Lameco Eskrima – Punong Guro Edgar Sulite

1989 – Began training with Punong Guro Edgar Sulite in Lameco Eskrima, Acted as demo partner in instructional videotape. Continued to host seminars and train with him privately until his death.

1992 – Made Instructor in Lameco Eskrima

Mande Muda Pencak Silat – Pak Herman Suwanda

1993 – Began training with Pak Herman Suwanda in Mande Muda Pecak Silat until his death in 2000.

1996 – Made Instructor in Mande Muda Pencak Silat

Doce Pares Escrima – Master Dioni Canete

1987 – Began training with Dioni Canete privately, with over 100 hours. Certified as black belt in Doce Pares.

Machado Jio-Jitsu

1994 – Began training in Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcos Santos, as well as Jean Jacques Machado.

1998 – Awarded Blue Belt.

Boxe Francais Savate

1988 – Began training with Professor Salem Assli in Boxe Francaise Savate. Hosted seminars and workshops and trained privately with him.

1994 – Awarded Yellow Glove rank

Capoeira

1999 – Trained Capoeira under Professor Caxias, Grupo Capoeira Brasil, awarded Yellow Cord rank

JKD Grappling

1988 – Trained under Larry Hartsell, student of Bruce Lee, privately and sponsored seminars.

1990 – Certified by him to instruct in 1990.

Other Martial Arts Training

Trained under other instructors, including Richie de Bordes (Pentjak Silat), Dong Cuesta (Doce Pares Escrima), Erik Paulson (Combat Submission Wrestling), Sifu Francis Fong (Wing Chun Kung Fu) privately and in seminars.

FILM AND TELEVISION CREDITS

  • 2002 Interviewed and featured on The Learning Channel (TLC) production “Ultimate Ten Martial Arts”
  • 2000 Featured instructor in eight-volume instructional video series on Kali – the Filipino Martial Arts
  • 1994 Featured instructor in six instructional videos made for ESPY-TV – a four-volume series on Jeet Kune Do and a two- volume set on Maphilindo Silat
  • Starred in two one-hour martial arts videos in Malmo, Sweden for European market, produced by Fighting Arts Productions.
  • Interviewed and demonstration of martial arts on television show Martial Arts World on Madison Square Garden cable
  • network. Audience of 8 million.
  • Conducted 30-minute interview with Sifu Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s protégé, on Martial Arts World on Madison Square Garden cable network. Audience of 8 million.
  • Interview on NJ Network news for sports story on World Champion Stick Fighting in Philippines.
  • Assisted as training partner with Grandmaster Edgar Sulite in a one-hour instructional video on Filipino Lameco Eskrima.
  • Interviewed in 30-minute interview and demonstration on cable television show World of Martial Arts.

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