Returning Heroes

written by C.P. Bergman

They came back wounded,
but not defeated.
They came back to families waiting.
They came back bruised, dented, changed,
but stronger.
They came back to friends
who rejoiced and embraced them.
They endured.
They conquered.
They overcame
so the rest of us could sleep
without bombs bursting through the night
or fear of tyranny
or insane regimes
that destroy character and dreams.
They were the buffets,
the specialists,
the strength and the song;
a unique precious group
who understands that freedom
means respect,
For those who did not have to leave home
to fight and survive on strange and harsh turf:
if you can’t understand what freedom truly is,
think of what is must be like
to stand alone
with no one to help
for that’s how it would be
if not for them.
Welcome them back.
Welcome them home.
Celebrate their service.
Well done.

August 2008 Birthdays

  • Quintin “Q” Surtees – August 2
  • Hiromi Nakamura – August 8
  • Clay Johnson – August 10
  • Mike Mukatis – August 28
  • Nalani – August 28

July 2008 Birthdays

  • Happy Birthday
    Rigan Machado
    July 2
  • Happy Birthday
    LaVonne Martin
    July 10
  • Happy 72nd Birthday
    Ben Delgado
    July 17th
  • Happy Birthday
    72 Years Young
    Sifu/Guro Dan Inosanto

In Loving Memory – Amy Tucci

Amy Tucci

Amy C. Tucci LAWRENCEVILLE – Amy C. Tucci, nee Race, 55, died Friday at home surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in White Township, Warren County, she was a resident of Ewing – Lawrenceville since 1972. She attended White Township elementary school and was a graduate of Belvidere High School and Trenton State College. Amy was the co-owner/co-director of the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts which was established in 1987. She was previously employed by the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Industry. Amy was internationally known as a Martial Arts Instructor. For many years she was one of only three women certified as a full instructor of Bruce Lee’s Art of Jeet Kune Do having been trained by Bruce Lee’s best friend Dan Inosanto. She was well trained in the Martial Arts of Thai Boxing, Filipino Kali and Indonesian Silat. Amy was an inspiration and mentor to many women not only in the physical aspects of the martial arts but the spiritual and mental aspects as well. Amy was a true artist in every sense of the word. She painted and did pastels and drawings for years and even showed her works in Germany. Throughout the years she enjoyed traveling and took many vacations in Europe. In her later years she learned how to speak German, play the cello, play the drums, and horseback riding. She enjoyed life and lived life to the fullest. She is survived by Rick Tucci; her parents Samuel R. and Jean A. Race of White Township; a brother William Race of White Township; a sister and brother-in-law Carol and John Gross of Bangor, PA; a niece Keri Race of Belvidere; and her many friends and students at Princeton Academy of Martial Arts.

Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. A Memorial Service will be held 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Hazen Cemetery, Belvedere, at a time to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to World Wildlife Fund at (888-993-9455) or Make-A-Wish Foundation at (866-880-1382).

TUCCI, Amy C. Of Lawrenceville. Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. Memorial service: 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment: Hazen Cemetery, Belvedere.

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Amy’s Obituary

June 2008 Birthdays

  • June 11
    Daniel Lonero

  • June 16
    Jeff Imada

  • June 26th
  • Erik Paulson
    June 28

June 2008 News

June 14, 2008


  • June 11 – Daniel Lonero
  • June 16 – Jeff Imada

June 3, 2008

“Force of The Spirit” accepted into the Monaco Charity Film Festival 2008!

Jean Jacques Machado’s Best Selling Documentary “Force of The Spirit”, will be competing for the Humanitarian Award at the Monaco Charity Film Festival 2008. Jean Jacques himself will be traveling to Monaco to attend the event on May 13 -17, and hopefully come home once again a champion!

For more information about the event, please visit To see the nomination, click on “FILMS 2008”, then scroll down to “FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES”.

Jean Jacques featured in Spring 2008 Masters Magazine!
The Spring 2008 issue of Masters Magazine is out and features the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Technical Dossier with Jean Jacques Machado.

A series of sweeps and submissions from the closed guard. Pick up your copy today!

Karl S. Carlysle

Sgt. Karl S. Carlysle
Infantry-Scout LRS
Ft. Knox KY
August 2005

May 2008 News

May 27th, 2008


Mr. & Mrs. Erik Paulson!


Email your birthday wishes for Ajarn Chai!

Messages will be printed for Ajarn to read in October.

Happy Wedding!!

May 3, 2008

Mr & Mrs. Nick Sacoulas (IIMAIA Instructor)



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