Calasanz and the Circle of Martial Arts

Part 1 – Calasanz

Imagine a complete circle represents all there is to know and master in the martial arts.  The circle pictured represents all that Calasanz knows and has studied in the martial arts.  Notice the space at the top; this space represents what he does not know.  There is always room for improvement and new things to learn.  Therefore, the circle will get closer and closer, but never become complete.  The quest to become such a well-balanced martial artist for Calasanz is multi-faceted and has been a result of environmental factors and natural innate abilities.

The act of doing martial arts requires a high degree of athleticism and a knack for performing in front of people.  Calasanz was blessed with both from day 1.  Whether he was up first thing in the morning at a young age doing grueling farm work, honing his god-given strength, endurance, and athletic prowess; or singing and dancing for all the people in town by night; it was all the foundation for his life’s work.

Street fighting also prepared him, before he even took a martial arts lesson.  Growing up in a 3rd world country like the Dominican Republic, he had no choice but to defend himself, friends, and family against bullies and thugs.  After he started martial arts at 15 the fighting didn’t end.  He would go to different dojo’s to challenge the best students and would attempt to take on hordes of people with just his nunchucks!

Even when he started martial arts it came very easy to him, he had everything in him he needed athletically, intellectually, and experientially to become one of the world’s most well balanced martial artists.  But there are many people, who, in there particular athletic or intellectual line of work who have this potential, but most fail due to lack of drive and poor work ethic to develop their gifts beyond anyone else, but not Calasanz, for the next 30 years of his life, and even up to today he would spend hours training, studying, and teaching martial arts.  This is how he has come so close to completing the circle, natural talent and a relentless drive.

Part 2 – The Calasanz System

One can only imagine the information, opinions, and theory’s one man has after hours and hours of study day after day, for years.  From his experience and ability, Calasanz was able to take the most useful techniques and attributes from all the martial arts he studied, and combine them together into a unified system, he called this The Calasanz System.  This is much like what Bruce Lee did in the 60’s and 70’s, and what MMA does today.  The main difference though between Bruce Lee, today’s MMA, and Calasanz, is that Calasanz did not completely discard all the material he thought “useless” as the others have.  He understands that he would not have completely understood their “uselessness” had he not tried them, and future students would not be as wholesome as him if they did not get a chance to experiment with the “uselessness”.  So in his eyes, these particular techniques and attributes actually do have a use; they have the ability to make the student a more wholesome, well-rounded martial artist.

So there is, in a sense 2 parts of The Calasanz system 1) The combined, blended, unified system of karate, wing chun, boxing, kickboxing, ground fighting, and physical arts consisting of only the techniques and attributes that work.  2) The complete versions of all the arts that make up The Calasanz System, other martial arts, and supplementary exercise systems.  Part 2 focuses on The Calasanz System.

The Calasanz System is a system of martial arts techniques and exercises that prepare the body and the person to defend themselves against violence, whether controlled (combat sports) or uncontrolled (abusive attack, self defense, street fight).  The system has a track record of teaching beginners a number of techniques that they can use immediately to protect themselves and help them understand the dynamics of a violent acts (controlled or uncontrolled) faster then most martial art in the world. 

The system also includes a set of holistic exercises called physical arts that build strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination, balance, body unity, and proper alignment.  Many of the physical art exercises are also functional; meaning that a technique is being learned at the same time the person is conditioning his/her body.

Simplicity, power, centerline, interplay of hard and soft, simple blocks, counterstrikes, reactions, bone conditioning, head movement, and physical arts.

Part 3 – Complete Art Systems and other Martial Arts within The Calasanz System

Imagine a circle inside a bigger circle.  The inner circle represents the Calasanz System the outer circle is one we’ve spoke of before representing all techniques and knowledge in the martial arts and all exercises systems. 

There are parts of the outer circle that exist within the inner circle.  And the outer circle contains the arts that Calasanz has mastered: Goju-Ryu Karate and Wing Chun Kung Fu; the arts that he has studied to at least brown belt: aikido, judo, jujitsu, chen chuan long fist; arts that he has studied such as dance, ballet, jazz, and ballroom; combat sports he has competed in and/or trained others in: boxing, kickboxing, MMA, full contact karate, and point fighting; exercise systems he has trained in and taught: aerobics, isometrics, weight lifting, and calisthenics; and all other martial arts and exercise systems he has not trained in and taught, but can see inside of (more on this in Part 4) such as: ninjitsu, yoga, Pilates, tae kwon do, krav maga, northern and southern kung fu’s.

American boxing, American kickboxing, MMA, full Goju, Wing Chun, and Kung Fu forms.  Combine the Calasanz System with anything you want, while Calasanz may not agree with your choices he is not the type of teacher to abolish your actions or step in the way of your path, rather he walks on the side and just makes suggestions but lets you chose your own path.

 Part 4 –  Calasanz

In part 3 it was mentioned that Calasanz could look “inside” martial arts that he has not even studied.  This is not as far fetched or egotistical as it might seem with some proper explanation. 

Einstein’s Unified equation, thirst for knowledge and natural ability (vertical leap), broken down to the most basic, general rhythms and movements of the body, allows him to see inside technique and body attributes so like a doctor prescribes medicine, Calasanz can prescribe certain techniques to develop, exercises to do, and critiques on performance to enhance any type of martial arts or exercise techniques.

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