Chi is an inner gift that we all possess, that we must cultivate in order to reap its many rewards. The development of one’s chi takes patience, persistence, discipline and the repetition of techniques designed to stimulate this power. To develop his chi, a martial arts student must first understand the concept of “go” (meaning hard ), and “Ju” (meaning soft ), and its application in the execution of martial art techniques. Bruce Lee was a master of chi and because of this, he was able to deliver powerful blows with his hands, his feet and his entire energy system.
A student who is too hard or too soft in his practice is out of balance. The right combination of go and ju is necessary to help facilitate the chi and deliver its power. This is why Calasanz emphasizes proper technique, when training students. If a technique is sloppy, the chi can not be effectively directed toward its target. If the technique exerts too much energy, the chi is wasted, and the student will lack endurance. Styles such as Kyoku Shinkai Karate, for example, are very “hard” or “Go” in their execution of techniques. While this style is a brutal system of Karate, It lacks balance. Too much Go, not enough Ju. Proper balance of Go and Ju is what makes the Calasanz system of Karate & Kung-Fu effective and popular among its students.
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness
507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT
1800-414-9544 / 1-203-847-6528 / www.calasanz.com