I came to the United States in 1979 and established one of the most successful martial arts schools in the country. While many schools struggle to keep their doors open, my business has grown every year since I emigrated from the Dominican Republic. My success has not been by accident or stroke of luck. It took a lot of hard work. I had to prove myself as a martial artist and make a name for myself in a country where I was unknown.
From the first day I stepped into a martial arts club, I knew that I was not going to be a competitor in the traditional sense of the word. I knew in my heart that I had a gift for the martial arts and that I was going to devote my life to practicing and teaching. “What if I don’t compete?” I asked myself, “Will I still learn how to fight?” I knew I had to be real and as you will see by my story, went to great lengths to prove it.
When I came to the United States, I would hear some martial artists’ claim that Bruce Lee “couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag.” This is just plain jealousy. If you read Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method Volume 2: Basic Training (a book I highly recommend and have reviewed on my website), you will see that he is a real fighter. These insults regarding a great man made a great impression on me. My goal has always been to prove that I am a real fighter and not one that is manufactured by the tournament circuit. That’s why I made it a point to prove this in my career, even going to the extent of stepping into the ring and fighting a boxer who was sixty pounds heavier than me. This has become part of my teaching philosophy
Those who have followed my career over the last twenty-six years are familiar with my story and reputation. New students however, have lots of questions and tend to ask the same ones over and over again. This is my attempt to give my new students an understanding of where I came from and who I am. I am writing this for the benefit of a new generation of Calasanz students and as an introduction to my history and martial arts philosophy.
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness located at 507 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT