Shin Conditioning with Logic and Common Sense

Comment:  looks like mr miyagi teaching muay thai. ive done muay thai for a while now and neva kicked a bag with pads on lol, and if my shins were to bruised up i just would kick the bag full stop!

Response:  Thank you for your comment however misguided.  Calasanz has been teaching martial arts longer than you’ve been on this earth, so he knows a thing or two about conditioning. Our shin conditioning goes beyond the usual slamming of the shin against a heavy bag. It is a multi-exercise approach that will gradually build up the shin so our students avoid serious injuries and blood clots.  The taped bag that is being kicked in this video is very hard. If you can sustain a kick on this bag even with a shin pad, you’re okay. We prefer to train intelligently. If you want to cripple yourself, then go ahead. If you don’t train wisely in your 20’s, you will pay for it in your 50’s.

Why Are These Guys Wearing Shoes???

You Tuber:

Why are they wearing shoes, you can’t condition your feet if you have sneakers on!!!!
Explain why he would let his students wear sneakers

Response:

Thank you for your inquiry. The question we would like to ask you is “when was the last time you were barefoot on the streets?” There is a huge difference between kicking with a bare foot and kicking with a constrictive shoe that does not allow you the freedom to position your foot. Many reality based martial arts classes actually wear some type of shoe. Haven’t you noticed the huge market in martial art shoes? This is far more realistic than barefoot fighting which probably made a lot of sense when shoes were in short supply. A competent martial arts instructor can teach a student to adapt to training with shoes. Calasanz has specific “pounding” exercises that involve foot and leg conditioning that is perfectly suited to achieve kicking power.

Don’t Injure Yourself

Sometimes students need more help at the beginning of their martial art classes. I saw one new student throwing punches and snapping kicks all over the place. She had come from a system that put a lot of emphasis on snapping so I had to stop her before she wrecked her knees. She refused to listen, while the rest of her 15 classmates spent time learning the proper form before trying to deliver a forceful kick. She fought me all the way and at that point, there’s not much you can do unless the student is willing to listen.

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Tailoring Wing Chun for Bad Knees

Ferrell is a 60 year old lady that has been studying The Calasanz System, and has become interested in studying Wing Chun. She has had knee problems for sometime, and they were bothering her even more in a particular Wing Chun class she was taking.
This morning, I took her aside and said “now I am going to teach you the system of Wing Chun which is traditional but with the taste of my own unique and personal approach, one that is less wear and tear on you knees.”
I told her, “first you must be able to use the entire body as a whole when you are either sliding or pivoting to perform a block or an attack.” Ferrel would start a pivot or slide with her lower body using her legs and hips while pivioting on the balls of the feet and leaning forward. I said, “Ferrel this is not working for you, you continue forcing your knees to pivot your body or to slide your body side to side, you have now done this for 20 minutes, its no wonder you have problems with your knees! This is what I want to avoid. So now stand straight up and down like there is a line running through your head and spine down to the floor. Bring the hands up, the arms will be placed side to side, open palm, make sure that they are above your head, take a deep breath and swing to one side on your heels. As the hand swings the legs are going to follow.” I showed her how to exactly move her body so that everything was in line and moved at the same time while pivoting on her heels, saving her knees. In class she was moving wrong without correction, the same wrong movements over and over, making her knees worse.

I told Ferrel that it would take 3 years to get what what I showed her in 3 private sessions if she continued with the traditional class. Or even worse, she would have given up on Wing Chun because her knees couldn’t take it.

Tailoring a technique to your own needs, that is the skill and science behind my teaching, I can bring students to higher levels of skill using their own body through private training.