Calasanz and Jenifer Lee worked very closely together during the mid 80’s. Recently we have uncovered some old footage taken during a Saturday Night Fight that used to occur weekly here at Calasanz Physical Art. Please follow here to read more.
“Siam does not teach anymore.” This is a phrase you hear in regards to ancient martial arts. Today, those older, more traditional forms have been modified, especially here in America.
Being born with a gift for martial arts, being aware of the fact that when you train in the correct martial art, you can say age does not exist, it is not just that you are working out but rather what kind of work out are you doing. If a grand master comes and sees you training, immediately they would know what kind of physical activity you participate in. If you are at a gym pumping weights, do you know that all you are doing is taking years off your life? There is a way that you can do things differently and turn your training into your best advantage. That is when we say, “Age is just a number, you can beat it.” But how many do it? Let’s makes it clear, aging occurs, you get more mature and you get older, but you can turn it around and even when you are 90 years old, you could be capable of doing anything that a 35, 40, 45 year old can do. First find the facts, find the logic, find the science, and above all else, find common sense to what you are doing.
95% of the population is not doing the right training, including those who do physically demanding work but still are not gaining much. People are going to a fitness centers, or doing martial arts are not adapting training and martial arts into their lives or as their way of life. Here comes the word, “Breathing.” Do you understand the meaning of Breathing? Probably not. If you see a karate instructor, a physically fit person, or a body builder, approach to them and touch their body or muscle, you will notice the tightness and the amount of force wasted, meaning every second that passes they are taking days, months, or years off their life span just because they are doing something that is not helping them at all. This all comes from not breathing properly. The training that they are engaged in is just hurting them but when they are young and working out, they feel good and do not notice.
All of this knowledge as you get older, become more mature, and gain more intelligence, converts into skill, then skill converts into understanding and that is when you find the answer to the phrase “Siam is not teaching anymore.” Watch the movie “Kickboxer” starring Jean Claude Van Damme and you will see a lot. When you, as a teacher of the martial arts, primarily Kung Fu, start understanding the secrets behind it, sometimes you want to pull back from making others feel better, helping them live longer and have a better life. All of this is based on the reality of life and that is, if there is not trust on your part towards these people, then it will not work. Yet, many masters still insist on hiding or preserving their secrets and pulling back from teaching, they do not feel that you deserve it and that is the real truth.
Many believe the Chinese have discovered the secret to a longer life. If you understand the beauty of life, the beauty of a longer life, then you would think otherwise. 10 years extra of life, even one year is great, you would see more of this world than you would have seen had you not lived in whatever extra time you were granted by discovering these secrets to longevity.
The reason that Calasanz became so popular and one of the most respected names in the martial arts world is because in the early 80’s he was working 24 hours a day training his guys to promote him and that is exactly what they did. They promoted and made Calasanz’s name, and not just because they looked good doing it. It was because Calasanz, together with his students, were doing the incredible and still doing it, and he does it better in the present day, in a more organized way.
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness
507 Westport Ave,Norwalk CT06851
My main job is to teach students to understand their bodies and themselves. When people come to our martial arts and fitness center, they will take something home with them, knowledge. But above all, it is important to teach students how to do martial arts and exercise without causing them injury. That is my primary focus in my studio.
Since day one, I have met fighters who think they can fight with anyone. When you are a well balanced martial artist, you meet students who are good fighters, but are very tight, meaning their body is not relaxed. It is not just how tight they are but it is their belief of how great a fighter they think they are. Another common problem is that people forget to breathe when fighting. You can be a tough guy when you study at a traditional school, but they will not teach you what is necessary when you actually go up against a real fighter, that in itself is completely different. You cannot trade punches with a boxer who is relaxed when you are not even breathing. You can get away with this when fighting people on the street or at your school, but to step on the ring with a competitor is a different story. Here my school we can help you with relaxation and breathing when you fight.
I had one student that studied martial arts for about six years and nobody taught him how to correctly position and relax his shoulders. It was very difficult but it took me just two hours in a private session to correct this person that was carrying this problem for nearly six years. Do you have any idea how badly you can get hurt when your shoulder rises up and gets tight immediately? Many people, especially women, have the tendency to tense up which lots of times comes from being abused or scared. This is just an example of just one thing we here at Calasanz can help you with among many others.
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness
507 Westport Ave,Norwalk CT06851
Calasanz experience in the martial arts has been an important tool for him as an instructor. His study of various forms of fighting arts has taught him how to integrate mind, body and spirit. As an instructor, his goal is to help his students achieve this integration. Many of Calasanz students lead very hectic lifestyles. Whether it is balancing the demands of work, school and family, students are looking for an outlet to release stress. The Calasanz System is designed to help students achieve the inner peace they are seeking. At the beginning stage of training, Calasanz believes that the student must start slowly. The body must become accustomed to a training schedule. The problem with some students is that they are impatient and want instant results. These students will come to class seven days a week and train for over one hour per session. If the student over trains, not only will his body become sore and overtired, but in his mind, he will also become frustrated and discouraged. Students who are training too much can also find themselves suffering from injuries because the body cannot adjust as quickly as the student wants.. Some of them even have been so embarrassed that they never came back. If students train slowly and increase their training intensity when they are physically able, they are more likely to stick with their training on a long term basis.
The integration of mind, body and spirit does not come with throwing yourself into grueling training sessions, but develops over time as the student patiently makes his way through his chosen martial art. As a student progresses in his martial arts studies, the movements become more complex. This requires the student to reach deeper in himself in order to master a new level. Each level requires more patience and more looking into oneself for the strength to reach the next goal. Over the years, a student develops the martial arts maturity and instead of seeing a kick or punch, they now see a way of life. They become more patient in their work and home environment, they become more confident and they also develop the perseverance to achieve their goals in life. When a student has reached this level, the integration has already started to take place.
Calasanz approach to martial arts training is to let students progress at their own pace. An instructor who is too aggressive may find that students either get frustrated and fail to make any progress or give up training all together. The Calasanz System is tailored to the particular needs of the student under Calasanz supervision. Students progress to the next level when they are physically and mentally able to do so.
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness
507 Westport Ave.Norwalk,CT06851
Calasanz Pau Fa Yoga™ is a physical fitness program combining martial arts applications, known as bunkai, with the style, grace, and fluidity of yogic stretching techniques and the serenity of meditation.
Calasanz Pau Fa Yoga™ program consists of “no contact” routines where you learn how to maneuver in a defensive manner. The added benefit of Calasanz Pau Fa Yoga™ is that you learn self-defense as you gain a deeper appreciation of the applications or bunkai. You will be constantly challenged with new, and exciting movements selected from the katas of karate, kung fu, wing chun and Chinese boxing, as well as the Calasanz System™.
Calasanz Pau Fa Yoga™ also cultivates the principles of yogic meditation and concentration by encouraging participants to empty their minds and confront their imaginary opponents with slow, deliberate, and invigorating movements. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root word yuj that means union, or balance. With this concept in mind, Calasanz main objective in creating Calasanz Pau Fa Yoga™ was to unite the principles of martial arts and yoga to create a dynamic physical fitness program that has long been a favorite of his private and group fitness clientele. The end result of Calasanz Pau Fa Yoga™ is balance…a physical workout, a mental release, and an understanding and working knowledge of the practical application of martial arts techniques.
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For over 20 years, Calasanz has helped young people improve their athletic performance in youth hockey, football, soccer, tennis, little league baseball and competitive martial arts. Calasanz Young Athletes program, is a consolidation of the best movements of karate, kung fu, boxing, kickboxing and Chinese boxing into an exciting program designed to enhance your child’s performance in his or her sport.
Participants begin by learning the basics. Strength training and stretching exercises are emphasized to develop muscular endurance and increase flexibility. Balancing and plyometric exercises are incorporated to maximize control over the body while in motion. Breathing techniques traditionally practiced in the martial arts are also taught for the purpose of bringing a fresh supply of oxygen to the body and helping the athlete remain calm under pressure. The program also offers other benefits such as developing concentration, stamina and hand-eye coordination.
After the basics, it’s on to the martial art portion of the program. The kicks, punches, blocks, strikes, stances and footwork unique to each discipline are what make Young Athletes an effective athletic training program. The techniques of Calasanz Kickboxing and Goju Ryu Karate yield explosive leg power along with shoulder and forearm strength. Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu and American Boxing techniques help develop powerful hip movements and increased hand speed, while Chinese Boxing enhances grounding and balancing skills.
Young Athletes is designed to complement your child’s athletic performance and teach him or her how to train safely and intelligently. Participants who put the time and effort into this program will enjoy the results. It’s also a fun and exciting cross-training alternative.
A Warning to Consumers of Martial Art Services
These “noises” are exhalations and are common among martial artists, with each person having their own distinct style. If you’ve ever been to a karate tournament, you would hear the various breathing styles within minutes of walking through the door. As far as Calasanz weight lifting technique is concerned, you can see by his physique that he is obviously doing something right. He has been lifting weights for years and has never been injured. If you are such an expert at weight training, why haven’t you shown the rest of the world the results of your vast weight lifting knowledge? We are always curious to see how other people train. Or is this a case of those who can do and those who can’t, criticize?
wtf is up with these noises fuck man :S And he doesnt know how to lift weights correctly
Comment left on You Tube page:
Are you Calasanz? why do you growl with your throat? and how many people practice your art?
Thank you for your inquiry. The “growling” is Calasanz signature breathing. He’s not just using the throat, but the exhalation comes from the depths of the diaphragm. While Calasanz views many comments, most of them are addressed by Calasanz’ staff members. Calasanz has been in business for close to thirty years and thousands of students have trained in the Calasanz System during this period. The school is still going strong and welcomes new and returning students on a daily basis. Martial arts are a tough business and it is much to Calasanz credit that he has been successful for so long.
One of my students found this video on You Tube – The “expert” that is narrating in the video is Michael Kinney – He must have been a competitor or a spectator, filmed or gotten a hold of the demonstration video, and decided to go on cable access in Florida and use my performance as an example of bad martial arts. In his TV, as well as his You Tube comments he lied, about me and the results of the demonstration. Here’s the video, his You Tube comments, and my response.
Michael Kinney’s You Tube Comments:
the reason I included the clip of the guy in red pants was because of the simplicity, redundancy, and his never ending array of breaks. I think that one good break, would have been just as effective. His judgement was impaired. His routine was scored in last place of 21 competitors for these reasons.
Thanks again. Check out my channel on youtube: michaelkinney
The purpose of Calasanz Super Break was to demonstrate stamina, which is crucial in martial arts, especially for fighters. The other purpose was to entertain audiences who enjoyed the martial arts. The materials (bats, bricks, boards) for Calasanz Super Break were all purchased that morning and there was no tampering with any of these materials. The judges were told that Calasanz had tampered with the materials, which was a blatant lie. The judges were also shown materials that had been tampered with that did not belong to Calasanz. There was plenty of debris all over the place that day and the situation was easily manipulated. Calasanz won 3rd place, which turned into a big controversy that night, due to the sabotage that took place. When the winner was announced, Calasanz, his 33 students who came to assist him and many members of the audience were stunned with the results, some becoming very angry and aggressive. Calasanz did a lot of damage control that day to avoid a fiasco and graciously accepted 3rd place. While Kinney may view Calasanz Super Break as “redundant” and “simplistic” there are still people coming through Calasanz doors that enjoyed Super Break and considered that experience enough to train with him, to enroll their children in his school and to recommend him to friends and family.
These guys look like a bunch of ninjas ! nothing to do with Okinawan stuff.
Thank you for your comments, but I wouldn’t exactly call these people “ninjas” just because they’re dressed in black. They are simply beginners learning how to do basic front stance, horse stance and low kicks. Nothing ninja-like, just some basic techniques. In three months of training, these students, some over 50 years of age, as yourself, have gained coordination, have gotten stronger and have learned some self-defense. Calasanz has modified traditional arts for practical purposes, and has been criticized for it by those who really don’t comprehend what he is doing.