Don’t Be So Stubborn, Be Well Balanced Instead

Here we pride ourselves not only on having well specialized trainers in specific Martial Arts disciplines, focused and competent within their respective fields; we also strive to keep searching, to keep expanding our own horizons, and we encourage our students to do the same.  We regularly tell our more dedicated and passionate students to (after a time) go elsewhere, to go learn another style, to go learn something new, to explore the world that is Martial Arts.

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While we have much to offer here at our school and can train somebody to high degree in a wide variety of different disciplines for several lifetimes, it is with an open mind that we approach our training and that of our students realizing that we are not the ‘end all – be all’ of Martial Arts training.  We recognize that other trainers and schools do have valuable skill-sets and information to pass along to the devoted practitioner that we may not necessarily have.

Recently a student of ours came to us with concerns about his course of study… Read an excerpt below or visit our blog to capture more of our perspective on the matter.

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I said, “Look, if you give me 300 life times.. that means I lived and died 299 times.. still I don’t have enough life, enough time, to teach people or to help people teach all that I know.

For example, a guy comes here and learns Cheng Chuang Long Fist, and then he wants to learn the snake.  Fortunately here he can ask that question and… Click Here for the Full Article

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MMA: A Balanced Approach – by Calasanz

Martial Arts originated out of necessity.  People had to defend themselves against humans and animals and the only weapons they had were their hands and feet. The battles fought by these individuals were for sheer survival, not belts or plastic tournament trophies.  When confronting life and death struggles, the ancient warrior had to condition his body to take the brutal physical punishment his opponents dished out.  He also had to skillfully maneuver in battle to minimize the physical damage to himself. 

Martial Arts eventually came to the West and were taught by instructors trained under the “old school” system-toughen the body by exposing it to a brutal training which included lots of beatings during sparring.  I personally witnessed this at the age of 14 when I took my first Karate class in the Dominican Republic.  Students, regardless of rank, were pummeled mercilessly with no training on how to block or simply get out of the way of a ferocious attack.  Don’t get me wrong, these fighters were tough and could take a blow but at what cost?

There is brutality in many sports, especially combat sports.  We’ve seen injuries, deaths, and the long-term effects of abuse on the body in Football, Boxing, Hockey, and Karate.  And while at the professional levels in any sport, the competition is so good that it is impossible to avoid brutality, I must say I am very impressed with many of the fighters in the UFC! 

The physical training they put themselves through allows them to take strikes that would kill an average man.  As impressed as I am with the physical, mental, and spiritual preparation it takes to step into the Octagon, I am astounded at their skills in avoiding brutality.  How is it that in over 18 years of MMA that none of these fighters have gotten seriously hurt or killed?  It is because these fighters can move, avoid, slip, and escape; they have tremendous timing and blocking abilities. 

The MMA fighters have brought Martial Arts training into balance. They are not only strong and conditioned athletes, but also admirable technicians skilled in the fighting arts. This is the essence of martial arts.  This is what separates a martial artist from a street brawler.

So if you wish to be a fighter, build your body to the maximum, because it is inevitable that you will get hit and you need to be able to take it.  But don’t rely on your body (or face) to absorb all the abuse.  Avoid kicks and punches to the head at all costs; block, move, slip, evade, fight intelligently!  This will keep you in the sport longer, and you won’t end up like Muhammad Ali when you retire!

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Train Like A Competitor Without Competing

It takes a special person to be a competitor – Less then 1% of 1% of the population has the ability.  But the good news is that the rest of the world can train like these competitors, without the brutality and gain all the benefits that come along with it.

Train Like a Fighter Without Fighting

Why doesn’t he step in the cage?

Still to this day, you get people saying that Bruce Lee couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag because the guy wasn’t running around sparring in tournaments for plastic trophies.  Calasanz has built a successful martial arts business based on an excellent reputation, courage and skill.  He and many other instructors out there have no need to step into a “cage,” to prove they are real martial artists.

Below is an article I wrote and posted on the internet a few months back on the subject:

Your No Good Unless You’re Fighting

“What’s old is new,” so goes the saying.  The great Bruce Lee was accused of not being able to fight his way out of a paper bag because he didn’t fight in tournaments.  Competent martial arts instructors have since been maligned if they don’t do tournaments.  The “old wine in a new bottle” is “if this guy is so good, why doesn’t he step into the cage?” So nowadays, if your teacher doesn’t compete in MMA, he’s no good!

Success in tournament fighting requires an aggressive, fight-oriented attitude.  Remember The Karate Kid? The Cobra Kai was all about fighting, aggression and causing trouble.  The instructor was a troublemaker who produced troublemakers. Schools and instructors that are too focused on the physical aspects of the martial arts miss the boat.  The balanced martial artist is not about garnering trophies and competitive rankings. It’s about developing skill and character.

How did we get to this point in the martial arts?  There are many excellent instructors who’ve never stepped into the ring to fight competitively.  Does this make them lousy martial artists? These individuals have created and sustained successful martial arts businesses because they’ve built a reputation in the community for offering quality services. Parents aren’t interested in sending their children to a school that’s going to turn them into bullies. Most sane adults who train in the martial arts want a school that’s going to challenge them, not send them to the hospital in an ambulance.

While training for tournaments requires a lot of work and discipline, it is not the ultimate goal of a good martial arts instructor.  A skilled martial artist instructor does not have to step into the ring to prove something.  The traits of a true teacher are not only skill, but also humility, courtesy and respect.  This is what a true teacher should pass on to his students.  Trophies tarnish, but character lives on.

Learn the Stand Up game of MMA from Calasanz.

Training to be a Fighter

You Tuber:

im a mma fighter, will calasanz hell me out with mma training to one day get in the ufc?? im serious, this is my life long goal

Response:

When come to help, Calasanz love to help any fighter that want to make it there.
Here is his email address
calasanz01@aol.com email him here and figure out when you are available, if you are far away from where he is still he can help you.
Hard strike, power striking, power stances, balance, grounding (don’t go to the ground but if you do then fight on the ground), learn how to fight very well standing then learn the ground that make you even better. These are some of the Calasanz ideas and basic concepts.

Make sure that you give, with your body and your chin, give with your chin when being punched. Give with your body, don’t take unnecessary punches and kicks, avoid punishment, avoid unnecessary punishment.
Train in a way that you are doing more than your opponent, that is a good and smart way for winning, for example if everybody kicking, punching, shadow boxing, sparring, eating well etc., if you are doing the same is okay but there is not so much of an advantage, the word are STAY AHEAD OF YOUR OPPONENT WHILE TRAINING.

Why doesn’t he step into the cage?

Still to this day, you get people saying that Bruce Lee couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag because the guy wasn’t running around sparring in tournaments for plastic trophies. Calasanz has built a successful martial arts business based on an excellent reputation, courage and skill. He and many other instructors out there have no need to step into a “cage,” to prove they are real martial artists.

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