Welcome to the New Age

We here like to work by commitment.  Our programs are unique and effective.  Why?  Because we are not here to give you a good workout, although you will get the best lesson, the best workout of your life if you come here to learn.

We do not want people who come for a work out.  We want people who come to invest.  People who understand that their time spent here is an investment in themselves mentally, physically and spiritually.  Our school is called a school for a reason, because we are here to teach and to promote learning.  Real learning of real Martial Arts.

When it comes to martial arts it’s sometimes difficult to say what it is that has been learned but just understand that, during a lesson, within every word uttered and every vision captured there is a meaning and a message being conveyed.  Sometimes it is as simple as the opening of one’s eyes or the true comprehension of a sentence correctly interpreted in order to actualize real and proper change, real and proper learning.  Sometimes even a single word can be enough to spark a colossal shift within a person.

Note, noone on this Earth is perfect and we have all made our mistakes.  But now there is an ever growing need to push forward without looking back.  Towards a collaborative progression with the collective understanding of our reality’s great limitation;  that the past cannot be undone.  But the future holds all glorious potential within it.  It comes down to the question of, “Will we do what is necessary in the present to help that future come to fruition?”

So that is why we work under commitment.  In becoming a student anywhere there has already been an expectation levied on the teacher to teach, but this expectation is not one sided as the student is expected to learn or at least try to learn.  Will you open your mind to learning?  Will you allow yourself that creative freedom?  Will you take the responsibility to think for yourself?  To hold yourself accountable?  And will you give yourself that chance at self redemption?  At self creation?

Our school’s goal is to train you to train yourself.  We give you lessons, exercises and techniques and explain how to perform them without getting hurt.  Once you’ve learned them it is no longer up to us.  This is why we go by commitment.  Those committed, ready and willing to learn will do so.  Others may be missing one of those components and learn little.  Moving on, at a certain point it becomes up to you to see yourself through and continue on in a safe manner.  We do not take the role of a personal trainer to sit and watch you perform the exercises barking demands of [this many] sets at [such and such] resistance.  If you are an adult this is something you should be capable of safely putting yourself to do on your own without the need of an external whip.

Again, when we work your expectation of us is to be taught and our wish to teach you more  in our time spent with you.  After all, stagnancy is death…  So rather we would take the role of doctors in that we want to get you healthy or at least give you the tools and means to become so and get you out to the world.  We have a lot of patients to get to and you have your lives to live.  But as always our sincerely committed and dedicated students are greeted with great welcome upon their return as there is always more to learn and master.

Invest in yourself with a program here to take something home with you.  Something you can learn and apply for yourself for the rest of your life.  Learn. Invest. Adapt. Evolve. Calasanz.

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The Wing Chun Traditional Dummy

The Traditional Dummy Explained

The traditional wooden dummy is a staple in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean martial arts.  They do come in various shapes and sizes, but the most prevalent design is 3 arms and 1 leg.  The Dummy is especially used in the practice of Wing Chun and is used to practice techniques, build bone density and train sensitivity.  To read more about the wooden dummy, its history and its purpose please read more here

InterDojo.com – The Past, Present and Future: by Calasanz

The Past

For the past several years I have been working diligently to put my system into a format that is accessible to people all over the world, not just the population close to my headquarters in Norwalk, CT.  Believe me, this has been no easy task with 30 years of training, teaching, and living the martial arts up to 18 hours a day!  I had so much information I wanted to release to the world, and to do that I started to produce the Formula Video Instructional Series.

Shortly after I started making The Formula Video Series a student suggested that I put all my videos into a format that could be delivered to people online.  I thought it was a tremendous idea and we immediately met with a software company and the InterDojo was born!

The First edition of the InterDojo featured a free section and a paid section.  The free section we posted a free video every week for anyone who was kind enough to leave us their contact information.  The paid section consisted of only a video vault with about 20 Formula Videos and 30 Archive Videos.  Formula Videos of course being the instructional series of my system and Archive Videos being a collection of 30 years of video of me and my students in action.

 The Present

Today the InterDojo is also comprised of a free section and a paid section, however both are now more sophisticated then the predecessor.

In the paid section, the video vault has now been converted to a multi-media vault and is able to house not only video but also pictures, audio files, and PDF files.  This is a great feature as it allows me more options to deliver information to subscribers!  The media vault has over 260 videos now!  Over 150 Formula Videos and over 100 Archive Videos!  We have also started to add other media as well.

We’ve also added a broadcast TV channel we call Calasanz TV!  It is available for free and has a line up selected Archive Videos a few Formula Videos and Group Classes you can participate in from home!  Calasanz TV also allows us to broadcast live events such as fights, open houses, special seminars, and webinars, live from the Calasanz dojos.

 The Future

I have been blessed (or cursed) with the ability to function with only 2-3 hours of sleep at night.  So while your sound asleep at 3AM, I’m up thinking of Formula Videos to film.  I have a list on my PC with over 3500 that I want to produce!  Don’t believe me?  Stop by the dojo and I’ll be happy to show you or give us a call at 800-414-9544 for more information.  Great things are to come in the future for InterDojo.com. and we hope you are with us to see it! 

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InterDojo.com features Martial Arts Instructional Videos and Movies

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Martial Arts and fitness videos at InterDojo.com for men, women, and children of all shapes, sizes, and abilities!  Calasanz and the crew at InterDojo.com are busy creating and uploading instructional videos, martial arts action videos, fights, movies, and more!

No matter what your interest, whether it’s general fitness or no holds barred, UFC Style MMA fighting, the InterDojo has an instructional video just for you.  For a low monthly fee you can access the Media Vault inside InterDojo.com complete with an easy to use control panel and view Instructional Videos including: the unique Calasanz Physical Arts Exercises, Goju-Ryu Karate Katas, Cheng Chuan Long Fist and Wing Chun Kung Fu Forms, wooden dummy drills, bone conditioning, fighting drills for boxing, kickboxing, and MMA, self-defense techniques and much more!

The great thing about subscribing to the InterDojo’s media vault is that videos are only part of the equation.  Pictures, audio files, and text documents are all available to you to expand your knowledge of martial arts and fitness. The Calasanz System is the most unique martial arts systems in the world.  Along with Karate, Kung Fu, Boxing, Kickboxing, and ground fighting, this system features a holistic exercise system called Physical Arts. 

Physical Art exercises train strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, coordination, tone, and body unity all at the same time.  They are sophisticated exercises that enhance all sport and physical activities.  They are easy enough for an 80-year-old grandmother to increase her mobility, and at the same time unique and effective enough to increase the athletic prowess of a professional athlete.  And these exercises are only available at InerDojo.com!

InterDojo.com also offers hours of exciting and entertaining videos of Calasanz and his students training through the years.  See the evolution of The Calasanz System from 1979 all the way to today.  Training, classes, fights, demonstrations, open houses, and sparring all at your fingertips!

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PREVENTING INJURIES: by Calasanz

I like to especially keep a close eye on beginners who are either too enthusiastic or come from other systems. I had a student who initially trained in a martial art style that uses a lot of “snapping” kicks and punches.  As I watched her on the floor snapping away, my first reaction was “how long can she keep doing this before she really hurts herself?” I approached her about this and she said “yeah, I have to stop this because I have a knee problem!”  I told her that if she continued, she’d have to quit completely. It took a lot of work to get her to slow down and change her old habits. The rest of the students in her class were being taught properly…learn to throw the kick with control and balance and slowly work your way up to a power kick.  Snapping leads to injuries and a very short career in the martial arts.

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

1-203-847-6528

507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

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The Martial Arts Alternative: Choosing the Martial Arts for Physical Fitness – By Calasanz

Have you ever considered the martial arts alternative? Many adults are disgusted with the run-of-the-mill fitness centers and have looked to the martial arts as a way to get into shape. Martial art training can provide you with all the benefits of physical exercise without the circus-type atmosphere of the average health club.

The traditional martial arts curriculum is designed to develop your overall fitness level. Classes always include some flexibility training in the form of stretching exercises. The various movements and techniques that you practice during class help develop your cardiovascular health, as well as stamina and focus. The modern martial arts instructor welcomes students who are looking for a fitness alternative and has gone out of his or her way to incorporate strength training either with lightweights and/ or resistance exercises.

When you go to a gym, you may get a few sessions with a personal trainer as part of your membership package. Once that’s finished, you’re basically on your own unless you want to pay for more sessions. What’s nice about martial art training is that as you advance through the curriculum through some type of belt or sash grading system, more is expected of you physically. By following the curriculum laid out by your instructor, you progress to higher levels of fitness. In the meantime, you are learning to defend yourself!

Martial arts classes are also fun! Working through the various levels in the style you have chosen is both challenging and exciting. You’ll have a sense of pride and accomplishment that you’ll never get jogging aimlessly on some treadmill!  

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Fight Readiness! by Calasanz

Fighting preparation has come a long way since my days in the Dominican Republic. During the very first class, I witnessed novice white belts getting their butts kicked and enduring some of the most brutal training you could imagine. Kicks to the stomach, punches to the head…for what? You were subjected to all this punishment to prove that you were tough enough to take all this punishment.

This type of training is no longer popular in today’s dojo. First off, the lawyers will tell you that your exposure to lawsuits is increased. Secondly, instructors have wised up and understand that a student must be mentally and physically prepared to jump into the ring. I’m not talking about point fighting here. I mean full contact. Not only should a student should be physically conditioned to develop strength and stamina, he should also be trained in how to avoid punishment. Learning how to properly block and evade attacks is essential.

There is enough evidence to prove that turning yourself into a human punching bag can lead to serious injuries over the years. Shots to the head for example, can lead to long-term brain damage or even death. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons has indicated that 90% of boxers sustain brain injuries. Because of the risks involved, I like to emphasize blocking and evasion techniques, regardless of whether the student is tough enough to take the blow. In my school, we spend a lot of time on learning how to protect the body. While we like to fight, we also want to do everything we possibly can to avoid injuries.

I’m impressed with the training I see some of the UFC fighters go through before they step into the Octagon. Fight preparation has come a long way from the old days in the rough and tumble dojos. Brutality is no longer the way to train a fighter. Instructors paying more attention to training, conditioning and good technique are a major improvement.

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When An Instructor Corrects You…Be Happy! by Calasanz

It is the obligation of a martial arts instructor to correct his students’ technique and attitude. Some students are grateful that their instructor cares enough about their training to say something. Others find this offensive, and may even put the instructor in the same category as an “an employee.”

I was trained by “old school” instructors who wouldn’t hesitate to humiliate and embarrass you. I’ve learned over the years that getting angry or overwhelming students gets me no where. I had to learn to adjust and be more flexible in my approach when making corrections. This doesn’t mean that I stopped…just adjusted.

For example, if I’m telling you to make sure you pull your non-striking hand into chamber when executing a traditional karate punch. Let’s say I’ve had to correct you three times and you still didn’t listen. Then asking you to drop down and do 10 push-ups would be a reasonable request! This correction is very direct and to the point.

Other forms of correction are subtle and indirect. Sometimes it’s important to take into account the student’s personality. What works with one person, does not work with another. A teenager I was training was terribly uncoordinated. I used every ounce of skill I had to get him to improve, but nothing worked. My choice was to either throw up my hands and send him home or wait until he matured. The most promising thing about this student was his attitude and willingness to calmly work through the corrections I made. Eventually, he started coming around.

Another example was one of my best students, who trained with me for 8 years. He reached a point in his training where he was burned out and arrogant. He wouldn’t accept corrections from anyone and had a horrible attitude. The last time we saw him, he was gently corrected for performing a sit-up improperly. Instead of going head to head with him, we left him alone and he left the school. A while later, I received a 4 page letter from him, thanking me for the lesson we taught him, just by letting him spin in his own anger. He later saw for himself what he was doing wrong and how his attitude got in his way.

Whether it’s a direct or indirect correction of attitude or technique, it is the only way to progress as a martial art student. Accept what the teacher has to offer and be grateful for the attention. All it means is that your instructor wants you to progress physically and mentally. Anything less and you would be wasting your money.

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Calasanz describes the concept and design behind his Inter DOJO on www.interdojo.com

Subliminal input softens the mind. The way ancient martial arts were transmitted was very different from how we pass along our talents, skill sets and secrets today. In the past the students were told by the grand master to follow. For hours the students would follow the grand master. Simply following the master would help the students understand the techniques better by giving them an experienced and developed visualization of the technique. This visualization is absorbed in the student’s mind while following and is then reinforced significantly when receiving patient instruction from the teacher.

The idea behind the interdojo is based on watching a movement or technique 3 to 10 times before being taught. You don’t have to be interested in learning it, just to see and watch a movement to allow your brain to process and understand human movement. This softens the mind and relaxes the brain to better understand movement itself and afterwards when the master teaches you your understanding will be enhanced and deeper.

Immediately an experienced instructor makes an assessment of how slow or fast you can learn. He will determine if you are ready to be taught or only ready to follow the movements. You usually see that done in Kung Fu, especially by the monks participating at the Shaolin schools. But, you don’t have to be as dedicated to martial arts to be learning in the same way that they learn. You can still learn by watching or following. Anyone can learn in the traditional way without having to be a monk. You can learn both ways, traditionally or non-traditionally.

Imagine a master or teacher wants to teach you the first 5 movements of a kata or form without you ever having watched it or having followed him. This might take you 2 hours to learn without any demonstration or visual aid. Imagine now that you watch a video clip of the first 5 movements 10 times or simply following your teacher 10 times. Now you will learn the movements in just 10 minutes. It is simple fact and the difference is what we call softening the mind and relaxing the brain to capture, memorize, learn, and understand something better in a shorter amount of time. This is the skill, idea and concept behind Calasanz’ Interdojo.

Remember also that mostly there is no talking within the Calasanz videos. He wants you to follow the movements, not listen to some words.

Remember you read a book and memorize or learn what is the essence of the book’s meaning. When you exercise or are doing something physical you are doing something completely different.

The smarter you are the slower you learn movements that require physical ability. You hear this idea being exposed all the time, that there are people who are book smart but cannot even get close to understanding things the same way when it comes to something physical.

That tells you the entire story of what Calasanz is trying to bring to you under the interdojo.

Again and again you can watch my videos, it does not have to just be a professionally filmed video or formula video. It can be any video, even a home made video. We are trying to avoid words and verbage within the videos. We want you to soften the mind first because then it will give you a better understanding of what you are learning. Calasanz advice is that after you eat to go and rest, during that rest time pop in a video to your DVD player to view it.

That is the www.interdojo.com.

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DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE DAMAGE IS DONE! The Importance of Good Martial Art Basics for Kids: by Calasanz

As a parent, you send your child to school with the expectation that he or she will learn the basics. Basics are the building blocks of a good, solid education. As a parent, I’m sure you’d be quite upset if your child’s school to failed to teach the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic before your child moved on to more complex subjects. Why is it that parents don’t have the same expectations when it comes to martial arts training? As long as the kid is “having fun,” who cares about the basics? As long as the school gives out a lot of belts, patches and certificates to make the child “feel good,” so what?

Many parents unknowingly fall into this trap. It is vital that good basic techniques and proper body mechanics are emphasized at the beginning of your child’s martial arts training. A child’s joints are developing and care should be taken to train the child slowly and carefully to avoid long-term damage. Emphasizing good techniques that develop proper balance and coordination is key to teaching a child how to control his or her body.

There is a tendency to wait until the child is older to explain the reasons for executing techniques properly and to make physical corrections. This, in my opinion is a big mistake. Unfortunately, once bad habits are formed, they are very hard to break. We see this in children who come to us from other systems. We can easily tell if a child’s previous instructor spent any time creating a good foundation. While some schools do a great job, others fail miserably. Now we have to spend the time helping the student correct the damage already done!

Teaching children is not easy and when you have a lot of them in one room, the instructor may not have the patience, skill or even manpower to make sure that the child is moving properly. Others simply just don’t care. The consequences of this attitude, however, may result in serious injuries that may damage your child for the rest of his or her life.

Demand the same attention to basics in your child’s martial arts program. While having fun and developing “self-esteem” is nice, you wouldn’t feel the same way if your child couldn’t read because he or she never learned the alphabet!

 Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

1-203-847-6528

507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

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