The Top 5 Tips For Getting Active In Connecticut

When it comes to losing weight, calories are king. It doesn’t matter what you eat. If you consume less energy than you expend, you will lose weight. John Cisna, a high school biology teacher from Ankeny, Iowa, told KCCI that he ate nothing but McDonald’s for three months and lost 37lbs. Surprisingly, his cholesterol dropped from 249 to 170. His golden rule? Consume fewer than 2,000 calories per day. Only cutting calories has down downsides too, though. It’s hard to shift those pounds without exercise and Cisna admits that he started walking for 45 minutes per day during his experiment. Here are five tips for getting active in Connecticut.

#1. Determine Your Physical Activity Goal

Do you want to get started, do more or learn about muscle strengthening activities? If you don’t set goals, it is easy to lose focus and struggle to maintain motivation. Your chosen goal will determine which types of exercise you need. We will deal with each goal separately.

#2. Best For Those Just Getting Started

If you are just starting out, you need to pick an activity that you enjoy and one that will fit into your lifestyle. For most people that means walking. It sounds odd but walking burns the same number of calories as running over the same distance. The catch is that it takes you far longer to walk than run so running will burn more calories in a certain timeframe. Start with 10-minute chunks of time, a couple of days per week. Try to build up your exercise periods until you can walk for 45 minutes like John Cisna.

#3. Best For Those Who Want To Do More

If you want to do more, the perfect way to become more active is to consider how active you are on most weeks.

• If you already do some physical activity each week, try going longer by walking for 50 minutes, three times per week. You can begin doing more by being active for longer each time.

• If you are already active for over two hours per week and can do activities that make you breathe harder such as running, begin by building up the time you spend being active. You can then switch to being active more often and switch to activities that require more effort. For example, if you can walk for 50 minutes three times per week, try jogging for part of that time. Build up your endurance until you can jog for 50 minutes, three times per week.

#4. Best For Those Who Want To Learn About Muscle Strengthening Activities

If you are currently inactive, simple muscle building activities such as push-ups will help you build upper-body strength. You should aim to do these activities at least twice per week.

#5. Make It Fun!

Research by the U.S. Department of Human Health Services indicates that people are far more likely to stick with their goals of becoming more active if they involve their partner or a friend and keep it fun. According to one of the leading fitness centers in Norwalk, even strenuous activities such as boxing or mixed martial arts can be offered to beginners through safe, fun courses that help people become more active.

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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Training as Life, not just Part of Life



Martial Art is a lifelong pursuit after entering into it through some discipline.  As we grow and as we learn our teachers, our masters, are the most influential characters on our own personal journeys.  While many will take courses for their belts and explore, enter into different disciplines for this reason or that, the majority of students end up forgetting about their training after a poor or averse experience, or leaving it behind as if pursuit was meant for a past life. 





We train here, we train you to learn something.  To bring something home with you.  Coming here you will leave with something to keep and know forever.  A physical exercise, the next movements of a kata or form, a movement explained to open your mind to the meaning behind, a lesson about ego.  Coming to our school to learn here means you are ready to be helped, you are ready to learn, you are open minded and serious about real martial arts and real fitness in all their aspects.


Come with an empty mind, leave with a story.

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Calasanz Puts 125 Pounds on Each Leg and Splits in Two

Calasanz as a dedicated Martial Artist has never stopped training.  Today we give you a look at an amazing feat of strength and flexibility he has been preparing for.  Please, do NOT try this at home.  You can read more about how he did it and the story behind Calasanz here.

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Simplicity of Boxing Revealed

Often times coaches and those not well versed in other Martial Art over-complicate the sport of Boxing.  Boxing is not the most complex thing in the world.  Defend and counter the punches.  The limitation of legal techniques within the sport eliminates a lot of those strikes and combinations that might otherwise be utilized.  Here at Calasanz Physical Art we create boxers from every day people in as little as 2 months and all focused on mastering the basics.  Good defense, head movement, simple punches and building power.  These are the foundational premises of being a good boxer and we train them here uniquely.
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Dealing with Troublemakers – Rival Schools and Street Fighters: by Calasanz

If you’re going to open a martial arts school, please beware that you will have to deal with troublemakers. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve seen the martial arts movie where a karate teacher is busy teaching class for example, and all of a sudden, a bunch of clowns from a rival school show up and want to fight. If you think this scene only happens in the movies, you are sorely mistaken. It is not uncommon to have challengers come into a martial art school looking for a fight. As the proprietor of a martial arts school, I have seen troublemakers come in many forms, some subtle, some not so subtle. If you plan on running a martial art club, you really need to understand how this can happen and what to do about it.

We once had a rival school send a drug-crazed maniac who walked into a class with the purpose of hurting people. Another sent two women who openly wanted to challenge our female instructors. One of these women actually lunged at me! These people are dangerous intruders bent on violence. We have not hesitating in resorting to legal action by calling the police and getting our lawyers involved. As the head instructor, you are responsible for the safety of your students. Send someone else to call 911, while you try to calm the situation down before the police arrive.

Most troublemakers don’t come in packs like they do in the martial arts movies. Very often, a rival school or local street fighter registers as a student with your club and his primary goal is to challenge your students and pick fights. These people are not interested in forms, technique, or fitness. Martial art schools don’t like to turn paying students away, so I take a “wait and see” attitude. If a perspective student is so obnoxious, you are within your rights to reject him as a member of your club and tell him to go elsewhere.

Street fighters want to prove themselves. They are there to fight. I usually handle these people myself or delegate their training to an experienced fighter/instructor who will be able to handle him skillfully. I built my first school on local street fighters who came here for a challenge and ended up being loyal students. Individuals from rival schools are there to cause trouble. They are either sent by their instructors or are there on their own. Their mission is to check out your operation and cause disruptions. This comes in the form of challenges to you or your students. They will also berate your style or the way you do things. Again, I usually handle these people myself or pair them off with a skilled fighter/instructor. Whether it’s the blatant challenge or the Trojan Horse, always be vigilant. While the challenges are not as dramatic as they are in the movies, they do exist. This is a business that tends to attract this type of element.

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507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness Presents – Executive Black Belt Intensive Training: by Calasanz

Ask yourself these questions: Is stress consuming you? Do you feel as though you are sleep walking through life? When was the last time you did something for YOURSELF!

People in Fairfield County are considered to be some of the most successful and hardest working in the country. With this success however, comes a lot of sacrifice. I’ve had busy professionals walk into my school feeling as though they were in a downward spiral and too exhausted to crawl out. Interestingly enough, after several months of training I saw a dramatic change.

Do you want a change? I have taken over 30 years of experience in martial arts training and created a program that will help you re-focus and re-energize…Calasanz Executive Black Belt Intensive. The first step is re-focusing. You and I will set a goal. Do you want to earn your black belt, lose weight, and get stronger? You tell me what you want to accomplish. I will create the program to get you there.

Next we revitalize. You and I will put your program in motion. Please understand that this is not your average workout. This is an intensive program and it requires a great commitment on your part of at least 2 hours per week. I know it can be hard at first, especially if you’ve done little or no physical training in a long time. That’s why I’ll work with you to slowly build up your strength and stamina.

The program contains a variety of disciplines to suit your personal preference. If you want to take out your frustrations on a punching bag, I can develop a boxing program for you. For the ladies, if you want to lose weight and look good in a bathing suit, I recommend Aerobic Isolation™.  If you’ve always been curious about Chinese Kung Fu, I can introduce you to the world of Wing Chun, the martial art practiced by Bruce Lee. If hardcore martial art training is what you’re looking for, the Calasanz Executive Black Belt Intensive program includes physical conditioning, martial arts training and one-on-one sparring. I have trained people in programs ranging from 3, 6, 9 or 12 months so we can develop a plan that works for you.

Bottom line is that this program works! It’ll work for you like it’s worked for so many who have walked through my doors. Whether you’re a new student or current student looking for a new challenge, let’s start today.

Get Ready! -Calasanz

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness


507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

Calasanz Responsibility with Accepted Students: by Calasanz

My station as a physical trainer and martial arts instructor is something I take very seriously. While I have a lifetime of experience to share with the world, my task with any new student is to help them to understand something about their bodies and about themselves. No matter how one arrives at our Martial Arts center it is important that I give them something influential to take home with them either through action or through word.

It is my primary responsibility to ensure that our students are taught well and taught how to avoid causing injury to themselves. This is my primary role here at my studio. It must be understood that the system taught here is so effective that it can be dangerous to the over-zealous. Over and over again I have seen students come in and learn a few of our unique physical arts exercises and just over-do it and burn out. Many of whom I have never seen again after only 3 months of training. They try to push too much weight without building their power or strength using lighter weights first. The mindset here assumes that to use more weight makes for better results faster. This is logical, and yes it makes sense. But in the long term it is not useful if it causes one to quit. While it is important to use increased weight to achieve super power, this is something that should not happen until one is ready. Believe me, I understand the desire, I had it and fully entered into it. I was the first victim. My joints suffered greatly from my over-zealousness. It is why it is so important to me that I warn others and keep them from injuring themselves and making the same mistakes I did.

Learn from my lesson. Our system is amazing and beautiful, but even the most beautiful things can be poisonous. Do not underestimate it and keep your wits about you. Be careful with your body. Understand that what we do is not just for the 2 months before swimsuit season, it is for development over a lifetime, take it as such, don’t rush it.

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness


507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

Don’t Let Stress Get to You: by Calasanz

Many of you are having problems especially during these hard economic times. The stress and pressure that builds up in the mind and body prevents one from moving forward. My advice to you is to make sure that you stay healthy. You may not have control over the economy or what is the government is doing, but you do have control over taking care of your health. It is within your control to eat healthy, get adequate sleep and workout. There have been many times when we thought things were going to fall apart because of circumstances beyond our control. We then put our energy into those things we had some say over and slowly, we turned it around. Working out not only helps the body, but it gives the mind a break from worry so that you make room for more productive thoughts. Remember: body, mind and spirit!!!

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness


507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

Wing Chun: The Perfect Style for Women – by Calasanz

Of all the martial art styles in existence, I would say that Wing Chun is perfect for most women.  While women have excelled in many styles, Wing Chun is the one art that most utilizes a woman’s natural gifts.  To appreciate Wing Chun training for women, it’s important to first look at its history.

Two hundred eighty years ago, the repressive Manchus ruled China. The Manchus outlawed all weapons and forbade the Hans, who comprised 90% of the population, to practice any form of self-defense. The Hans began to train a secret army of revolutionaries. The SilLimTemple became the sanctuary where masters of many ancient Martial Arts systems deliberated on how to create a single style that would be deadly enough to serve their revolutionary purpose, but which could be taught faster than the traditional form that took 20 years to master.

Five of China’s greatest grandmasters jointly created a new system, but before they could teach it to their secret army, the Manchus burned the temple and put the Masters to death.

Legend tells us that Ng Mui, a nun, was the only survivor of the original Grandmasters group. In secret, and in great danger, she taught the system to a talented young orphan girl whom she named Wing Chun, which means, “hope for the future.” The lineage and secrets of this extraordinary system were closely guarded for two and a half centuries.

What makes Wing Chun a fantastic martial art for women is that it equalizes the height and weight advantage that men have over women because it brings combat in closer to the opponent’s body.  At close range, the length of the opponent’s arms or legs no longer matters. It is the ability and speed to attack that is important.

Because of the discrepancy in size between men and women, a female defending herself is not going to want to engage in a prolonged battle with a male attacker. Fortunately, Wing Chun does not require the use of brute force, but rather fast, flowing movements. Women are better able to grasp the concept of softness that allows for the efficient and effective flow of movement necessary to stop an attacker. Wing Chun teaches her to quickly defend and immediately attack.  

I have also found that women are very good at developing the sensitivity needed to successfully engage in a Wing Chun practice called “sticky hands.”  The purpose of  “sticky hands” is to learn how to react quickly and efficiently depending on the opponent’s attack. It’s been my experience that the women I have trained over the years tend to master this practice a lot faster than their male counterparts. 

In addition to helping women develop overall physical fitness, Wing Chun tones the hip, buttocks and stomach area where women tend to store fat. There’s no better way to develop “buns of steel!” Wing Chun generates explosive power from the lower body with the use of proper stances, shifting and leg and hip movement. Women tend to pick these techniques up very quickly and when properly trained, are amazed at how much power they can generate.

Ladies, if you’re looking for self-defense and a great overall workout, this art was tailor made for you!  Find yourself a good Wing Chun school and see for yourself!

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness


507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851