Could Boxing Help You Salvage Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution? 3 Ways To Triumph Over Failure

Happy 2014! Did your New Year’s Resolution involve losing weight? Embarking upon a diet was statistically the most popular way to start the New Year, according to researchers at Scranton University. If you haven’t yet quit the diet that you started on January 1 and are still going strong, you are part of an elite club. According to Time magazine, 60 percent of people quit within the first month. To salvage your resolution, you need a real gamer-changer. Enter boxing. Let’s look at the steps involved and why it could help you succeed with your weight loss goal this year.

#1. Buy A Boxercise Video And Train At Home

Boxing workouts or more precisely ‘boxercise’ is a form of get-fit class aimed at people who want to release aggression and shape up without having nose surgery. Boxercise classes teach moves inspired from actual boxing moves. The great news is that you don’t have to join a gym, as research shows that’s usually a waste of money. According to Kayla Webley, research indicates that 60 percent of people who join a gym in January never even use their membership. Gym membership rates spike at this time and new members push classes to breaking point. It’s unsurprising that so many people are scared away. Boxing sounds scary, but Boxercise is safe, fun and rewarding. There are thousands of videos you can buy or stream and many free videos on YouTube to keep you going. Boxercise videos let you avoid the packed gyms, save money and release your aggression in the comfort of your own home.

#2. Join A Boxercise Class And Make Friends

Recent research by the chain of Virgin Active health clubs showed that two-thirds of people are more likely to push themselves harder when they exercise with a friend. One of the reasons behind all of those unused gym memberships is that people struggle to form lasting friendships in large, anonymous classes where no one interacts and everyone keeps to themselves. Boxercise gets you exercising in a group and in pairs, meaning that you’ll go home from every class having made at least one new friend. As Boxercise classes do not involve any actual striking, they provide a remarkably safe and fun way to relieve stress and beat tension.

#3. Join A Novice Boxing Class

Contrary to popular belief, you would be most welcome at a novice boxing class even if you lack experience according to one of the leading fitness centers in Fairfield County. Although a Boxercise class would be more common for someone who had no interest in fighting, many small, fun and safe boxing classes gladly welcome newcomers. The greatest fear that people have is the pain, but ironically this is one of the reasons that boxing can change the life of people brave enough to put on a pair of gloves. Boxing builds strength, fitness and confidence like no other sport and the weight loss, while swift and dramatic, is simply a by-product of the training. According to the U.S. Department of Health And Human Services, while ‘active people are more likely to have an activity related injury than inactive people’ all forms of exercise are safe if conducted by a qualified trainer, even novice boxing classes.

Try Chinese Boxing And You Can Completely Transform Your Life!

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There is a big difference between eastern and western cultures when it comes to lifestyle, medicine and even sports. For example, Chinese boxing is a little bit different from the American boxing. If you want to lose weight, become a more disciplined person and tone your body then you should start practicing Chinese boxing soon.

Make sure that you read this article in order to find out more inspiring and interesting facts about this amazing contact sport. Pretty much anyone can practice Chinese boxing, regardless of age, sex or nationality. Here are the main features of this sport.

1. Mind-body integration.

This is perhaps the biggest difference between Chinese and American boxing. The Americans think of box mostly from a physical point of view. On the other hand, the Asians work with both their minds and their bodies in order to achieve great performance and in order to become extremely experienced and disciplined fighters. If you practice Chinese boxing, you will learn how to relax, how to breathe, how to channel your energies for victory and how to focus better on your opponent. Also, intense workout sessions and different boxing techniques will make you a truly fearless warrior as well.

2. Learn how to protect yourself.

Chinese boxing can be used in a life-threatening situation and that is why it is loved so much by others. By practicing this combat sport, you get the chance to learn some fighting techniques which can apply in real life and which might save you from robbers and criminals. Also, you might be happy to know that you don’t need to change your lifestyle or gain more muscle mass in order to do this.

3. Train your whole body.

Chinese boxing doesn’t focus on a particular set of muscles only. This is a very intense and interesting sport which will work all your muscle groups in a safe manner. Thanks to intense training sessions and consistent progress, you can lose a lot of weight, improve your metabolism and tone your body in a relatively short amount of time.

4. Have more stamina and more energy.

If you are a good student and you practice Chinese boxing regularly then you will observe that you will have much more energy when you perform various day-to-day activities. Basically, your core strength increases and you will not get tired that easily. Just imagine how nice it would be to climb stairs without breathing too hard, moving furniture items in your house without having backaches and feeling more energetic and ready for action all the times! Your health is considerably improved by Chinese boxing and this is a good-enough reason to start practicing this sport.

If you have decided to live a healthier life and live longer then make sure that you visit our martial arts and fitness center. We have experienced instructors and we offer classes and programs from multiple combat sports including Chinese boxing and we gladly accept students of all ages. Take this opportunity and improve your lifestyle as well as your perception of the surrounding world.

Norwalk Boxing – Connecticut #1 Boxing Gym!!!

Norwalk Boxing……is a place where anyone can be a boxer. Here we recognize that everybody has the ability to think like a competitor even if they never plan to compete.

Norwalk Boxing teaches anyone that if a situation is ever getting out of control how to throw themsleves in as the role of a peace maker, instead of throwing punches, while still remaining confident in the fact that they will be able to defend themselves from a violent outbreak. Again, the percentage of those who train to compete in a fighting sport is much smaller than the percentage of those who want to be prepared for an emergency situation and to be sure that they will be the one to come out on top.

Norwalk Boxing is unique in that we train people for both. It is pure boxing for those who want to learn to throw a devastating and proper punch, and it is traditional for those dedicated individuals willing to take the time to learn the minutia of the art and become truly superb, but above all Norwalk Boxing is unique.

What makes us truly unique is that we train in both realms. We train the body to be prepared for physical confrontations that might arise and we also train the mind to be prepared so that a confrontation won’t have need to come to a physical head. And that even if a fight should occur that both body and mind are in phase with one another to react perfectly in synch and without discordance.

Our training is based upon simplicity. Our system is easy to learn if self defense is your main concern as the principle philosophy is to defend and counter.

As an aggressor attacks it creates an opening in its own defenses which is then capitalized upon by the defender. The philosophy of this system makes it simple for a defender to exploit the opponent’s defensive pitfalls and devastatingly effective to an aggressor which in its blind rage cannot see the weakness in its own action.

Calasanz as the head instructor at Norwalk Boxing will develop your power, endurance, and control. You will receive instruction in his original creation dubbed Physical Art. You will gain insight into fighting theory. You will learn the secrets to chin conditioning, neck rotation and head movement. Our training staff will make sure you never leave without something new and useful under your belt.

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

1-203-847-6528

507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

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The Calasanz System – Over 30 years of Excellence.

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Calasanz has spent over 30 years developing and perfecting his system of martial arts and fitness training. His unique teaching methods have helped countless men, women and children of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels enjoy the martial arts while getting fit. Here are four reasons why people like you have made Calasanz their number one destination for superior martial arts and fitness training.

One-on-One Training: Many martial arts clubs have a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Calasanz and his Certified Personal Trainers tailor a program just for you. Whether you’re a seasoned martial artist looking to improve your skills or a beginner looking for a great way to get fit, Calasanz and his team will work with you in creating a program that meets your fitness and martial art goals.

Science: Calasanz has spent a lifetime studying various martial arts and fitness trends. Over the years, he has dissected the best parts of each and combined them into what has become known as THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™-a unique and effective style that has wide range appeal. THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™ includes a physical conditioning program that improves your overall strength, flexibility and endurance.

Personal Choice: Calasanz has set out to disprove the misconception that martial arts are all about fighting. At Calasanz, you have a choice. Do you want to study martial arts to learn how to fight or for self-defense? Or do you want to pursue the arts for physical fitness or creative expression? You choose the path your training will take; Calasanz and his experienced trainers will get you there.

Infinite Possibilities: Staying interested in your exercise plan is very often the biggest challenge to reaching your fitness goals. You may have started a traditional martial arts or modern fitness program with the greatest enthusiasm only to get bored after having to endure a strict, dull, repetitious routine. Calasanz attributes much of his success to the variety of training possibilities available to his students. There is so much to do and so much to learn in this system that it is possible that you may never have the same workout twice. Here is a list of what THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™ has to offer:

Kickboxing, Wing Chun Kung Fu, American Boxing, Recreational Boxing, Chinese Boxing, Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate, Tai Chi Wing Chun, Street Survival & Self Defense, Wing Chun Ground Fighting, Aerobic Self Defense, Aerobic Isolation & Isometrics.

THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™ blends the best parts of these disciplines into a unified whole. You can try all of them or concentrate on one that is most appealing to you. Again, the choice is yours. There is so much in this system to choose from.

For instance, if you are interested in fitness, you may want to focus on Aerobic Isolation & Isometric. If you’d like to experience the boxer’s workout without having to get into a ring to fight, American Boxing may be for you. This program includes the exercises boxers use to burn calories and work different muscle groups. This is a popular program that helps you improve strength, flexibility, speed, and endurance by doing isometric exercises.

If you’re looking for practical self-defense, Street Survival may be for you. If you have a black belt in Karate, you may choose to round out your training with a softer style like Chinese Boxing or Wing Chun Kung Fu. If you’re looking to get into great physical shape, American Boxing may be for you.

Whether it’s THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™ as a whole or one of its components, you’ll never be bored! Let Calasanz and his Certified Personal Trainers create the program that’s right for you.

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT06851

203-847-6528

www.calasanz.com

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Personal Training

One-on-one Training – Personal training that designs a workout that is just right for you.

Science – A life time of experience studying the function and potential of the human body and applying effective methods that will achieve peak physical conditioning.

Personal Choice – The best results come when a person truly enjoys our fitness program. Choose martial arts training, aerobic dance, yoga, boxing, weight training, and much more.

Infinite Possibilities – Change it up. Calasanz offers such a wide range of disciplines to choose from, being like every other school is just not an option. Start your training at Calasanz by calling him at (203)-847-6528, by visiting the dojo at 507 Westport Avenue, in Norwalk, Connecticut, or by checking out the website at http://www.calasanz.com/. Come on by for a free trial class.

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

800-414-9544

507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT06851

www.calasanz.com

www.interdojo.com

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Being a Well Balanced Martial Artist for Self Defense

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

1.800.414.9544

www.calasanz.com

www.interdojo.com

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The Story of Calasanz Martial Arts and its Students

Calasanz came to the United States with a dream. That dream was realized after watching Bruce Lee in the movie “Enter the Dragon.”  Coming to America to make a movie became a goal for Calasanz. To promote his name, he chose over 60 students, most of which were the best street fighters alive. In the early 80s, the best street fighters were here in Norwalk, Connecticut and were citizens there as well. Calasanz devoted his life to the martial arts because he was born with a gift for it. Calasanz is not a regular black belt, he is more than that and he has proved that, not just in America, but as a 14 year old he went to take a class at a karate school and did not return to the school for three months. Why? He noticed too many mistakes but mostly he did not like the excessive brutality. In his mind, he said “There is no reason for this.” Going back to those Calasanz chose to promote, these students were courageous people, but also they were nice human beings. His students were not thugs; they were good people just like Calasanz.

Calasanz’s students that helped promote the system are Darryl Dash (Dash has a separate blog entry dedicated to him), who was the first black belt in the system, John Courtney (the man who really helped Calasanz to succeed and to get where he is today), but there are many others like Mike Gibson, Roger Mayers, Joe Perreira, Reggie Blackwell, Bill Sullivan, James Cassanell, Tyre Stwart, and Patrick Murphy. They will never be forgotten for their contributions. After 1987, when the business was up and running, many students came along that are great friends to Calasanz to this day. He considers them to be as close as family. Some of them deserve to be mentioned:  Robert Sapiro, Grace Luppino, Noram Bloom, Mario Contaccesi, Dee Hohn, Angel Llanos, Peter Valis, Chris Schrade, Gerry Manning, David Been, Dennis Grimaldi, Beth Arthur, Renee Fortin, Rod Kathabi, Dave Tartaglia, Jeff Prescott, Adam Colberg, Andrew Dominick, Luis Vega, Wesley Elizabeth Cullin, Bill Smith, Amy Gery, Tom Barcello, Dalila Willian, Jennifer Li, Rebecca Lyon, and of course Jacquie, Ron Lake, and hundreds of others.

Calasanz can only name so many people since there have been so many students over the years, some of them not only learned martial arts from him, but they helped out. Calasanz will always remember them, and he hopes they will always remember him. 

Calasanz came to the U.S., he wanted to promote his name. Two days after being here, his name became very popular in Bridgeport,Connecticut, especially at the University of Bridgeport; they could not believe what he was capable of doing. They asked him to put on an event for the freshman students, and soon after that, Calasanz was called upon to put on a show to be seen internationally on TV, called back then, Miss Venus USA. Being there really helped Calasanz to believe that he would become as good as or better than Bruce Lee.

Today, Calasanz is promoting his system that started in 2001, but also the school is also promoting Goju Ryu is his own way and dubbed it Calasanz Goju Ryu. Students or teachers from other styles of Goju Ryu will learn that this system is one of the most practical and realistic styles in the world today.

Calasanz Main style, Goju Ryu, Wing Chun, Cheng Chuang, Chinese boxing, Wing Chun Ground Fighting, General Kickboxing, MMA, Boxing, and Recreational Boxing are the roots of Calasanz Physical Arts.

This is just an idea of how far Calasanz is going with his martial arts system.

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

507 Westport Ave,Norwalk CT06851

1.800.414.9544

www.calasanz.com

www.interdojo.com

www.the-perfectfit.com

www.westportboxing.com

Calasanz and One-on-One Personal Training: by Calasanz

Over the last four years, I briefly departed from solely teaching on a one-on-one basis and ventured into small group classes. I began teaching martial arts in the early 80’s and built my reputation by training students one-on-one. I am pleased to say that I have decided to go back to my roots and concentrate on One-on-One Personal Training.

For 25 years, I’ve privately trained Wall Street executives, CEOs from major corporations, professional athletes like the Hartford Whalers ice hockey team, tennis star Ivan Lendl, best-selling authors Cathy Cash Spellman and Patty Davis Reagan, as well as Henry Kissinger’s personal bodyguard, and members of the military and law enforcement services.

I have decided to make this change because this is what I enjoy most and it is where I see the most progress with my students. Understanding that private martial arts training can be a costly, I have offered packages over the last 20 years packages for one, two, three, and even four years at a considerable savings for a long term commitment. A package avoids the high cost of private lessons, which can individually run from $95 to $380 per hour.

Many of you have been comfortable purchasing long term packages not only for the savings, but with the knowledge that I have been in business for over 30 years and am not some “fly by night” operation that is going to close its doors and leave you flat. 

I am currently offering long-term packages at great prices for those of you interested in embracing the martial arts as a hobby or as something special that you just do for yourself.

If you are interested in working toward the goal of earning your black belt for instance, you can commit to one year with a savings of more than half of what it would cost you in a month-to-month program. If you have already committed to a 3, 6, 9 month or one year program and would like to enroll long-term, you can still take advantage of the discounted program. Just see me and we can easily make an adjustment to your program.

For those of you who decide to take advantage of a package, I’d like to sit down with you and determine your ultimate goal. Would you like to:

Become proficient in Wing Chun?

Train like a fighter? 

Box? Spar? Point fight? Kickbox

Lose Weight? Get fit? Try our Physical Arts program?

Many of you want to learn self-defense and how to be more self-confident. This is and has been our specialty for over 30 years. I not only focus on the physical aspect of learning street defense, but also how not to “lose it” in a confrontation. Remember that Ted Bundy killed over 100 young women and was stopped by the one who fought back and got away! It was her description of this monster that finally put him behind bars. Bundy didn’t expect her to fight back…but she did and stunned him with the element of surprise.

My system is designed for the real world, for real people. It is practical enough to teach you the skills you need without brutal training regimes that serve you no purpose. For whatever your goals, I can work out a long-term package for you that will motivate you and save you money at the same time. Just make an appointment with me and we can work out the details. A good example to be aware of If you sign for a package to finish it on 6 months, if you decided to finish on 4 years still you don’t have to pay extra while you have lessons left, which is why a package is designed to be paid in advance, that is the purpose of the commitment and that is why you are saving more than half of the cost.

The Perfect Fit In Home Personal Training

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

507 Westport Ave.Norwalk,CT06851

1-800-414-9544

www.calasanz.com

www.interdojo.com

www.the-perfectfit.com

www.westportboxing.com

Martial Arts American Style – Part two: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography

Continued from “: Martial Arts American Style – Part one: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography”

I had earned the reputation of one of the best waiters at Victoria Station.  I was quick, courteous and efficient.  One night, I served a table of twenty-five and worked my tail off for them.  When they were finished, they got up from the table and went into the bar.  They left me a tip of $5.00.  I went into the bar and asked if they were not pleased with the service because they didn’t leave me the customary 15%.  They were so obnoxious and condescending that I lost it.  I grabbed the biggest guy by the hair, brought him to the ground and pressed his face into the carpet with my fist.  The police were called and immediately five cops were pulling me off of this guy.  Because I had become a fixture jogging through the streets at all hours of the day and night, the police were kind enough to convince the restaurant to return this parties money so that they would not press charges against me.

It was now time to get started on my original plan for coming to the United States. I wanted to become a well-rounded martial artist.  My first plan was to spend at least two years of hard work on my Goju Ryu forms, since this was the primary martial art I had devoted the first half of my life to.  I next planned to extract three to four concepts from a group of carefully selected disciplines-Wing Chun, Cheng Chuang Long Fist, Hapkido, American Boxing and dance.  I made it very clear to all my teachers that my main style was Okinawan Goju Ryu and while I had great respect for their style, I only wanted to learn some basics.

I heard that some of the best martial artists and boxers were in New York City.  I was curious to see how my skills would match up against boxers, so I trained at Gleason’ Gym for a while.  I also studied tai chi from a master who lived there.  As a sign of respect for this man, I paid him $4,000 to come to Connecticut to correct my form.  I also studied Cheng Chuang Long Fist and wanted to learn four forms very well.  My teacher however, didn’t understand.  He was interested in teaching me over ninety forms!!  This would take a lifetime and was not part of my plan.  While I respected his skill and what he taught me, we started having philosophical differences.  Another instructor would call me into his office every two weeks and badger me about my training.  I explained where I was coming from and that our deal was that I pay in exchange for lessons.  Once I achieved an advanced rank in his school, he started giving me problems.  He was under the impression that I wanted to teach his style, but this could not be further from the truth.  I wanted to learn some basics.  I had already envisioned how my system would look like and I didn’t want to be confined by one style.  I shook his hand, wished him well and haven’t seen him since.

I then went to study with Moyat, a Wing Chun master who also had a school in New York City.  Challengers would come to the school from time to time to fight Moyat’s students.  Many of his students, even those who had been with him for many years, were not allowed to use the wooden dummy.  The  wooden dummy is a martial arts training tool that is indispensable in learning how to fight.  I was not about to back down from a challenge.  I went on to fight some of these karate practitioners who wanted to challenge the Wing Chun system.  Wing Chun is a very practical martial art and a lot of these guys learned how effective it was when we took them on in the name of our school.  Moyat saw my skill and told me that I could be teaching Wing Chun within four months if I applied myself to intensive training.  I accepted his offer.

To be continued…

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Why I Created “The Calasanz System”: By Calasanz

I have been in the martial arts business for over thirty years.  My school and student membership has grown every year since I started teaching.  I have survived good and bad economic times and have watched my critics open and close their door front dojos.  My school would have closed a long time ago if I didn’t offer valuable services to my students. 

The secret to my success is The Calasanz System™.

I was originally trained in traditional martial arts, but at some point decided that I wanted to be well-rounded athlete.  This was back in the 1970’s when straying away from your traditional style was frowned upon.  Back then, there was no such thing as “eclectic” martial art styles.  You picked a style of karate or kung-fu and stayed with it.  It was considered a big insult to your instructor to even think of training in another dojo.

I decided however to venture out and defy tradition.  The Calasanz System™ was created during my martial arts journey. I found the traditional hard style karate I studied in the Dominican Republic was too limiting. I studied Wing Chun Kung Fu to balance it out.  I liked its softness and economy of motion.  All too often, karate practitioners rely way too much on their feet, so I went to Gleason’s Gym to learn how to use my hands.  I studied Cheng Chuan Kung Fu and Wu Style Kung Fu for its artistry and philosophy. The combination of styles improved my overall skill, so I integrated all of their best elements into my training.

I also developed an appreciation for physical training.  I incorporated the use of weights and stretching exercises into my martial arts classes, as well as my own workouts.  I trained men, women and children and had to create workouts and classes that catered to their needs.  I trained boxers, streetfighters and corporate executives.  Each of my students has taught me something about how the human body works and responds to training.

Thirty years later, I took all my knowledge and pulled it together into one system.  The result was a martial arts training system that produces results.  The Calasanz System™ teaches you how to defend yourself. Its physical arts component helps you create a strong, flexible and healthy body. Unlike so many martial arts schools, I am still in business.  The reason is that the system works.

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