Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness: Basic Philosophies – by Calasanz


You can have all the technique in the world but that doesn’t necessarily make you a good competitive fighter. Good technique is important, but more importantly, do you have the heart of a fighter?  If you get hit, do you lose your concentration?  Can you shake it off and remain composed? If you answered “yes,” then you have the fighting spirit.  Competitive fighting is different from street fighting. On the streets, you fight to ward off a non-deadly attack and to kill when confronted with a deadly attack. In the dojo or ring it’s different.  I don’t let students fight in the school unless they have control and can compose themselves after being hit.  The person who lacks composure is out of control and gets himself hurt.


If you enjoy fighting and rolling on the ground go for it! But there are ways of avoiding most ground fights by training under the Calasanz Karate, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, boxing and physical arts. Ground fighting or not, under the Calasanz system you’ll still become a better fighter faster. Calasanz says, “I have said all along under this system that you can be a decent fighter without sparring or fighting but if you choose it then you can get the training that is necessary, including heavy drills. If you want to fight under in the MMA system you should go for some ground-training no matter what.”


Many student who are serious about the Martial Arts, would never understand that there is a way of becoming a decent fighter without brutality, but immediately you discover that you really want to be more than a decent fighter, meaning being a competitor then things all change, since the early 80s Calasanz has proved demonstrated that logic over and over, he trained some students that went beyond of being decent fighter when they stepped on the ring with some well trained competitor and they have won, this concept was proved over and over. We did that since the early 80s. Be brutal in your training, but still follow a basic discipline at the beginning of your workout. Those who want to feel and believe that they would like to learn how to fight but they do not like to spar then you could contact us.

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness


507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

INTERDOJO: Edited by Stephen Melillo

Goju Ryu Karate Kata Form Videos and Instruction Sets on The martial arts multimedia website features all 12 empty-handed Goju Ryu Karate katas via the Formula Video Series.  Each kata has its own video to allow easy selection and study. 

“The kata videos currently on the site are designed for students to absorb the sequence of movements and techniques.  These particular katas were not performed at 100% in the bunkai spirit.  In other words they do not represent how students should perform the kata in advanced ranks or in competition. Rather, these are relaxed videos so newer students can learn the sequence.”  Says Calasanz Martinez.  “Future videos will be designed for advanced ranks.  They will be performance based and will feature more bunkai or the analyses and applications of each movement or technique.  They can be applied in many different ways, including the seasoned excellence of a hard performance.” also features weapons forms including the bo (long staff), jo (short staff), nunchucku, sai, and wanto.  Additional weapons and advanced forms are now slated for filming. is also planning on putting together sequenced pictures for each movement in both the empty-handed and weapon katas. also features unique exercises designed to enhance the karate practitioner. plans to eventually have the entire Goju Ryu system on video as well as many unique educational materials.

For a free week of full access:

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Drop the Knife

Calasanz Unique ExecisesIn 1987, my school was located next to George’s Gym, a big hangout for bodybuilders in town. One day, a local bully was picking on a couple of kids. This guy was big and strong and stood close to 6’5”. I got disgusted with the whole scene and went over to him, folded my arms and asked him to please leave them alone. Miraculously, the bully decided to “drop the knife” and left them alone.

I learned to “drop the knife” from my hero and father, Eugenio Martinez. I grew up in the Dominican Republic, where the machete was the popular weapon of choice for settling disputes. The machete is a large knife with destructive potential. If you’re a fan of horror movies, you’ve seen Jason wield his bloody 26” blade in Friday the 13th. A cut with a machete is deep and can traumatize more tissue than the average knife, given the velocity of this long-range weapon. Victims frequently lose fingers in the process of fending off a machete attack. Machetes are readily available in rural areas like the Dominican Republic where farmers frequently use them to cut sugarcane, split coconuts, and clear brushy landscapes, so it’s not uncommon to pick one up for other reasons.

One day my father’s brother, Juan, was in the beginning stages of what looked like a vicious fight. It was my father who turned to him before a drop of blood was shed and ordered his brother to “drop the knife.” My father believed that fighting was not the way to resolve disputes. If he had to fight, he knew how and was quite skillful, but he had a greater weapon than the machete; it was respect.

Respect is something you earn. My father raised eleven children, never borrowing a penny from anyone. He was known as a trusted and honorable man who in addition to taking care of his family, took care of his neighbors. He was a peacemaker in every sense of the word. When I was a child, I recall an incident where he was called to get a rowdy party under control. The situation looked tense and there were close to 300 people ready to explode. Within ten minutes of my father arriving, the dispute was resolved. The amazing part of this was that my father didn’t have to raise a finger. He had a way of getting people to “drop the knife,” and people who would literally hand the machete to him.

I used this lesson when many years ago when tried to make an independent martial arts movie, which ended up leaving me with a debt of close to a million dollars. Everyone advised me to go bankrupt and wipe out the loans I borrowed from many investors who had faith in my vision and in me. Had I followed my impulses and emotions, I would have filed for bankruptcy. Instead I backed up and reassessed the situation. I paid everyone back with interest. In turn, I earned their respect.

I learned a lot from watching my father and have always tried to apply this lesson in my life. There have been many challenges in coming to this country, opening a martial arts school and creating my own system. “Drop the knife,” means stepping back before reacting out of anger, reassessing a situation and thinking before you strike that first blow. Over time, you earn the respect of those around you because you rely on skill and the reputation you have built to resolve your problems.

Dominican Republic Martial Artist