PHYSICAL ARTS – AN EVOLUTION OF MARTIAL ARTS (Part 1): by CALASANZ

CALASANZ PHYSICAL ARTS® evolved out of the martial arts tradition. It is the fastest way to get into shape and learn self-defense. Our system grew out of two programs I established to accommodate students who asked for special training. The first program was primarily used to improve athletic performance, called the YOUNG ATHLETES. Parents who trained with me or heard about my school asked if I could do something to improve their children’s athletic performance. I took the best the martial arts had to offer and combined them in a training system to maximize athletic conditioning and skill in a relatively short time. I worked with athletes specializing in tennis, soccer, football, basketball, ice hockey, dance, gymnastics and baseball to get fast results.

Another component of CALASANZ PHYSICAL ARTS® is the self-defense piece. This came out of a request from law enforcement officers; fire fighters and military personnel who wanted to get into shape and learn hardcore self-defense without having to spend years studying a traditional martial art. These people had no time for belts or tournaments. They had to worry about survival. I devised a one-month intensive to accomplish these goals.

Both programs were so successful that I decided to combine them into one program for the benefit of the general public. CALASANZ PHYSICAL ARTS® is popular because of its ability to get quick results and to keep you interested in your training. In creating this system, I designed a collection of exercises and techniques that focus on developing power, grounding, balance, endurance and flexibility.

There are so many different exercises in the system that boredom is impossible! I have created many variations on the basic exercises…from moving in different directions to working out in a seated or standing position. I love to change up the exercises from time to time to keep your workout fresh and to keep your muscles guessing.

CALASANZ PHYSICAL ARTS® is a great alternative to working out at a gym on machines, free weights or with a personal trainer. It’s a system that gets you into shape, teaches you how to defend yourself and keeps your workout fresh and exciting.

To be continued…

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

507 Westport Ave,Norwalk CT06851

www.calasanz.com

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THE PERFECT FIT (A Home Training Program)

The Perfect Fit was created by martial arts master, fitness teacher and film star, Calasanz. The Perfect Fit operates as a division of Calasanz Karate & Kung-Fu System, Inc. located in Norwalk. Through his experience, Calasanz discovered that martial arts can be intimidating to many people, therefore, they lose interest in learning more about it. The Perfect Fit is personal training program through martial art and is done in the privacy of your own home. This eliminates the feeling of intimidation, yet offers the complete benefits of the martial art.

Calasanz created a well-rounded system of martial art which offers, at the same time, extensive exercise routines which are tailored to the needs of any individual to accomplish a complete work-out and, at the same time, target specific areas in need of exercise.

This type of training is much different from the traditional routines followed in a gym. We do not use equipment except for free weights and, for some people, ankle weights. For those who prefer to use their exercise equipment, we incorporate this into their program. But eventually, most people prefer to learn more and more of the exercises we have to offer because they are incredibly effective and cover more ground than any one machine used in a traditional gym. Our exercise increases flexibility, strength, stamina, and endurance immediately and has proven time and time again to benefit other sports activities

THE PERFECT FIT specializes in personal training for fitness, aerobic isolation, and kickboxing. It is a unique way of getting into shape and has endless benefits. Learn how to work out, sculpt the body and, at the same time, learn self defense. Workout without the use of traditional machines. Learn how to create a strong, beautiful body and maintain it for the rest of your life.

Because martial arts has primarily been a sport popular to men, it was unbecoming for women to have interest in martial arts. The “traditional training” performed in most schools has a tendency to be quite brutal and eventually creates a very masculine image for women to the most feminine body. One of Calasanz’s specialties has been working with women to create a feminine, strong, and fit body which can endure the challenges of the most “traditional martial art.” Exercise varies from men and women to create the appropriate image for each. Men have a tendency to have a more muscular type of form, where women need to have a leaner and longer form.

Through the Perfect Fit you can sculpt your body into the fittest condition possible, achieve your fitness goals, improve current sports activities and learn something new and exciting at the same time.

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

Bunkai

Since I have gone back to one-on-one personal training, which is what I did for 28 years, my entire concept here is to get people more involved in their own bodies and to make them understand anatomy.

In martial arts and fitness there is something called “BUNKAI,” which is part of understanding not just what you do, but being able to see it from the inside out. That is why during the past six months, anyone who trains here with Jeff, Louis, Adam, or Alex, Calasanz will spend at least a half hour per month with them. Here we apply Bunkai, which is the understanding and analysis, not just of the techniques, but the human anatomy which will immediately give the student more understanding of what they are doing and what they could do to improve. As a result of Bunkai, their training will become easier and more effective. Calasanz bases these skills off of science training, which is the same as saying this is “SATORO,” meaning I understand it better now, but you are conscious that you understand it.

Imagine how many intelligent, educated people train or study martial arts. One thing that is missing in them is that some are not aware of their own physical body which is one of the skill Calasanz studied but he was also born with a gift that makes him a great instructor. Calasanz is not gifted in Karate or Kung Fu, but he is aware of the inside out of fitness and that has allowed him to put together thousands, even millions of techniques and exercises called Physical Arts.

If you go to YouTube, type in keywords like “Gorgeous Women Calasanz,” “Karate & Kung Fu Calasanz,” “Aerobic Fitness Calasanz,” “Super Power Commercials Calasanz,” “Movie Trailer Calasanz,” “Children and Kids Calasanz,” you will see what I am talking about.

Today Calasanz is applying science training, anatomy, and the overall understanding of one’s body to one-on-one training to get you results. This process immediately gives the individual another way of knowing themselves their own body inside and out.

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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

SKILL – Integrating mind, body and spirit

Calasanz experience in the martial arts has been an important tool for him as an instructor. His study of various forms of fighting arts has taught him how to integrate mind, body and spirit. As an instructor, his goal is to help his students achieve this integration. Many of Calasanz students lead very hectic lifestyles. Whether it is balancing the demands of work, school and family, students are looking for an outlet to release stress. The Calasanz System is designed to help students achieve the inner peace they are seeking. At the beginning stage of training, Calasanz believes that the student must start slowly. The body must become accustomed to a training schedule. The problem with some students is that they are impatient and want instant results. These students will come to class seven days a week and train for over one hour per session. If the student over trains, not only will his body become sore and overtired, but in his mind, he will also become frustrated and discouraged. Students who are training too much can also find themselves suffering from injuries because the body cannot adjust as quickly as the student wants.. Some of them even have been so embarrassed that they never came back.  If students train slowly and increase their training intensity when they are physically able, they are more likely to stick with their training on a long term basis.

The integration of mind, body and spirit does not come with throwing yourself into grueling training sessions, but develops over time as the student patiently makes his way through his chosen martial art.  As a student progresses in his martial arts studies, the movements become more complex.  This requires the student to reach deeper in himself in order to master a new level. Each level requires more patience and more looking into oneself for the strength to reach the next goal.  Over the years, a student develops the martial arts maturity and instead of seeing a kick or punch, they now see a way of life. They become more patient in their work and home environment, they become more confident and they also develop the perseverance to achieve their goals in life. When a student has reached this level, the integration has already started to take place.

Calasanz approach to martial arts training is to let students progress at their own pace.  An instructor who is too aggressive may find that students either get frustrated and fail to make any progress or give up training all together. The Calasanz System is tailored to the particular needs of the student under Calasanz supervision. Students progress to the next level when they are physically and mentally able to do so.

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

Making Fitness Part of Your Life: By Calasanz

Pick up a newspaper or turn on the local news on any given day and you are liable to hear a report on how Americans are getting fatter.  Government statistics tell us that approximately 60 percent of Americans-127 million people- are overweight.  Many women who enroll in my school tell me that one of their primary goals is to lose weight.  Unfortunately, some expect instant results.  They become discouraged and inpatient if they don’t see immediate weight loss. Some even drop out altogether.

In my 20 plus years of training men, women and children of all shapes and sizes, I have learned that diets just don’t work.  If they did, we wouldn’t have an obesity epidemic.  The diet industry continually makes promises that they can’t deliver and is fleecing the public at the tune of $40 billion dollars a year.  The diet industry doesn’t want to tell you the truth.  And why should they with the kind of money they’re taking out of people’s misery? 

The truth is that weight loss is difficult for many people to achieve. Weight loss is a personal struggle, complicated by an individual’s upbringing, eating habits, metabolism, genetics and psychology.  Yo-yo dieting and subjecting the body to strange eating regimes is much more detrimental to one’s physical and mental health than maintaining a steady weight. 

I’m not here to sell you the same bill of goods as the diet industry.  What I will do is encourage you to develop a healthy lifestyle and feel better about yourself.  When you train, come with the attitude that you want to move, breathe and stretch.  What is important is that you focus on wellness. 

If you want to lose weight, it will take patience, exercise, sensible diet changes and sacrifice.  There is no way around it.  Focus on fitness…moving, breathing, stretching, feeling strong and enjoying the martial arts.

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

507 Westport Ave.Norwalk,CT06851

www.calasanz.com

www.interdojo.com

www.the-perfectfit.com

Tournament Fighting or Training for the Streets? – Part Five: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography

Continued from: “Tournament Fighting or Training for the Streets? – Part Four: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography”

In the 1990’s, we moved our school to 507 Westport Avenue.  I purposely wanted a school with a high ceiling so that we could have boxing and kickboxing competitions.  We started promoting our Fight Nights on a regular basis.  One day, an instructor from New York City sent two of his students to my school to take private lessons from me because they were scheduled to fight some of my people at Fight Night.  I was more than happy to have them as customers, but the problem was that they were not interested in learning anything. Their teacher had sent them to me to learn something about my system, instead all they could say was that they could knock anyone out.  On the day of the fight, they ran into some trouble.  One of them got knocked out 8 times and kept getting up.  I gave him a lot of credit.  The other guy left here on a stretcher to Norwalk Hospital and was in a coma for 4 hours.  He was so arrogant during the fight that he purposely took off his headgear and that cost him an injury that he is still paying for to this day.  The most embarrassing part of this story is that he was 34 years old and my student was only 16!

Another incident took place just before our first event.  A friend and fellow marital artist came to my school one day with a group of his best students and his challenge was that any of his students could beat mine.  I was surprised at his behavior because he and I were good friends and I even helped him organize his martial arts school when he went into business.  I had one of his guys fight a student of mine who only had one arm.  During the first fight, my student almost killed his opponent.  I personally trained this young man in the art of counterattack.  He trained hard and absorbed what I taught him.  His opponent had been training in karate for 10 years.

In another fight, a couple of my guys were matched up with competitors who participated in knockdown tournaments on a weekly basis.  My students were not competing regularly.  They were teaching classes and doing some light physical workouts to stay in shape.  Both of my students were defeated in this tournament.  People started criticizing my school and gloating about this defeat.  My goal now was to put an end to their celebration.  I challenged them to a rematch and told them to give me three weeks to get these guys in fighting shape.  Three weeks later, my students sent one opponent after the other to the hospital.  Some even retired three well known fighters and instructors.  My mission with these fights was to prove that I could use my skills to correct the mistake of letting students fight who were not personally trained by me.

One match that stayed with me was the case of a young Japanese man who was being trained by one of my students who claimed to be an authentic Thai boxer.  I let him take control of the situation and assume responsibility for this young man’s training.  On the day of the fight, this young man was beat up because of the poor training he received.  After the fight, I went into the office with the other instructors and asked for 3 weeks to train this man myself.  This would cost me over $4,000, but I didn’t care; my name was at stake here.  Three weeks later, he was able to defeat his opponent in a rematch.

I had to do this again against a group of Kung-fu stylists.  I had mismatched my students with this group, partly because their instructor used to train with me and is even in one of my commercials.  I let my personal relationship with this guy get in the way of good judgment.  My guys lost, which made their opponents very happy.  I went through the same challenge.  Over the next 2 events, I retrained my students and they were able to retire the Kung-fu instructor and his students.  In another fight, I trained a 14 year old student to go up against a guy who had been training for 8 years with 2 excellent boxers.  I trained this kid privately for one month and he was able to defeat this guy with 8 years of experience. 

To be continued…

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

507 Westport Ave.Norwalk,CT06851

www.calasanz.com

www.interdojo.com

www.the-perfectfit.com

Tournament Fighting or Training for the Streets? – Part Two: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography

Continued from:“Tournament Fighting or Training for the Streets? – Part One: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography”

Another way I proved my skill was to train police officers.  I took my first police officer student and taught him how to move like a black belt within one month.  He spread the word as well as encouraged me to put an ad in the phone book advertising a Street Survivor course for law enforcement officers. The program was very successful and to this day, we continue to draw police officers, body guards, and security professionals to this school.  These are people who put their lives on the line everyday.  The fact that they trust us to train them and that we get repeat business from them is the best recommendation we can get for the Calasanz System.

Anyone who runs a martial arts school for any considerable length of time has had to prove himself just because of the nature of the business.  People very often come to the school with the desire to fight you because they have to prove something.  One day, a crazy Thai Boxer came through the door.  He was about 22 years old and told me that he had many fights.  While he had great technique, he lacked shin conditioning.  He had a trial lesson and he threw a kick to kill me.  Luckily, I always trained to protect my head, so his kick didn’t connect.  I then took a deep breath and we touched gloves.  I took a Chinese boxing stance and he came to hit me even harder.  I closed the gap and threw a punch to his head that could have broken his neck, but I let the strike pass through so it wouldn’t connect.  He was as pale as a ghost.  That was the end of his trial lesson.  He came to the office and signed up for a month of private lessons.

Another group of visiting kickboxers came through the doors in 1990.  They were a couple of big guys who wanted to throw their weight around.  The bigger of the two wanted to fight one of my students.  I watched him fight for a while and he was the type that didn’t like to block.  He just would take blows because he thought he was tough guy.  I put him to spar with my student Tony, who I had been training for three months.  Tony delivered a heel kick to his stomach that almost made this guy throw up.  He walked around, got back his wind and then came at Tony like he was going to kill him.  I jumped in the ring and told him that he needed to use defensive techniques; that offense without defense did not work in this system.

Some of my students enjoyed competing in tournaments and I have supported their desire to compete over the years. My school participated in competitions and demonstrations for about 15 years.  We’ve taken a break for the last 4 years, but from time to time, we send groups to compete in fighting or kata.  It really isn’t a concentrated effort on our part.  We just send them without any special preparation, just the regular training that they get here.  Even in this relaxed atmosphere, our students placed 1st and 2nd in a variety of categories against one of the best schools in the world.  The katas we teach here are some of the best for competition, even though our system is not dependent on kata.

To be continued…

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

507 Westport Ave.Norwalk,CT06851

www.calasanz.com

www.interdojo.com

www.the-perfectfit.com

 

Training the Beginner: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography

Continued from: “Teaching the Calasanz System – Part Three: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography”

I tell my beginning students to stop focusing on how they look and concentrate on how they feel.  Do they have more energy?  So they have more confidence?  This is what is important.  If you stick with something long enough, you will eventually see the physical results.  But within a few months, you start to feel more secure in that you’ve learned something about defending yourself.

Our first job with beginners is to work on their coordination.  New students sometimes come to this school with misconceptions about martial arts training and their own abilities.  For example, I have had many new students who have only worked out on machines.  Some of them have a hard time making this transition, especially when they have to rely on their bodies to do the work.  I had one woman who enrolled in the school after having spent several years working with machines.  She told me that she wanted to take the traditional approach to studying the martial arts.  It took me many months to work on her coordination.  She was studying for her green belt and had to break a board.  She was nervous about this so I arranged for a black belt instructor to help her get ready for the break.  Her training required that her instructor to swing at her, she would evade it and then strike the pad with her shin.  The next day she came into my office and complained that she had a tiny bruise on her shin.  She was very angry and I was even more upset that we were having this conversation.  A tiny bruise is inconsequential to what she had learned.  I told her that a tiny bruise is nothing in comparison to what she learned here at the school.  I reminded her of all I went through just to teach her the basics.  She was now coordinated and able to train on her own without equipment.  She didn’t want to hear it.  She left in the middle of class and didn’t return.

We’ve had many students who have trained here because they couldn’t train anywhere else. We had the patience to work with them and help them develop skills that they never thought they would have.  Once they learn how to control their bodies, they go off to other martial arts schools or take up dancing, yoga or some other type of physical activity.  Now we have trained them to adapt to any physical activity.  We get a lot of students who end up coming back because of the amount of attention we pay to their training.  When they return, they find they have forgotten what they worked so hard to attain.  Some of them don’t understand that it is the skill of the instructor and their commitment that can help them maintain a healthy body for the rest of their lives. 

To be continued…

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

507 Westport Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851

www.calasanz.com

www.interdojo.com

www.the-perfectfit.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…

Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness

507 Westport Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851

www.calasanz.com

www.interdojo.com

www.the-perfectfit.com