~Stay Alert!~ Even in Training

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Moving forward now we release the story of an unfortunate training accident occurring at our school.  With ever increasing speculation and wonderment push us towards full transparency and being completely open taking nothing to the grave.  The Lesson to be learned is simple, train with awareness and always be protecting yourself.

Calasanz – Showing what is inside the Martial Arts – Part 2: by Calasanz

(Continued from part 1) Being sent to the city to study and immediately taking this journey of wanting to be the most educated person with just one purpose: to get a good job at a good company. Already having received the news from one of the best accountants in the Dominican Republic, Filiberto Rodriguez, and at this point was teaching all sorts of clerical business on his School (Academia “Las Mercedes”), Calasanz finished high school and was sent to Popular Bank one of the biggest banks in operation.

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Calasanz soon felt uncomfortable because he knew that there was something better waiting for him, and did not waste time. Because of achieving so many diplomas, the bank would let me go to study and specialize in English as a second language in order to get much higher position, and this was very early in his career. All in Calasanz mind was going to America and making a movie with this he believed he would be just like Bruce Lee, but soon he realized after coming to the US, that was much more than just being like Bruce Lee.

In the beginning he even yelled and made sounds like Bruce Lee, and then he said to himself; “wait a minute I can be myself and I don’t need any to use from anybody else because of the ability I was born with”.

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When he got to Bridgeport University in Connecticut he was the talk of the town. In less than one week he was know all over Bridgeport, and this was all based on his training methods but specifically because of his immense athletic ability which was seen in his jumping kicks and that nobody else could come close to imitate.

One month later he called the bank, I just told Mr Simon Castro who was the Vice-President of the bank, “I am staying in America, the dream is too beyond to let it go, I am making a movie and I will be Bruce Lee or as famous as Bruce Lee”.

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Calasanz – Showing what is inside the Martial Arts – Part 1: by Calasanz

Calasanz Life in the martial arts has been completely about showing what is inside the Art of Martial arts. He feels that even still after Bruce Lee brought to the screen a sense of emotion, expression, style, beauty of the martial arts and introduced it to the world before anybody else, today many still can not grasp the concept of this.

Calasanz considers himself as being born with this gift to understand that there is much more to the martial arts. It is not just kicking, punching, going to the ground, shooting, striking somebody with a weapon, etc, but rather, there is reality, beauty, style, balance, grounding, flexibility, endurance, conditioning, posture, stance, reflect, pride, character, success, intelligence, etc. and all of this is part of Kung Fu and the martial arts. Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Mauy Thai boxing, American and Recreational boxing, this is was Calasanz believes and the understanding of the art of martial arts which indeed can be real, but it can be beautiful and stylistic at the same time.

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A Calasanz’s Quotation, “Since I was a baby, a kid and a teenager, there was something that was beyond me, because of the age I could not understand, later on I could understand what was inside me”.

What brought the realization to Calasanz that something was beyond him? Calasanz going to the movies with his father and seeing Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon”. It opened a new career direction and a clear idea of who Calasanz was, could and wanted to be. (To be continued!)

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Calasanz 30th Anniversary Dojo Testing Special to be held on February 16th, 2013

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For years, Calasanz has tirelessly worked to take care of his students. Back in the day, Calasanz scheduled a big promotion date on a Saturday and those who were scheduled to help at the last minute were not able to attend. Instead of canceling, Calasanz tested 120 students himself. This included coaching, holding boards for breaking, registering, taking registration fees, making change and encouraging each student to do his or her best. Calasanz did the work of 10 people that day and all the students who worked hard and prepared for months were able to test and get promoted.

In honor of Calasanz 30th year of martial art excellence, he will be repeating this feat again and testing all his students by himself upstairs! This kind of event is special and rare. He has only done this a few times over his long illustrious career in the martial arts! Students will be able to schedule their test from 4am to 11pm on Saturday February 16th. This test will be filmed by a professional videographer and still photos will be taken. Internet links will be distributed to corresponding students in order to view your personal results online.

Many students from the past who know who Calasanz really is, will be here in order to honor this special occasion. Some of them will be testing and or participating in a 5 minute video recording. This day should be about ours students and their test with Calasanz.

Everyone get ready!!!!

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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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Simply stated…Chi is the energy that powers life!

In Asia, Chi has been recognized and understood for millennia. It’s the basis for both Martial Arts and traditional Chinese medicine. It’s the universal energy field that taps the electromagnetic fields of our earth and our universe. Like radio waves or microwaves, it can’t be seen, but must be judged by the results it produces.

For many years, Calasanz has trained like a modern day shaolin monk, developing his chi and his martial arts skill through daily eighteen hour workouts in his dojo. It is Calasanz’s goal to help his students develop this awesome power, without having to engage in the grueling workouts he himself has endured throughout his years of training. To achieve this goal, he has referred his training system to help students access their Chi as quickly and as powerful as possible.

Chi is an inner gift that we all possess, that we must cultivate in order to reap its many rewards. The development of one’s chi takes patience, persistence, discipline and the repetition of techniques designed to stimulate this power. To develop his chi, a martial arts student must first understand the concept of “Go” (which means hard ), and “Ju” (which means soft), and its application in the execution of martial art techniques. Bruce Lee was a master of chi and because of this; he was able to deliver powerful blows with his hands, his feet and his entire energy system.

A student who is too hard or too soft in his practice is out of balance. The right combination of Go and Ju is necessary to help facilitate the chi and deliver its power. This is why Calasanz emphasizes proper technique, when training students. If a technique is sloppy, the chi can not be effectively directed toward its target. If the technique exerts too much energy, the chi is wasted, and the student will lack endurance. Styles such as certain styles of Karate, for example, are very “hard” or “Go” in their execution of techniques. While these styles are a brutal in their system of Karate, they also lack balance. Too much Go, not enough Ju. Proper balance of Go and Ju is what makes the Calasanz System of Karate & Kung-Fu effective and popular among its students.

We believe Martial Arts offers something important to everyone on the planet- the chance to be the very best you can be. No matter what age you are…no matter what physical shape you are in… Martial Arts can transform your life.

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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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BALANCED IN EVERY WAY OF LIFE: by Calasanz

I have noticed many times, immediately when someone gets overwhelmed with work the first thing is stop exercising, or training in the martial arts. When I refer to martial arts, I am talking about quality schools; a school where you learn what martial arts has to offer in a traditional, or even in a recreational way, without being a joke. Too many students train in karate, jujitsu, tae-kwan-do, etc, and the instructor just rewards them for everything they do, but the last thing they are learning is the beauty of the art which is based on other principles of life other than just being rewarded.

When you train in martial arts, it is just a way to feel better, to strengthen your joints, your balance, your grounding. You must feel that you don’t have to just hurt someone, it is for fighting but it the way of the warrior, so fighting must be part of what you are leaning, that is the part that differentiates you from other people. Someone is swinging at you, and you are avoiding their attack without hitting the person.

When talking about the Calasanz System, this is martial arts that is completely balanced all around, develops your confidence, self esteem, balance, flexibility, joint strength, and can rehabilitate any part of your body which has been injured before. Learning self-defense techniques the Calasanz way, we make sure that you understand what works and what does not work. Learning something that you do not have to think, your body does it as muscle memory, you get pushed you recover into a balance, somebody swings, and you duck or move the head out of the way.

Martial arts means putting the time in to do things better, dealing with your friends better, with more confidence, including your family, wife and children better, so martial arts just mean success and balance in every way of your life.

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Children are taught to know themselves at Calasanz Martial Arts.

Calasanz has spent many years working primarily with children and has proven to himself that he can get his message across even to young minds. Other instructors have asked him, “What is your secret? How do you teach martial arts to children so young?” The answer is simple. Calasanz explains that he emphasizes basic techniques which help at a range of different levels.

When Calasanz first went into business and began to promote childrens’ classes a lot of parents were scared to enroll their children at the school. By this time Calasanz had earned a reputation in the area for producing some of the toughest fighters. What the parents did not see and were not aware of is that while Martial Arts training can produce a tough and durable fighter, real Martial Arts training teaches people not to fight. Calasanz emphasizes defense and respect for your Martial Arts knowledge and abilities. He teaches children never to be the aggressor and not to strike your friends, brothers or sisters because they could hurt somebody with their ability.

When it comes to childrens’ martial arts training there innumerable benefits to be reaped from such a pursuit, not all of which are physical. In traditional school or community team sports some children don’t make the final cut to get on the team and while some schools and community programs have tried to remedy this at the end of the day even those that make the team may spend a good deal of time on the bench. In martial arts training every child, regardless of their capabilities is welcomed and capable of practicing and improving themselves. This gives a child a sense of pride, that yes they can participate within a group, and yes, they can engage in physical activity.

Another benefit of the Calasanz System is that a code of conduct is put into place which promotes self-discipline, respect, and courtesy. Those whose purpose of studying martial arts to gain an aggressive edge are quickly set straight. Calasanz encourages a positive respectful attitude both inside and outside of the school.

Training in martial arts will also greatly improve a child’s concentration and attention span. It will increase their physical fitness as well sharpen their mental abilities.

Children who practice the martial arts become aware of their surroundings.

So what type of improvement do children see from the Calasanz system? Well, all of the above plus many amazing physical improvements. Improved coordination, balance, strength, power, grounding, and focus. Through the practicing of drills, coaching, sparring, forms, and katas your children will have strengthened joints and a basic knowledge of aerobic isolation and isometric movements which gives the Calasanz system its unique qualities and ultimately its name.

All of these improvements not only increase a child’s performance in their particular sport, but also in all other areas of their lives. The Calasanz System focuses on building a child by improving not only their body but also their character.

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Why My Method of Wing Chun Training is Unique: by Calasanz

The Calasanz System includes my unique method of Wing Chun training.  While I have used my creativity to expand on the Wing Chun system, I have great respect for the traditional roots of any martial art that I have studied and great reverence for the men I learned from.  In my Bio, I talk about my training and that I learned from several instructors after I spent many years with my Goju Ryu master, Tamojoshi Sakamoto.  My reason for doing this was to become a well-rounded martial artist.  That is why I studied with others at least to the point of brown belt- to get a basic understanding of the differences.  I did however; absorb myself in the study of Wing Chun, learning the entire system from Moyat, a master based in Chinatown, New York City, by taking private lessons with him.

I studied Wing Chun because I wanted to learn a martial art from Southern China and for to balance my history of training in “hard” styles with a “soft” one.  I was also looking to work internally and expand on the philosophy taught to me by Tamojoshi Sakamoto, my Goju Ryu master.  I remember having dinner many times with him in the evening and writing down every thing he said.  He taught me two great lessons.  One is that the enemy lies within; in the obstacles I placed between success and myself.  The second was Narano-kan-nin, Surga-kan-nin.  This means that forgiving the unforgivable releases the burden of carrying anger and hatred.  Studying a “soft” style helped me integrate these lessons on a physical, mental and spiritual level. 

When I left Moyat’s school in 1980, I did so on very good terms.  I began teaching Wing Chun with Moyat’s blessing, because I wouldn’t do it any other way.  In 1987, Moyat came to my school in Norwalk and conducted a seminar in Wing Chun.  He did this out of respect for me, as well as to help my school deal with another Wing Chun school that was creating problems.  The instructor at this school gave himself the title of “Grandmaster”, claiming that he too studied under Moyat, which was not the case.  Moyat also came to Norwalk out of respect for our student/teacher relationship. When I was training at Moyat’s, he was having some trouble with people coming to the school to challenge his students.  The students taking the group classes could not handle the problem because at the time, he reserved certain training methods, like wooden dummy, only for his private students.  I had been in so many confrontations like this in the Dominican Republic that this was old news to me.  I fought any of the guys who came to his school looking to cause trouble and eventually put a stop to the problem without anyone getting seriously hurt.

My method of Wing Chun training is integrated in The Calasanz System, so my students have a well-rounded approach, not only to Wing Chun, but also to self-defense.  This integration was never meant to disrespect or criticize my Wing Chun teacher or any other Wing Chun instructor.  It is my way of expanding this traditional style to supplement its softness with the hardness of other styles, to create a well-rounded martial artist.  It is an approach that many have benefited from and enjoyed over the years.

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