Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness: Basic Philosophies – by Calasanz

WHAT YOU NEED TO FIGHT

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.

THE GROUND

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.”

BRUTALITY

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.

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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.

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A Commentary on Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method: Basic Training, Volume 2 – by Calasanz

What is it about a man like Bruce Lee that has made him a martial arts legend?  While the fancy stunts of Jackie Chan and Jet Li provide us with heart stopping entertainment, most of these feats employ the use of trick photography, strings and trampolines.  What is so intriguing about Bruce Lee is that the man was real and so were his martial arts.  Regardless of who comes and goes at the box office, there will never be another Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method: Basic Training was released by Bruce’s wife, Linda Lee Caldwell, in 1977.  During his lifetime, Bruce was hesitant to publish his training material because he wanted to avoid people learning from his books and then misleading the public into believing that were personally trained by him.  It is important when reading Basic Training not to get sidetracked by the antiquated training equipment.  These photographs were taken in the late 60’s and do not depict what we modern day martial artists are used to by today’s standards.  What does require your attention is his training philosophy and the means by which you may improve your overall body conditioning.  While following his training guidelines will not turn you into another Bruce Lee, you will improve your skill and fitness level if you put in the effort. 

One of the key ingredients to being able to handle yourself on the streets is good physical conditioning.  It is also important to master simple, effective strikes that may be accessed during a time where adrenaline is flooding your body and clouding your mind.  It is in these moments that simple is best.  All the fancy, rehearsed combinations fly out the window.  This book prepares you for that reality.

Basic Training wastes no time in getting to the heart of Bruce Lee’s training philosophy.  Chapter One launches into the importance of increasing your aerobic endurance and then proceeds to show you how.  This is followed by Chapter Two, entitled The On-Guard Position.  A detailed discussion of the importance of maintaining a proper on-guard stance also includes an analysis of classical fighting stances and how many of them hinder efficient defensive movement.  Correct body alignment and the importance of maintaining proper balance is also addressed in this chapter.  Basic Training then logically proceeds to developing proper footwork in Chapter Three.   Bruce Lee’s evasion principles are introduced as they show martial artists how to get out of the way of an attack.

The next two chapters look at power and speed and how to achieve both with the use of training equipment.  Bruce Lee’s famous one-inch punch is discussed in Chapter 4 and readers are taught that generating such awesome power requires the coordination of everything from the right way to make a fist, to the proper way to pivot your hip.  Using the hands and legs to strike objects like air shields, heavy bags, focus mitts and the makiwara is also demonstrated.   Speed Training talks about the importance of building lightening speed without giving your technique away to your opponent.  Bruce Lee learned about the importance of not “telegraphing” by observing the art of fencing. 

Since opening his doors in 1979, Calasanz has sold over 1,000 copies of Basic Training.  “This book inspired and helped me realize the depth of Bruce Lee’s skill,” says Calasanz.  “He wasn’t a tournament fighter who fought for a fancy plastic trophy.  Bruce Lee was someone who could survive on the streets.” Without degrading or upgrading any particular style of martial arts, Bruce Lee trained intelligently, dispensing techniques that were impractical for street survival.  Bruce Lee’s methods are useful to any martial arts practitioner regardless of their chosen style and our students are still adhering to his training philosophy in the new millennium. 

Basic Training does indeed get to the heart of its title.  This classic is easy to understand, logically sequenced and fundamentally sound.  Bruce Lee’s legacy lives on because he was …REAL…in all respects.

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Are you an individual that wants to become more competitive in athletics? by Calasanz

Are you trying to make the travel team instead of the rec. team? Possibly, you’re trying to be selected to the Varsity team instead of the J. V. team. College hockey may be your dream or maybe you just want to beat the Canadians when your team competes in Canada.

My system of training and exercise creates total body conditioning for any sport. It is a unique and simplistic system anyone can learn. We start with flexibility, stretching, and light weight exercises. We improve all athletic skills by teaching fully coordinated body movements. We teach an individual how to train aggressively yet intelligently. After the fundamentals are understood, we make your techniques sport specific for hockey.

The benefits of my system yields explosive leg power, improves stride length, and increases leg speed…as forearm and shoulder strength improves, as you will stick handling, soft hands, and wrist shot techniques improve. My system of hip movements will enhance your checking, slap shot, and taking skills. We will increase your hip flexion and hip extension strength. With years of training in my system, your peripheral vision will improve dramatically. Your foot speed, hand speed, concentration, and hand-eye coordination will all get noticeably better. We even teach breathing techniques to help you relax between shifts. The balance techniques we teach are unique to our system and are very, very effective

We utilize different exercises for male and female athletes. Our techniques for women maintain femininity yet increase strength and endurance beyond comparison. We incorporate plyometric exercises to improve and complement speed techniques. We work hard to build a strong foundation, so that when you begin lifting heavier weights to excel in Midget, Junior, or College hockey, you have developed total body strength and excellent flexibility, through our system of training.

We give you the mental strength to accept challenges you normally wouldn’t accept. We develop the physical strengths and confidence to accomplish those challenges. We use positive motivation techniques to help individuals achieve their desired results.

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WHAT IS NATURAL POWER? by Calasanz

Calasanz was about nine years old when he noticed a man insulting a lady. That man was around 22 years old, tall, and physically fit. Even at a young age, Calasanz defended the lady. If no one intervened, the fight may have ended badly for the man. I trapped this man’s head on a fence covered with barbed wire and I was choking him. I was a strong kid and thankfully for that guy, someone broke up the fight.

I was loved and famous since I was two years old with most of my fame coming from dancing, singing, and working harder than anyone else on the farm. At the age of seven I was milking 20 cows. On top of being so strong, I had high energy and my parents could not control me. One particular fight was against a young man named Alvarado who was insulting my cousin Jose.  Jose was not fighting back, so I jumped to his defense. Alvarado was older and twice my size and normally would have helped defend me did not have to interfere because I was kicking Alvarado so hard that all he could do was try to survive. This fight even became popular among the neighbors and was talked about for quite some time. I kicked like a mule in that fight. What I did to Alvarado back then was karate. I was able to teach my five year old brother how to counter attack. My brother got into a fight one day and applied what I taught him and at one point punched a kid so hard that he was down for almost three minutes. There were some bad kids around; we were the well behaved, educated kids, who did not take abuse from anyone.

Now I can reflect back to when I played softball. I was young, responsible, popular, and I worked at a bank. The bank had a softball league, so they convinced me to play, knowing that as a kid, I was a very good player.  Even though at this point in life, I was dedicated to martial arts and stopped playing other sports like baseball and softball. I decided to play the season and we won the championship. I gained popularity by hitting the ball so hard. All the players would laugh at me when I stepped up to the plate but I always turned those laughs around by getting hit after hit. During one of the games, a teammate and police officer named Brian, who was as big as a football player, and me weighing 120 pounds, both went to catch a fly ball. Second before Brian crashed into me, he screamed and said, “Look who I am crashing into today.” Brian ended up getting the worst of the collision and almost cried.  I was 16 years old and just 120 pounds.

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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…

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

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

I was often asked by some tournament promoters to come and help out with judging and giving my famous Super Break demonstrations during intermission.  When I helped with judging, I saw that a lot of cheating was going on.  Judges would show a lot of favoritism and ignore the scoring of points when it didn’t benefit their students.  I was very careful to capture every move and to score fairly.  I was also very fair when my own students fought and would award the points to the one who deserved it.  

At this one tournament where I was a regular, the promoter had tremendous respect for me, my system and my students.  I remember the first time they were introducing all of the masters and of course all of their ranks, some included 5th, 6th and 7th degree black belts.  Then they called me and I just had a black belt.  Everyone looked at me and expected that I would have some high rank.  I never pursued a higher rank because I wanted to be a well-rounded martial artist.  I didn’t want to get locked into one system for the rest of my life.  I wanted to see the whole logic behind the martial arts.  In addition, I am of the opinion that a lot of these ranks are artificial and self-created.  I remember one guy who claimed to be a Grandmaster of Wing Chun.  I found this hard to believe considering he was only 29 years old.  He took out an ad in a local newspaper where he applauded himself for being elected Grandmaster of Wing Chun by an association that he started himself!!! 

As an instructor, I am constantly asked about my school’s tournament participation and how many trophies I myself have won.  I’d like to start off by saying that I have great respect for martial artists who devote their time to training for kata and point fighting competition.  It takes a lot of discipline and hard work to pursue these goals.  What I object to is the public’s perception that the sign of a great fighter is winning lots of tournaments.  Unfortunately, today’s martial art tournaments look more like gymnastics and dance routines.  Some instructors who do well at tournaments, but have no street fighting experience try to convince their students that they can teach them how to protect themselves on the streets.  A person would have to train for many years in a traditional martial art before he would be able to use it on the streets.  Growing up in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic gave me a lot of street fighting experience when I wasn’t even looking.  Part of being a man were I come from meant that you didn’t back down from a challenge.  This went on even after I started taking martial arts.  Men would always challenge each other to knock down, drag down fights.  In 1975, one of my first instructors, a brown belt killer, who was twice my size, wanted to fight me despite the fact that I only had a few lessons in karate.  Finally, he convinced me to fight.  Because of my experience in street fighting, they had to stop the fight by pulling me off of him.  No matter how many belts, stripes, degrees or trophies you have, nothing beats the experience you get on the streets.

In 1995, I started making my movie, so we weren’t very focused on sending people to tournaments for about 4 years.  Several opportunities did present themselves and they were too good to pass up.  One of my students, Jim Calvi, had his own school called Force Three Tae Kwon Do.  I was interested in proving my skills as an instructor.  I trained a group of 12 students to participate in the 1996 Olympic trials in both kata and fighting.  Because we were not a tae kwon do school, we competed under the Force Three name because the competition was limited to practitioners of Tae Kwon Do.  Some of my students ended up having to fight each other for the gold medal.  I didn’t care that they weren’t fighting under my name.  All I cared about was to prove a point and that my skills as an instructor could be applied in a variety of areas. 

To be continued…

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

 

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

I have prepared many students for competition, who could survive a real fight with a street fighter.  Not all students however, are able to do this.  This doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t train in martial arts.  By training, they increase there chances for survival in a self-defense situation.  They can also enjoy the martial arts as physical fitness, mind development and as the study of an ancient art. When  I mentioned point fighters earlier in this piece, I indicated that real fighting and point fighting are really two separate issues and that successful point fighters shouldn’t fool themselves into thinking that they are reality fighters.  This does not mean however that point fighters and other competitors are not true martial artists.  It takes a lot of discipline and self-denial to train for competition. Tournament training also takes facing your fears and becoming your own personal best.  These people have a place in the martial arts. 

I had a few students who came to me with the intention of becoming tournament point fighters.  Their names were Mark, Dave and Matt.  Because of the reputation I had built with my street fighter competitors, these guys were immediately matched up with opponents who were instructors!  I made a deal with one of their mothers and promised her that if she agreed to drive her son to the competitions, I would make him #1 in New England in his division within a year an a half.  It happened.  Within that period of time, he was #1 in New Englandand 4th in the nation in sparring and in kata.

As I mentioned earlier, I earned my reputation by training street fighters.  They fought not only in the streets, but I also sent them to tournaments so that I could prove myself in the martial arts community.  Many of them became popular competitors.  When they first started, they would get disqualified because they were accustomed to street fighting.  I decided that if we were going to continue going to tournaments, we would have to learn to play by the rules.  So I taught them how to play the game.  I trained them to score at least 12 points before their opponent scored 3.  Eventually, many of them started winning.  They did as best as they could, considering opponents went to tournaments every week and they were just competing on a part-time basis. 

It was a common practice to match my students with some of the toughest competitors.  Sometimes it was even hard for them to register in advance because they would purposely try to stack the deck against us.  I had tried point fighting myself and gave up on it because it was more of a game to me than a fighting art.  If you learned the little tricks of playing the game, you could win.  What I feared about engaging in point fighting, was that my fighting ability would suffer because I would develop bad habits.  Point fighting rules that require you to pull punches and make no contact with your opponent are directly opposed to the skills you need to learn to survive on the streets.  One guy who trained with me for point fighting tournaments earned the nickname “Flash” because his moves were so fast and fancy.  While he was one of the best point fighters, he had a problem when he tried to engage in hard fighting because of the habits he had developed.

To be continued…

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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…

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

Continued from: “Training Students from other Systems Part Two: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography”

While some like martial arts competition, I believe that it creates a false impression of one’s fighting skill.  As a martial artist, I never wanted to be accused of being a phony.  I hated hearing people accuse Bruce Lee of “not being able to fight his way out of a paper bag.”  On the contrary, Bruce Lee was for real.  Read any of his books and you will see that his philosophy made sense. Does the fact that he didn’t spend his martial arts career in the ring mean that he was not a great fighter?  I was never interested in tournaments, so I chose other ways for people to understand my skills.  It seems that a lot of martial artists are under the impression that you can’t fight unless you have a bunch of medals and trophies.  There is nothing farther from the truth.  Some of the best fighters in the world have never set foot in the ring.

One of the ways I proved my skill in the Dominican Republic was to fight the winner of any tournament in the local park or at his home.  When I came to this country, I noticed that people put a lot of emphasis on tournaments, so I thought I’d try one. I was watching this point fighter who got beat up so bad.  The most disturbing thing was that he won.  All the judges and referees were his coaches.  This guy had no skill, not even enough to play the game of point fighting.  He walked out of there with a six foot trophy with all of his friends congratulating him!! 

I talked myself into competing at a point tournament, and it reminded me of playing pool or dominos.  It wasn’t about fighting.  In order to play, you had to know little tricks.  I got in the ring with this guy, threw a technique and waited for the call of the judge.  My opponent caught me off balance and hit me.  When I was ready to continue fighting, the fight was over.  I had no clue what happened, but that was not a fight, it was more like a game of tag.  I was so angry that I couldn’t sleep that night.  The next day, I found another tournament and the same thing happened.  It was the most ridiculous experience I ever had.  I thought long and hard as to whether I wanted to continue wasting my time.  I decided that I was not going to try to play games.  I had come to this country to make a movie and become a well rounded martial artist.  I wanted to be real and express myself as did Bruce Lee.  I didn’t need to prove anything by winning a trophy.  If I wanted to fight for real, like I did in the Dominican Republic, it was not going to happen through point fighting.

I had a friend who came from Brazil and taught Capoeira. He invited me to one of his shows where he asked me to help put on a demonstration.  One of the guys who was there was a point fighter from a well-known demo team.  He had lightning speed.  I’m talking very fast.  I learned a lot during my first point fight, so I was ready.  We squared off.  I closed the gap so fast that his head banged into my block and he almost knocked himself out.  This is how you use skill versus flashy techniques. 

In 1989, I wanted to test my skill against a boxer.  I arranged a fight with someone who was in the top ten of his weight class at Gleason’s Gym.  Because I was keeping such a grueling teaching and training schedule, I had to cancel the fight.  I was training at 3:00AM and teaching from 5:00AM to 11:00PM.  (That’s why boxers need sponsors.  Running a business leaves no time for rest and recuperation.)  I still wanted to fight a boxer, so I arranged a fight with someone named Vito, who was planning to turn pro.  No one in the audience saw him land a punch. Vito was a very tough guy and weighed about 205 pounds as opposed to my 145.  He also had fought 100 amateur fights and was never knocked down.  I did this to prove to myself and to my students that I wasn’t a point fighter and I could withstand a fight with a boxer.

To be continued…

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