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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507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

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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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1-203-847-6528

507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851

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Traditional Training – Not for Mainstream America: by Calasanz

I had the chance to relax and watch one of those great Chinese martial art movies.  You know the ones with the subtitles and great sound effects.  The film caught my interest because it was about Wing Chun, my absolute favorite martial art.  The actors displayed some of the most beautiful techniques I have seen that rivaled those of the late Bruce Lee

In one scene, the master is working with a student who apparently is one of his favorites.  The master however doesn’t coddle him and make life easy.  Instead, he demands perfection.  He yells at the student for his mistakes and tells him he is the dumbest and the most fool of any student he has ever taught.  If you have ever seen any of these movies, you will notice that the masters are extremely demanding and verbally abusive.

The film illustrates the reality of traditional martial arts instruction. I was trained this way and so were my instructors.  This was also the way my father raised me.   Today we call it “tough love.” 

I learned over the years that this method of teaching doesn’t work in this country.  American students who have had no exposure to traditional teaching methods often feel insulted when a teacher admonishes them, when in fact the truth is that he wants them to shine.  Also, many students look at their relationship with their martial arts instructor as that of a consumer and a service provider.  This is contrary to the tradition of respecting the master regardless of what he dishes out.

This doesn’t mean that I throw out useless and insincere compliments just to make students feel good.  Students who come from other systems sometimes tell me that they were complimented so much by their instructors even when they knew themselves that they weren’t performing correctly.  This I refuse to do.  We still have an obligation to teach and teach well. 

Too much coddling is counterproductive and creates an illusion in the mind of the student.  So while I’ve changed my ways for mainstream America, I haven’t stopped demanding that they give it all they got.  I’ve just changed my approach.

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Bruce Lee was and is still my inspiration in the world of martial arts: by Calasanz

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Bruce Lee was and is still my inspiration in the world of martial arts. When I came to this country a friend of mine brought me a copy of Lee’s book, “Tao of Jeet Kune Do,” and when I read it, I said I wanted to be as good as Bruce, especially because everything he wrote, all his notes, and philosophy was what I believed and was what I was already doing.

Even many years ago when I was just a child, a strong child growing up on a farm, I figured out how to bring a cow to the ground by looking how the animal was proportioned.  I noticed this gap on the cow’s belly so I used to step towards the cow by stepping with one foot behind my other, then I exploded into the cow with a heel kick knocking it down, sometimes for over a minute, then it got right back up and went about its business as usual eating hay and such.

I could not believe the same kick I used on the cow was the same kick I saw Bruce Lee performing in a film clip while demonstrating Chinese boxing. When Bruce would strike, he put his hips and body into every strike, which is something I have been doing all my life, and right there and then I knew I had a natural gift for martial arts.

Another trait of mine that follows Bruce’s way of thinking is that I never followed what everyone else was doing.  A great example was when I went to a karate school and noticed a couple of guys striking each other. They were going blow for blow without any real attempt to block. So I said to myself “you are telling me the person with the strongest gut was going to come out on top?” To me, that was not what the martial arts is all about, so I left for three months to train on my own and work on the things I deemed important as opposed to what everyone else was doing. When that time was up I was able to easily challenge and beat anyone in that school, including the instructors.

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Commentary on a Compliment from Anish on FaceBook

Comment: u are a best martial arts trainer!! Anish J.

Response: Thank you for your compliment, Anish. What I originally wanted was a great scholastic career, and I earned over 25 certifications by learning languages like English, French, Italian, etc. Then I saw the movie “Enter the Dragon,” starring Bruce Lee and that was when I decided it was all I wanted to do. I came to this country with one dream, and that was to make a movie. I achieved that goal and that film is titled “Crossing the Line.”  I was born to teach, I am sure that you have seen some of my videos.  

Anish, one of my main goals is to help students of the martial arts, who are already martial artists or teachers. It is good to know that these skills allow me to help anyone, no matter how advanced they are. I can improve what talents they already possess. My philosophy is based on you keeping your cup full of the knowledge that you have already, together, we will fill it up with more knowledge.  -Calasanz

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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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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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ONLY THE STRONG: by Calasanz

Frank Dux visited Calasanz Physical Arts in 1990 and said that Calasanz was the most qualified school for a seminar based on grounding techniques.  I know that many people have criticized Frank Dux, but primarily because of the movie “Bloodsport.” I knew that it was just a story since day one, but I would never say that Frank Dux was not a good fighter and martial artist. He was and still is. However, Frank Dux (who was making a fortune in my school in Connecticut holding seminars every three months) seemingly had something to do with sabotaging my part in the movie “Only the Strong,” .

I was noticed immediately during the audition of “Only the Strong.” The director and producer stopped what they were doing and started recording me with a real interest. At the end of the audition, they said they wanted me in this movie from beginning to end. I was sent home to start training for this role, but I got a call from Frank Dux saying, “You don’t have to travel to the set in Miami yet, you are in the movie.” It was like saying, “You don’t have to rehearse.” By the time I got on a plane to Miami, the movie was almost finished. Luckily, the producer and director told me I would still be in the movie towards the end.

Just to fly to Miami took a lot on my part since I am terrified of being up there. Many Hollywood stars like Jean-Claude Van Damme, Daniel Bernhardt, and Canal Kritza even came to Connecticut just to audition with me. The filmmakers wanted to bring me to California for the shoot but I did not go and agreed on Miami instead.

Director Sheldon Lettich and martial artist/actor Paco Prieto spent a lot of time trying to convince Mark Dacascos to fight without a shirt. No one could convince Mark to do this. At this time, my body was probably better than Bruce Lee’s. Even though I was emulating Bruce, I was creating my own image and breathing techniques that not too many martial artists could use.

I will never forget how embarrassed I was when I realized that I lost most of my part on this movie just because of Frank Dux. Especially since The Norwalk Hour printed a nice story about me being a part of this film. Three years after I got to this country I had a television show that played nationally. In 1987, Hollywood came calling, including Ron Howard, who was being taught by Ali. He saw video if me in action and enjoyed it. Ron Howard called twice, and gave me advice and addresses of where to go to get further in Hollywood.

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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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I Am Just Teaching What I Love

Calasanz has a skill in which he is capable of seeing, judging, and understanding the potential of any student at any moment. I was teaching a guy who had the physique of a Marine; strong, aggressive, young, and intelligent. He looked like the type of person that an agent would promote in the modeling industry. Calasanz was judging his toughness and aggressiveness. Then I thought about the early 80’s, when our name was very strong and everyone had tremendous respect for Calasanz’s system. Calasanz would take a student, like the one previously mentioned, and in three months that pupil could easily fight in a black belt tournament like Kyoko Shin Kai. It is hard for us to talk about the name, but Calasanz deserved the popularity back then and even today. Calasanz has a good work ethic and he is still an instructor who uses his mind and coaches 50-70 students each day with the mitts from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.

You must understand that most of these students were not competitors, but they could beat anyone with Calasanz as their trainer and this is how the name was created. From 1986 until 2003-2004, at least two students per week from all over from all over the Northeast, including New York City, New Jersey, Boston, Hartford, Connecticut and many other areas came to meet Calasanz.

Calasanz often recruited tough guys from the streets. I trained people known as street fighters, bouncers, and boxers.  Most of these new students would participate in one tournament or two and they never could lose. With every tournament they entered, they performed well and left a message and thus, good promotion for the name Calasanz.  Some of these tournaments were the most difficult in those days including the Kyoko Shin Kai, the New England Open, and the Henry Cho at Madison Square Garden. At one point my students were not training at all but instead they were doing practical training which was sometimes better than sparring. In just two weeks we decided to send 12 of our students to fight in the Olympic trials.  All my guys ended up fighting each other and some of them had to face each other for the gold medal. 

At one point there was a school where the toughest fighters were coming from, especially those fighting in the Olympics. Later on these fighters found out that all the fighting and all the winning was due to them having trained with Calasanz.

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