Don’t Be So Stubborn, Be Well Balanced Instead

Here we pride ourselves not only on having well specialized trainers in specific Martial Arts disciplines, focused and competent within their respective fields; we also strive to keep searching, to keep expanding our own horizons, and we encourage our students to do the same.  We regularly tell our more dedicated and passionate students to (after a time) go elsewhere, to go learn another style, to go learn something new, to explore the world that is Martial Arts.

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While we have much to offer here at our school and can train somebody to high degree in a wide variety of different disciplines for several lifetimes, it is with an open mind that we approach our training and that of our students realizing that we are not the ‘end all – be all’ of Martial Arts training.  We recognize that other trainers and schools do have valuable skill-sets and information to pass along to the devoted practitioner that we may not necessarily have.

Recently a student of ours came to us with concerns about his course of study… Read an excerpt below or visit our blog to capture more of our perspective on the matter.

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I said, “Look, if you give me 300 life times.. that means I lived and died 299 times.. still I don’t have enough life, enough time, to teach people or to help people teach all that I know.

For example, a guy comes here and learns Cheng Chuang Long Fist, and then he wants to learn the snake.  Fortunately here he can ask that question and… Click Here for the Full Article

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Calasanz Monday Night Fight School

Interested in MMA????  Short on cash and time but want to get in a good workout?  Drop-in on our Monday Night Fight School!  Learn the basics of mixed martial arts fighting at Calasanz Physical Arts, Monday nights, from 6-8PM.  Different instructors who will guide you in building a well-rounded martial arts background present new topics each week.  Start with a great conditioning workout and then go on to learn striking fundamentals like punching, kicking, blocking, footwork, and the use of elbows and knees. Classes progress to submission techniques from judo, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu under a qualified instructor’s supervision.  No pre-registration, no contracts, and no traditional training. Just mixed martial arts at the drop-in rate of $15.00 per class! You pick the nights you want to train! No previous experience is necessary! If you have experience, this is a great way to keep your skills sharp!

Why doesn’t he step in the cage?

Still to this day, you get people saying that Bruce Lee couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag because the guy wasn’t running around sparring in tournaments for plastic trophies.  Calasanz has built a successful martial arts business based on an excellent reputation, courage and skill.  He and many other instructors out there have no need to step into a “cage,” to prove they are real martial artists.

Below is an article I wrote and posted on the internet a few months back on the subject:

Your No Good Unless You’re Fighting

“What’s old is new,” so goes the saying.  The great Bruce Lee was accused of not being able to fight his way out of a paper bag because he didn’t fight in tournaments.  Competent martial arts instructors have since been maligned if they don’t do tournaments.  The “old wine in a new bottle” is “if this guy is so good, why doesn’t he step into the cage?” So nowadays, if your teacher doesn’t compete in MMA, he’s no good!

Success in tournament fighting requires an aggressive, fight-oriented attitude.  Remember The Karate Kid? The Cobra Kai was all about fighting, aggression and causing trouble.  The instructor was a troublemaker who produced troublemakers. Schools and instructors that are too focused on the physical aspects of the martial arts miss the boat.  The balanced martial artist is not about garnering trophies and competitive rankings. It’s about developing skill and character.

How did we get to this point in the martial arts?  There are many excellent instructors who’ve never stepped into the ring to fight competitively.  Does this make them lousy martial artists? These individuals have created and sustained successful martial arts businesses because they’ve built a reputation in the community for offering quality services. Parents aren’t interested in sending their children to a school that’s going to turn them into bullies. Most sane adults who train in the martial arts want a school that’s going to challenge them, not send them to the hospital in an ambulance.

While training for tournaments requires a lot of work and discipline, it is not the ultimate goal of a good martial arts instructor.  A skilled martial artist instructor does not have to step into the ring to prove something.  The traits of a true teacher are not only skill, but also humility, courtesy and respect.  This is what a true teacher should pass on to his students.  Trophies tarnish, but character lives on.

Learn the Stand Up game of MMA from Calasanz.

Training to be a Fighter

You Tuber:

im a mma fighter, will calasanz hell me out with mma training to one day get in the ufc?? im serious, this is my life long goal

Response:

When come to help, Calasanz love to help any fighter that want to make it there.
Here is his email address
calasanz01@aol.com email him here and figure out when you are available, if you are far away from where he is still he can help you.
Hard strike, power striking, power stances, balance, grounding (don’t go to the ground but if you do then fight on the ground), learn how to fight very well standing then learn the ground that make you even better. These are some of the Calasanz ideas and basic concepts.

Make sure that you give, with your body and your chin, give with your chin when being punched. Give with your body, don’t take unnecessary punches and kicks, avoid punishment, avoid unnecessary punishment.
Train in a way that you are doing more than your opponent, that is a good and smart way for winning, for example if everybody kicking, punching, shadow boxing, sparring, eating well etc., if you are doing the same is okay but there is not so much of an advantage, the word are STAY AHEAD OF YOUR OPPONENT WHILE TRAINING.