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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Fight Readiness! by Calasanz

Fighting preparation has come a long way since my days in the Dominican Republic. During the very first class, I witnessed novice white belts getting their butts kicked and enduring some of the most brutal training you could imagine. Kicks to the stomach, punches to the head…for what? You were subjected to all this punishment to prove that you were tough enough to take all this punishment.

This type of training is no longer popular in today’s dojo. First off, the lawyers will tell you that your exposure to lawsuits is increased. Secondly, instructors have wised up and understand that a student must be mentally and physically prepared to jump into the ring. I’m not talking about point fighting here. I mean full contact. Not only should a student should be physically conditioned to develop strength and stamina, he should also be trained in how to avoid punishment. Learning how to properly block and evade attacks is essential.

There is enough evidence to prove that turning yourself into a human punching bag can lead to serious injuries over the years. Shots to the head for example, can lead to long-term brain damage or even death. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons has indicated that 90% of boxers sustain brain injuries. Because of the risks involved, I like to emphasize blocking and evasion techniques, regardless of whether the student is tough enough to take the blow. In my school, we spend a lot of time on learning how to protect the body. While we like to fight, we also want to do everything we possibly can to avoid injuries.

I’m impressed with the training I see some of the UFC fighters go through before they step into the Octagon. Fight preparation has come a long way from the old days in the rough and tumble dojos. Brutality is no longer the way to train a fighter. Instructors paying more attention to training, conditioning and good technique are a major improvement.

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Is MMA Good for Kids? by Calasanz

The popularity of mixed martial arts competitions, or MMA has naturally spawned an interest in children who want to pursue the sport. This has created a rising demand for MMA instruction and most parents turn to martial art schools as their first source.

Despite its popularity, there is a lot of controversy surrounding MMA for kids. The goal in an MMA match is a knockout or submission through a choke hold or limb lock, where kids have to “tap out” to signal to their partners that it’s enough. Many find the practice of teaching children how to fight so aggressively barbaric and are calling for a ban of the sport. Many parents and martial artists are horrified at sight of young children being cheered on for attacking each other and the message that this is sending to young impressionable minds. 

Unfortunately, kids have taped themselves fighting MMA style and have posted it on You Tube, just like kids have done with backyard wrestling.  Some of the kids who post their fights are beating the daylights out of each other in their living rooms or garages. In some of these videos, there is no safety gear, no adult in sight supervising their actions nor have they had adequate training.  This is a disaster waiting to happen. 

My other concern is the MMA tournaments for children.  While training in a well-structured class with a competent, safety conscious instructor is fine with me, you lose a lot of that control when your children participate in tournament competition.  You don’t know who your child is fighting against and how this child has been trained.  The reality is that there are many instructors and parents training their own kids, who teach them how to fight dirty and don’t both fostering good sportsmanlike behavior. 

While some of these tournaments are well organized and pay close attention to safety regulations, others are not and you are putting your child at risk. It will be tournaments like this that create an environment for serious injuries and may eventually force the government to step in. There is also a lot of concern, especially from the medical community that children who participate in MMA are prone to elbow, knee, wrist, ankle, neck and shoulder injuries.

The reality however is that children who participate in sports are always at risk for injuries whether they play football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, gymnastics or even cheerleading.  Many kids also end up getting injured just by riding their bikes.  Injuries are a part of an active child’s life.  The bottom line is that if your son or daughter wants to learn MMA, you have to choose a school and an instructor who puts safety first.  So as a parent, don’t just sign up your kid at the first school that offers MMA classes.  Pay close attention to the instructor’s attitude, teaching style and attention to safety. 

ESPN and ABC’s 20/20 have both aired mainstream media investigative reports on the topic. The ABC 20/20 segment showcased Gillett’s Mixed Martial Arts Gym in Fall River, Massachusetts.  If all children who wanted to learn mixed martial arts had access to a school like this one, I would say “go for it.”  From what I observed in this segment and others featuring the same school, I found it to be a very responsible martial arts establishment.

The first thing I liked about the school is that the boys and girls in the segments wore headgear and the gloves with substantial padding. The instructors were adequately supervising the kids and actively coaching during the course of the matches. Several parents were interviewed and were very pleased with the results of the instruction.  They found their children were more disciplined, respectful and also improved in school. They also said that their kids don’t use MMA outside of the school. This is a sign of good instruction.  Interestingly, the mayor of Fall River, Robert Correia, who blasted the school, never even visited the place nor did he take the time out to talk to those involved.

Bottom line is that when any martial art, traditional or mixed, is taught by a competent instructor, a child is reaps the benefits.  Boys and girls who participate in any martial art tend to be less violent and more responsible than their counterparts.  This just doesn’t happen by accident.  Training with a qualified instructor minimizes injuries and does not teach violence. So if your child wants to train in MMA, take the time to find a good school.

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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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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

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A Conversation about Basic Hard Striking Techniques

Below is a online conversation between Calasanz and two students discussing the YouTube video “BASIC HARD STRIKING TECHNIQUES” (shown above). The video clip shows Calasanz demonstrating how to effectively block a strong right hand from an opponent and counterpunch off that block with a powerful right hand of your own.

Calasanz: Dariusz, my experience with this is much better now, I have matured more, and now I can do this even faster. One day you should pass by and I will give you a demonstration of this video. You will love it. Even if you are in Norwalk one day, just come and say “hi” and I will talk to you for five minutes. It will be enough to improve your defense on the street. And don’t forget, if you are ever in trouble on the street, try to win the fight without fighting and that makes you not just a better person, but above all, a more skillful individual in the martial arts.

Dariusz K: I support what I believe. You showed me how to improve that power punch and I remember the feeling when the heavy bag sounded much better after only one minute of the instruction you gave me. Good stuff. Thanks.

Christopher C: See also how his feet are positioned after the strike which enables him to block right away!

Dariusz K: Watch Calasanz footwork while power punching. That makes all the difference in the world. Try it on the heavy bag next time to see instant improvement.

Calasanz: Dariusz, thanks for your observation. If you are ever around, pass by and we will elaborate even more on this. Thanks again for your comments.

Calasanz Martial Arts Drills and Point Sparring.

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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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Training Students from other Systems – Part One: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography

Continued from: “Training the beginner: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography”

One of the biggest challenges I have found in my years of teaching is dealing with students who come from other systems.  It is much easier to teach a student who has come to you with a clean slate because they have not become accustomed to a particular style.  I do however, welcome people from other systems and don’t want them to lose what another teacher has taught them.  What I do want them to do is to learn my system and appreciate it for its simplicity and practicality.  We often have to prove ourselves to students from other systems because they are expecting lots of complicated techniques, one-step, two-step sparring routines and long and involved self-defense maneuvers.  For example, we had a guy train with us who was considered a super martial artist from Europe.  He had a lot of fancy techniques. I paired him up with a student who had good endurance, hard shins and a good roundhouse kick.  After they sparred, the guy from Europe with all the martial arts experience couldn’t understand how a guy with only one good technique was able to hurt him.  Once you send a message, then you can get back to the business of training.

A highly ranked instructor and student of Ninjutsu came to train with me.  He was very good, but didn’t understand our method of endurance training and conditioning.  It is my philosophy to prepare you for an attack and to counterattack using the strongest part of your body-the leg.

I paired this experienced guy with a student who was a bit on the heavy side and had big legs.  My student had good basic techniques. I let the two of them go at each other.  My student threw one of his hard kicks and dropped him to the ground.  He now understood the meaning of our training.

I enrolled this one guy who had trained in a very traditional school for over 12 years.  He told me that he hadn’t trained in a long time and wanted to get back into shape.  He came to the group class and all he did was question everything we were doing, claiming that there was a better way and that his instructor would have done it differently.  I left him alone for about 4 classes.  Each time he refused to learn anything and interfered with class.  Finally, I decided that he needed to be taught a lesson.  I paired him up with a man who had been training with us for just about 5 months and was 3 times smaller than this guy.  I asked them to do roundhouse kicks using a pad.  He made sure to tell us that they did the roundhouse kick differently in his other school.  I then told him to kick his opponent with his roundhouse kick.  All of his kicks were blocked.  It was impossible for him to hit his opponent with the roundhouse kick he was so proud of.  It was particularly embarrassing when his opponent kicked him and he almost was thrown to the ground.  While this guy was very good in his particular system, he had no endurance in his legs and arms and could not survive in a fight.

This story had a good ending.  He finally understood and didn’t interfere with his classes.  He participated and opened his mind to learning something new because he had to experience the value of what we were teaching first hand.  We ended up becoming good friends and had an understanding that any disagreements he had with my instructors would be addressed to me after class.  I appreciated his years of training and acknowledged that he had a lot to offer.  By having a dialogue with me outside of class, I was able to explain why we did things differently in a way that did not threaten him into thinking that we were contradicting the system he had studied for over 12 years.

To be continued…

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Teaching the Calasanz System – Part Three: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography

 

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

Many of our messages have been directed at students who are very good fighters.  One of the messages I have to give over and over is that you don’t have to brutalize yourself in order to become a good fighter.  I don’t believe in this type of training.  I think that an effective fighter has to train “smarter.”  Sending a message or teaching a lesson to a student does not require that you physically injure them.  I’ve never had to physically injure a student in order to get my point across.  Why?  You train in the martial arts to be able to defend yourself.  Survival is not dependant on knowing thousands of techniques, but rather on your balance, grounding, power and most of all, heart.  Courage and intelligence will go farther in self-defense.  This is the key to surviving a life-threatening situation.  This is the philosophy behind many of my messages to my students.

I have taught many high rank students from other system, some of them have been very talented martial artists.  I enjoy teaching students from other systems because they bring their own special talents.  The one thing that does frustrate me sometimes is getting them to make the transition from their style to the Calasanz System.  I have designed this system to be practical.  With that in mind, I have done away with the tradition of teaching hundreds of techniques and forms.  Unfortunately, many students are more interested in quantity, not quality.  They haven’t even practiced a front kick to the point they can deliver effectively and they are asking, “What am I going to learn next?”  My philosophy is learning a few things, learn them well and make them as automatic as possible.  When you are confronted with a life-threatening situation, I promise that a lot of those fancy techniques will go right out the window.  In addition, an attacker on the streets is not going to engage in polite cooperation.  He’s not going to let you take your time while you respond to a wrist grab.

I have created a course called Street Survivor that teaches simple defensive techniques.  I can teach you some effective fighting skills within a relatively short period of time.  I once had a man training with me who was hired as a bodyguard for a well-known politician.  He was required to train as part of his job, so he was sent to me.  While he didn’t understand the difference between the different styles of martial arts, he understood the basic techniques I taught him, especially, heavy leg training and kicking.  I programmed him to counter attack with great ferocity.  One day, I put him to spar with a Thai boxer from Cambodia.  Regardless of the attack this Thai boxer delivered, this man was able to counter attack and hold his own.  I finally had to stop the fight because the Thai boxer had taken a couple of heavy kicks to the leg and I was afraid that any more kicks could lead to an injury.  The Thai boxer was humiliated and couldn’t eat for two days.  This sent a clear message to him.  He came to my school with the attitude that he knew it all and that he wasn’t going to learn anything from anyone.  I told him after this fight that he really needed to stop being so arrogant and try to learn something so that he could be as effective as the bodyguard.  I purposely gave two messages that day; one to the bodyguard and the other to the Thai boxer.  A message is more effective than giving a lecture to a student.

I sent a similar message to two other students who had come from another system.  They had a lot of techniques, so I decided to put them to spar with a student of mine who at first glance looked heavy and out of shape.  They were both hurt by this guy.  They couldn’t believe it!  This was done with training simple techniques and making counter attacks automatic.  This is what we create at Calasanz.

 To be continued…

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