Moving forward now we release the story of an unfortunate training accident occurring at our school. With ever increasing speculation and wonderment push us towards full transparency and being completely open taking nothing to the grave. The Lesson to be learned is simple, train with awareness and always be protecting yourself.
Often times coaches and those not well versed in other Martial Art over-complicate the sport of Boxing. Boxing is not the most complex thing in the world. Defend and counter the punches. The limitation of legal techniques within the sport eliminates a lot of those strikes and combinations that might otherwise be utilized. Here at Calasanz Physical Art we create boxers from every day people in as little as 2 months and all focused on mastering the basics. Good defense, head movement, simple punches and building power. These are the foundational premises of being a good boxer and we train them here uniquely.
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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.
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness
507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT 06851
Calasanz has spent over 30 years developing and perfecting his system of martial arts and fitness training. His unique teaching methods have helped countless men, women and children of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels enjoy the martial arts while getting fit. Here are four reasons why people like you have made Calasanz their number one destination for superior martial arts and fitness training.
One-on-One Training: Many martial arts clubs have a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Calasanz and his Certified Personal Trainers tailor a program just for you. Whether you’re a seasoned martial artist looking to improve your skills or a beginner looking for a great way to get fit, Calasanz and his team will work with you in creating a program that meets your fitness and martial art goals.
Science: Calasanz has spent a lifetime studying various martial arts and fitness trends. Over the years, he has dissected the best parts of each and combined them into what has become known as THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™-a unique and effective style that has wide range appeal. THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™ includes a physical conditioning program that improves your overall strength, flexibility and endurance.
Personal Choice: Calasanz has set out to disprove the misconception that martial arts are all about fighting. At Calasanz, you have a choice. Do you want to study martial arts to learn how to fight or for self-defense? Or do you want to pursue the arts for physical fitness or creative expression? You choose the path your training will take; Calasanz and his experienced trainers will get you there.
Infinite Possibilities: Staying interested in your exercise plan is very often the biggest challenge to reaching your fitness goals. You may have started a traditional martial arts or modern fitness program with the greatest enthusiasm only to get bored after having to endure a strict, dull, repetitious routine. Calasanz attributes much of his success to the variety of training possibilities available to his students. There is so much to do and so much to learn in this system that it is possible that you may never have the same workout twice. Here is a list of what THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™ has to offer:
Kickboxing, Wing Chun Kung Fu, American Boxing, Recreational Boxing, Chinese Boxing, Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate, Tai Chi Wing Chun, Street Survival & Self Defense, Wing Chun Ground Fighting, Aerobic Self Defense, Aerobic Isolation & Isometrics.
THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™ blends the best parts of these disciplines into a unified whole. You can try all of them or concentrate on one that is most appealing to you. Again, the choice is yours. There is so much in this system to choose from.
For instance, if you are interested in fitness, you may want to focus on Aerobic Isolation & Isometric. If you’d like to experience the boxer’s workout without having to get into a ring to fight, American Boxing may be for you. This program includes the exercises boxers use to burn calories and work different muscle groups. This is a popular program that helps you improve strength, flexibility, speed, and endurance by doing isometric exercises.
If you’re looking for practical self-defense, Street Survival may be for you. If you have a black belt in Karate, you may choose to round out your training with a softer style like Chinese Boxing or Wing Chun Kung Fu. If you’re looking to get into great physical shape, American Boxing may be for you.
Whether it’s THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™ as a whole or one of its components, you’ll never be bored! Let Calasanz and his Certified Personal Trainers create the program that’s right for you.
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness
507 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT06851
Why CALASANZ KARATE AND KUNG-FU SYSTEM over your local karate studio? We have one of the largest facilities in New England for training and exercise. We have developed a refined system of five disciplines specifically to improve your hockey skills. Calasanz Kickboxing and Goju-Ryu Karate techniques yield explosive leg power, shoulder strength, and forearm strength. Wing Chun Kung-Fu and American Boxing techniques enhance grounding and balance skills. We also teach injury prevention skills and have helped many individuals rehabilitate themselves.
The plan is tailored to fit your hectic athletic schedule. We recommend one day per week in season and one – two days per week out of season. Personalized, group, family, or team plans are available. This program is for ages 5 and above.
If you are a female hockey player, you must realize how popular this sport has become in the last few months because of the women’s U.S.A. Hockey Team’s past achievement of winning the Olympic Gold Medal. Colleges, particularly Ivy League Colleges, will be recruiting for their hockey programs for years to come. We feel our system of training, exercise, and athleticism might give you that competitive edge against another athlete of comparable hockey skills, thereby helping you fulfill your dreams.
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness
507 Westport Ave.Norwalk,CT06851
When Calasanz Martinez began teaching martial arts in the United Stateshe taught Karate as he had been taught: traditional and hardcore. He quickly observed that few people could handle this type of training.
Calasanz says, “I knew that the martial arts provided the best type of exercise. There’s no better way to condition your body while acquiring the mental and spiritual benefits of being able to protect yourself. But I had a dilemma. Some people would stay for only 1 or 2 classes and I knew there were others who wouldn’t even step to my door.”
That’s where the creativity began.
Calasanz broke down what he knew about the martial arts, exercise, and the human body. He developed a system of exercises completely unique from other exercise modalities. The exercises were designed to be holistic, conditioning strength, endurance, tone, flexibility, balance, coordination, body unity, mobility, and well-being. All the exercises can be modified to accommodate people with very little or limited physical ability as well as challenge those who are athletically gifted.
“My martial arts system has evolved a great deal since those days of teaching traditional Karate. I’ve studied and incorporated wing chun, northern style kung fu, boxing, kickboxing, and now MMA, so that my students get a well rounded experience. There’s something for everyone. But the biggest improvement to my system has been the creation of the Physical Arts exercises. Those are for everyone,” says Calasanz.
Many different people walk through The Calasanz Physical Arts doors on a daily basis: businessmen, stay-at-home moms, grandmothers, the physically disabled, and professional athletes. While you may not see the soccer mom practicing the same martial arts as the professional fighter, there’s a very good chance you’ll see them side by side doing the same Physical Arts exercise!
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness
507 Westport Ave.Norwalk,CT06851
Continued from “: Martial Arts American Style – Part Four: A Lifetime of Lessons – Calasanz Extended Biography”
I earned my reputation as an instructor by training about 25 street fighters. I was new to this country and interested in creating a name. I chose street brawlers because they had the confidence and endurance to fight. It was my job to teach them martial arts techniques and self-control necessary for tournaments. It took me about 3 months to get them ready to fight under my school’s name. They impressed everyone who saw them fight or perform. People wanted to know who there instructor was. This was the first step I took in creating a reputation. It was the beginning and helped draw more students to my school and win me respect in the community.
In 1986 I rented space out of a hardcore bodybuilding gym called George’s Gym. It wasn’t the easiest environment to be in. Some of the bodybuilders were obnoxious and believed that a body built by steroids was all they needed to be good fighters. I had no doubt however that it would not take long before everyone respected anyone wearing the Calasanz logo. I told my students that within a few weeks, we would attract a lot of business from the gym. One of the bodybuilders who came through my door was a 6’4” bully who invited everyone in the gym to come to my school and watch him beat me up. I aimed a kick to his hipbone and disabled him in 15 seconds. After this incident, our school was constantly training bodybuilders. The people who witnessed the fight that day and the bully himself sent us business! He even went so far as referring his victims to us. He would tell them “go train with Calasanz so he can teach you how to fight!” By the way, we sold a lot of clothing bearing the Calasanz logo because my school had earned such a good reputation that people wanted to wear our logo. The purpose for wearing our clothes was that no one would mess with you if they thought you trained at Calasanz. This was the name I created.
While I enjoyed training street fighters, it was now time to expand my system to society-at-large. My new philosophy is to meet the student where he or she is and find out what it is that they want to get out of the martial arts. I always ask a new student, “do you want to learn how to fight, are you interested in fitness, self-defense or competition?” Whatever the answer, I tailor a program that will suit a student’s needs. Regardless of the program they choose, I balance their curriculum so they get a complete taste of the system, while focusing on their particular goal. We always work with a goal in mind. I have found that students who train for hours with no particular goal end up getting bored or frustrated. Every time you walk on the floor to train, you must think about what you want to get out of it. Training goals should also be adjusted from time to time to reflect a student’s new interests, lifestyle and abilities. This way, training always has a purpose.
To be continued…
Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness
507 Westport Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851
I have been in the martial arts business for over thirty years. My school and student membership has grown every year since I started teaching. I have survived good and bad economic times and have watched my critics open and close their door front dojos. My school would have closed a long time ago if I didn’t offer valuable services to my students.
The secret to my success is The Calasanz System™.
I was originally trained in traditional martial arts, but at some point decided that I wanted to be well-rounded athlete. This was back in the 1970’s when straying away from your traditional style was frowned upon. Back then, there was no such thing as “eclectic” martial art styles. You picked a style of karate or kung-fu and stayed with it. It was considered a big insult to your instructor to even think of training in another dojo.
I decided however to venture out and defy tradition. The Calasanz System™ was created during my martial arts journey. I found the traditional hard style karate I studied in the Dominican Republic was too limiting. I studied Wing Chun Kung Fu to balance it out. I liked its softness and economy of motion. All too often, karate practitioners rely way too much on their feet, so I went to Gleason’s Gym to learn how to use my hands. I studied Cheng Chuan Kung Fu and Wu Style Kung Fu for its artistry and philosophy. The combination of styles improved my overall skill, so I integrated all of their best elements into my training.
I also developed an appreciation for physical training. I incorporated the use of weights and stretching exercises into my martial arts classes, as well as my own workouts. I trained men, women and children and had to create workouts and classes that catered to their needs. I trained boxers, streetfighters and corporate executives. Each of my students has taught me something about how the human body works and responds to training.
Thirty years later, I took all my knowledge and pulled it together into one system. The result was a martial arts training system that produces results. The Calasanz System™ teaches you how to defend yourself. Its physical arts component helps you create a strong, flexible and healthy body. Unlike so many martial arts schools, I am still in business. The reason is that the system works.
“I’d like to offer you the chance to transform your body and your life.” Part 1: Martial Arts…Physical Arts
There’s a magic to the study of Martial Arts. Legendary images emerge… stories of tapping into ancient secrets… of making seemingly superhuman feats possible… of harnessing chi, the lifeforce of the Universe. The good news is that the stories are true, and that Calasanz has created a way to use them to empower your life. He invites you to come with him on a grand journey of self discovery, a journey of perfecting the body in ways you never dreamed possible.
“The best bodies do not come from throwing yourself into grueling training sessions that cause burnout,” Calasanz will tell you. “The process must be exciting and enjoyable for you, if you want to reap the greatest rewards. The best bodies are developed as you learn discipline, focus, strength and flexibility… reaching deep inside yourself to reach your goals. In a surprisingly short time, instead of seeing a kick or a punch, you’ll see a way of life. You’ll become more effective in your work and your relationships… more self-confident… you’ll learn how to achieve your highest goals in life. This is true transformation.”
Calasanz’s philosophy is a simple one: “Karate and Kung Fu have as much to do with strength of heart and mind, as they do with strength of body,” he says, when he teaches. “My students quickly learn both kinds of strength. My system is great for the young hot-shots who come here wanting to learn combat, but it’s equally great for women who want to know self-defense… or for children, who need to develop focus and discipline… or for men and women of any age who are seeking an intelligent, practical, enjoyable way to stay young and fit for a lifetime.
“The key is an understanding that each body is different and each student, young or old, must learn at his or her own special pace. It is very important to avoid injury and to strengthen the muscles, week by week, until you achieve your goals.”
“Come and train with us because you want to take something home for life”
Calasanz Martial arts and Fitness: 507 Westport Ave. Norwalk CT – www.calasanz.com – 1-800-414-9544
The Calasanz System, a martial arts and fitness style, is a blend of karate, kung fu, wing chun, boxing, kickboxing, MMA, ground fighting, and self-defense. The system appeals to men, women, and children of all ages because it is grounded in beauty and practicality, as you can see from the videos that have been posted. Calasanz, the creator of the system that bears his name, believes that effective martial artists must not only know technique, but also be physically fit. To help his students achieve this goal, he created Calasanz Physical Arts. Calasanz Physical Arts consists of holistic and functional exercises that are meant to increase strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, coordination, speed, agility, and body unity. These exercises can be used by all levels of athletes in all sports looking to enhance their athletic prowess and can also be used by anyone, any size, shape, age, or ability to increase mobility, health, and well being. The Calasanz System attributes its success to its simplicity; simple enough for beginners and unique and effective enough for professional martial artists. The Calasanz System has been in existence for over 30 years and continues to draw new students every year based on the goodwill it has generated. Simply stated, the system works.
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