Story and Philosophy Taken and Developed From an Audio Recording of Calasanz
|"Again and again I repeat it.. and I say... My people never got hurt"|
"If you go to the reality of it, I could see Martial
Arts the first time that I went to a Martial Arts school. I was 14 and it was not human." The people were there punching each other all over the place.
"I mean, it was NOT human." what I witnessed in the Dominican Republic and what was happening down there. The baseball stadium was full of people training day in and day out wearing the same clothes, sweating. The smell was almost unbearable. The biggest thugs and the fighters all gathered and they were fighting in these stadiums in Santiago. It was not like it is today guy.
People were violent, training, not caring who they hurt, punching one another. "Seeing these guys hurting each other, and hitting each other. And I said, 'You're not gonna hit me.' And at that point I closed the gap. I raised my front leg; when they throw a punch it bounces off the leg, when they throw a kick I cover and all cover came from something I practiced myself on the farm as a 5/6/7/8/9 years old [kid]."
Then of course came the counter.
Why didn't my guys get hurt? Because I had that belief since day one.
"You're not gonna hit me." and I taught my guys that. Close the gap. Head Movement. And that is part of my belief. I say, "Don't go to the ground. Learn
For Example, if you put the idea into your head that you are going to go through the 20 Arms Dummy [... just for a number...] 2000 times; the leg chi sau 5000 times, the traditional dummy 2000
"Getting on the ground?... don't even think about it [after that]..." Doing the 20 Arms alone that many times puts striking distance as identical to your entire range of motion. You can deliver something heavy from anywhere. But if you are a fighter it is different. Just understand not everybody can fight no matter what they train. You have to understand that... NOT EVERYONE CAN FIGHT no matter how many techniques they have. But if you are a good fighter and you do that (the 2000/5000/2000) you are ready to go at any time.
[I'll never forget when [Roger Mayers] fought a 6th degree Judo Black
Belt that tried to bring him down. He did something that no one, not even
me, had ever seen before. It was such a reaction... I'll never forget the fight. It is on Youtube with Roger Mayers. When he is on the ground the first thing that you'll hear ...it is a kick landing on the head of that guy that took some... took some time for him to recover from.]
[And that is all just striking.
My guys are taught to strike on the
ground. To use the core. You do not understand that if you have a good core you can strike at 1 inch from the body on the ground as hard as you can standing, it's as simple as that. What did they call it when Bruce Lee was here? ... they called it "death touch" or whatever, 1 inch punch. But "death touch" is only applicable if you can use it at any time.]
Inspired by; Lived by Calasanz