Monday, December 8, 2014

What is Physical Arts?

Let us make it simple here. 98% of those who go to a gym or do any other sort of training are not in touch with their age.

If you are 18, 20, 23, etc... you can do anything, but still young people can get hurt if they do not do it right or are careless. What happens here is the fact that there are many people over 40, 50 and 60 years old. If you are older you cannot do all the things that young people are doing here.

Just for you to know, learn how to do it right.  Learn about your body.  Then remember and don't forget, there is not age.  Just train properly.  Learn to know your limit.  Learn to do it right and take it home with you.  It is in fact very important and it is what makes Calasanz and his system so unique.  Come to Calasanz because you want to take something home with you.

The first link on this post, I can never get enough of it or her. I can watch it her all day. Why? She is the type of person that listened. She respected what she was learning, she wanted to learn it and she knew how much it did for her. Many others did the same, but she was unique in respect to style and character. She is remembered at Calasanz forever.

Today there are many who have learned and continue learning the skill and concept of Physical Art under Calasanz.

Long ago men started also training and doing these movements the same as the women I trained. Physical Arts for a while was done mostly by women, primarily on the 90's. Today physical art is being done by men, women and children.

"Come to Calasanz because you want to be coordinated, you want to be strong, balanced, poised, grounded etc. Come and Learn Physical Arts under the Calasanz System"
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Style Development (Pt. 1)

When it comes to developing a style or more accurately when it comes to developing YOUR style we are not talking about a certain school of thought or training regarding Martial Art.  We are talking more broadly about expression.

As you undertake, for example, the study of a traditional Martial Art such as Karate you will learn how to express a punch in a certain way.  Someone who is learning from a boxing coach will also learn how to throw a punch but it will be expressed differently according to the rules and norms of boxing.

Students of any Martial Art can show you a leading hand attack within the realm of that Martial Art be it a closed fist punch of Karate, open hand strike of any particular Kung Fu or the darting finger of Wing Chun.  Each strike has its purpose and usefulness in any given scenario yet the core movement and basics of each strike remain the same while the differences are expressed in the delivery into that space to be occupied furthest from the body.  That means that 98% of the movement is the same.  The difference is the hand or structure that is breaching that open space and initiating contact.

Strict adherence to a particular style is necessary when formally learning Martial Art and should be followed if tradition is where you place value.  After all, many schools and masters have been training within certain parameters for quite some time and their practice and knowledge is not to be brushed away without thought.  However, it is important to separate formal learning from the reality of a fight.  A formal Karate practitioner would have a great time getting his teeth kicked in if he were to go into a fight and expect to win by going through the specific set of movements executed in the specific order he learned in training.  Remember, traditional forms are simply the building blocks and tools to be used during a fight.  It is up to the practitioner to put the proper movements and techniques in their proper place and in proper time during those fleeting moments of combat to become victorious.

But this still begs the question.  How do you develop YOUR style?  The best advice I can offer is that you start with something that interests you.  Start with something that you like.  Don't get hung up on the usefulness or lack there-of of a particular style.  If you like it and you are practicing with focus there are more personal benefits that come with regular practice than can be written here.  Master something.  It takes time, patience, drive, discipline, determination and consistency; all of which are necessary in order to express something well and all will be useful qualities when/if you do decide to branch out to other styles or schools.

One pitfall that is very common, especially within those formal traditions, is the strict adherence to said tradition.  You cannot develop a style within a person unless they want it.  Yes, you've been perfecting your boxing punch for years and it is phenomenal. But that does not discredit or devalue the expression of a Karate punch.  It is not a question of one being wrong and the other right.  They are both right within their own realms.  Despite their being at least 80% the same they are just different punches.

So when you go developing it is important to use what you've learned and apply it to anything else you might take up.  You meld them.  Can you be a great boxer and go through a beginner Karate form?  Yes.  It doesn't make you any less of a boxer, it just means you have more tools at your disposal mentally and physically.  If you take boxing lessons and close your mind completely to the possibility of another style being valid or valued it is like a self inflicted lobotomy and only limiting development.


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Calasanz' Students Go to Olympic Trials : Win Gold and Silver

Taken From an Audio Recording from one of Calasanz' Students.
(names removed for privacy)


"Calasanz' knowledge... Calasanz has so much knowledge in the Martial Arts man.  He told _____, 'You're not ready for the tournament.  You're not going.'  See he didn't want to take no for an answer.  He insisted.  Even the day before the tournament I was sparring with him.  He was going crazy trying to kick me and trying to... you know.  And I was there just blocking.  Calasanz got mad at me and gave me ... I think it was 50 push-ups because I didn't want to counter punch.  I didn't want to hurt ____ to stop him from going to the tournament.  It was crazy man."

"Spinning roundhouse kick... I saw the kick coming miles away.  I could have called him on the phone and said, '____, you got a spinning roundhouse coming.  Get your hands up.'  But it was too late.  I mean I saw the kick coming when the guy was lined up and then the first spin....  I like the guy, but... if you can't walk the walk don't talk the talk.  You understand?"

"When did you go?"

"When? Ehhh ... What year was it? 1996.

"It was nice man.  I was fearless.  I didn't care.  The fights were pretty much easy  'cause the system and the way we fight and in tae kwon do, the way they fight it's different you know.  They rely a lot on their kicks.  I tried to play their games for the first 2 seconds.  The guy started jumping around.

The first one started jumping around and I just countered him.  He went with a spinning kick which is very popular in tae kwon do and I hit him with a counter round kick.  Boom.  I knocked him out."

"To the head?"


"The second one was the same thing.  The second one I move up to him, I shuffled.  I shuffled.  We used to do a lot of shuffling here.  I shuffled and hit him with a round kick.  He went down."

"The third one threw a kick at me.  I blocked it.  Then I hit him with a round kick.  It was all round kicks.  It was 3 round kicks.  3 knockouts."

"The 4th guy I was supposed to fight was a guy from here because he was beating everyone from his end and he bowed out to me because Calasanz didn't want us to fight.  So I ended up with the first place.  The gold.  He got the bronze medal.  Excuse me, the silver.  Yeah, [the forth guy was a student from Calasanz and he bowed out to me because we had a rule that whenever we end up facing each other at a tournament, the student who had been training the longest gets bowed out to and get the points.]"

"That was the trial, did you end up going to the Olympics though?"

"I didn't go because I tore my ACL playing soccer.  I had to have a surgery on my left knee."

"Did anybody else go (to the Olympics) from here?"

"I was the guy with the first place.  The other guy won the silver medal.. you know what's crazy I think they found out that he was from here, they didn't give him the medal.  They said they ran out.  If you know you're supposed to have so many fights how can you not have enough medals?  It's all bullshit."

"Was it because they didn't like the fact he was training here?"

"Well they knew we were students from here.  But we didn't go to the tournament under this school because it was a strictly Korean tournament; Tae Kwon Do tournament."

"How many went?"

"4 of us... 5. Yeah."


Friday, June 20, 2014

The Simple Way

Taken from an audio recording of Calasanz

"But there is only one direction that is going to be done and delivered and that is the simple way."

- Calasanz


This is uh... something that I want to talk about first of all to bring it to the attention of Frank Dux even if I don't mention his name I just want to be able to tell him, "Read it."

Just like how ________________ has written before about me as a kid, I knew probably Martial Art since I was born but didn't know that it was Martial Art or Boxing that I was doing until I got to the city when I was 14 or 15.  That was the time that I first went to a school and took my first class.  As I was watching, everything that they were teaching did not make sense to me because it was just brutal.  They were just hitting each other.  The first day I remember sparring and they would throw a front kick or round kick at me and I was using techniques of closing the gap to block them.  Lifting my leg and blocking the kicks.  For me it was nothing new.  It was something that I realized later on that I was born with.

I did not go back to take a class at the school or to train with Rafael Martinez their Master / head trainer or any of the other trainers there for about 3 months.  After I came back from 3 months I could beat anyone there, but I could have beaten anyone there even on my first day.

You see, on my own I was already doing movements within the traditional forms and katas.  I remember including some of those movements in a kata I put together in 1987 for a form we call "Bojitsu Ni".  I remember Matellen Coves was performing a weapons kata put together by Tameyoshi Sakamoto, Bojitsu Ichi, but traditionally it was just too short.  He was performing it perfectly but it was just too short and he was not winning.  So I took that same form or kata that was related to kobudo and I elaborated on it to put together the Bojitsu Ni.  In less than one year, or probably 3 or 4 tournaments he was number one in weapons Nationally and number one in New England for many of the other things that he was doing.

Now, Belts.

So, belts are not so important for me, but it is important and I do use them in our system.  You want to have a black belt in Physical Arts under our system.  Why?  Because that is just a little taste of what is the most well balanced system in the world.  Anything that we do we can divide a belt into whatever; 14, 300, 400... we can divide our belt system into any number of different levels by using our skill to bring people to the equivalent of a black belt and that could be in Karate, Kung Fu, Chinese Boxing, American Boxing, Wing Chun Ground Fighting... even for Boxing we have a black belt equivalent over here.

So belts are more of a respect for me.  I respect the Martial Arts more than anyone out there.  I spent a fortune in Martial Arts just out of respect for the teacher.  "Here you are Moy Yat.  I'm gonna give you a lot of money because you're teaching me the Wing Chun system.  Then I am going to teach it."  We had worked it out such that I knew that after three months of training under Moy Yat I would be certified to teach, and I did.  And Moy Yat did not care because he knew what was the skill that I had.

He said, "No, no, no.  Why put Calasanz in a class to pay $50 and spend 10...15 years doing 小念頭?"  No.  Somebody sent me to 梅逸 (Moy Yat) and in 1 year I had the system of Wing Chun.  Even myself, I had many students teaching 3 months after learning Wing Chun, Patrick Wilson, Pamela and many others.  So belts are important for me as a respect.  So many instructors like Mr. Chow in Wing Chun.  Frank Dux in all that he did.  Lee... in reality I retract that word, I don't want to mention that guy... but many others.

Whenever I went to a new school I had a way of talking with and working with their head instructors and owners.  They would say, "Oh, Calasanz, why don't you get a black belt in our system?"  You see, I can be a black belt in one day.  My obsession was so excessive and my skill was so beyond that I could reach that level in a very short time.  I remember when I went to Lee, I talked to George and taught him some of my skill and then he gave me in just one week all of their forms of Tae Kwon Do.  It was easy for me because I did TKD in the DR and I knew how to deliver all the kicks as TKD as well as in the style of Goju Ryu karate.

So when I went to this guy on the Post Road to learn Hapkido the first thing I said was, "I want to do this because I came to this country to be Bruce Lee.  I want to be well balanced.  I am good at Goju Ryu but I don't want to confuse what I learned.  I want to be at least the equivalent of a brown belt."

But I could be the equivalent of a brown belt of any system if I wanted because that was my skill.  I was born with it.  I spent a lot of time in school but I devoted to this after my formal study for the love of it.  I have 24 diplomas in all sorts of different fields.  But I devoted myself to Martial Arts because its what I wanted to do.  It was my obsession and my passion over anything else.

Now, all these writings and recordings that I am doing here are related to one thing.  Respect.  I love to have a belt from many different systems just to have it out of respect.  But the fact is that belts are not so important for me, however, I like the respect of it.  And that is one thing that I want people to understand.  If someone offers me a belt, I want it.  But at this moment I have a system.  I have a system that I need and for me to accomplish my system and to leave it here; to give it to the world before I am gone I would need probably... easily, 10 lives.  If I am going to be 90 years old then I need another 90, another 90, another 90 and so on in order to leave it.

Calasanz and Tameyoshi
So I am concentrated on what I am today and on what I know today and this is the skill that I want to leave in the world.  Then to the world I leave those names that I respect and there are many of them, but one of them is Frank Dux.  Another, Moy Yat.  Another, Tameyoshi Sakamoto.  Another, Victor Lillianao and of course ____________.  But anyway, this is the fact of belts.  I don't mind getting a belt from anyone.  I don't mind learning today.  Today is June 12th 2014.  I do not want to learn a new self defense technique.  I have so much already that if I could leave behind at least one percent I would be so happy in life.  I want to talk about skillful people like Frank Dux for example, who is for real.  Moy Yat if he would be alive.  Tameyoshi if he would be alive.  Rafael Martinez.  Rafael Alvarez and many others.  I love to share.  I love kata.  That I want to learn a new form or a new self defense technique or a new elbow.... look, I can portray an elbow strike in 20 / 30 different directions.  But there is only one direction that is going to be done and delivered and that is the simple way.

We created our name by delivering 1 punch and 1 kick.  A side kick that no one, no one could block and no matter who it would be, an MMA fighter in the UFC... we could apply that sidekick to any fighter beautifully.  The System Kick we called it.  A kick coming from a short distance with lightning speed and power with the heel.  My guys just made people... you could call it shit.  Maybe there is a different word that Alan can find but... that just made them... it was a kick delivered to the gut that just made them... you know.  This is how we created the name.  So we don't need so much about that, but again, respect.

Anybody tomorrow that contacts me, "Oh let me get a belt in your system."  and I will spend 1 hour with you and give you a belt.  But the belt is really not what is helping you.  It is of course the time spent and what gets retained that is really important.  Anyone can wear a belt, not everyone can throw a good kick.  I don't have to do that but I respect those that love the Martial Arts.  I respect those that love the Martial Arts and do the Martial Arts for real.  No bull-shit.

Still I expect that this be written in a way that does not offend anyone.  Bull-shit could be misinterpreted as someone who is not too good as a fighter but is good at teaching and helping kids to be confident at something.  We don't criticize anyone.  And certainly teachers such as that are not bull-shit.  Martial Arts can be a lot of things.

It's like I told Kenny Lamara who said to me, "Calasanz, my kid goes to this school.  I don't know why I didn't send him to you."

I said, "Kenny if you sent him to me he wouldn't be with me."  He wouldn't have stayed with me because in those times I was tough on them.  I was tough an anyone.  It didn't matter their age or anything.  So those schools over there that take their time to teach a kid just how to feel it.  It's okay.  Its okay.  Good luck.  It's like Bas Rutten said, "I respect you."  You have a 3rd degree black belt in ____________, and I respect that.  But I wouldn't respect you if you say now you're gonna step into the UFC or if you want to step into the ring with me because that would be an offense.  You don't have to be a killer in order to have a black belt and have another Martial Art as a hobby.  You don't have to be a killer.  You can just be.  You can enjoy.  You can enjoy the Martial Art.  You can do the Martial Art soft but you must be careful when you open your big mouth.  [jokingly]  You know, don't say that.  But yes....

You know, this is what Bas Ruttan said.  Alan, the minute you see and follow him you will be inspired by him.  Every word that comes from his mouth is something that you want to save.  He is one guy that is the same type as me.  That is just logical.  Everything works.  Don't criticize some school because the guy just throws a kick and didn't do anything with the kick.  No.  They are enjoying that.  You see?  That helps them.  That is what makes TKD today.  That is why there is the big killer TKD and the other ones.  Okay?

So that is related Alan, that is what I want and probably I give you some time tomorrow, I want that you write that and even words can come even from your own development; your own skill.

I respect.  

I don't want belts.  I do not want to learn anything.  I just want to see if I can leave before I am gone to the world 10 to 15 percent of the most simple Martial Arts in the world.  This is all I care about today.  But I do care about respect.  I do care about sharing with people and so on.  This is what I want.


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Monday, May 5, 2014

Intuition and Self - Defense

Intuition is something that comes to us spontaneously by definition.  

As defined it is : 

1.  the power of knowing immediately and without conscious reasoning
2.  the power or faculty of gaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought 
       and inference 
3.  a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence : a feeling that 
         guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why

As it applies to Self-Defense, upon finding ourselves in a compromised or violent situation there is little to no thought or conscious reasoning that needs be performed.  In the act of fighting, or real combat, physical intuition takes full control.  We can imagine graphing these moments on a continuum.  On one end is the highest degree of 'mindlessness' and is most purely expressed during fits of "blind rage" or during "rage blackouts".  Often times those who suffer from this type of anger problem report seeing a light at the end of a tunnel which then gets snuffed out and will then "come to" in time as the rage passes either after some act has occurred or, as we would hope to happen, the person has been subdued or restrained during the episode in the spirit of maintaining the safety of all parties and standers-by.  The other end of the continuum is seen as complete and total submission or even paralysis like a deer in headlights.

While we all hope to never be in a situation where fighting were necessary it is an unfortunate reality that there are still those in this world with evil intent and ignorant directives sometimes even disguised as divine righteousness or civil privilege.  So how can we prepare?  How can you be ready?  

Simple, you must train your body physically to be capable of reacting.  Prior to physical confrontation you're going to need to give your physical body a tool-kit or some sort of background to fall back on should the mind get shut off.  This is where Martial Art comes in.  As you train Martial Art it is not for the purpose of going out and beating somebody up.  It is for the purpose of sustaining your person in the event that your health and well-being may be compromised by another.  It is to give the cells in your body a sort of physical memory or "physical intuition" should your consciousness flee in a time of severe distress.  The body's physical cells do have a certain capacity to store memories of their own.  To flush this out let's take a pianist to use as an example.  

When someone first starts learning how to play they have to look and focus very hard on each keystroke to be sure they are producing what is written on their musical sheet.  After some practice pressing the proper notes in proper order and on time becomes second nature.  Now, if you ask the finger "Where is the 'G' key?"  While it doesn't have the proper equipment to speak back to you to tell you "Its between the 'F' and the 'A'."  It can perform the act of pressing the 'G' key easily, repetitively and on time when sitting down to play.  No longer does he have to think about "Now I will press the 'G' key." every time he goes to press it.  This finger now holds within it a certain 'physical intuition' as to where the 'G' key is and when it needs to be pressed to make the proper expression.

So getting back to Self-Defense we can perhaps understand a little bit now as to what is going on when you set out to learn a form or a certain style.  You are giving your cells and your body a "physical intuition" on how they move, how to move and what they're capable of.  If you go to practice a form 1000 times this is one of the best things you can do for yourself.  Not only are you staying out of the Devil's play-pen for several hours, but you're putting in good work on yourself.  You are improving your awareness and your ability.  Just knowing what your body is capable of (or incapable of) is valuable information that could be the difference between a great counter-punch and getting knocked out.  Mentally the benefits are there too.  If you have the discipline and mental focus to perform something 1000 times, that strong mindedness is guaranteed to bleed into the other aspects of your life.  Going through repetitions and movements to that degree will automatically make you more proficient and in tune with your body and all of your extremities.  Your limbs.  Your fingers.  Your toes.  Your trunk.  Your brain.  Your heart.  Your entire body through and through.

So we train.  We train to give ourselves a "physical intuition" that should a situation arise where physical confrontation is unavoidable we have some sort of tool-kit to fall back on.  Whether that be Boxing, BJJ, Wing Chun, Karate, Aikido, Muay Thai, Krav Maga or some other Martial Art it is of little difference.  The difference is if you have something to fall back on or if you are left floating on thin air.


Getting back into intuition more closely the conscious-self is often well off the mark.  But this should come as no surprise.  As the definition tells us from before, intuition is the power of knowing prior to conscious reasoning.  This implies an innate, natural and spontaneously, ever-presently occurring event that is "knowing without thought".  The disrupting agent of intuition then is thought itself or conscious reasoning / "logic" / "rationality" (side note: rationality itself is often a perversion of reality in an attempt to accept and excuse partial or complete failure).  Letting your intuition guide you is as difficult for some as hearing it.  Many are deaf to its voice and more yet willingly disobey its selfless advice.  At times I find myself included within that curious phenotype as I am learning.  As we all are.

So listen to yourself, but at the same time remain critical.  As the river of intuition flows on ever-more there are incredibly varying ways for it to reach the sea.  While intuition as defined is "knowing prior to conscious reasoning" it is usually that which is most readily known that first pops up into thought.  

Hark!  Listen!  

However, one must be wary as it is through both intuition and conscious reasoning that we can discover or recognize the river water as tainted.  Duping one's self by exclaiming toxic water is pure is to hoodwink one's self and pretend it's a top hat. Moving forward still it is through changed action that we can purify the water, remove the hood and transform the flow of that river into the peaceful, transparent, shining image within our minds.  Ebbing back again, our intuition alone is often smart enough to recognize a tainted flow and the crux again resides where it always has, in a willingness to really listen and truly pure, intuitive action.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Prevention and Longevity

"As you go along you'll probably find this a very very nice topic to write because it helps people to understand that we are not just martial artists or whatever. We are people who know more than just that. Live longer. Prevent."

Taken from an audio recording of Calasanz

You know, there is something that I respect in the way my Father thinks and in the way his mind works.  He's always had the belief of preventing problems.  He's the kind of guy who would do whatever it takes to prevent a tragedy.  If he has to yell he's going to yell.  If he has to spank he's going to spank.  Just prevent at all costs.  And I respect that.  His approach is just completely logical and then, even if an accident happens he has a mindset that I just respect.

Okay.  You're going to love this.  When I was young, about 10 years old, I would go to gather wood.  At that point there wasn't the prevalence of technology that there is today.  I would take the machete, chop the wood and bring it home to make a fire so that we could cook.  I probably had about five years like that before technology started appearing all over and finally reached all these places.  And just to get you a perspective, just to let you know we were living at that time as middle class without a stove.

So I went out to gather some wood.  I got to the tree and started cutting.  For just one swing I was not paying attention 100% and  *Boom*  I chopped my hand below the thumb.  The blade nearly went clean through.  My entire thumb was opened up and I held it bleeding as I ran home.

Now, if I went to my mother
she would be screaming and crying "Oh my God! My son is going to die! Oh my God!  Oh my God!"  But my father, in his own kind of genius reacted differently.  He took my hand immediately, "Let me see."  he said.  And went to work.

"Hold on Jose.  That is nothing.  It's already done, we're gonna cure."  he said almost shocked that I wasn't screaming or anything.  He goes and takes salt, lemon, a variety of medicinal tree extracts or whatever and wraps it up.  My entire thumb was open, almost completely gone.  I did not care what he did.  I had already cut it.  He dressed it with those things, wrapped it up to protect it and within three days I was healed.  No scars, no marks no nothing.  No doctors, no anastesia.  You know, it was like the Wild West or the Revolutionary War where they would amputate or treat or whatever.
Hah, I can hear my mother now screaming, "Oh my God!  Oh my God my son is dying!" and my father yelling back.  "Shut up!  It's already done!  Now we're gonna cure!  What?!  No screaming!  No crying!  For what?!  It's already done!"
So, that is the mindset of my father and I respect that about him a lot.
So these are the facts about preventing.  You do everything you can to prevent, but when something goes completely wrong you jump and get to fixing it.
It's like when I spoke with you about depression.  People don't take it seriously.  Your parents see you depressed and they say, "Ah, get yourself to work."  Look, if you see your kids depressed, you jump.  If you see your friend depressed, you jumpDo something.  Depression is the worst illness on the face of the Earth but nobody cares.  Anxiety is the same.  Why?  Because everybody one way or the other gets depressed.  Everybody one way or the other gets anxiety.  But did your mother ask you, "How long does your anxiety last?"  Did she ask you how long the depression lasts?
Look, right now if I get depressed I'm gonna kick it out in 10 minutes.  Why?  Because I am in shape.  Being in shape and eating well gets you out of that.  But what about if you are eating like shit?  Those people when they get depressed how long does it last?  1 day?  2 days?  A week?  Months?  Longer than that?  What about people born to be depressed?  Still their parents don't care until they drop dead or kill themselves or whatever.
You remember that I mentioned to you about J.S.? [Name abbreviated for privacy]  She's the only lady that in 1 day learned the entire 20 arm dummy.  I tried with Charles but I had to stop because his mind was blowing up.  J.S. 's mind was going and going and going and going and going and going.  She is the daughter of one of those famous inventors from Westport.  Since she was 15 I would call her all the time.  "Are you okay?  Are you okay?"  She was the first in her family to train Martial Arts with me and then she told me about her mother.  They called her the most beautiful person in Westport.  She was like a model.  Beautiful but depressed.  Divorced.  I could never get her here.  I told you before about her.  The day I scheduled her was on Monday and I had her scheduled for Thursday morning I believe about 10 o'clock.  So she had several days to get it together and get here.  I was waiting and waiting and waiting.  I tried to get her here earlier but I decided just to wait.
That same day, I believe, was the day that she hanged herself.
I was calling and calling and calling.  7 days later was when they found her.  Up to today I believe that if she would have opened the door and trained with me she would still be alive today.  If her daughter, J.S., would not have come over here for 3 or 4 years probably she would not be alive today.  Not long ago she called me, "Calasanz I am working out.  I am good.  I am healthy and eating well."  J.S. is going to be about 35 this year I believe.
 Okay?  So preventing.  Preventing.
Another example.  It just happened here in town locally.  Three kids just in high school died.  This is the thing that makes me angry, seeing how they died.  These kids were doing everything right, wearing seat belts, not drinking.  Probably the only thing was they didn't have parents telling them, "When its snowing go in the right lane.  Don't follow the trucks when it's snowing.  They have good tires and you do not.  They don't care, they just have a destination.  Stay safe.  Don't go so fast that if you start to slide you cannot stop the car because if you do you know you're going to crash." or whatever.  You know...  Probably I couldn't go on the road because I'd drive so slow everybody would be honking, "Hey move it!" slamming their horns.
You will see it.  If you go to channel 12 you will see it.  People doing it just like that.  It's snowing and slippery and everyone is going 40 or 50 miles per hour.  Some maybe more.  If it's snowing and slippery I don't care what sorts of tires I have, I would go 30... 20... 25... 15... heck, probably I would leave the car behind and go walking.  I'm gonna prevent that accident.  But is that a real life to live?  Probably not, but that is my belief that parents do not talk to their kids about preventing or at least not enough.  Parents must go reminding at all times.  There was no reason for that accident of those three kids.  Now one kid, very popular, from Staples is dead at what... 17?  18?  And two more of his friends.

I remember when I left the farm to go to the city.  About 90% of the children followed me and came with me.  That was the love that the people in my community had for me.  When I got to the city my father would be calling at all times. 
"Don't do this.  Be careful.  Don't go to that place.  If you go, you go protected.  Go with someone.  Okay, be careful, be careful, be careful.  But remember if they call me that you are sick, or you have an accident the first thing I'm going to ask is, 'Does he live?'"  If yes, okay he would get onto the horse or into the car depending where he is immediately and go.  If somebody would call him that I had an accident that wasn't prevented or whatever, "Okay, I'll be there in the next 2 days or so."
Thinking on this topic I am reminded of one of my friends.  One of my best students, P.M. [name abbreviated for privacy]  He was one of the first to invest in my school, in my name.  He was from a family in New Canaan.  This guy was the best guy.  Alan, he did it all for me.  I mean the guy just loved me.  He would drive me wherever , hold boards, he'd do anything for me.  And for me to know that he is dead because the family gave up on him.  It's very hard to take.  He was into carpentry with one of the best families in the town, but his family did not care.  When I finally heard that he overdosed I called the family and they hung up the phone on me because they gave up on him.  "Better of dead." they said.  They said, "You die or put it together."  And it was very hard to take.  The family gave up on him.

This is America you see?  When you are in the DR it's a different story than being an American.  In America they just move on.  They let you go.  They take care of you at first but if you go doing drugs they're gonna try to help you.  They're gonna try.  But it gets to a point that the typical American person is gonna say, "You know what?  Survive.  If you survive and use your brain then you're gonna be very successful."
If I have a kid I'm gonna try.  I'm gonna try to do the best I can and never give up. 
If I give up it's because I'm gonna put him in jail or... I'm not going to say it here...
So you see, that is my belief.  If I'm gonna give up could be that I say, "You know what son, I want you dying happy.  What is that you're doing?"
"Dad, I'm addicted to drugs."
"How much drugs do you want today son?"
"Dad I want one pound."
"Oh.  Here you are.  Come get it.  Do you want to take it all at once?"
You know.  Like that.
But when it comes to the American approach there's something very smart about it.  You know, some one just being in that condition, being depressed or an addict or whatever, they can bring 3 or 4 people with them.  You can kill your mother.  You can kill your dad.  You can kill your sister.  Even when they are just trying to cure you.

And that is a smart way if you look at how Americans work.  If you look at it, it is not that they are doing something very wrong.  All they're saying is, "All of us are going to drop dead trying to cure you because we feel that you don't have a cure.  So what about if we survive and we let you decide for your life."  Nothing is wrong with that.  But my judgement is that I do not give up.  And when I give up then I want the person to go happy.

Today I am part of one of the largest families in the DR.  In my family I was one of eleven children and now all of my sisters have 3 or 4 kids and my brothers all with children of their own.  Then we can count the grandchildren, probably there are 35 or more in our family in all and up to today it is a pure family.  There hasn't been one tragedy.  No one has been in trouble with the police or the law or whatever.  It is a pure family to this day and all is based on one thing:  
Inspired by: Calasanz

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Calasanz as an Instructor

Calasanz as an instructor has always had a unique and real way of training his students.  Not only through teaching but also by making each of his students partially responsible and accountable for their own training and learning.  Calasanz' approach to teaching created the fiercest and most feared competitors in the world of Martial Arts out of local, every-day people.  It is simple fact that he could, can and did take anyone with the guts and dedication to achieve and made them superb Martial Artists.  His system and style of teaching continues to evolve further beyond and above anything else out there as it always has incorporating Body, Mind and Spirit.

"Do not forget.  Not everyone listens or wants to understand the real meaning of coming to a real and unique system like the Calasanz Physical Arts System." - Calasanz

You can research and answer for yourself how he did it.  The way he created the name and the way he trained those who brought the name to the highest level of fighting was by using the people that he trained under intensive training programs.  This means action.  He did it by putting his most apt and well-trained students up against those who wanted to compete.  It is an action based system and Calasanz always knew that discourse based learning within Martial Arts is severely limiting, is no way to become talented and will never make you superb outside of theory. 

There are stories upon stories about Calasnaz' students.  Those every day investors or scientists coming in looking for a hobby or to get an idea of how to defend themselves ended up being more skilled even than those training to compete.  He would regularly pit competitors walking in against his students, even those with limited training, many of those training to compete would then buckle under the trauma of their iron shins, throw in the towel, or even end up hospitalized.  Why?  ...How?  Because this is a system based on reality.  Head movement.  Power.  Coordination.  Technique.  Grounding.  Endurance.  The results speak for themselves and show how Calasanz as an instructor knew how to do it then and knows how to do it even better today.

The methods.  The training.  They're effective.  It's undeniable how capable and talented his pupils are and have become through their training and time spent here.  The people, the history, the reality, they are impossible to ignore and cannot be dismissed.  Understand, this is not like anything else ever seen before, at least on such a transparent and global level.  This is the birth of a rooted, universal, modern and evolved Martial System happening before our very eyes without veil, smoke-screen or diversion.  Sober up and open your eyes.  Calasanz is not teaching some other person's system (although he has many he can draw from).  He is creating one.  His vast background of study, his lifetime of dedication to The Art, his extensive training and voluminous experience teaching thousands of others are actual facts, not fantastical stories.  His experience and knowledge of the Martial Art is something that will be near impossible for anyone to surpass.  Calasanz, with the revelation of his system, has completely let the cat out of the bag for the world to see and indeed it is a VERY big cat.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Education vs. Motivation

"Education is received extrinsically,
                              Motivation comes from within."

When it comes to training anything with any degree of seriousness it is necessary to take the time to become educated on the topics involved.  And in order to see that training develop into any degree of competence a certain amount of motivation must be in play.

We take an example of say... someone training to become a helicopter pilot.  In learning how to fly a helicopter one does not simply jump into the cockpit and start randomly toggling the controls expecting the thing to take off (although this may occur for an exceptionally lucky individual).  There is classroom study, independent study, a general understanding and knowledge base that must be absorbed and retained, at least on a rudimentary level, prior to a successful flight.  There are flight simulation exercises, practice programs and a great number of training tools utilized by the student in order to earn the receipt of his flight license proper.

As a general statement education is important and incredibly helpful prior to becoming proficient in any new skill, hobby, or activity.  As purveyors of a completely unique fitness program and body development system our first job is to educate the user to the best of our ability about how to really use the system and of course about common peaks and pitfalls.  When someone really learns a technique or exercise and becomes educated about it, that education will serve them for the rest of their life.

 Motivation on the other hand is equally as important, but plays another role.  An art student for example could read and learn about every brush technique known to man but without the motivation to pick up the brush and begin experimenting with and experiencing these techniques first hand his artistry only lies latent within.  This is where motivation enters.  Motivation can occur from any number of influences: a family member, a friend, a character, an athlete, a quote, a conversation, even... yourself.  Yes, indeed you are the most powerful tool you have to motivate yourself.  Yet many still struggle with taking action remaining content in lethargy or shackled by grandiose inertia.  This occurs on a widespread basis usually spawning from a lack of self-confidence or no desire for self-achievement / progress.  To those : BREAK OUT AND DO SOMETHING!  You will more than likely be pleasantly surprised.

Our approach is to take primarily an educational role.  As we continue and develop into what we are becoming one of our goals is to plant a seed.  This seed may flourish if nurtured properly and indeed can grow rapidly beyond belief.  Or this seed may lie dormant within forever.  As we release our system locally to our attending students and outward to the corners of the globe digitally we hope to provide enough information for anyone to become super human and to give them the means to educate themselves thoroughly enough to spark the necessary confidence in individuals to act and let their gains and their progress motivate them intrinsically.

As a learned pupil you will have all the means necessary to achieve your personal goals the only things left are easy, dedication and practice.  (I always think of the old Nike addage "Just Do It!")