I was surprised and delighted when asked to write about studying martial arts with Calasanz. I was also somewhat overwhelmed because I am still very new to it all. But because I have some strong feelings about being a student of Calasanz and being part of the community at the Calasanz Dojo, I thought I would share some things with you.

I have been very fortunate to be led to a few master "teachers" in my life. Twenty years ago, I studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. There, I was guided through the most rigorous and demanding two years of my life. With each step along the way, I discovered more about what it was to be deeply human; I was trained to live more vibrantly and passionately in the present moment and to be fully expressive of my authentic point of view. I was helped to give up the control mechanisms of the head, the desire to be reasonable, comfortable, safe and to reclaim my instinctual self. It was a big wake up call to life itself! I became relentless in my art and I learned that the only place artistic creation happens is in the unknown; that is, when I push myself beyond what I already know and take a great leap – not knowing where I will land, how I will land, yet having the faith that I will be ok.

Seven months ago, I had a specific urge, a need. I can’t really explain it, I only know that it was very strong; something inside was speaking and what it was saying was, "study martial arts again." I say "again" because back in the early eighties, I had a brief experience at a Karate school in NY. Although I enjoyed the physical demands of my classes, I was not thrilled with some other aspects of the program. When, as a very new student, I was put into a sparring match with another student who immediately broke my ribs; I was forced to take a break from classes. After I healed, I just didn’t go back. I was acting in an Off-Broadway play at the time and I couldn’t afford to be injured any further.

Larry Silverberg is the author of the internationally acclaimed four volume series, "The Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actors Workbook," the two volume series, "The Actors Guide to Qualified Acting Coaches," and "Loving To Audition." Larry is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre where he studied with legendary acting teacher, Sanford Meisner.

Since then, Larry has worked professionally as an actor and director across the United States and in Canada. Most recently, he received the Seattle Critic’s Association "Stellar Acting Award" for his portrayal of "Teach" in the Belltown Theatre Center production of "American Buffalo." Larry also teaches the Meisner approach in his professional actors training program which he offers in New York City.

Larry can be contacted through his web site address, www.actorscraft.com.