Posted: Early Winter 2001

Why is it that when seemingly opposites are combined, the result can be a balanced whole? Calasanz, founder and namesake of Calasanz Martial Arts System, has melded elements of classic ballet and traditional martial arts to evolve a system of personal discipline that offers a multitude of benefits: physical, mental and spiritual.

Step in the dojo at 507 Westport Avenue in Norwalk, and enter a world neither east nor west, but a new and improved version of both. In an immense space, designed to convey simple sophistication, a quiet energy pulsates the very air. A full sized boxing ring both threatens and beckons, surrounded by mysterious mats, weights, ballet barres and stantions. Men, women and children practice basic floor exercises, developed by Calasanz, that differ from any this reporter has ever seen. Flexibility and strength are clearly two goals sought after here. In addition, a sense of purpose, quiet camaraderie and fusion of many cultures pervade the place. Unlikely sparring partners may include housewives, surgeons, truck drivers, dancers and sculptors. One, huge, beefy man stretches his leg on the ballet barre with astounding flexibility. A slight, delicate woman slams her foot into the padded stanchion, easily a foot and a half above her head, with full power and control.

A remarkable alchemy is at play here. Sensai Calasanz combines weight resistance, deep breathing, muscle extension and mental discipline to attain peak personal fitness and benefit in the student before he ever allows entrance into the sparring ring. Emphasis is placed on achieving a balance of beauty, grace and power, after which specific disciplines may be followed. Competition from within is stressed.

From “Profiles in Health and Wellness" The Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Times February 6, 2001.