Teaching Martial Arts or Self-Esteem?

Posted: February 18, 2005

Schools often advertise that martial arts training helps develop self-esteem. This promise is directed to both children and adults. While this is true, I believe that it has been taken to extremes. I don’t intend to criticize my colleagues. This is merely an observation that I have made after dealing with countless students who have come from other schools. [more]

Choosing the Practical Path

Posted: February 18, 2005

I have spent many years teaching law enforcement officers who have no time to waste with useless techniques. What they need is something that works and the conditioning and stamina to execute these techniques in a high intensity confrontation. [more]

The Teacher's Path: Experiences of a Martial Art Instructor

Posted: February 18, 2005

Over the holidays, I had the chance to relax and watch one of those great Chinese martial art movies. You know the ones with the subtitles and great sound effects. The film caught my interest because it was about Wing Chun, my absolute favorite martial art. The actors displayed some of the most beautiful techniques I have seen that rivaled those of the late Bruce Lee. [more]

Calasanz Modern Approach to the Art of Wing Chun

While I have studied several martial art disciplines, my favorite style is Wing Chun. Wing Chun has grown in popularity within the last decade with more and more students showing an interest. At my school, I teach Wing Chun as a separate program and in conjunction with my own style known as the Calasanz System. I wanted to take this time to briefly explain the history of my martial arts training and how I developed my own philosophy to teaching Wing Chun to the modern day practitioner. [more]

Calasanz on Karate

Posted: Spring 2001

Karate means empty hand. Actually, the correct term is karate-do, which means way of the empty hand. This suggests that an accomplished master of Karate holds no weapon, requires no weapon - because his or her body is all that is needed for self-defense. It’s a fantastic concept; and for those who master Karate, it’s a fantastic reality! [more]

Calasanz on Karate –
Training Students From Other Systems: An Instructor's Perspective

Posted: Late Autumn 2001

Having owned and operated a martial arts school for over 25 years, I have seen many changes take place in the industry. One of the most notable has been the student/teacher relationship. Gone are the days when martial artists stay with one instructor. [more]

Calasanz on the Physical Arts –
Making Fitness Part of Your Life

Pick up a newspaper or turn on the local news on any given day and you are liable to hear a report on how Americans are getting fatter. Government statistics tell us that approximately 60 percent of Americans - 127 million people - are overweight. Many women who enroll in my school tell me that one of their primary goals is to lose weight. Unfortunately, some expect instant results. If they don't see immediate weight loss, they become discouraged and inpatient. Some even drop out altogether. [more]

The Path to Health and Wellness with Dr. Jeanne Castellucci –
The Benefits of Martial Arts Training:
A Health Practitioner's Perspective

Posted: Late Autumn 2000

Since my teenage years, I always wanted to experience martial arts. Even though I got busy with education and life responsibilities, I've been continually intrigued with the discipline of martial arts and Eastern philosophy. [more]

Working Out & Eating Healthy – A Winning Combination
by Nancy Murphy

When you combine the wonderful physical development regimen of Calasanz Physical Arts with sound nutritional management, you not only feel better a look better. You prepare your body for a healthier future! So consider incorporating a few of the following healthy nutritional tips into your lifestyle. They are free, safe, and can be practiced at home, in the workplace, and on vacation. [more]

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