Posted: Spring 2002
Developing Body, Mind and Spirit
with Calasanz Physical Arts
We've all had the experience of looking in the mirror and resolving to do something to improve our bodies. The quest for physical self-improvement may take many paths, but the one most traveled by the majority is the traditional health club membership. Many health club memberships however are abandoned because the workouts offered in these facilities soon become boring and tired. Countless repetitions in the weight room, endless hours on the treadmill, and thousands of seemingly pointless rotations on the spinning cycle have left us wondering is this all there is?
More of us are leaving the health clubs in search of other forms of exercise that offer an interesting physical challenge, along with the spiritual upliftment we crave. The constant assault on our psyches courtesy of cell phones, voice mail, email, pagers, instant messengers and advertising has lead many of us to seek refuge in practices that help relieve the stress of everyday life, while invigorating the body and getting all the things we want from traditional exercise... increased strength and flexibility, improved balance and circulation and an overall sense of well being. The health benefits obtained from martial arts training is unique from all other forms of exercise and that is why more and more people are joining its ranks.
The Holistic Approach
Martial arts training offers all the benefits of traditional health club exercise, plus the added bonuses of learning self defense and uplifting the mind and spirit. In our dojo, a typical workout begins with our basic stretching and strengthening exercises. These are not the typical exercises that you would perform in a gym, but rather a system of coordinated movement designed to stretch, strengthen, oxygenate and invigorate the entire body. Students are encouraged to go at their own pace and to learn how to listen to their bodies. Over the initial weeks of training, these exercises are mastered and become a part of your regular training regime.
Classical and modern martial art fundamentals, kicks, punches, blocks and evasion techniques, are integrated as the student participates in group or private classes. Classes focus on developing proper technique, repetition and application of what you have learned by using focus pads and working with an opponent. Training with focus pads and punching bags help you develop focus, power and relieve stress. Working with an opponent, a mainstay in any martial art school, also helps enhance physical well being. Whether you are practicing drills or safe, supervised sparring, you quickly learn how to develop concentration, timing and quick response to a real live opponent.
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Editorial & Technical Director
Calasanz Physical Arts