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During this time, Calasanz saw his first martial arts demonstration and was immediately hooked. He had first been exposed to the martial arts when his father took him to see Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee. What excited him the most about the martial arts was the use of the legs as weapons. All his life, he had been fascinated with the natural and awesome power that could be generated by the human legs. One day on the farm, Calasanz was ordered to milk the nastiest cow. She did not want to be milked that day, so she kicked him in the stomach. Calasanz's reflexes caused him to automatically kick her back and to his surprise, he knocked the cow out cold. From then on, he used his legs whenever he had to fight off gangs and bullies and found that this gave him a great advantage.

Calasanz immediately started training in the martial arts. The first style he studied was Goju-Ryu under the watchful eye of Master Tamajoshi Sakamoto. Farm life had prepared him for the heavy and intensive training that traditional Goju-Ryu karate demanded. Calasanz was determined to master this art and trained with 100% intensity.