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In 1990, Calasanz began a remodeling project on the warehouse that is now the Calasanz headquarters. At the same time, kickboxing was becoming increasingly popular and students were expressing an interest in getting in on the action. Calasanz had endured the brutality of street fighting as a young boy in the Dominican Republic where knock down fights over turf and defending family honor were common place. The system he created was practical, well balanced, and based on a lifetime of traditional training and untraditional street encounters. Calasanz knew however, that to be successful in the ring, one had to have the heart and soul of a fighter. While a teacher may confer skill and technique, what cannot be transferred from teacher to student is the fighting spirit. Calasanz was confident that his system could meet the challenge in the ring. For many years, he had tested his skill against martial artists and street fighters who eventually became some of Calasanz’s most loyal students.