Bad Temper

Calasanz temper was bad since day one, but his ingenuity of having so much common sense with his actions resulted in him loved by everyone. One of those people was his teacher. Tameyoshi, who became very trusting of Calasanz. His teacher taught him a lots of great martial arts techniques, but still kept him very tight. The soft part was kept from Calasanz. His teacher gave him a lot but he still hid the soft side. It was hard for him to hide it from his student any longer. Fortunately, Calasanz was born with a gift not only for martial arts, but for fitness in general.

Understand that soft is one of the most important parts of the Goju-Ryu style. Calasanz was born with a gift for martial arts and knew that something was not right. He would go to spar and immediately got tired. At that time, I thought, “Is my teacher holding something back from me?” Yes he was. He was still teaching Calasanz the hard part of Goju-Ryu. The soft part is common in the Asian and Oriental community and was not such of a big deal at first. His teacher’s training was too intense but later on it became a factor. Calasanz knew already what to do.

For Tameyoshi it was tough to try to hold Calasanz back. Actually, Tameyoshi could not hold him back as Calasanz was one of the best. Tameyoshi believed that if Calasanz got to the point of losing his temper, he was not capable of trying to fight him or anyone else. He knew Calasanz was one the best and most talented students he has ever trained. My teacher was making sure that I would not hurt anyone and he was not wrong. It was true, that I had a bad temper. Tameyoshi also thought that someday he would be forced to teach Calasanz a lesson. Even though he never would have attacked his teacher or another person. Calasanz has a temper but a manageable one. His anger would rise up in a matter of seconds, but it only took seconds for Calasanz to come back down to a state of calm.

Calasanz was highly educated, meaning he would not attack anyone. If something was not right for him. He gave many lessons to many students but all of them were constructive lessons. Calasanz would never give lessons to someone that was not close to his skills or above his skills. Often, he was confronted by some of the best fighters around and never had to strike or hurt any of them. Calasanz skills were beyond theirs.

Calasanz had a vision when he came to the U.S., he knew that he was born with this gift for martial arts so he devoted his life to it. It was Calasanz idea all the way to come to America after seeing Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon”.

When Calasanz arrived in the states, he pictured what he wanted and would not settle for anything other than the best in martial arts.

I already had my second degree black belt in Goju-Ryu Karate and when I got here I chose a style from the South of China and went with Wing Chun Kung Fu, one from the North, Cheng Chuang Long Fist, American Boxing at Gleason’s Gym in New York City, and Korean style Hapkido. I was already doing Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, and dancing including ballet, tap, and jazz. All this was to become a well balanced and complete martial artist.

During his study of Wing Chun, he immediately noticed something unique. Besides the fact that Wing Chun was developed by a woman, the power came from the pelvis, the torso and hips areas. Areas where women are strong. Soon he divided Wing Chun into several items, Chinese boxing, Wing Chun ground fighting, and traditional Wing Chun. Calasanz has unique and modern approaches to the Wing Chun system called Wing Chun Grappling, Wing Chun Tai Chi, Wing Chun Chi Sau, and Wing Chun Chi Sau on the ground.

You can see for yourself how important Wing Chun is for Calasanz. He has divided it into many items and each of them includes the basics of Wing Chun. It starts with the Sie Ninn Tau, to the 8 sections of the traditional dummy. You must understand that you can not learn any of those items without having an excellent foundation of the Wing Chun system. This foundation will come to you by learning the first form and the dummy, plus other traditional and basic exercises.

When Bruce Lee died, the only one who was left with a good base of Wing Chun was Dan Inosanto. Most of Lee’s students were taught how to fight, meaning I doubt that many of his students after his death were capable of teaching Jeet Kune Do. To be able to apply JKD, you would need a good foundation of Wing Chun. Without Wing Chun there would not have been JKD or Chinese boxing. Lee was probably too busy to show his students everything. Also, I doubt that he, even at that point, believed so much of the tradition. Unfortunately he died young. I was sure that by the age of 40 he would go back and say, “You need a foundation of Wing Chun in order to teach great Jeet Kune Do.”