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Instructional Martial Arts and Fitness Videos Take New Format


Martial arts and exercise instructional videos have taken on a new format at When designing their instructional martial arts and exercise Formula Video Series, the team decided to break away from the normal 1–2 hour format.

“Instructional and exercise videos have gotten it wrong from the beginning for too long,” says Calasanz Martinez, creator of the Calasanz System and “There was too much talking. The possibilities were limited because there was a predetermined format that was to be followed. These qualities aren’t conducive to meaningful learning. So we’ve constructed our Formula Video Series to address these problems.”


Each video is between 5 and 15 minutes consisting of 1 form or specific exercises or drills of a similar type. This allows the user to concentrate on one area at a time without having to fast forward or rewind or scan.


Most instructional videos emphasize dialogue. While some people may be able to learn by listening the team believes that too much talk allows a student to rely upon verbal information instead of processing the movements. Therefore, in many of the videos voice-over instruction has been eliminated. “Students should watch them at home while eating or relaxing and get a feel for the movements or exercises… absorb them. Then when they are ready to train, the feeling for the exercises has already started to grow within them. Then they can refer to the video for particulars as they train,” says Calasanz Martinez.

Custom Sequences

Ninety-nine percent of martial arts and fitness videos available to the public have a certain sequence of events. Every time you pop the video in, it’s the same thing again and again. The shorter Formula Videos allow you to mix and match different sequences together. You may never have to do the same workout again. And with 3000 Formula Videos planned in total, you may have a different workout everyday of your life!

Says Martinez, “Sometimes, usually at the beginning, students need to be lead, however as a teacher it’s most important to lead your students to a path of independence. A path that allows them to workout on their own, to absorb new information on their own, and lets them choose the path that’s right for them. This is why we created the Formula Video Series”

The entire Formula Video Series is available through a subscription to: or by individual DVD format available for purchase at:


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