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ESCalderon Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 01-16-2007 08:42 AM
Erik Calderon
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Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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Entries: 84
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In General Honesty, followed by Honestly! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #83 New 07-29-2017 01:08 PM
Being honest is one of the hardest things to do, it seems. It's so simple, just tell the truth, but how many times do we find ourselves not telling the truth? Do we even know what the truth is? This can get pretty deep....

Your friend doesn't look very good with her new hair cut, but instead of telling her the truth, you tell her it looks good...and you justify it with, it's all a matter of perspective.

Your boss asks you if you called that client, you haven't, but you tell him you have, you excuse yourself and call him right away. You justify it with, I'm about to do it....

Your daughter asks you to buy her a pair of jeans, and you tell her you don't have any money (but you do, you just don't want to spend your last $100.00 on her pair of jeans....)

In a wonderful book that I like to read every once in a while is says: "He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity." Proverbs 2:7

I've been thinking about that pretty hard, and really paying attention to when I am honest and catching myself when I am not.

On the mat, it's much easier to catch myself, because honesty is much easier to see. Am I honestly putting effort, strength, power into my attack? Am I aiming at my target? Am I just throwing myself, afraid that I may get injured? What's driving me?

I think honesty must come from the attacker, uke, in order for the nage to truly progress and learn Aikido. Doesn't that sound like common sense ...More Read More
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In General Aikido Doesn't Work for Real! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #77 New 05-13-2017 03:50 PM
OK, so a friend called me up and said that he saw this video on youtube that proved that Aikido doesn't work for real.

Can you believe that! Aikido doesn't work. Darn, I've been doing Aikido since I was 20 years old, martial arts since I was 5 years old, and to find out that I've wasted 26 years studying Aikido because it doesn't work.

Well, like I tell my students all the time. The art doesn't make the man, the man makes the art. So, ask yourself (if you're studying Aikido, that is), "Does Aikido work for me?" and if it doesn't, what do you need to do to make it work!

Anyhow, though Aikido is a martial art and should be an effect tool for self defense, it's also for physical and spiritual development, that means that you may be using it as a tool to grow spiritually, so then, it works for you.....

So, here is the second video to our Day 2 Aikido Demonstration at the Japan Festival:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F_gqeouETc&t=18s
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In General 2017 Japan Festival Demonstration Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #76 New 05-12-2017 01:09 PM
Last weekend we had our Japan Festival Aikido Demonstration. I was lucky enough to get the demonstration video taped. Please enjoy:

Japan Festival 2017 Aikido Demonstration Day 1

We gave demonstrations on both days. I'm working on getting day 2 uploaded....
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In General Aikido Challenges Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #75 New 05-01-2017 05:49 PM
I'm giving an Aikido Demonstration at the Japan Festival this year and decided to have all of the students give a quick speech answering the question, how does Aikido Challenge you. I guess I'll have to give a small talk about that as well....

Aikido challenges me to take a deep look at myself, my shortcomings, my weaknesses and work on them. What I am doing and how am I moving? How is that movement affecting my uke? What am I doing wrong?

I find that when I'm getting frustrated with uke, it's really me that needs work. I think it's only taken me about 20 years to figure that out!
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In General I'm Back Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #74 New 03-17-2017 02:37 PM
Was thinking about titling this blog entry, I'll Be Back, but then realized that won't work, because I am back. Wow, it's been 7 years since my last blog post. that's 7 more years of Aikido without posting about it. That means I must have a lot saved up to talk about. I've seen so much and experienced so much. I've been to a few seminars, and amazingly I'm still learning more and more. I must be getting stronger cause the other day I was able to pull of 200 pull ups, not all at once, but all with in 30 minutes.

I look forward to writing about all the wonderful things and changes that have occurred in my Aiki-life.

Check back soon!

Erik Sasha Calderon
www.shinkikan.com
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In General Golden Dragon Acrobats Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #69 New 09-01-2010 09:42 AM
Last week we got together for a little physical training and enjoy a wonderful evening watching the Golden Dragon Acrobats.

I think a few of the students realized how easy it is to get out of shape and how important it is to get a physical fitness program going.

We only did about 50 pushups, 50 situps, 50 back extensions and a two mile jog/walk, then we did a few sprints up a hill.

The training was simple, just some pushups, situps, back extensions a jog and a few sprints. Nothing special, nothing extravagant, no wild names like tae bo, pilates, Yoga...just your basic thing that could get kind of boring, but what I've discovered is that when you are in the company of friends, even the most mundane boring task can be fun!

The Golden Dragon Acrobats are truly amazing! I wonder if it would be more fun to try that out than to do Aikido?!?!?Maybe not.....Don't think my body can do what they can!






Erik Calderon, Vinny Nguyen and Rafael Garcia from left to right

Erik Calderon
http://www.escalderonmartialarts.com



PS Here is another video I made. Please enjoy it:

Suwari Waza tanken dori gokyo variation
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In General PFT Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #68 New 08-18-2010 01:32 PM
When I was 13 years old, my dad shipped me off to military school. I went to MMA, Marine Military Academy in Harlengen, TX. It was, and I believe, still is, an incredible school. I learned all about discipline and physical fitness.

I went in weighting 90 pounds, three months later I weighed in at 140 pounds and I was able to do 150 push ups in a row under 2 mins.

We had a physical fitness test "PFT" every three months, if I remember correctly...

We would jog every morning, together. It was awesome. So awesome that I'm deciding to require students of mine to undergo a PFT, physical fitness test in order to proceed with rank.

I think the Aikido training in itself is enough to get one in shape, but the running, push ups, pull ups, and sit ups just makes the training a bit more exciting. And best of all, the Army has an incredible website with all kinds of awesome guidelines for the Physical Fitness Test.

Tomorrow is our first PFT training at Memorial Park....I wonder if anyone will show up!

Here's another video - I sure am having fun making these.....



Shomen Uchi Gokyo

Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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In General My Aikido is Better Than Your Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #66 New 08-10-2010 02:13 PM
Wow, how many times I've heard this from people, and especially from students who came to my class from another dojo and said, my sensei is better than you.

How misguided people can get sometimes. Aikido is an art, how can one mans art be better than another. How can one Aikido work better than another.....

So many questions, so many opinions and so many ways to judge....

I'd prefer to say some people like doing things one way, some people like doing them another. Some people like McDonalds better than Buger King.

I personally like Five Guy Burgers better than Smash Burger. AND OF COURSE, I like my way of doing Aikido better than anyone else's way.

I'd say, let's not judge one another. We can always learn from everyone....I even learn from beginners!

Here's another video clip.

Ryote-Dori Tenchinage

Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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In General Training Part 2 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #61 New 07-25-2010 10:40 PM






Well, not everything works out as planned. And they say shoot for the stars and at least you'll hit the moon. That's exactly what happend today.

After running one mile with a heavy back pack, I decided that I was not going to run the full 6 miles and only did about 2.8 miles.

I did get a 21 Mile bike ride and an awesome hour of Aikido!!

The aikido training was incredible! There is nothing like doing aikido on the hard ground with some great friends. We sure did get dirty and we threw each other around for about 1 hour.

Hopefully Matt and Ron will get into better and better shape, so that we can start training harder and harder!

Erik Calderon
www.escalderonmartialarts.com

PS. We do this on Sundays, so if you want to join in on the fun, let me know.
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In General Just another Average Day Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #59 New 07-22-2010 09:32 PM
I actually pulled it off. I planned to bike and run this morning, but by late afternoon I was ready to go to sleep. I thought to myself, maybe I should take a break today. I've been working out everyday, but then it hit me, I was just trying to be lazy. So I comprimised with myself, and instead of biking and jogging, I just biked, I only did a 19 mile ride, which took me about 1hr and 30min through the hills of Terry Hershey park.

I'm so glad I made it out, and actually I think I may just go for a 2 mile jog tonight.

The bike ride was incredible, with thunderstorms all around and flashes of lightning with clear skies in the distance. I have to admit that Houston, Texas has some of the most incredible weather in the world. It can be pouring rain, so hard you can barely see 10 feet infront of you, and 3 miles away it's sunny. Just like last Sunday, we did an Aikido Training at Memorial Park, which was nice and clear, but 10 miles away were I live it was pouring rain.

Wow, it's great to have Aikido Friends that are willing to train at the park with me!

Erik Calderon
http://www.escalderonmartialarts.com
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