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Finally after 10 years of trying to run and manage a dojo, I've decided to quit! That's right, I quit! Trying to teach Aikido as a business, just isn't for me.
When I came to Houston, from Japan, I really thought I could make teaching Aikido a business. If you look at the numbers, it's there: 100 students at $100.00 per month = $10,000.00 per month, after rents and bills that would leave you with $7,000.00 per month. That's not a bad salary for only a 100 students. Then imagine if I could double that to 200 students, then with uniform and weapon sales....Wow....
Well, it's been 10 years, and yes I've had over 600 students come and go, some staying......
But, my trip to Mexico, truely had an impact on me and my Aikido.
My technique changed. My mind changed. My strength level's changed.
Can't explain it, but my students are complaining about it....
So, I've decided to quit the dojo business.....
Walked into a billion dollar business, anyhow......and focus my time and energy on getting more and more of my students to complain about my Aikido, instead of focusing my energies on the business of Aikido.
Erik Sasha Calderon