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ESCalderon Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 01-16-2007 07:42 AM
Erik Calderon
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Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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In General "I QUIT!" Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #41 New 10-25-2007 12:17 PM
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
www.shinkikan.com
aikido shinkikan
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RSS Feed 2 Responses to ""I QUIT!""
#2 11-06-2007 12:53 PM
David Humm Says:
It is a sad thing to read but I understand your frustrations. Running a dojo, especially a commercial entity just changes the entire reason why one studies and, its been my experience as someone operating out of a privately owned dojo, one can easily loose faith. I feel for you Erik, hope things take a much more positive turn Dave Humm www.eastcoastaikikai.co.uk
#1 10-25-2007 06:45 PM
nagoyajoe Says:
You mentioned that your technique and mind changed after going to Mexico. What happened?
 




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