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Creation Date: 01-16-2007 07:42 AM
Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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  #46 New 02-02-2008 12:55 PM
Aikido is Boring

At some point in your training you may reach a point when you say, "Aikido is boring! I don't want to do this anymore."

I've reached that point many times throughout the 16 years I've done Aikido. I've even quit several times; but there is just something about the way I learned Aikido and from whom I learned Aikido that completely changed my life.

For some reason, I keep doing it.

While in Japan, I remember a very good friend of mine, photographer, Mr. Sasaki, once counseled me. When you reach a wall, you have to find a way to climb over that wall. In everything you do, no matter what it is, you will usually hit a wall. That's what separates the quitters from the conquerors.

When you get to that point in Aikido when you start to think it's boring, you've hit a wall. A wall that shows how limited your thinking is. Can you get out of that "box"? Can you climb over or go through that wall? Are you going to make something out of Aikido?

A wall gives us a choice: #1. Do I want to quit? or #2. Am I going to learn something here? It's up to you to make the choice.

Erik Sasha Calderon
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#2 02-16-2008 02:38 AM
To get good at Aikido you have to get used to doing boring exercises. The real secret to learning though, is that you have to come to like those exercises. Only when you get to like them will you do them more and finally begin to start learning.
#1 02-10-2008 04:58 AM
Erik, like you I have trained for many years, and have gotten through those really boring times as well. Unlike you, however, I've never quit. I just get a serious injury that will keep me off the mat for several months. Your way might be a bit easier. Avery

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