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ESCalderon Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 01-16-2007 08:42 AM
Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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In General Junichi Saved My Life Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #29 New 07-04-2007 07:48 PM
I was thinking about this incident a few days ago, and wanted to include it in my blog.

While I was in Japan, I was training very hard in Aikido. I would wake up at 4:00 am to make it to the dojo by 6:00 am everyday. After training I would go to Sophia University campus and go to class or read books in the library.

In the afternoon, I'd head back to honbu dojo for some more training, or I would go to the Sophia Aikikai club at the Yotusya campus to train some more.

In all, I believe I would put in 4 to 5 hours per day of training.

Well, I'd get home most days after 11:00 PM, so most days I was sleepy, even though I kept pushing myself as hard as I could.

One day, on my way to honbu dojo with Junichi, he just happened to save my life.

I was in a daze, just walking and talking with him. We were getting close to the street, to cross.

I saw green, and to this day I swear I saw green, but the light was actually red. I stepped into the street about to cross. Junichi reached out grabbed me has hard as he could and pulled me down to the ground before I took that step. That step that would have put me infront of a yellow taxi cab speeding around the curve. He would have never seen me, and I would be dead, if Junichi had not been there walking by my side.

I owe him my life. He was a wonderful person and very sincere Aikidoist. I'll never forget that day.

Erik Sasha Calderon
aikido shinkikan
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