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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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Status: Public
Entries: 89
Comments: 50
Views: 13,420,033

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

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
Views: 1421

In Testing Trix are for Kids.... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #67 New 08-17-2010 03:11 PM
I always thought that colored belts were best for kids, up until about 1 month ago.

We're adults, there's no need for colored belts and in Japan, there is no colored belt system for adults.

I think I'm finally realizing that I don't live in Japan anymore and that the colored belt system is very good for measuring progress and setting goals.

The whole idea of getting rid of all desire is great in Japan, but here in America, setting goals for things we would like to accomplish is part of our lives.

So, I've finally decided to put everyone on a colored belt system, and I am also making physical fitness a requirement.

I've also uploaded a new video clip, check it out:

Tanken Dori Kotegaeshi

Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
Views: 1728 | Comments: 4

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
Views: 1546 | Comments: 1

In Weapons Weapons Training - Is it Needed? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #65 New 08-09-2010 05:33 PM
In my opinion it is very important to integrate weapons training with Aikido training as an add on and expansion of Aikido. I think it's important to stick with "Aiki - Weapons" inorder to build a stronger foundation.

I consider any weapon practiced with the fundamental movements of Aikido "Aiki - Weapons." That covers a lot of ground doesn't it?

And the possibility to have fun learning Aikido with a variety of weapons also comes into play.

I've uploaded an exercises with the sword to Youtube. Check it out:

Kumi-Tachi Tsuki Kirikaeshi

Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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In Teaching Challenges of Teaching Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #64 New 08-06-2010 11:27 AM
Finally got a third video post up. It's a lot of fun making these and then seeing how my own techniques changes over time. It's funny because it feels wrong to show something one way then a few months later say, it's not like that, it's actually like this. It's very humbling to know that I am always learning, changing and improving. Guess that's what makes it so hard to be a teacher of Aikido.

Check out my new video........

Kumi Jo Ikkyo the 2nd Part

Erik Calderon
Views: 1955 | Comments: 1

In Techniques My Second Video Post Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #63 New 08-01-2010 06:06 AM
Here is my second Video Post. Hope you enjoy them.

Swari Waza Ryote-dori Nikyo

Erik Calderon

Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
Views: 924

In Techniques My First Video Post Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #62 New 07-31-2010 04:53 PM
Well, this is my first video post, and actually just a test, so I'm happy to have the opportunity to share this with the community.

Swari Waza Ryote-dori Sankyo

Erik Calderon
Views: 962

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

PS. We do this on Sundays, so if you want to join in on the fun, let me know.
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In Training Training Part 1 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #60 New 07-25-2010 03:51 PM
Let's see, today I plan to bike 20 miles, run 6 miles and train Aikido for 1 hour.

Will I make it, and I'm usre the blog post in part 2, after the fact, will be quite exciting, that is, IF I can post at the end of the day!

Erik Calderon.

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