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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
After a three week journey to the Baja Peninsula, I am back in Houston, back at the dojo, and just about back in shape.
The journey was amazing, and I met some amazing people.
I met an 84 year old man that built his own 400 passenger ship, with his own hands and a few assitants. He told me about his adventure in Hollywood and how he made 184 movies in the span of 8 years and all the wonderful actors and actresses he met. This guy had more energy than two of me put together. He took my dad in a ride in his helicopter to an organic farm that he built himself. I can't even begin to express how amazed I was with the amount of things he is doing at the age of 84.
I visited the famous "Hotel California" where the Eagles stayed and wrote the famous song, "Hotel California."
I met a guy that was given most of the land in Los Cabos, I think I need to repeat that, he was given the land in a lottery. Now here it get's interesting...He lost the lottery and got the land on the beach! You see, back then the land on the beach was worth absolutely nothing! The land on the other side of the highway was the land that was worth something because you could put your cows on it.
Well, that was decades ago, he held on to that land and now he's the one with a lear jet, a super yatch and a lifestyle that we only dream about.
I got to dine in the most incredible restuarants, with the most incredible views.
Maybe, in 14 years, I'll retire to Cabo. It's like a dream o
I haven't been able to train again. My schedule has been incredibly busy.
I have visited so many places in so little time. I was asked to start an Aikido Program in a health club in Cabo San Lucas. I think I may pass on the offer, or I'll set someone up with the opportunity.
It is the most beautiful place here. The growth is phenomenal.