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ESCalderon Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 01-16-2007 07:42 AM
Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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Status: Public
Entries: 81
Comments: 49
Views: 3,499,930

In Training The Ultimate Rush Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #71 New 09-22-2010 03:53 PM
The Ultimate Rush

I stepped off the train onto the platform at ShinJuku Station, fighting through the crowd to get to the exit. My heart was racing, from a mixture of nervousness and excitement. I was on my way to my Aikido class at the world headquarters of Aikikai. A dojo headed by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, son of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba.

It was a thirty minute walk to the dojo, which took me through the noisy pleasure district of ShinJuku. Lights and color flashing everywhere, street Yakuza ganges and huge tv screens mounted on buildings. It was always a rush walking along thousands of people to get to my destination.

On my way to and fro the dojo, I would always pass a small temple. I loved walking by this temple. It was always so peaceful, with a water fountain and a stone statue of a dragon. I would always feel like I went back in time a few hundred years and was the best preparation for my intense workouts at Honbu dojo.

Walking through the main entrance, the smell of Tatami would always fill my nostrils and images of the mat covered with canvas would always enter my mind. "Can't wait to get on the mat, " would always cross my thoughts, "All I have to do is change, now."

I'd walk up the three flights of stairs to make it to the men's changing room and change. Wondering who I would get to train with that day.

I would bow into the mat and sit there patiently waiting for class to begin, trying to relax and get my rest because I always knew what ...More Read More
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In Techniques Ryote Dori Shihonage Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #70 New 09-12-2010 11:35 PM
I like shihonage. The idea is to learn to protect yourself all around on every corner.

Is it possible? To create a technique so powerful that you are protected all around all the time.

Trying to develop this kind of technique over the years has taught me many humbling lessons.

Shihonage is one of the more difficult techniques to perform with multiple attackers. It's much easier to perform kokyunage, or tenchinage, or ikkyo kokyunage. It's hard getting around the idea of having to turn your back when you have more than one person attacking.

The funny thing, is that when it is performed correctly, Uke, or your attacker is the one protecting you!

Please enjoy this clip:

Ryote Dori Shihonage

Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
Views: 1606 | Comments: 1

In General Golden Dragon Acrobats Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #69 New 09-01-2010 08:42 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 12:32 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: 1310

In Testing Trix are for Kids.... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #67 New 08-17-2010 02:11 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: 1624 | Comments: 4

In General My Aikido is Better Than Your Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #66 New 08-10-2010 01:13 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: 1450 | Comments: 1

In Weapons Weapons Training - Is it Needed? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #65 New 08-09-2010 04:33 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 10:27 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: 1857 | Comments: 1

In Techniques My Second Video Post Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #63 New 08-01-2010 05:06 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: 880

In Techniques My First Video Post Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #62 New 07-31-2010 03:53 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: 902

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