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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: 84
Comments: 50
Views: 10,788,200

In Training Ukemi in Training Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #54 New 05-22-2008 03:36 PM
Ukemi in training.

Ukemi, being an important part of learning Aikido, is very important in the development and execution of a technique.

Since Aikido uses the energy of one attacking, then uke's role in making the technique work is extremely important.

Uke then must attack. If uke is not attacking, then how can one truly learn and experience Aikido?

When learning Ukemi place emphasis on learning to attack and building confidence and trust in the one performing the technique.

The one performing the technique must then focus also on building trust and confidence for Uke to attack.

If you are afraid, or have been made afraid to attack, then you are simply dancing with your partner.

If you can not perform the technique when someone attacks, and can humble yourself to learn, then you are learning Aikido.

Erik Sasha Calderon
aikido shinkikan
Views: 1919 | Comments: 2

In General The Best VS The Worst Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #53 New 05-07-2008 08:12 PM
OK, now I think I'm on to something....

Do you want to be the best student, then just be a person that really wants to learn....

Do you want to be the best instructor, then just be a person that really wants to learn....

Good luck.

Erik Calderon
aikido shinkikan
Views: 1658

In General The WORST Aikido Instructor Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #52 New 05-01-2008 03:26 PM
The worst instructor is the one that looks for the best students so that he can "look like" the best instructor.

And I should add, the WORST student is the one that looks for the best instructors so that he can "look like" the best student.

Erik Calderon
aikido shinkikan

Views: 3936 | Comments: 3

In General The BEST Aikido Instructor Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #51 New 04-29-2008 08:09 PM
The Best Aikido Instructor

I've discovered over time that the best instructors are always on the look out for the best students.

These are the students that will learn the most and excel like no other in the art that they practice.

And, of course, vise versa, the best students are always on the look out for the best instructors.

I guess, one can not exist without the other.

Erik Calderon
Aikido shinkikan

Views: 2180

In General My Mission Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #50 New 04-02-2008 11:04 AM
I've had my dojo for over 10 years now and I never really sat down to write out what my mission is.

I've always accepted other peoples vision of what they want out of Aikido, but from this day forward, "It's my way, or the Highway!"

My vision and mission is to live to our fullest potential through the learning and training of Aikido.

There it is. If you don't like it, too bad, it's nothing more, nothing less.

Erik Calderon

Views: 1321

In General Better Aikido Continued...... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #49 New 03-26-2008 08:03 PM
OK, if you were in class for the past two weeks you got a deep understanding to my 5 steps to better Aikido, if you couldn't make it, it's OK, because I'm in the process to writting a book about it.

This week we are focusing on Tenkan. So, let's call it Better Aikido through Tenkan. That's going to be the title to my next book.

Tenkan.......Step in, pivit, Step back all while you are turning.

Three basic movements to my Aikido - Omote, Ura and Tenkan.

Erik Calderon
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In General 5 Steps to Better Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #48 New 03-12-2008 12:15 PM
Position yourself by turning back once.

Turn forward five times.

Position yourself by turning forward once.

Turn back five times.

Erik Calderon
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In Teaching I don't want to teach Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #47 New 03-01-2008 08:24 AM
I remember in Japan, how often people would ask me, how do you do it? How can I do this technique? Which hand goes where? Where am I supposed to move my feet.

I usually always tried to keep silent and push them by attacking a bit harder.

Today, I find my self having to teach, when all I want to do is learn and become better.

I want to become the best I could ever be.....and the only way to get there is to have honest sincere training partners. People that will push me further and further the same way I would keep quite and push my fellow students a bit harder.

Erik Calderon
Views: 1692 | Comments: 1

In General AIKIDO is BORING Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #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
Views: 4740 | Comments: 2

In General 12 Day Seminar Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #45 New 01-22-2008 10:01 PM
Last Thursday ended the 12 day seminar I held for the dojo. It's amazing because the more I do Aikido the more I learn.

I guess it could be very confusing for everyone, because as I learn, my technique changes.

As my technique changes what I did yesterday is no longer what I am doing today. I guess this is the part that makes Aikido very Zen like.

Zen is something you can never grasp. If my students are trying to grasp what I am doing today, and tomorrow I am doing something different, it will be very confusing.

Well, the seminar had a wonderful turn out, and it was amazing how many students stuck with it and came just about everyday.

12 days is pretty demanding, especially since we all have lives outside of the dojo.

Now that the basics are out of the way, we can spend the rest of the year training!

Erik Sasha Calderon
Views: 1735 | Comments: 2

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