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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: 74
Comments: 48
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In General Week of Feb 26-2007 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #14 New 03-01-2007 08:29 AM
Classes have been going at a furious pace. Several students have had to bow out or pass out.

When classes go this good, there's not much to say or write. It's just an experience; becoming aware all around, feeling the attacks and the blending, not having the opportunity to stop and take a rest.

This is the kind of training that I enjoy, because it's one hour of hell, and the rest of the day of bliss. It's nice to see members walking out of the dojo with a smile on their face....maybe their smilling because the class is finally over.

Erik Calderon
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In General Week of Feb 18, 2007 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #13 New 02-24-2007 07:45 AM
This week we studied Aikido in depth. It was fun. Monday was not as hard as Wednesday, and Friday was by far the hardest.

Friday night quote to students:

"I'm going to make the training a bit harder and harder each day this month, until each one of you quit; then I'm going to close the dojo."

All in all, it was hard and fun!

aikido shinkikan
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In General Aikido Basics Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #12 New 02-16-2007 10:00 AM
Learning techniques on the mat is one thing. Learning the discipline and respect is another. ShinKiKan members should always remember this.

These are the basics in Aikido: respect.
-We respect the dojo by showing up on time
-We repsect the dojo by paying the dues on time
-We respect the mat by taking our shoes off before getting on
-We respect the sensei by being on the mat at least 2 minutes before lessons begin
-We respect the sensei by bowing to him at the beginning and end of class
-We respect the sensei by giving him an honest attack, even if he fails to do the technique
-We respect fellow students by bowing to them each time we are about to practice
-We respect fellow students by bowing each time after practicing a particular technique and at the end of class
-We respect our fellow students by giving honest and sincere attacks according to their level
-We respect our fellow students, sensei and dojo by not talking in class

These are just a few basics, maybe I'll work on the list more later.

aikido shinkikan
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In General Tenkan Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #11 New 02-09-2007 07:21 AM
This week we've been working on Tenkan. It's easy to do tenkan against a grabbing attack, or even with a shomen strike.

Can you do tenkan against a Yokomen strike? How about a Yokomen strike with a sword?

The movement tenkan should work just as well with no changes against a shomen as well as a yokomen attack.

aikido shinkikan
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In General Essay by Monique Lloyd - Weapons Seminar Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #10 New 02-07-2007 07:57 AM
Aikido Weapons Seminar:

Most people attend seminars in order to learn something new, and the quality of the seminar is often decided by how much new information is obtained by the attending person. The weapons seminar was greatly different from the typical seminar; rather than placing a focus on new techniques, the seminar focused on the basic and key elements that were often forgotten when performing a learned technique. The seminar was separated into two parts and scheduled in such a way as to promote both analysis of technique and application.

The seminar was oriented for anyone, but it tended to have the greatest impact on those who had an average or better than average understanding of techniques in Aikido, and it seeked to improve fundamental elements in them through the integration of weapons. The focus of the seminar was to explicate the basics, not only to break them down but also to study them as a whole. By taking an entire day to begin gaining a general understanding of key concepts the seminar served as a means to correct habits and focus on technique versus visual replication and repetition.

Essay written by Monique Lloyd - 1st Kyu
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In General 1-31-2007 Lunch Class Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #9 New 01-31-2007 01:08 PM
Koshinage was the theme of the lesson. We performed the following techniques:

Swari waza Kokyu ho
Swari waza Tenchi nage
Swari waza Ryote dori koshinage
Katate dori koshinage
Kata dori Koshinage
Ryote dori Koshinage
Shomenuchi Koshinage
Shomenuchi Ikkyo henka waza Koshinage
Shomenuchi Iriminage henka waza Koshinage
Katate dori Shihonage henak waza Koshinage

The point of the lesson was to see the importance of using your hips in all techniques and how this hip movement can make each and every technique much more powerful when performed.

We also went over some techniques with the jo and how the movement of the hip makes a big difference when using weapons as well.

aikido shinkikan
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In General 1-28-2007 Weapons Seminar Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #8 New 01-28-2007 06:35 PM
All I can say is, "WOW!" That was a great seminar. Great in the participation and everyone's concentration. We went over a lot and even ran out of time. We covered the following:

Kumi Tachi Ikkyo - Gokyo
Kumi Jo Ikkyo - Gokyo
Kiri Kaeshi with the Jo and the Bokuto
Misogi no Jo
An incredible, "SIMPLE" lunch with lecture.

And 6 hours was not enough. You guys were right, one day is not enough, I think we could have easily gone into the morning with this stuff. And, this is just the basics.

Please feel free to add you comments about the seminar, any questions you may have or any disagreements.

After five hours of training, I can truely feel a difference in the movement of my legs. THEY ARE SORE!!!!

Again, thank you so much for being a part of this seminar, for putting in your time, energy and effort to learn and enjoy the spirit of Aikido.

Erik Sasha Calderon
aikido shinkikan
Views: 653

In General 1-25-2007 Beginner Class Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #7 New 01-26-2007 09:41 AM

Kokyu ho

The focus in class, was not so much the techniques, but the importance of having an open mind.

When someone reaches out to grab, how do you know they are going to grab, what if they kick, punch, elbow, or bite....Let's be honest with ourselves.

When you are learning the techniques, most of the time, you maybe moving in a way that would not be beneficial if the attack was something else. But you're learning to make the moves. You are focusing on the steps and what is "supposed" to happen to Uke, the one attacking.

It's OK to do this, but always, always, keep in your mind the fact that your uke, attacker, could be doing anything. He could be kicking you, punching you, elbowing you, head butting you, even a bite is pretty effective. (I have a friend that went to the Vietnam war, he told me a personal story of his...one of his Vietnamese friends saved his life by biting and tearing out the throat of the man that was standing behind him about to kill him)

I would call this, Keeping you Mind Open. In the long run, when you start to get better at the techniques, you will truley excell if you always keep this in you mind.

aikido shinkikan
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In General 1-22-2007 Lunch Class Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #6 New 01-22-2007 03:50 PM
The focus of today's lesson was Yon-Kyo. The fourth teaching.

We performed the following:

Shomen-uchi - Yonkyo
Ai-hanmi katate-dori - Yonkyo
Ushiro dori - Yonkyo
Yokomenuchi - Yonkyo
Swari-waza shomenuchi - Yonkyo
Morote dori - Yonkyo

The idea was to focus the mind, build discipline, concentration and focus. What is the Spirit and how can we tap into it?

The attacks today were very sincere, very uncooperative, and very revealing. Through this, we can connect to the martial spirit. It will help us build the focus, discipline and concentration.

aikido shinkikan.
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In General 1-20-2007 Japanese Consulates House Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #5 New 01-22-2007 03:43 PM
On Saturday night, my wife and I were invited to the house of the General Consulate of Japan to experience a private concert by Shonosuke Okura, Noh Drummer, http://www.hiten-jp.com. I only write about it, because I was thoroughy impressed with his speech and with his music.

The principles of which he uses for the Noh Drum are very similar to the principles of Aikido. His stance, posture, and gaze was also identical to the way we train in Aikido.

His idea's of pursuing the drum for peace are the same as Morihei Ueshiba's ideas of pursuing peace through Aikido.

It was a beautiful performance.

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