“Aikido makes me feel strong, good and helps me make new friends. I love my mommy for getting me into Aikido.”
- Kai Stanfield, 6
- AKI Santa Barbara
Kai, who began Aikido at age 5, has been training with Chris Sensei for almost a year. Brought by his mom who heard about the dojo through word of mouth, Kai joined so he could learn self defense.
At his first class, he admits that he was nervous. Not only has Kai successfully integrated, but he was recently even invited to join the dojo “Demonstration Team” for a performance at the Montecito Union School’s Fundraising Gala at the Coral Casino!
Kai says that the reason he continues training Aikido is “I like Aikido, games, learning, and Japanese.” He cites Aikido’s benefits as follows: “Aikido makes me feel strong, good and helps me make new friends.”
Apart from training, Kai attends school and enjoys playing on his Kindle, with legos, cars and stuffed animals.
When asked what his life would be like with no Aikido, Kai replied, “It would be like life without food or water!”
Those who wish to train with Kai will find him attending classes at the organization’s Santa Barbara dojo every Monday and Wednesday.
Our instructors create a positive environment to build confidence and self esteem.
Kids have positive role models whose expertise exemplify the rewards of discipline and dedication.
Kids learn leadership and responsibility, emphasizing the importance of mutual respect both in and out of the dojo.
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What Others Are Saying
Don't just take it from us, let our dojo members & alumni do the talking!
"The work that Suzuki Sensei is doing with her students is phenomenal! I've been to the Santa Barbara dojo and trained as a guest. The dojo is spacious, the students kind and generous - and earnest martial artists."
"If you happen to live in any of the locations where Sensei has a dojo go and train. You will be glad you did. If you have children that are in need of a nourishing and fun environment - Aikido Kenkykai is the place to take them."Tony Blomert
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