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“Aikido makes me feel strong, good and helps me make new friends.¬†I love my mommy for getting me into Aikido.”

  • Kai Stanfield, 6
  • Student
  • 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 ‚ÄúDemonstration Team‚ÄĚ for a performance at the Montecito Union School‚Äôs Fundraising Gala at the Coral Casino!

Kai¬†says that the reason he continues training Aikido is ‚ÄúI like Aikido, games, learning, and Japanese.” He cites Aikido‚Äôs¬†benefits as follows: ‚ÄúAikido makes me feel strong, good and helps me make new friends.‚ÄĚ

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.


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"So much enthusiasm and dedication from Lia Sensei! Thank you for teaching our kids so superbly!" Carlos Barrios MD

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