“Aikido’s like a puzzle I’m trying to figure out. I find it fascinating. I forget about everything else on my mind for the duration of the class. Add the fact that it’s a great work out, by the end of class I feel pretty relaxed and refreshed, mentally and physically.”
- David Choi, 32
- Administrative assistant / Freelance Translator
- AKI Los Angeles
David has been training for about half a year now. He started Aikido with Suzuki Sensei at AKI Los Angeles.
He wanted to find something mentally and physically stimulating so he got on Google and found the AKI USA web site. On his first visit, David was very nervous, but soon felt at ease by Suzuki Sensei’s attention to each individual student.
“I was extremely nervous. I’m an introvert and I hadn’t been in a dojo in ages, so I had no idea what to expect in this new, unfamiliar environment. But in terms of the teaching atmosphere, it was calm and welcoming, and I noticed Suzuki sensei try to accommodate to each person’s specific needs, which I appreciated.”
Now, when asked why he continues his Aikido training, his response is, “I feel a desire to continue training because aikido’s like a puzzle I’m trying to figure out. It’s really different from other martial arts I’ve tried where you basically try to force your opponent into submission. A lot of aspects of aikido seem counter intuitive to me, and I find it fascinating. It’s hard for me to go to class as often as I’d like to, but when I do get on the mat, because of the focus and concentration it requires to try to understand the material in class, I forget about everything else on my mind for the duration of the class. Add the fact that it’s a great work out, by the end of class I feel pretty relaxed and refreshed, mentally and physically.”
When David isn’t training, he’s either working, relaxing at home or at his local bar, or playing with his cats.
Those who wish to train with David will find him at the Los Angeles dojo most Thursdays and Saturdays.
Build your fitness level, meet new goals, learn new skills, and get tons of endorphins. Aikido training will give you unshakable confidence.
Martial arts is a high-aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve. Show up and get in the best shape of your life!
Stress Relief & Contentment
The workout you get from training, combined with our study of the peaceful principles of Aikido will give you new tools for dealing with stress, bringing contentment and peace.
Join us at least once a month for dojo parties and get-togethers. We also host seminars periodically, which attract visitors from around the globe.
Plans and Pricing
Take a couple classes to see if our dojo is right for you.
Adults Economy Intro PackageLowest Price
- 1 Intro Class
- Uniform not included
- Not our top recommendation but some have requested this option. Remember, if you do decide to join afterwards, you'll need to purchase a uniform.
Adults Basic Intro PackageGreat Deal
- 2 Intro Classes
- Free Uniform
- This is a good deal and a pretty popular package. Makes sense if you think you don't need much time to decide if our dojo is a good fit for you.
Adults Essential Intro PackageBest Deal
Our Most Popular Package
- 5 Intro Classes
- Free Uniform
- This is our best deal and our most popular package. Most people need more than just one or two classes to decide if they want to continue. And with the free uniform included, that's one less expense if you decide to sign up for ongoing membership!
Adults Premium Intro PackageExcellent Value
- 5 Intro Classes
- Free Uniform
- Traditional White Oak Weapons Set made in Japan
- Makes sense if you think there's a good chance you'll continue your Aikido training.
What Others Are Saying
Don’t just take it from us, let our dojo members & alumni do the talking!
"Lia Suzuki Sensei is a highly qualified teacher of Aikido. She is one of the senior women in the United States in the art. Her training history is top notch and her instruction is powerful, clear, and personable. Very professional."George Ledyard
"I've found Suzuki Sensei to be a very effective teacher and martial artist. She combines quality of communication, technical proficiency, and a sense of joy in her teaching and technique.
I am also very impressed with her drive and commitment to improving access to Aikido programs for youth, especially those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to receive the benefits of Aikido training"Charles Colten
"Lia spent years in Japan absorbing the essence of Aikido training and Japanese perseverance and grace from great teachers, and in turn she now transmits that depth of feeling to her students. Her fundraising and charitable works are exemplary, and she does lots with very little. She is admired from far and wide."Nat McCully
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I upgrade from one Intro Package to another?
All our Intro Packages are greatly discounted so you're limited to just one choice. After that, we go over our ongoing, monthly Membership Options for your consideration.
What's the schedule?
How much does it cost if I want to continue after I've completed the Intro Package?
Monthly dues vary, depending on your length of commitment. Adult prices start at $99/month. Kids start at $109/month.
There are also a one-time registration fee, and yearly affiliation fees from $50 to $65, depending upon your length of commitment, and your dojo location.
Testing fees range from $40 to $55, depending on level. Testings are held no more than 3 times per year, depending on the dojo and you will not always be invited to test.
We are happy to go over all details in more depth.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes! AKI USA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We offer a limited number of scholarships each year to deserving candidates. You can fill out an application here:
3929 Middlebury St.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
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112 W. Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101