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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, 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.

Ease your Burden

You never signed on to be a homeschooling teacher. Let us take over for a while so you can have a break.


Exercise is proven to build a strong immune system. And in our online classes, kids will get plenty of exercise.

Engagement with Peers

Building relationships with peers is a very important part of a child’s development. Our online classes give kids a chance to interact with each other and the instructor.

Step 1

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Step 2

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What Others Are Saying

Don't just take it from us, let our dojo members & alumni do the talking!

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

Carlos Barrios MD

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist

"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


"We love it! Nikki loves Sensei Lia! She is so loving and awesome with the kids."

Nicole Blum-Negard

Owner, Q & A Bookkeeping Services, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does online training work and what will I need?
Our online classes are live and interactive. In other words, your child will be seeing the instructor in Real-Time. And the instructor will be seeing your child in Real-Time. This means that your child will get direct feedback on their training.
Here's what you'll need:
  • Computer, ipad, or smartphone.
  • Internet connection.
  • Space to move around.
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 $49.97/month. Kids start at $59.97/month.

We are happy to go over all details in more depth.

Please call or text 424-209-2083

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:



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