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By Jessica Mendoza

Jordan & Andrew 3 “Aikido speaks to us both,” Andrew says. “For her it’s the spiritual side, for me it’s the physical side.”

Jordan Carlson first learned about aikido through acting. A theater major at the Miami University of Ohio, she recalls attending a workshop on stage presence during her junior year. The instructor – an actor who had done mime work onstage – led the class through an exercise he had learned in Japan. It involved throwing his shoulders back and striding across the room. “That’s aikido,” the mime told the class.

“It stuck with me,” Jordan says. 

Years later, when she and husband Andrew Chen found themselves looking for something new to try together, she remembered the mime – and aikido. Andrew was a little skeptical: he was looking for something that resembled wrestling, which he’d done in high school. But at Jordan’s urging, the couple signed up for trial sessions at AKI Hollywood. 

These days it’s a rare weekday class where the two aren’t on the mat. 

“Aikido speaks to us both,” Andrew says. “For her it’s the spiritual side, for me it’s the physical side.”

Jordan & Andrew.2AKI has also brought them unexpected things, beyond exercise and meditation: A new group of friends, a new hobby they both share, and a way to communicate with each other that they hadn’t had before. They take to heart Suzuki Sensei’s message of opening the self and connecting with others in a fuller way. 

Jordan especially likes the idea of being more aware of how one is filling space and affecting their partner. It’s good for her relationship, she says, and her career as an actor. “It’s just like the mime said,” she says with a smile. 

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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.

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"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

Chief Instructor, Aikido Eastside

"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

Director/Chief Instructor, Aikido in the Schools

"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."

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