“Even if you’re tired – try to feel and act like you’re not tired, and about ten minutes later you won’t feel tired.”
In his own words…
Sometimes it’s harder to train in the summer because of summer camps and from the temperature. Since it is hot, that will make most people not want to train. You should still train because you will get more classes in for your next belt test, and good attendance is very important for your next belt test. Even if you’re tired – try to feel and act like you’re not tired, and about ten minutes later you won’t feel tired.
When it’s hot teachers offer water breaks, they will open doors, occasionally turn on a fan – And, the Sensei may make the class shorter and slower paced. You may find at the beginning of class that you aren’t paying attention as you normally would – but by the middle of class you will feel more focused.
So, if you feel it’s too hot, just act like it’s a cold day even if you may not feel energetic and come to class!
AKI Santa Barbara, Youth Leadership Team Member
Ian is a member of the Youth Leadership Team at AKI Santa Barbara. As such, he is held to a higher standard than the other kids for attendance, manners, and dedication. Each week, he's required to train in a certain number of youth classes, serve as instructor apprentice, and attend international seminars with visiting instructors at our Los Angeles dojo. He's also required to arrive early at the dojo to clean and prepare the mats and stay till the end to clean and put away the mats.
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
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"So much enthusiasm and dedication from Lia Sensei! Thank you for teaching our kids so superbly!"Carlos Barrios MD
"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
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