Since I began my Aikido training in 1982, the struggle it seems at virtually every dojo I’ve visited is always to find the balance between “selling out” by commercializing operations to keep afloat financially vs. maintaining the integrity of the art, while sacrificing the financial well-being of the organization. I’ve often seen (and indeed experienced first hand!) scenarios where the 4th or 5th dan dojo-cho pays more out of their own pocket each month than their students pay in monthly dues. They’re paying their students for the privilege of teaching – not just for a month or two during a troubled economy, but for years on end!
Through consulting I’m able to contribute to the perpetuation of the art by supporting the common mission of all aikido dojo around the globe by facilitating individual dojo-cho in finding their own unique way to help their dojo not only survive, but thrive, while maintaining the integrity of the art. Even in the worst economy.
LiaSuzuki.com is designed as a tool toward this end.
I’ve conducted seminars in various cities around the USA, Australia, Canada, and Europe. I travel to Japan every year to train with my sensei, sempai and other top instructors and practitioners and to participate in international Aikido demonstrations. To request a visit or learn more, contact me here.
With a dojo in Santa Barbara, CA and another opening soon in Los Angeles, I’m just minutes away from Hollywood. I’m available for martial choreography – fight scene choreography, if you will. Contact me here.
I transitioned Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara to nonprofit status at the beginning of 2009, when our economy was in a tailspin. Most people I talked to told me I would never be able to pull it off. I moved forward anyway and was able to build the dojo from 4 members to currently 30+ and growing. More notably perhaps, is the fact that I raised close to $50,000 in those three years. Those donations enabled us to not only cover our major expenses, but also launch various community outreach programs, such as our program for returning military veterans and low-income children.