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 and maintaining the integrity of the art at the expense of having a financially “healthy” 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. Not just for a month or two when things are rough, 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 find their unique way to help their dojo not only survive, but thrive, while keeping the integrity of the art. Even in the worst economy. LiaSuzuki.com is designed as a tool toward this end.