Monthly Wrap-Up: October, 2011

~ Guest Contributions ~

Aikido Experience (合気道を通して)

Created by Yuki Samukawa

Hi, my name is Yuki.  I'm from Japan and studying in California. I am an intern for the non-profit organization Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara ("AKSB"). This is not because I am Japanese - I have never practiced Aikido before. Interestingly, I...



My Intro Classes Experience

Created by Diane Ben
Getting on the mat for the first time is a different experience. I felt about a million different emotions at once stepping onto the mat: excitement, fear, and definitely nervous anticipation. I remember thinking to myself "I really hope they don't throw me too hard." However... Read More...

Teen's Perspective: Aikido is for Everyone

Created by Chris Ziliotto
When I heard that we were going to start teaching preschool children aikido, I thought to myself that this is something that should not have been attempted. I was sketchy on coming to help and was not sure how it was going to all go down. Read more...

~ Video ~

Video: AKSB Kid's and Teen's Program

Created by Aikido Kenkyukai International SB
Calvin Luong is a fairly new intern at the dojo. He just graduated from UCSB, majoring in Film & Media Studies and is volunteering his time at the dojo by taking beautiful pictures and creating wonderful videos of our Aikido classes. Check out this new video Calvin created showcasing Aikido's kid's and teen's program. View Video

~ Press ~

Brews with a Purpose: SB News-Press - Oct. 6, 2011

Created by Lia Moniz

SB News Press

Beer Sommelier Leads Benefit Tasting

By Gabe Saglie - News-Press Correspondent
Photos: Nick StOegger
Can beer help make the world a better place? Zach Rosen is hoping so. The young cicerone, or certified beer sommelier, is leading a beer tasting Saturday as a fundraiser for Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara, a nonprofit martial arts studio on East Mason Street. But it will also... Read more...

Santa Barbara Independent: Beer & Food Expert to Lead Fundraiser

Created by Aikido Kenkyukai International SB
Beer and food expert Zach Rosen will lead a fundraiser at Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara, or AKSB, at 121A E. Mason St. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Rosen is considered the world’s youngest certified “cicerone”or sommelier for beer. He will present a variety of cheeses, chocolates and beers in a setting that will allow attendees to experience how these flavors compliment and contrast each other. “I strongly agree with the values that the martial art of Aikido promotes and think..." Read more...

ARCHIVE: Expert to Lead Beer Pairing, Tasting Event at Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara

Created by Aikido Kenkyukai International SB
Oct. 8 fundraiser with Zach Rosen will benefit the nonprofit martial arts organization Beer and food expert Zach Rosen will lead a fundraiser at Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara at 121A E. Mason St. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Rosen is considered the world’s youngest certified “cicerone” or sommelier for beer. He will present... Click here to read more...

~ Events ~

Beer Tasting and Pairing Event Wrap Up & Photos

Created by Aikido Kenkyukai International SB
Thank you! We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who donated and/or attended our Beer Tasting and Pairing Event this past Saturday! The event was a great success. Specifically, thank you once again to Zach Rosen,  Union Ale, Whole Foods Market, Santa Barbara and for... Read more...

~ Other News ~

Thank you to Ben & Jerry's!

Created by Aikido Kenkyukai International SB
ben and jerrys ice cream in santa barbaraA big shout out to Ben & Jerry's and all those who participated in their Back to School Special for AKSB!  The Santa Barbara shop, located in Paseo Nuevo donated 30% of all AKSB purchases back to the organization. Thanks again, Everyone!

Thank you! Printer Donated to the Dojo!

Created by Aikido Kenkyukai International SB
We're in need of an All-in-One Printer for our new office space! If you'd like to donate a printer, or the dollar amount for us to purchase it please contact us:

Dojo: 121A East Mason Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Mail: PO Box 351, Santa Barbara, CA 93102

805 870-5437 |

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Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara is a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation.

All contributions are appreciated and gratefully accepted.

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