Weekly Digest: Thanksgiving Edition

November 22, 2011

“To practice properly the Art of Peace, you must be ever-grateful for the gifts received from the universe, your family, Mother Nature, and your fellow human beings.”

~ Morihei Ueshiba “The Art of Peace”

~ Gratitude ~

From the Ashes...

Created by Lia Suzuki
Santa Barbara Tea FireIn 2008, we experienced fire in Santa Barbara.  People lost their homes and belongings. But in the midst of that loss, they also gained opportunities for renewal, re-creation, and gratitude... Read More...

Santa Barbara News Press: On a Roll

Created by Linda Placencia
news-press-photo-1crop-on-a-roll-2-18-09.jpg We are so grateful to the Santa Barbara News Press for covering our very first fundraiser as a nonprofit organization... Read More...

Visitor from the Netherlands – Lawrence Warry…

Created by aksb
"Thank you for sharing your time with me during my visit to your dojo." ~ Lawrence Warry, visiting from the Netherlands. Read More...

My First Impressions, by Adam Shippey

Created by Adam Shippey
I feel more like myself every time I hit the mat, and I am grateful for the opportunity to get involved here at Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara... Read More...

9-Year-Old On a ‘Roll’ with Fundraiser for Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara

Created by aksb
Jacob Dominguez “This is the first time a member of our youth program has decided independently to raise funds for the dojo...” Thank you Jacob Dominguez for your hard work and dedication to the dojo. Read More...

Report: Japan Relief Aikido Seminar, Alhambra CA

Created by aksb
Congratulations, and many thanks to the marvelous instructors who gave so willingly of their time and talent to making this event an artistic success... Read More...

Thank you to Ben & Jerry's!

Created by aksb
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: 2011 Supporters So Far...

Created by aksb
Thank you to our supportersThe following individuals and organizations are making it possible for us to continue our work in 2011. Thank you again to all!


  • Aikido Eastside: Bellevue, Washington
  • AKI Goleta Dojo: Goleta, California
  • Jiai Aikido Members: San Diego, California
  • ...

~ Newsletter Archive ~

Thanksgiving Newsletter, 2009

Created by aksb
Our 2009 Thanksgiving Edition Newsletter!

Thanksgiving Newsletter, 2010

Created by aksb
Our 2010 Thanksgiving Edition Newsletter!

~ Video ~

Video: Thanksgiving Messages, 2011

Stay Tuned!

Baumann Productions has generously donated their services to create this year’s Thanksgiving Video.  They assure us that it will be completed and ready to be emailed to everyone in the next day or two.  This year’s video includes student interviews and action footage, some of which was gotten with the “Go Pro” camera strapped to the chest of one of the members of our Leadership Team as he trained!  Check it out!

~ Video Archive ~

Video: Thanksgiving Messages, 2010

Created by aksb
Thank you to Nick St.Oegger and Keith Moore for donating their time to create this wonderful Thanksgiving video! Read More...

~ Upcoming Events ~

Lia Suzuki Sensei in New York City

Created by aksb
Lia Suzuki Sensei will be in town and will be teaching our 7pm class on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve. All ranks and affiliations are welcome. More info: (212) 477-0899

Lia Suzuki Sensei in Philadelphia

Created by aksb
Sat, November 26, 2011 9:00AM - 12:00PM Lia Sensei will be in town and we'll have a special three hour keiko with her on the Saturday after Thanksgiving... Read More/Register...

Kid's Testing

Created by aksb
Aikido Kenkyukai Santa BarbaraSat, December 03, 2011 2:00PM - 3:00PM Qualifying children and teens from both AKI California dojo will come together to test for their next belt on this day. Read More/Register...

Kid's Belt Ceremony & Dojo Social

Created by aksb
Sat, December 17, 2011Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara 2:00PM - 4:00PM Children and teens from both AKI California dojo will come together on this day to receive their belts and certificates. Read More/Register...

~ Announcements ~

Thanksgiving Holiday

Created by Diane Ben
The dojo will be closed Nov. 22 - Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays, Everyone! Thank you for your support!

Year End Holiday

Created by Diane Ben
The dojo will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan 02. Happy Holidays, Everyone! See you on the mat in 2012!

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

Mail: PO Box 351, Santa Barbara, CA 93102

805 870-5437 | aksb.org

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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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