About Us

AKI Goleta is an Aikikai dojo having its affiliation through Aikido Kenkyukai International. Our Aikido has been passed from Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei to Seigo Yamaguchi Shihan to Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan (8th Dan) to Lia Suzuki Sensei (6th Dan) to us. We are committed to transmitting this gift as accurately as possible and to the best of our abilities. AKI Goleta has been in existance since the fall of 2008 and all classes are currently led by Matt Bridi (3rd Dan). Matt has been training Aikido since 1993 and has been a student of Lia Suzuki Sensei since 1996.

Developing a Great kids class is one of the main goals of AKI Goleta. We hope to teach kids the fundamentals of Japanese Swordsmanship, Aikido Technique, self discipline, and leadership qualities.

We owe a great deal of thanks to all of the AKI dojo members around the world. For now please visit the dojo websites listed below:

We would also like to thank Fukiko Miyazaki Sensei for assisting with the teaching duties at our kids 1-day Aikido camp, the kids really enjoyed the introduction to Japanese calligraphy. Please visit her website listed below:


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