09-16-2010, 12:00 AM
Posted 2010-09-15 23:59:00 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://www.noozhawk.com/local_news/article/091510_aikido_kenkyukai/
Here's an article entitled "Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara Still Kicking as Nonprofit" (http://www.noozhawk.com/local_news/article/091510_aikido_kenkyukai/) which highlights Lia Suzuki sensei's Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara (http://aksb.org/) dojo in California.
From the article: "How does going from trying to run a for-profit dojo as a business differ from raising funds for a nonprofit? "It allows me to tell the American public what a dojo should really be," Suzuki said. "Here, dojo owners are forced to focus more on making a profit, unlike those in Japan and France." [...] Using Facebook, YouTube and other social media, Suzuki is raising funds with the aid of Aikido Kenkyukai’s Web site. She said she raised about $1,000 in donations just using Facebook during Memorial Day weekend."
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