October 4, 2022
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She’s fighting for a new model: Martial arts studio founder opts for nonprofit route

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Lia Suzuki, founder of martial arts studio Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara, decided turning her dojo into a nonprofit would better allow her to promote health, self-esteem and nonviolent conflict resolution to her students. (Alex Drysdale photo). When Lia Suzuki opened an aikido studio in Santa Barbara in 1999, her intention was not to make money…

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