Proper Body Alignment in Movement
Online Membership & Community
Lia Suzuki Sensei
6th dan Aikikai
Aikido Kenkyukai International USA
"A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind."
Morihei Ueshiba, O Sensei
Founder of Aikido
Preserve your body. Improve your technique.
It's easy to develop bad habits in your Aikido.
Take this opportunity to visualize your best Aikido. While we train together in our live classes, I'll pay attention to your alignment and structure in your movement and together, we'll eliminate any inefficient or harmful patterns of movement.
Now is the perfect time.
Join my global community of Aikido-ka in this live, interactive online community.
What You'll Learn In This Community
The 3 Lines of Equilibrium in All Budo
There are 3 lines of equilibrium that we must maintain in order for our technique to be effective and in order to keep ourselves free from injury. I'll introduce these 3 important lines and, most importantly, we will begin working to fully embody these principles.
The 3 Basic Body Positions in All Budo
We'll study the 3 Basic Body Positions, "Hanmi Body", "Shomen Body", and "Irimi Body." While moving with our virtual partners, we'll learn how these body positions influence our partner and can render our technique ineffective if not used properly.
The 3 Basic Turns in Aikido
Improper turning can contribute to chronic joint pain. We will work to perfect our turns, "Tenkan", "Tenkai", and "Tenshin" in order to keep our training pain free.
Reinforcing the New Muscle Memory
Of course understanding is just the first step. We will also be building muscle memory, using drills and visualization.
Can we maintain these new principles of equilibrium and body position through all techniques? Through repetition and theme and variation, you'll gain better control of your posture and alignment. You'll notice the improvement not just in our live classes, but in your regular training at your home dojo, too.
The 3 Basic Footwork Patterns in Aikido Technique
There are 3 basic footwork patterns in Aikido technique. We'll explore and drill these patterns, giving you new insights and allowing you to revolutionize your execution of already-familiar techniques.
Sword Cuts as Guidelines
We'll sometimes integrate weapons work to define our movement, body position and footwork.
We'll examine the moving structure of the body through these cuts and then apply our findings to paired training and shadow training.
Freedom in Correct Movement
The atmosphere of the live classes will be focused, but joyful. People learn best in a positive, meditative atmosphere. This is what we will strive for, as you create correct muscle memory, freeing your body from stress and pain.
Proper Body Alignment In Movement Via ZOOM Video Conference
All our course sessions take place on the Zoom video conference platform. Zoom is easy to use and a great way to train virtually with our global dojo community!
All you need for joining the calls is a good internet connection and a camera on your laptop or desktop. It's a simple click of the Zoom link to join the conference call.
Program Content Description
Monthly Live Hybrid Sessions with Lia Suzuki Sensei
Your monthly live online sessions are the core of the Proper Body Alignment In Movement Community.
Once a month, you will meet virtually with Lia Sensei and her Los Angeles students. Classes are surprisingly interactive for virtual participants, thanks to our dojo projector, enabling Lia Sensei to easily see you and interact with you.
After each session, you're invited to stay afterwards for a Q&A session with both in-person and virtual attendees.
*These live sessions usually take place on the first Saturday of the month at the following time:
10:00am PST • 1:00pm EST • 18:00 UK • 19:00 CET • 20:00 IST
*Schedule subject to change.
You will receive weekly relevant content, such as videos, blog posts, etc. that I think you will find interesting and valuable.
The video replays of our live classes will always be made available. That way, you'll always be able to stay current with our curriculum, even if you missed one of the live classes.
Weekly Live Q&A Session
You'll be invited to stay for a 10-minute Q&A session at the end of each monthly live class.
The Q&A sessions with Lia Sensei are a great way to help you to better understand that day's class, as well as get to know the other students from around the world.
Proper Body Alignment In Movement on the go via our Mobile App!
You can access all your course practice videos and downloads on your mobile devices via the Kajabi app.
The mobile app gives you full access to the program content for viewing or listening at your convenience.
Lia Suzuki Sensei
6th dan, Aikikai
Lia Suzuki Sensei is a senior student of Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan and National Director and Founder of Aikido Kenkyukai International USA.
For nearly 10 years, she lived and trained intensively under Takeda Shihan in Japan. Suzuki Sensei's experience in Japan also gave her the opportunity to train with the late Yamaguchi Sensei and other notable masters.
She currently is based in Los Angeles, and directly oversees several dojos in her network in the USA and the UK. Suzuki Sensei travels extensively throughout the world, teaching at dojos outside of her affiliation, as well.
Her mission is to foster inclusion in the Aikido world, rather than division, and to increase Aikido’s popularity among youth and those in their 20's and 30's.
What people are saying...
"It was surprising how much one can learn from an Aikido Zoom session. I learned a lot."
"Shalom Lia Suzuki Sensei,
In general, I was expecting 8 meetings of one hour. You gave much more! Sorry I could not join all the sessions. I will follow and watch all the videos.
You are doing a wonderful job. Keep going!
All the best!"
"I wanted to let you know that your class is helping me in ways other than aikido. I was doing yoga the other day and was having trouble with my balance. After I shifted my foot to 65 degrees and made sure I was not in a tightrope, things got better."
Clayton, CA, USA
"We are basically back in the dojo once a week. I wanted to share that I am noticing improvements because of your zoom trainings, which I think is very cool! 😁 Like the nikkyo exercise with the jo; I really notice that now I'm finding nikkyo easier to do because of it, where before I was always struggling a lot. And many other small differences."
"I learned to be more aware of my posture (alignment) when doing any movements (suburi, irimi-tenkan, etc) in Aikido, and it feels good. If I can get my body to learn the feet positioning, I know I will be more stable too. My two feet have the habit of 'standing on a tightrope'; I didn't realize that was causing me to wobble every time I change my hanmi direction. I will be looking forward to the recorded videos, and your other future zoom seminars too. Thanks for the classes and your feedback, they have definitely improved my Aikido.
Thanks for putting a lot of thought into the sessions. See you in the next one!"
"Thank you again for your wonderful instructions and guidance.
The classes were very well structured and planned. Also, the videos were very helpful to deepen my understanding (although I sometimes had to motivate my lazy self :) (“Omoi Koshi Wo Ageru”)). I learned a lot and will keep working on the footwork, alignment and techniques with the help of the videos.
Thank you again Sensei and I will see you and hopefully others in September!"
Seattle, WA, USA
"Thanks a lot for your support this year. The virtual classes are so valuable for me. And more helpful than only videos. Some movements are new or not so well known to me. But the systems are so nice. I had some discussions about virtual aikido training and somebody said virtual aikido is not possible. But in my experience, it is. I've learned so much so I am very grateful to you for your help."