Life is Change

It is with some sadness, deep gratitude and a touch of excitement, that we have decided to close the doors of Kuma Kai Aikido as of April 30, 2019.

We are sad to say goodbye to our beloved Kuma Kai after being in Sebastopol for the past 25 years. We are deeply grateful to all of our dojo members over the years, the extended Sonoma County community and the City of Sebastopol for all of the support you have given us. We are more than a touch excited to announce that we are not going away but evolving! We are excited to announce the birth of the Aiki Consciousness Institute (ACI). We will be continuing to offer quality educational experiences in support of O’Sensei’s teachings on making the world a peaceful place.

We are still in Sebastopol and still on Hwy. 116. Please visit our new and evolving website:

We would love to hear from you and hope that you will join us as we journey further down the road of the Aiki Path!

Thank you and see you on the path……

Denise Barry Sensei

Aikido is a modern day martial art, which teaches cutting edge practices for managing the pressures and challenges of everyday life.

Aikido is often referred to as the “Art of Peace.” The founder, Morihei Ueshiba, known by his students as O’Sensei, declared that we must stop fighting. In order to bring about Peace in the world, we must first eliminate the discord within ourselves. This mission can be accomplished through the unification of mind, body and spirit. Through regular practice and the ongoing development of the Self, one can experience the joys of living a harmonious life fully present in the here and now.

Aikido, at its heart, asks us to show up and be fully present.

  • It asks us to feel ourselves fully and to experience our own wholeness.
  • It asks to relax enough so that we can read clearly and respond fluidly to all that life has to offer.
  • It asks us to center and align to the Universal Energies that are here to support us.
  • It asks us to know and heal ourselves and thereby help to heal the world through love.



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