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Photos Of The New Aikido Dojo And Yoga Studio, Near Trader Joe's And The Tender Glow.

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This week, Wayne Addelstein of the North Valley Chamber of Commerce, along with John Bwarie from Councilman Greig Smith's office were on hand to cut the ribbon at North Valley Aikikai, a nonprofit martial arts studio that Lee Lavi Ramirez also plans to make into a center of service to the community. (Disclosure: she's also a family friend.)

Lee teaches the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which differs from many martial arts in that it is noncompetitive -- there is no "winning" and "losing" -- and nonaggressive -- Aikido techniques focus not on how to initiate an attack, but how to respond to one. The dojo also offers classes in yoga, stretching, and Zen meditation.

"In this neighborhood there are Karate studios, and there are a lot of things, but there's no one center that offers self-development type stuff like we have. The whole family can be here: kids can take Aikido, parents can come for classes or special events. My goal is to create a s…