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Aikido of San Diego

A full-time dojo, dedicated exclusively to teaching the martial art of Aikido since 2000. Chief Instructor, Dave Goldberg Sensei, 5th Dan.

Aikido of San Diego

A full-time dojo, dedicated exclusively to teaching the martial art of Aikido since 2000. Chief Instructor, Dave Goldberg Sensei, 5th Dan.

Aikido of San Diego

Call Us: 619 993-2454

619 993-2454

Call Us: 619 993-2454



Aikido of San Diego students training together

About Aikido

Find your Flow! Aikido is a martial art that combines a vast array of techniques with principles of body, mind, and spirit to help us meet conflict and life with more freedom and integrity. Aikido is a modern evolution of traditional Japanese martial arts and translates as “The way of unifying with life energy.”


Benefits of Training

You'll practice getting centered, blending with the energy of attack, and redirecting it in dynamic, graceful, and effective ways. Aikido is a complete path of personal mastery, and way to explore the creative flow of response to conditions that are always changing.

The Origins of Aikido

Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba, known to students of Aikido as "O'Sensei" (Great Teacher). O'Sensei developed Aikido as an expression of his inspiration—that martial arts can be a path for developing our connection with all things, and a way of forging ourselves as more self-aware, effective, and free people in harmony with life.

Why Do People Practice Aikido?

Self-defense & Safety

Aikido technique, and the unique way in which it's practiced, makes it an effective tool for dealing with physical assault. Because of the practice's emphasis on efficient interaction between body, ground, and attacker, you don't need to be big, strong, or forceful to get results. You will learn how to engage conditions, blend with attack, redirect it, and apply techniques in a responsive and dynamic way. You will also learn how to fall safely and meet impact more favorably, which is an important and often overlooked concern.

Personal Performance & Spiritual Development

Aikido training is a framework for using our body-mind system without strain, for transforming reactivity into responsiveness, and for engaging the moment more functionally. Aikido is also a Way to discover our connection to everything, and shed light on the big questions of life that we all share. Aikido of San Diego members often share stories of how Aikido had unexpected positive effects on their life. Parents appreciate the growth reflected in their children, and dedicated students discover new dimensions to themselves, their activities, and their relationships.

Health & Fitness

Movement in Aikido is a full-body activity. It is also quite aerobic much of the time. At Aikido of San Diego we teach you to use your body efficiently, and so you will likely discover over time that your body is finding its own balance in whatever you do. Critical to Aikido, too, is learning to settle the body-mind. This is perhaps one of the most healthful elements of Aikido training as it calms the whole system to bring out the best in your actions. Aikido is also a lot of fun, which makes it easy to want to show up.

Conflict Resolution & Engagement

The way Aikido is practiced makes it a model for understanding the greater context of communication, conflict, and engagement, and points to how we can deal with those things in more functional and appropriate ways. Aikido has been cited in many books on topics dealing with mediation, negotiation, relationships, and personal development. Why? Because in Aikido you are learning not to work against the conditions of attack, but with them.


Aikido of San Diego - Where the Heart of Aikido is Alive

Aikido of San Diego - Where the Heart of Aikido is Alive

Morihei Ueshiba - O Sensei - The Founder of Aikido

"Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment."

Morihei Ueshiba - O Sensei

Observe a Class!

Interested in learning more? Visitors are welcome to come observe a class at any time. There is a comfortable seating area near the mat for guests.

Check our Class Schedule and choose a day that works for you:

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Member - Oya Paugh

Oya Paugh

After practicing Zen Buddhist meditation for many years, I realized that it was not enough to just park the body in a mediation posture and breathe. Looking at Zen practitioners, I saw very few who succeeded in bringing their practice into everyday life, so I went searching for a practice that would be something like Zen in motion. I found aikido and it's turned out to be much more than just Zen in motion.

There is something about moving your body in relationship to another body. Things that the mind can barely grasp are revealed and manifested through this interaction with another person.

When I first walked into Aikido of San Diego, I found friendly people and a safe and supportive environment in which people practice and evolve together. This is not a solitary practice, but one that relies on community and one that builds community. It is a practice that transforms and manifests in a positive way everywhere, in all relationships whether professional or personal.

I bring the things I learn at aikido to everything in my life. As a nurse at work, I am more assertive and effective in communicating with patients and in my personal relationships, I have learned to be more aware and responsive.


Visit Us

Observers & visiting Aikidoka are always welcome.
The dojo is located 2 minutes from I-15 and I-8, near Friars Road and Mission Gorge Road.

Aikido of San Diego
6356 Riverdale Street
San Diego, CA 92120

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To reach Goldberg Sensei:
619 993-2454 (that's 619 993-AIKI)

Dojo phone, during class hours:
619 977-2454

Email:
info@aikidosd.com


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