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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

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Who We Are & What We Do

Aikido of San Diego was founded in 2000 by Dave Goldberg Sensei and a small group of enthusiastic Aikido students. Originally known as Aikido of Mission Valley, the dojo was established to bring San Diego an evolution in martial arts training for this millennium. Over the years the dojo has naturally grown into a community built on the highest ideals of the art.

Our purpose is twofold. (1) To offer an enjoyable, dimensional, and effective practice in Aikido that affirms life and supports people seeking a better flow with it, and (2) to provide the community and guidance needed for the fullest experience of the path ahead.

We offer classes for adults (including teens), and children. Aikido of San Diego has introduced well over a thousand people to the gifts of the art over the years, and our teaching and community support all levels of practice from beginning through instructor-level training.

Sound like something you'd like to be part of? Check out how to get started, or come observe any class.


Dojo Member - Linda Eskin

Linda Eskin

I started training in Aikido in 2009, at age 46, to improve my horsemanship and riding, not to mention learning how to fall safely! I knew it would help me with my balance, stability, and keeping a centered presence when working with large, unpredictable animals. What I never anticipated was the difference it would make in my quality of my life, relationships, and happiness.

Aikido has also been great for my overall health and fitness. Training has helped me recover from work-related injuries, has dramatically reduced my painful peripheral neuropathy, has improved my troublesome shoulders, and has nearly eliminated problems I had with vertigo.

I feel very fortunate to train with Dave Goldberg Sensei and my fellow students at Aikido of San Diego. The depth of our work together goes well beyond what I could have imagined when I first stepped onto the mat.

Linda's Aikido Blog: Grab My Wrist


Scott Bjerke and Laura Fleisch - Two recent black belts

Scott & Laura
New Black Belts

Scott Bjerke and Laura Fleisch are two of our newer black belts. They took their shodan, or first black belt, exams together, in September of 2012.

Laura began training at Aikido of San Diego through the Aikido class program at UC San Diego. Following her exam, she and another Aikido of San Diego student, Doug Hooton, announced their engagement, and are now happily married! Laura is now pursuing her Doctoral degree at UC Santa Barbara, and is working to establish a dojo in that area.

Scott continues to train at Aikido of San Diego, and now teaches classes on occasion.


Member - Jake Maxwell

Jake Maxwell

I actually started at Aikido of San Diego by dumb luck. I had never taken any kind of martial arts class and wanted to try it out to complement my workout routine. I observed a class, met with Sensei, and that was that.

That was a little over 5 years ago, and I cannot fully explain how much my training has done for me since that day. On a purely physical level, I have gained better balance and control of my body which has impacted my other activities - trap (shotgun) shooting, softball, golf, etc. However, what has proven to be much more valuable is how my training has helped me relate to the world around me. My relationships with my family are stronger than ever, my road rage has all but disappeared, and I am generally more relaxed and in a better mood. Even without all the benefits, I would still continue to train for the simple fact that classes are so much fun!

It's funny to me now that my original motivation for taking a martial arts class was "to learn how to kick butt". Aikido definitely has that power, but it is only a sidenote to everything you can get out of it by training under the right conditions. Aikido can help you improve any and all aspects of your life, and although I haven't trained at any other dojo, I wouldn't change a thing about Aikido of San Diego.

Visit Us

Observers & visiting Aikidoka are always welcome.

The dojo is 2 minutes from I-15 and I-8,
near Friars and Mission Gorge Rd

6356 Riverdale Street
San Diego, CA 92120

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Phone 619 993-2454 (AIKI)

Dojo phone, during class hours:
619 977-2454

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