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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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The Ultimate Aikido Beginners' Course

This course was designed by Dave Goldberg Sensei to give people (adults only) a practical and meaningful introduction to Aikido's form, principle, and spirit. Whether you continue with Aikido or not, the content of this course can forever help you meet the internal and external challenges of life. If you do decide to continue with Aikido then congrat's. You have acquired the most dimensional foundation you could get in such a short period of time.

Each class is like a mini seminar with a topic of focus. The work we do in each one is important as it prepares you for work and themes that follow. Needless to say, commitment to attendance is important.

In only 4 weeks, over 8 sessions, and for only $99, you get a clear and insightful step-by-step process created by a true innovator with deep roots in the foundations of Aikido. It's also a lot of fun, and a good workout. Can you commit to only 4 weeks and 8 classes? Sure, you can. Registration in advance is required, so read on and register below.

Here are Sensei's answers to your questions:

When are the classes?
The classes are scheduled in 4-week segments on either Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Mondays and Wednesdays. Currently, they are from 6:30 to 7:30 when the course is in session. Choose the days that work best for you. You can see all the course options below where you register. Start dates are also on our calendar.

Do I need a uniform?
Nope. Just wear sweats and a T-shirt, yoga pants, or any other clothing appropriate for free movement. Shorts are not recommended. The dojo has dressing rooms if you're arriving in work clothes.

Will I learn how to defend myself?
This is not a self-defense course. Obviously Aikido is a martial art, and that's related to self-defense, but that's not the short-term objective of this course, nor is it the singular, ultimate objective of Aikido training. If self-defense is your only motivation then I suggest you let go of any martial arts fantasies and just take a self-defense course. There are plenty of good ones out there.

Can I train in any other classes scheduled at the dojo?
No. That is a privilege open only to dojo members. Registering for the course is not membership. Members may join any class on our schedule, including this course. If you're inspired to jump into training more than twice a week, which is totally welcome, then join the dojo and have all our classes available to you. You can even double up on this course once the next one has begun.

I have some concerns about being able to do this, or if it's right for me. What can you tell me?
Obviously, you can't really know until you take the course, but maybe this will help… If you're a beginner to Aikido, whether you have other martial arts experience or not, then this course is appropriate for you, and it's very likely to have positive effects on your general well-being. There is no requirement to be physically strong, flexible, or conditioned. All you need is a body that moves and feels, a mind that is willing to hold multiple perspectives, and a spirit of exploration. That's all.

The class times for the course don't work for me, but other ones do. What should I do?
Join the dojo as a member and go to the classes that work for you. All classes are open to all levels, and the more experienced students will gladly train with you at the level you're at. You'll be fine.

Any other questions? Send Sensei an email.

Register Today! Choose your course and click the register button.

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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.

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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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