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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, 6th 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, 6th Dan.

Aikido of San Diego

Call Us: 619 993-2454

619 993-2454

Call Us: 619 993-2454


Dave Goldberg Sensei & Teaching Staff

Teachers are the heart of any school. Sensei provides directional leadership for the dojo, as well as teaching the majority of adult and children's classes. Aikido of San Diego is also home to a strong and stable lineup of mature, experienced assistant instructors, too. All of them are guided in their ongoing development by Goldberg Sensei.

Dave Goldberg Sensei

6th degree black belt

Goldberg Sensei is the founder, director, and chief instructor of Aikido of San Diego.

Mr. Goldberg began his Aikido journey here in the US in the 1980s. In 1990 he moved to Japan for three-and-a-half years to train under some of the founder's most enduring and prolific disciples. He has a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Teaching, and served on academic faculties in the US and Japan for nine years before establishing the dojo in 2000.

Goldberg Sensei highlights an innovative, body-mind approach to training that is intended to transmit the living principle of Aikido:

"Aikido is embodied power and wisdom for living in a world that's in dire need of evolution. We take responsibility for this through our own training, knowing that it all begins with ourselves."

Cyril Poissonnet

3rd degree black belt

Cyril is interested in ukemi, the art of falling and receiving, and its applications to other physical activities. He is a Robotics Engineer. When he's not at work or on the mat, Cyril enjoys motocross and surfing, and spending time with his family.

Cyril usually teaches the second class on Tuesday evenings.

Megan Palm

3rd degree black belt

Megan began training in 2000 on a whim after reading a description of aikido in a college rec class catalogue. She never dreamed aikido would become such an integral part of her life. She is interested in the principles of balance and rhythm found in Aikido.

Megan is a scientist at a biotech company. Her hobbies include music, photography, and attempting to keep her cats from tripping up her husband, Jay.

"Aikido has seen me through several transitions in my life. I am truly grateful for the joy and inspiration I get out of my training."

Karen Kustedjo

3rd degree black belt

Karen started training in 1999 and is committed to creating a dojo community of support and challenge. Before Aikido she studied Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Tai Chi and Kung Fu. "I have always known I needed a physical counterbalance to my intense scientific training."

She had found meditation as a balm for the spirit, and yoga as a welcome challenge to the body, but realized there was still something missing-- a way that would help her reconcile the relationship of the self with the other. That is Aikido.

When not in the dojo, Karen is a scientist in the alternative energy industry.

Aikido is a physical and spiritual art. While we can learn about Aikido from books or videos, to experience and practice Aikido requires person-to-person transmission, feeling the techniques directly, and skilled, hands-on coaching. We learn how to engage cooperatively with others and manage conflict while keeping our own integrity. Aikido calls for perceptive, nuanced teaching. At Aikido of San Diego, our experienced, capable instructors will gently guide you as you begin, and challenge you as you grow.

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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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