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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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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 classes and all children's classes. Aikido of San Diego is home to a strong and stable lineup of mature, experienced instructors. All the instructors are yudansha, or black-belt-ranked Aikido practitioners. These teachers are guided in their ongoing development by Goldberg Sensei.


Dave Goldberg Sensei

Godan (5th degree black belt)

The Chief Instructor, Founder, and Director of Aikido of San Diego is Dave Goldberg Sensei.

Mr. Goldberg spent three-and-a-half years in Japan studying with some of the Founder's most enduring and prolific disciples. He holds a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Teaching, and is also a certificated holistic health practitioner (HHP). Before establishing the dojo in 2000 and devoting himself to Aikido full-time, Goldberg Sensei served on academic faculties in the US and Japan for nine years.

Goldberg Sensei's work in Aikido is inspired by the Founder's stated realization that "I and the universe are One." He is dedicated to a path in martial arts that is peaceful, and connected to the questions of life that we all share.


Cyril Poissonnet

Sandan (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

Nidan (2nd 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

Nidan (2nd degree black belt)

Karen started training in 1999 and is committed to creating a dojo community of support and challenge. "I have had the privilege of teaching aikido at the dojo as well as the UCSD recreation program over the past several years, and am proud of the inclusive attitude we foster to bring out the potential of our students."

Karen studied other arts before aikido -- Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Tai Chi and Kung Fu. "I have always known I needed a physical counterbalance to my intense scientific training. A path that would equally develop the body and spirit as a temple for the mind seemed like a natural path for holistic growth to me."

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. "I wanted to embody the transformation of this conflict into growth, and to have a practice to remind me that difficulties and constraints that Life brings you can often be opportunities to transcend. I wanted to distinguish horizons from limits."

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


Michael Hancock

Nidan (2nd degree black belt)

Michael Hancock, originally from England, teaches and leads meditations with a respect for tradition, thoughtful insight, and a gentle sense of humor. He is an entrepreneur and active in advising the Wampler Foundation, providing wilderness summer programs for children with physical disabilities.

"Little did I know it back then, but Aikido became an integral part of me since I was introduced to it by luck as a snotty and unruly 12 year old. Through each chapter of my life since, there has always been an 'Aikido thread' that has inevitably also woven its way through my personal and business life. Even through the earlier years when I was engaged in other martial arts and not practicing Aikido, I came to increasingly trust this vital 'thread' of mind and body training, and still do. For me, there is nothing that comes close to Aikido."


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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