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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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Aikido - Martial Arts Classes for Children

Aikido Kids: Ages 8-12

Attention San Diego parents! You can give your child(ren) all the benefits of a traditional martial arts experience while they learn non-violent and effective ways of dealing with conflict.

Our curriculum includes a full spectrum of Aikido technique, falling and tumbling skills, mindfulness meditation, and Sensei's years of experience with games/activities that forge centered awareness, confidence, and engagement with circumstances as they are.

Aikido is the perfect after school activity for kids 8-12, and an enduring investment in your child. Many move on to our adult/teen program where their foundation is expanded and matured. The kids' class is ongoing, year-round.

Children's Class Schedule

Mondays & Wednesdays - 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Parents have the option of watching class, or dropping off and picking up. Wi-Fi is available.

We welcome you to download the Children's Program Handbook (PDF).

How to Register:
Children's Aikido

Simply visit the dojo, speak with Sensei, and sign up!

  • Membership (Mon/Wed): $90/month
  • Training uniform: $25-40
  • No other startup fees!

Introductory Package

For a limited time, get started with this introductory package, including:

Your child's first two months of membership and a training uniform.

All for only $180!

Aikido Action Hour: Ages 5-7

Children 5-7 years old really enjoy this class while forging skills, building body-mind awareness, and using much of their seemingly endless energy.

  • Rolling, tumbling, falling, and safety skills
  • Centering and balance
  • Engaging with circumstances
  • Blending with obstacles
  • Having fun!

Activities, techniques, games, and challenges are presented in playful ways to capture the interest of little ones while building valuable skills for life, fitness, and future Aikido training.

This class is instructed by Dave Goldberg Sensei who had his own twin boys in this class for years. Parents are expected to be at the dojo during this class. Wi-Fi is available.

Action Hour Schedule

This class runs in 10-week sessions
Tuesdays - 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

Parents and children are welcome to stay until 5:30 for some free play on our big mat

The investment is only $129 for the 10-week class, and includes a uniform the first time you sign up.

Register Online Now:
Aikido Action Hour

The Fall term is now full. Register now for the next term beginning January 2, 2018.

  • Uniform included for new students!
  • No additional startup fees.
  • An investment that will last a lifetime.

Sorry, but partial or prorated registrations are not accepted, and the class is not refundable once it's begun.

Secure Online Registration:

Aikido Action Hour - Kids 5-7
Winter term 2018
Tuesdays at 4:45, Jan 2 - Mar 6


Member - Wendy Craig-Purcell

Reverend Wendy Craig-Purcell

The Unity Center

"My children (now 22 and 16) have trained at Aikido of San Diego for nine years despite the fact we live quite a distance away. Familiar with many other forms of martial arts, we chose aikido for two reasons: it is an excellent martial art for adults and children, and it is grounded in a spiritual philosophy whose benefits extend far beyond the mat into everyday life. We chose Aikido of San Diego because it's the best dojo in the county and Dave Goldberg is the best Sensei around!"

Aikido is a fun, healthy, positive after-school activity for boys and girls. Martial arts training for kids helps them develop confidence, self-discipline, respect, and fitness. But unlike karate, kick boxing, mixed martial arts, or taekwondo classes, which can focus on fear, fighting, defensiveness, and competition, Aikido classes for children emphasize becoming a more centered, balanced, compassionate, and happy person. Aikido training is low impact - it does not involve punching or kicking, which can be damaging to growing bones and young joints. Safety and cooperative training are emphasized in every class. Training at Aikido of San Diego is a life-affirming experience, helping to develop good character and life-long habits in youth, from little kids to early teens.

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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Connect with Us

We would love to hear from you!

To reach Goldberg Sensei
with any of your Aikido
or dojo-related questions

Email to
Phone 619 993-2454 (AIKI)

Dojo phone, during class hours:
619 977-2454

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