Welcome to our Dojo
We study O-Sensei’s unique philosophy of non-violent self defense, which offers a journey of overall self improvement regardless of any technique (waza) or external conflict application. Our ranking, keiko, and tests are all based on the founding principles and techniques universally accepted in Aikido training.
At Jiai we also teach how to evolve & apply training effectively for modern day internal/external conflicts, and lasting health and welfare among today's stressors. Our structured Intro Program includes a Member Training Manual, and teaches core fundamentals; students grow this into an advanced, personalized, dynamic and sometimes experimental training system based in aiki traditions but unique to each student's bodies and abilities.
Since 2003, Jiai Aikido has been a landmark in San Diego Aikido and offers expert instruction from five Main Instructors: Cat Strada Sensei 2nd Dan-Dojo Cho, Tom Liu Sensei 4th Dan (visiting Instructor of CAA) and Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, 6th Dan and Director of Aikido Shimbokukai. We are a non-discriminatory and diverse community of all ages and skills, welcoming to all affiliations. We welcome you to join our wonderful group of students in a beautiful dojo today, to discover what Aikido can do for you.
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a powerful defensive Japanese martial art of joint locks, throws, and pins, emphasizing blending with your opponent's energy, and non-violent conflict resolution. It was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) in the early to mid 1900's in Japan. Although Aikido movements are soft, rational, and smooth in nature, by applying a bit of force these can become devastatingly effective. The philosophy and gentle quality of Aikido make it appealing to men, women, and children regardless of size, while its power makes it an effective martial art. It unifies the mind, body, and spirit, and exemplifies non-violent connections to others and harmonious resolutions to conflicts.
2020 San Diego Aikido Bridge Seminar
January 16-20, 2020
"The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood as a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek competition are making a grave mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst sin a human being can commit. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love."
Aikido Founder-Morihei Ueshiba
December 14, 1883 - April 26, 1969
Jiai Aikido is affiliated with Aikido Shimbokukai. Please see information on our international organization here: