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18th Annual


January 13-15, 2023

San Diego's "International Aikido Bridge Seminar" is an internationally known seminar hosted by Jiai Aikido.

The Main Instructors for this year's event will be:

Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, 7th Dan and Christian Tissier Shihan, 8th Dan. It's been 6 years since Tissier Shihan has visited Southern California, and since these two amazing instructors have taught together in San Diego!

Supporting Instructors will be Lisa Tomoleoni Shihan, Tom Liu Sensei, and Cat Strada Sensei.

The seminar times will be:

Friday, January 13- 9:00am-5:30 pm
9:00am-10:00am Ikeda Shihan
10:00am-11:30am Tissier Shihan
2:00pm- 2:45pm Supporting Instructor
3:00pm-4:30pm Ikeda Shihan
4:30pm-5:30pm Tissier Shihan

Saturday, January 14- 9:00am-5:30 pm
9:00am-10:00am Tissier Shihan
10:00am-11:30am Ikeda Shihan
2:00pm- 2:45pm Supporting Instructor
3:00pm-4:30pm Tissier Shihan
4:30pm-5:30pm Ikeda Shihan
6:30pm Movie on the Mat/Dinner at the Dojo

Sunday, January 15- 9:00am-5:30 pm
9:00am-10:00am Tissier Shihan
10:00am-11:30am Ikeda Shihan
2:00pm- 2:45pm Supporting Instructor
3:00pm-4:30pm Tissier Shihan
4:30pm-5:30pm Ikeda Shihan

**There will be a Saturday Party at Deft Brewing starting at 6:30pm, which includes pizza and salad. The fee for the party is $20/person.

***** Out of an abundance of caution, as well as requests from some instructors and attendees, in-person attendance is limited to those who are vaccinated for Covid-19. 

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Full Seminar  $350

Saturday and Sunday Only $275

Any One Day $175

Virtual Option $100

Saturday Night Party $20

Please use the PayPal link to the right to register.


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Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan , 7th Dan

Chief Instructor, Boulder Aikikai, USA

Aikido Shimbokukai, Vice President

Hiroshi Ikeda is founder and chief instructor of Boulder Aikikai. He began his study of Aikido in 1968 at the aikido club of Kokugakuin University in Tokyo. Upon graduation, he trained regularly at Hombu Dojo and at Saotome Sensei's Remeijuki Dojo. In 1978 he moved to the U.S., and in 1980 established Boulder Aikikai. Ikeda Shihan is affiliated to Hombu Dojo through Aikido Shimbokukai, of which he is a Board Member and Vice President.​ He is one of the most sought after aikido Instructors worldwide, and a frequent Instructor at Aikido seminars in the U.S. and abroad.


Christian Tissier Shihan, 8th Dan

Founder of Le Circle Tissier

Paris, France

Christian Tissier was born on February 7, 1951, in Paris, France. He began Aikido at the age of 11. At the age of 18 he moved to Tokyo and began training at Hombu Dojo, studying under many Shihan, but especially Ueshiba Kisshomaru Doshu and Yamaguchi Seigo Shihan.

Tissier Shihan founded Le Circle Tissier, and is the leader of this organization. 

He is a founding member of the FFAAA which was created in 1983 and has over 25000 practitioners in 800 clubs. He received 7th Dan in 1998 and was the first non-Japanese instructor to receive the title of Shihan.


Lisa Tomoleoni Shihan, 6th Dan


Director, Aikido Shimbokukai

Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei spent over 14 years in Japan training at the Aikido World Headquarters and teaching Aikido professionally at a dojo in Tokyo. She founded Abiding Spirit Aikikai in IL, and Aikido Shimbokukai, an organization Officially Recognized by the Aikikai Foundation and Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tom Liu Sensei, 4th Dan


Tom Liu Sensei began his Aikido training in the early 1990s under Frank Doran Shihan at the Aikido West dojo and the Stanford Aikido Club. He received the rank of Yondan (4th Dan) from Doran Shihan under California Aikido Association in 2016. Liu Sensei also practices Tai Chi, the Alexander Technique, and meditation, and has been a regular Instructor at Jiai Aikido for several years. His primary interests are the exploration of the principles of mind-body integration and the development of integrated and relaxed power.

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Cat Strada Sensei, 4th Dan

Dojo Cho, Jiai Aikido 


Aikido Shimbokukai Board Member

Cat Strada Sensei started Aikido at Jiai Aikido in 2007 under Jeff Sodeman Sensei. Now Dojo Cho, she offers innovative classes influenced by her systema and ju jutsu training, such as No-Gi Aikido, Applied Aikido, and Adaptive Aikido & Ukemi. Her Aikido is inspired by Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, Jeff Sodeman Sensei, Frank Doran Shihan, Christian Tissier Shihan, Mary Heiny Sensei, Morihiko Murashige Shihan, Kevin Choate Sensei, Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, and BJJ Professor Roy Harris. Strada Sensei focuses on promoting individuality with her students, and an authentic approach to one's own body ability and training interests. 

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