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19th Annual


January 12-14, 2024

San Diego's "International Aikido Bridge Seminar" is an internationally known seminar hosted by Jiai Aikido. The very first Bridge Seminar was held at Jiai, and 2024 marks the19th anniversary of this special seminar. 

Jiai Aikido has been a place of connection for Aikido practitioners worldwide, for many years now. The instructors and the students have worked diligently at training, and at continuing to offer high quality training at events such as the annual Bridge seminar, despite the challenges we've all experienced in recent years. Please join us January 12-14, 2024 for another event featuring superior instruction in a world-class facility.

The Main Instructors for the 2024 event will be:

Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, 7th Dan

Haruo Matsuoka Shihan, 6th Dan

Lisa Tomoleoni Shihan, 6th Dan

Dave Goldberg Sensei, 6th Dan

Supporting Instructors will be: 

Tom Liu Sensei, 4th Dan

Cat Strada Sensei, 4th Dan

The seminar schedule is posted below, and there will still be plenty of time for

enjoying the sights of San Diego, wonderful food, and social time off the mat.

**There will be a Saturday Party at Deft Brewing starting at 6:30pm, which includes pizza and salad. The fee for the party is $25/person.

**Housing is available at the dojo for $45/night. Please contact us if interested.


Opening remarks & welcomes by Cat Sensei then:

3-4pm Goldberg Sensei

4-5pm Matsuoka Sensei

5-6pm Ikeda Sensei


10-11 Liu Sensei

11-12 Ikeda Sensei

12-1 Matsuoka Sensei


3-4 Goldberg Sensei

4-5 Tomoleoni Sensei or Strada Sensei

5-6 Ikeda Sensei


10-11 Goldberg Sensei

11-12 Matsuoka Sensei


1:30-2:30 Strada Sensei or Tomoleoni Sensei

2:30-3:30 Ikeda Sensei Sensei


3:30-4:30 Matsuoka Sensei


Early Bird Registration for Full Seminar  $225 (until November 22!)

After November 22 Full Seminar $265

Saturday OR Sunday Only $125

Friday Only $95

Saturday Night Party $25

Online Attendance Registration via Zoom is available for those interested and out of Southern California for a flat rate of $125 for the Seminar.

Please use the PayPal link to the right to register.

*For those who would like to contribute outside of seminar activities, please use the PayPal button below to do so. 


(*Jiai Aikido is not a non-profit organization) Thank you for your participation and support!



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Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan , 7th Dan

Boulder Aikikai

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.


Haruo Matsuoka Shihan, 6th Dan

Ikazuchi Dojo

President, Aikido Doshinokai Association

Haruo Matsuoka Shihan is co-founder of Ikazuchi Dojo and Kaicho (President) of the Aikido Doshinokai Association. He has over 45 years of aikido training and has been a full time, professional aikido instructor since graduating from college in Japan. Matsuoka Shihan has participated in exchange programs with some of the world’s great martial arts masters, including the legendary Dan Inosanto (one of Bruce Lee’s top students and best friends) and Kenji Yamaki (Kyokushin Karate World Champion). Matsuoka Shihan was a direct student of Seiseki Abe, 8th dan (1915-2011), one of the closest and highest ranking disciples of the founder of Aikido. His aikido has appeared in numerous feature films and was an instrumental catalyst in bringing awareness of aikido to the United States after moving to America in the 1980s with Steven Seagal, his first aikido teacher.


Lisa Tomoleoni Shihan, 6th Dan

Abiding Spirit Aikikai

Aikido Shimbokukai

Lisa Tomoleoni Shihan 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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Dave Goldberg Sensei, 6th Dan

Aikido of San Diego

Evolutionary Aikido Community

Goldberg Sensei began Aikido in 1986, and is the founder and chief instructor of Aikido of San Diego. In the early 90’s he lived in Japan for 3½ years to train under some of Morihei Ueshiba's most prolific disciples. He has a BA in philosophy, an MA in teaching, and worked on academic faculties in the US and Japan for nine years. He also spent several years studying and practicing somatic psychology and bodywork, which is what originally inspired his developmental, inside-out approach to the art. He is a co-founder of the Evolutionary Aikido Community, and continues to teach Aikido as the martial, Life art.

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Tom Liu Sensei, 4th Dan

Aikido West

California Aikido Association

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

Jiai Aikido 

Aikido Shimbokukai

Systema Instructor in Training Applicant

Cat Strada Sensei started Aikido at Jiai Aikido in 2007 under Jeff Sodeman Sensei, and Systema in 2008. Dojo Cho since 2011, she offers innovative classes influenced by  her training such as No-Gi Aikido, Applied Aikido, and Adaptive Aikido & Ukemi. She's inspired by Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, Jeff Sodeman Sensei, Frank Doran Shihan, Mary Heiny Sensei, Morihiko Murashige Shihan, Kevin Choate Sensei, Lisa Tomoleoni Shihan, Vladimir Vasiliev, Adam Mazing and BJJ coaches at Victory Gym, her students and animals. Strada Sensei is on the Board of Aikido Shimbokukai, and focuses on promoting authenticity and individuality in movements.

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