2018 San Diego - International Aikido Bridge Seminar

The12th Anniversary of the

International Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminars


Frank Doran Shihan, Mary Heiny Sensei, Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan


Frank Doran Shihan 

Aikido West: Redwood City, CA

Frank Doran Shihan, one of the most senior of American aikidoists, is founder and chief instructor of Aikido West in Redwood City, California. His varied background in the martial arts began with judo in 1955. As a U.S. Marine, he was a hand-to-hand combat instructor and police defensive tactics instructor. He began his aikido training in 1959. Doran sensei is a frequent guest instructor at seminars in the U.S. and abroad, teaches at Stanford University and is a leader of the California Aikido Association.

Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan  

Boulder Aikikai: Boulder, CO

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.

The Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar is an Internationally known, five day camp held at Jiai Aikido in beautiful San Diego, Ca. from January 11-15 2018 (Martin Luther King Jr. weekend each year). Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan started his Bridge Seminars here at Jiai Aikido in 2007.


This year marks the International Bridge's (and Jiai's) 12th Year Anniversary and will once again be a big celebration with fantastic group events, a blowout dojo party with and new & old friendships. Thursday night through Monday afternoon there will be up to 7 classes per day, taught by some of today's most influential Aikido instructors.


Friday night offers our taiko (drumming) Opening Celebration Party with sushi bar, sake tasting, & dinner. Saturday & Sunday nights will also offer group events for those interested. All 3 Main Instructors teach each day. Schedule will be posted closer to the event.


Throughout the seminar attendees will have the opportunity to train, relax, socialize, and enjoy some of San Diego's best attractions. Jiai Aikido is minutes from the beach, family friendly, and kids are allowed in the dojo during the seminar...so bring the family. Jiai Aikido will have plenty of recommendations for local events or landmarks to enjoy. Limited housing is available at the dojo for $30 per night. Registration info is below. 

Jiai is honored and excited to announce the following Special Guest Instructors this year.

 Other Guest Instructors may be selected from the fantastic group of

international Instructors attending the Bridge, and will be announced at the Seminar:

Mary Heiny Sensei

Seattle, Washington 

For more than 45 years, Mary Heiny Sensei has followed a path of physical and spiritual inspiration as a student and teacher of aikido. She started this journey in 1965 after watching O'Sensei teach a class at Hombu Dojo in Toykyo Japan.

Heiny Sensei trained at Hombu Dojo from 1968 to 1973, witih O'Sensei's direct students and with Hikitsuchi Sensei, 10th Dan, in Shingu. Heiny Sensei returned to the States and since then has taught at various dojos over decades, traveling extensively, and teaching in Canada, US and Europe, and is a huge inspiration to aikidoka worldwide.

Dave Goldberg Sensei, Aikido of San Diego

Dave Goldberg Sensei is the founder and chief instructor of Aikido of San Diego, and author of the book, The One Thing Happening. He spent three-and-a-half years in Japan studying with some of O'Sensei's most enduring and prolific disciples, and for more than thirty years has embraced an eclectic path in the art. Goldberg Sensei served on academic faculties in the US and Japan for nine years before establishing the dojo in 2000 to devote himself to Aikido full-time. His work in Aikido is inspired by the O'Sensei's stated realization that "I and the universe are one," and he's dedicated to a path in martial arts that is evolutionary, multi-dimensional, and connected to the questions of life that we all share.

Michael Jacyna Sensei, Aikido Academy Los Angeles

Michael Jacyna is the founder of Aikido Kobayashi USA and chief instructor at Aikido Academy Los Angeles.  He began his budo journey at age 8, starting 

with Karate, Taekwondo and short after followed by Aikido.  At the age of 18 he opened his first dojo and began teaching aikido professionally.


Throughout his involvement with martial arts, Michael Jacyna trained and studied extensively in Japan, Europe and U.S.  Since 1998 he has been organizing international aikido workshops and seminars.

Nikki Lewis Sensei, Jiai Aikido

Nikki Lewis Sensei was born in 1970 on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, and he moved with his family to Miami at the age of 15 and began studying martial arts in 1990. After starting the study of Shotokan Karate in1990, he began his study of Aikido while attending Florida State University in 1991.

While in Florida he studied under the late Dennis Hooker Sensei who was a direct student of Mitsugi Saotome Sensei. He moved to San Diego in 1998 where he studied under Kazuo Chiba Sensei and Morihiko (Mark) Murashige Sensei for 11 years. Throughout his Aikido study, Lewis Sensei has always strived to enhance his level of understanding by continuously attending intensive training seminars with some of the most experienced Shihan (Master Instructors). This has allowed him to have extensive training under Endo Sensei, Saotome Sensei, Chiba Sensei, Kato Sensei, Sugano sensei, Tissier Sensei, Ikeda Sensei, Doran Sensei and Murashige Sensei.

 It has always been his goal to develop a deeper understanding of Aikido through studying intently with many of the founder's direct students. As considering Aikido as an absolute Budo, it is his constant quest to understand the art’s physical, psychological and spiritual depths. Additionally, Lewis Sensei has been a yoga practitioner for the past 18 years and for the past four years has studied the Russian martial art Systema as a way to enhance his Aikido understanding.

Dan Messisco Sensei, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba

Dan Messisco Sensei began his training in martial arts in 1964 both in Tang Soo Do and Aikido. He trained in Japan with most of the major instructors at Hombu Dojo during the early 70's and followed Saotome Sensei back to the US in 1976.

He trained under Ikeda Sensei from 1982-1987. He lived in Hawaii from 1987-1998, trained under Aoyagi Sensei, traveled to Japan two or more times a year and attended ASU seminars in the mainland. After that he lived in Pennsylvania for three years, Fukuoka,Japan for four years (Suganuma Sensei), Modesto,California for four years, Michigan for four years and now has lived in Davis California for the last five years. He has trained and taught continuously at each of these places, and has led seminars throughout the United States as well as internationally.

Yoshi Shibata Sensei, UCSC Aikido Dojo

Yoshi Shibata Sensei has been studying Aikido for 30 years and Aiki Jujutsu for 25 years. He has been teaching locally for the last 25 years.

Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, Aikido Shimbokukai

Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei has been training for more than 26 years. She spent almost 14 years living in Tokyo training and teaching Aikido professionally. She is the Director of the Aikido Shimbokuai and Chief Instructor at Abiding Spirit Aikikai in Illinois.

Registration Information


Registration Rates are:​

Full 5 Day Seminar: $425​

Thursday or Monday daily rate: $100

Friday, Saturday, Sunday daily rate: $125

Any 2 classes per day: $80

Friday Dinner Party: $25

Early Registration Closes January 5th 2018. 

Door Rates will be:

Full Seminar - $450​

Thursday, Monday daily rates: $125

Friday, Saturday, Sunday daily rates: $150

Any 2 classes per day: $100 

Friday Dinner Party: $30 ( youth up to 12 y/o are $15)

** Limited Scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance and willing to help the dojo out with working the event. Talk to Cat Sensei.


Payment for pre-registrations accepted through:

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2018 San Diego Aikido Bridge Hotel

The Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town, located at 4200 Taylor Street
San Diego, California 92110, is providing discounted rates to our guests, if booked before December 12, 2017. Please call the hotel (1-619-260-0607) and mention San Diego Bridge Seminar, or click on the button below to book online. Rates include complimentary breakfast and parking. The hotel is conveniently located just 5 minutes from Jiai Aikido.

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