Calligraphy by Shiohira Sensei
Aikido Center, San Francisco
Chief Instructor : Hideki Shiohira 7th Dan, Shihan
Shiohira Sensei opened the San Francisco Dojo in 1974. The current location, for over 30 years, has been in the Konko Church at Bush and Laguna Streets.
General Classes are offered Monday to Saturday. In all classes students are of mixed levels from beginners to senior black belt ranks, so that everyone has a chance to learn from one another, but be able to practice at their own level. The training is to help students achieve self-mastery.
Visitors and observers are welcome anytime classes are in session.
Shiohira Sensei instructs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the San Francisco Dojo. Senior rank students instruct on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays:
Bob Laiks, 6th dan, teaches the Friday general class. He began training with Shiohira Shihan in 1974. He has also trained under Koichi Tohei, Shinichi Suzuki, Shizuo Imaizumi, Koretoshi Maruyama, Takeki Tsuboi, Yasuo Kobayashi, Fumio Toyoda, Rob Kobayashi, Harry Ishisaka, and others. He has taught the Saturday class at the Aikido Center San Francisco for 25 years. He also practices yoga. Laiks Sensei volunteers as a SCORE counselor with East Bay SCORE, an SBA resource, advising start up clients in Oakland and Richmond.
Amy Steiner, 5th dan, teaches the Tuesday general class. She began training in 1976 with Shiohira Shihan. She also trained with Koichi Tohei, Shinichi Suzuki, Fumio Toyoda, Shizuo Imaizumi, Koretoshi Maruyama, and others. She practiced Tai Chi with Ben Lo, yoga with Susan Brannum, and Pilates with Carie Matthias. She continues to practice these disciplines on her own. Her introduction to mind/body awareness training was from Swami Ganeshanad, a Crea Yoga master.
Antone Gonsalves, 5th dan, teaches the Thursday weapons class. He began training with Daniel Furuya in 1985 in Los Angeles, and has also trained under Peter Bernath in Florida, Pablo Vasquez in Los Angeles and Joel Posluns in San Franciso. He received his shodan and nidan in the U.S. Aikido Federation, Western Region, led by Kazuo Chiba Shihan, and his sandan and yodan in the USAF, Eastern Region, headed by Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan. He has trained under Shiohira Shihan since 2007. He works as freelance journalist for Bloomberg and InformationWeek.
Sean English, 3rd dan. Sean has been teaching the Tuesday beginner classes since 1997. He began training with Shiohira Shihan in 1990. He is a practicing chronic pain therapist in the bay area. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1987.
Shima Harada, 3rd dan. Shima teaches the Thursday basics class. She began training under Shiohira Shihan in 1997. She owns her own CPA practice.
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San Francisco Dojo Training Schedule
Regular membership is $100/month, $80 for full-time students and members under 22. Beginners can also sign up for "basic" membership, which allows you to attend all Basics classes. Basic membership is $70/month, $60 for full-time students and members under 22. If you've never practiced a martial art before, we recommend the Tues/Thurs Basics classes, which teach falls and rolls, exercises, etiquette, and techniques that form the foundation of aikido practice.
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For more information, please call us: Palo Alto (650) 969-1731 or
S.F. (415) 275-0393.
EMAIL: Palo Alto or San Francisco [ dojo AT aikidocentersf.org ]