Welcome to Sunset Cliffs Aikido

San Diego's Premier Iwama Aikido Dojo since 1984

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Sunset Cliffs Aikido is home to Head Instructor Bernice Tom Sensei (7th Dan, Shidoin, Board Member of the Takemusu Aikido Association), a direct disciple of Morihiro Saito Shihan, who trained closely with the founder, Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei.

Well known for its close affiliation with Morihiro Saito Shihan, the Founder's closest disciple, Sunset Cliffs Aikido served host to Saito Shihan for many years, and was the filming location for much of the important historical footage of the late master.

A world-class Aikido training facility affiliated with the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Aikido World Headquarters; Sunset Cliffs Aikido is a top destination for Aikidoists across the globe. Today SCA continues disseminating the teachings of the Founder as handed down by Morihiro Saito Shihan.

I choose to train at Sunset Cliffs Aikido because it is a close community of people learning to create harmony and peace in their own lives and the lives of others through this amazing practice that fully engages body, mind and spirit. This dojo has personal ties to the founder’s own personal residence and dojo in Japan, which gives a wonderful history and perspective and wealth of technical detail and feeling of the art - a great treasure that is shared in dojo practice.
— B.T.
I train at Sunset Cliffs Aikido, because of the very high standard of teaching the attention to
safe training, and the friendly and supportive atmosphere.
— R.P.


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