Menu Close

About Us

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival DemonstrationAikido Silicon Valley consists of students dedicated to pursuing personal growth through the practice of this traditional Japanese martial art. As students of Aikido, we learn to maintain our emotional, spiritual and physical integrity in the face of potentially deadly attacks from one or more committed antagonists by skillfully employing the principles and techniques of Aikido to blend with and neutralize the attacks.

Aikido Silicon Valley is led by Dojo Cho David Yoshinaga, 5th degree black belt, Alice MacAllister Sensei, 5th degree black belt, Bill Witt Sensei, 8th degree black belt and Shihan (master instructor) and James Ashby Sensei, 5th degree black belt. Our lineage traces directly to Saito Morihiro Sensei and the founder of Aikido Ueshiba Morihei O-Sensei. The techniques practiced at Aikido Silicon Valley reflects the Aikido that was practiced by the Founder in Iwama, which continues on to this day.

Our student body consists of members who have been training with us for more than 10 years and have achieved ranks up to 5th degree black belt. Everyone is happy to share knowledge and help each other improve. The amount of experience available at Aikido Silicon Valley makes us a great environment for beginners as well as advanced students to progress along the path of Aikido.

Our practice is always conducted in a spirit of mutual support and cooperation with the shared goal of helping each other progress in the art. Typically, pairs of students take turns attacking and defending, adjusting the intensity of training to the level of the training partners. As you progress in the way of Aikido, you will find that you are more centered and better prepared physically, mentally, and spiritually to successfully engage with challenging situations both in the dojo and in your everyday life.

We are conveniently located in Sunnyvale and offer weekday evening and Saturday morning classes for youth and adult students.