Boys and Girls Clubs of San DieguitonPolster Branch – Carmel Valley

3800-A Mykonos Lane - San Diego, CA 92130


AIKI-KIDS (age 5-9 recommended)

Children in this age group learn best when they are having fun, and this group has a lot of fun! Much of the class time is spent in games that have been carefully developed to allow kids to learn self-discipline, respect for others, control of their own body and awareness of what is going on around them. The class environment is positive, encouraging and inclusive. Students are urged, through positive reinforcement, to continually improve. Students are introduced to fundamentals of Aikido: proper and safe Ukemi (falling techniques); the Kihon Dosa (Basic Movements); after progressing through several belt levels they begin to learn the Kihon Waza (Basic Techniques). The grading system gives all children a way for achieving a Kid’s Black Belt in Aikido.

AIKI-YOUTH (age 10-15 recommended)

The class strongly challenges these children to develop their body strength, balance and endurance while strengthening their mental focus and enlarging their awareness of themselves and others. Some of the ways we teach this include: learning proper Aikido etiquette, proper conflict resolution, understanding and compassion. The youth in this group explore the fundamentals of Aikido: proper and safe Ukemi (falling techniques); the Kihon Dosa (Basic Movements); and the Kihon Waza (Basic Techniques), buki techniques (wood weapons) and the challenging freestyle with multiple attackers. Over time and with regular attendance, your child will learn self-discipline, self-defense, increased mental clarity with a positive and respectful attitude. Aiki-Youth students also enjoy parties and bonding time with their aiki-friends.

ADULT CLASSES (16-70+ recommended)

Aikido Del Mar is committed to the teaching of Budo or martial way. Its holistic approach to traditional Yoshinkan aikido training stresses strong posture, constant repetition of basic movements and techniques specifically designed to develop perfect balance, body center line, focus of power and breath power, while timing and speed are added to achieve extremely powerful techniques with zero strength. In the adult class, we spend majority of the time studying the foundational details such as the basic movements, ukemis, and various body awareness exercises to progress our understanding of aikido. Students are asked to let go of aggression within their own bodies and shedding egoic energy in order to learn the true spirit of aiki. Adult students are also introduced to the use of bokken (wooden training sword), jo (staff) and tanto (knife) in their training for further body awareness and ki awareness developments. The adult class follows the yearly International Yoshinkan Aikido test syllabus. n

ADVANCED TRAINING (brown/black+)

In the brown belt and black belt advance training classes, we emphasis development of a strong spirit in order to allows the vital energy of ki to flow at will in the body. At the same time students deepen their understanding of the mind/body/spirit integration of aikido as the founder intended. Aikido must be practiced with an open mind in a spirit of compassion and respect for each other. It is only when the body, mind and heart become one and in harmony that the technique is truly expressed. This class allows higher-level training and a chance to explore the depth of this Art of Peace. Students come to a deeper understanding of how techniques work. This often requires students to give up old habits including the habit of using strength to “make” a technique work. In this class, we explore joy and freedom experienced when techniques are done in the true spirit of aiki that requires no egoic energy and forceful actions. This type of training is also a doorway for individuals seeking Enlightenment.


Monthly fee entitles you to unlimited classes and special events. You can come as often or as little as you like. Each student is required to purchase a "New Student Package" including uniform and booklet. Belt testing requires an additional fee only when one is invited to test. Families will be notified of belt test eligibility and fee prior to testing. Family discounts available for multiple practitioners from the same household.
  • Age 5-9 Recommended
  • Tuesday 6:30-7:15pm
  • Thursday 6:30-7:15pm
  • Saturday 11-11:45am
  • ($80/month unlimited)
  • Age 10-15 Recommended
  • Tuesday 7:15-8:00pm
  • Thursday 7:15-8:00pm
  • Saturday 11:45-12:30pm
  • $80/month unlimited
  • Age 16-70+ Recommended
  • Tuesday 8:00-9:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday 12:30-2:00pm
  • $105/month unlimited

New Student Package

Each student is required to purchase a new student package for $30 one time fee including: 

  1. lightweight uniform 
  2. introduction booklet

Test Fees

Each student will be invited to test upon instructor's approval. 

  • Yellow-Black KIDS $25/test
  • Yellow-Brown YOUTH $25/test
  • 9th Kyu-4th Kyu ADULTS $25/test

Higher level testing fees vary depending on Yoshinkan Hombu requirements.

Advance Training Fee

For brown belt and black belt intensive classes only. 

  • $20/session
  • $35/private class

Vistor Mat Fee

If you are visiting us to try out a class, please come for free. For aikidoda visiting the area, we recommend the following donation:

  • $15 for Saturday Class
  • $10 for Weekday Class
  • $30 Weekly Pass

Family Class & Seminars

  • Monthly Family Class - FREE!
  • Monthly Aiki-Restore - FREE!
  • Payet Seminars - $300/weekend
  • Utada Seminars - $300/weekend
Aslıhan Buner KanarMarketing Executive
It’s an incredibly safe environment to learn and practice Aikido. I feel lucky to meet Sensei Flo, Sensei Kevin, Sensei Joe and others. What I really enjoy about this dojo is that I feel good regardless if I can perform the flow or not. They are a firm believer in life long learning and I always feel good about myself leaving the class.
Olga Freedman TalkovskyPhotographer
We love this program! My almost 10 years old son does Kids and Youth class for the last 2.5 years, it is his most favorite of (many) activities that he did. My husband and my teen are in Adult program, also love it. Became more than a class, also social group, extended family almost. Developed tremendously, and not just in the physical sense. Great group of people of all ages, everyone helps each other. Definitely recommend, and love it!
Roman SolonyyNew York Aikido Instructor
Aikido Del Mar is a great dojo with experienced and caring instructors. They strive to share their knowledge and skills with their students. Students at the dojo are very kind people and it is a pleasure practicing aikido with them. I strongly recommend everyone interested in aikido training come to Aikido Del Mar for interesting and good quality instructions.