San Francisco Aikikai is a dojo that has provided instruction in the Japanese martial art of Aikido since its opening in February 1992, more than 20 years ago.


Aikido can be roughly translated as "the Way of unifying with life energy". Aikido techniques use the force of the attacker in a conflict situation to create joint locks, throws, and pins as a means to overcome the conflict and bring it to an end without injuring the attacker.


Aikido was developed during the twentieth century by Morihei Ueshiba, known as OʼSensei (Great Teacher), and is a derivative of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu and OʼSenseiʼs studies of the short staff (jō), wooden sword (bokken), knife (tantō), and spear arts.



San Francisco Aikikai is a member dojo of the United States Aikido Federation under the direction of Yoshimitsu Yamada, 8th dan, New York Aikikai, and until his passing Mitsunari Kanai, 8th dan, New England Aikikai. Both Yamada Sensei and Kanai Sensei are direct students of OʼSensei.


The Chief Instructor of San Francisco Aikikai is Joseph Verville Sensei. Sensei Verville began his Aikido training at San Francisco Aikikai in 1993 under the then Chief Instructor Joel Posluns, 6th dan, Shihan. Sensei Verville obtained his black belt in January 1999. He currently holds the rank of 5th dan and is a certified USAF instructor (Shidoin).

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