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San Francisco Aikikai LLC is a dojo providing personal instruction in the Japanese martial art of Aikido since its opening in February 1992, more than 30 years ago.
Aikido can be translated as "the Way of Unifying with the Life Force." Aikido techniques use the energy 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 Lauren Mallas, who began her Aikido training at San Francisco Aikikai in 1992 under the Chief Instructor at that time, Joel Posluns, 7th Dan, Shihan. Mallas Sensei obtained her black belt in January 1998. She currently holds the rank of 6th Dan and is a certified USAF instructor (Shidoin).


1625 Bush St., #5

San Francisco, CA 94109

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