David Goldberg is the Chief Instructor of the dojo. In his youth, Goldberg Sensei trained in the arts of Okinowan Kenpo (a very effective and classical style self-defense oriented Japanese Karate) and Tae Kwon Do (a Korean style of Karate developed for the military. In its origin developed primarily for the use of kicking enemies while protecting a weapon such as a rifle or sword.)
After college, Sensei continued his training in the martial arts. In1983, he found Aikido, and has been training ever since. He currently holds the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt).
He began his training in the Kokikai organization with Michael Wirth Sensei under the direct auspices of Shugi Maruyama Shihan, and graded to the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt). He then studied under Fumio Toyoda Shihan for one year.
Since 1993, he has studied under Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, founder of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) organization. As a direct disciple of Moriehi Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, Saotome Shihan is reknowned throughout the world of Aikido and martial arts. In June 2013 Saotome Shihan awarded David Goldberg Sensei the Ueshiba Juku deignation. This designation recognizes that the recipient has shown exceptional loyalty and leadership within the art, to transmitting the teachings of O’Sensei and is a true inheritor of the teachings of O-Sensei.
Goldberg sensei received his Sandan (3rd degree black belt) from Saotome Shihan directly in 1995, his Yondan (4th degree black belt) in 2001 and Godan in 2008. Goldberg Sensei continues to study actively under Saotome Shihan and his senior instructors. Goldberg Sensei has also traveled to Hombu Dojo, the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to train with Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, the head of the living Aikido lineage.
Sensei leads lively classes, deeply rooted in Aikido principles, with focus on martial awareness. In every class he teaches, he brings a blend of martially effective and spiritually lively training. Goldberg Sensei hopes to help each student find their own ‘dependable calmness.’
Goldberg Sensei is an artist by trade. An accomplished professional Japanese style sword maker, he has been making knives and swords since 1987 and became a full-time maker in 1995 solely focused on Japanese weaponry. You can see his work at: www.goldmountainforge.com