David Goldberg is an instructor in the dojo. In his youth, he 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 receving his associates degree in college, he began training in the martial arts. In1983, he found Aikido.
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 received his Sandan from Saotome Shihan directly in 1995, his Yondan in 2001 and Godan in 2008.
Sensei leads lively classes, rooted in Aikido principles, with focus on martial awareness. In every class he teaches, he brings effective and lively training.