Aikido of Pacifica
What is Aikido? Schedule of Classes Handbooks Teacher Lineage Shintaikido of Pacifica Ki-Works
Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei
"I want considerate people to listen to the voice of Aikido.
It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind."
Aikido of Pacifica 650-296-2156 Private instruction available
Sensei Dave Bendigkeit
would like to express his sincere gratitude to
Patricia Hendricks Shihan
for allowing him to teach Aikido at Shintaikido of Pacifica
in the form that he deems appropriate.
"Patricia Hendricks Shihan has put her blessing
on my teaching this Aikido class as I choose because
as she said: 'it will come from a place of integrity'."
- Sensei Dave Bendigkeit
AIKIDO means the "Way of Harmony with the Spirit." It is a martial art that teaches one to blend with and use the force of the attacker to control him. Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. O-Sensei was a visionary who created an art which embodied a philosophy of protection for all beings. This included even those who would do us harm. True Japanese Budo, Aikido training helps the student to understand the roots of the martial spirit and to perform the most difficult techniques in the martial arts… those involving getting out of harm’s way and protecting your attacker. The unification of mind, body, and spirit creates a clarity and calmness which transfers to daily life. As Patricia Hendricks Shihan says, Aikido is a philosophy with physical expression.
In answer to many requests over the years, Sensei Dave Bendigkeit is very happy to be able to offer these classes in Aikido. He began his training in Aikido in 1967 with Robert Nadeau Shihan at the Mountain View Aiki Kai, and trained throughout the succeeding years, finally becoming a student of Patricia Hendricks Shihan at Aikido of San Leandro and receiving his Black Belt. Hendricks Shihan helped greatly in giving Sensei Dave a firm grasp of the concept of basic to advanced flow of technique. He will be passing on this approach to his students.
It is perhaps important to some potential students to understand that this Aikido class does NOT include rank or rank testing.
We participate in Aikido as a practice without a goal of titles and rank.
“I’m so proud of your accomplishments in all your arts. You are an inspiration."
Patricia Hendricks Shihan - Shichidan - Aikido
“Sensei Dave has a heart of GOLD that is true and sincere - a quality that I respect the most.”
Grandmaster Ming Lum - Sil Lum Fut Ga - Hawaii
“Sensei Dave Bendigkeit is a true martial artist.
He is willing to learn from anyone who will teach and teach anyone who is willing to learn.”
Grand Master Bob Maschmeier - 9th Degree Black Belt - Kajukenbo
“Sensei Dave Bendigkeit carries a genuine knowledge of martial arts
through his teachings and respect for others.”
Sifu Andy Ching - Sil Lum Fut Ga – Hawaii
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Links to Sensei's Teachers' Dojos
Robert Nadeau Shihan - My first Aikido teacher - City Aikido in San Francisco
Patricia Hendricks Shihan - My present Aikido teacher - Aikido of San Leandro
California Aikido Association
Aikido Journal Website
Aikido Handbook Glossary
O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
Morihiro Saito Sensei Robert Nadeau Shihan My first Aikido Sensei
Patricia Hendricks Shihan
Dave Bendigkeit Sensei
In 1967, Sensei Dave Bendigkeit, began his training in the martial art of Aikido with Robert Nadeau Shihan. Since then he has earned a 8th Degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo under Grand Master Bob Maschmeier, a Shodan in Aikido with Patricia Hendricks Shihan, and is the founder (Kaiso) of Shintaikido. He is certified as a teacher of Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Gung. He has also trained in Sil Lum Fut Ga (Kung Fu) with Sifu Andy Ching, in knife fighting with Guru Cliff Stewart and Kuk Sa Nim Michael DeAlba, and in Jujitsu and Judo with Dr. Tony Scuderi.
He has taught at numerous seminars, including at Aikido of San Leandro, the San Jose Gasshuku, Danzan Ryu Camp in Santa Cruz, Jujitsu America Convention in Washington D.C. and at various dojos throughout the San Francisco bay area. He is the founder of Ki-Works, a system of energy training for people from all walks of life. He is certified as a practitioner of Medical Massage, Okazaki Massage Therapy and G-Jo Acupressure Therapy. Sensei’s goal has been to continue expanding the scope of his own art and help to unite different martial arts in the spirit of friendship and sharing.
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By David Bendigkeit
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