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For those of you who are new to this website, Pat Hendricks and her dojo have a 30-year history with Iwama and Saito Sensei. Hendricks Sensei has been Uchi-deshi to Saito Sensei 25 times and continues to carry on his teachings. In the spirit of Aikido, all styles and affiliations are welcome at Aikido of San Leandro.

Pat Hendricks Sensei heads Division 1 of the California Aikido Association

Download descriptions of our training programs for kids and adults here:

Protect Your Kids When They're Alone (Adobe Acrobat format)

Train Like a Samurai (Adobe Acrobat format)



The San Leandro Aikido dojo has a very interesting history. Since the 1950’s it’s been a Judo dojo, a Kajukempo dojo, a Tae Kwon Do dojo, and, finally, since June of 1984 it’s been our Aikido dojo.

The first sensei ever to teach martial arts in this location, a Judo sensei, was coincidentally named Saito sensei.

The night that Bruce Lee passed away, his brother came here, which was then a Kajukenbo dojo, to find solace and support. He sat right where our Shomen stands today and talked late into the night with a number of martial arts teachers.

In 1983, Bruce Klicktein sensei (of the Oakland Aikido Institute dojo) recommended me to August O’Neil Sifu. August hired me to teach Aikido here. At that time, we laid the mat that we still use today. August O’Neil sifu moved on in early 1984. I signed the lease to run the dojo in June of 1984. We went for 6 months with no water, no toilet, and no electricity. We built the dojo from scratch. 20 years later, with a newly laid mat cover, we estimate that 10,000 people have practiced here,100 seminars have been held, 2 million tai no henko’s have been performed, and 6, 000 fire ceremonies.

In the end, a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and energy have gone into this now special place where people from all over the world come to train and experience O’Sensei’s spirit.



Monday 6:30 - 7:30 am
Yoga 5-6 pm
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Morning Class

Tuesday 6:15 - 7:15 am
5:00 - 6:00 pm
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Morning Class
Children (6-12 years)
Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 pm
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Juniors (11-14 years)

6:30 - 7:30 am
5:00 - 6:00 pm
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Morning Class
Children (6-12 years)
Friday 6:30 - 7:30 am
5:00 - 6:00 pm
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Morning Class
Children (8-14 years)
Saturday 9:30- 10:00am
10:00 - 11:30 am
Test Format (Teens and Up)
Sunday 8:00 - 9:30 am Informal Training



Registration -- includes a student handbook, a uniform, a t-shirt and free copies of 6th and 5th Kyu training DVDs.


Juniors (8-14)
Children (6-7)
Children (3-6 Saturday only)
Single Class Mat Fee
$ 20
starting at $25
Instructional DVDs
(see Dojo Store)
Jo and Bokken Set
(see Dojo Store)

As a traditional school, all students are welcomed and expected to personally develop a teacher-student relationship with Sensei and the Dojo community. Registering students (and beginners) may come and train in an unlimited number of classes and are never excluded from training sessions. Sensei commits herself to cultivating each student's development, personally. It is through this relationship that the deeper understandings of Aikido are transmitted.

Becoming a student is made easy through three options, depending on your needs and abilities:

* Month-to-Month relationship: Pay the regular registration and monthly dues (1st and ending months of a given training session)
* 6-month relationship: Pay a registration fee reduced by $40. The uniform fee is waved ($100 savings)
* 1-year relationship: Pay a registration fee reduced by $40. You recieve a free weapons set plus 1 free month of training ($300 savings).

All dues, PRI charges, registration and fees are non refundable.


Children's RankFee

Purple (7th kyu)


Yellow (6th kyu)


Orange (5th kyu)


Blue (4th kyu)


Green (3rd kyu)


Brown (2nd kyu)


Red (1st kyu)


Junior Black


Adult RankFee

6th kyu


5th kyu


4th kyu


3rd kyu


2nd kyu


1st kyu












We are not responsible for students who do not actively inform us about removal from PRI. The customer is solely responsible to contact us in writing via U.S. Mail with a valid signature of the primary contact of the account, account name and a reason for cancellation. This must be received two weeks before the next charge is made. Charges are made on the first of every month. The customer shall receive confirmation in writing that we have cancelled their PRI.



Kenkyusei/Sotodeshi/Uchi-deshi program.
This is a special research program for those interested in intensifying your understanding, training and teaching of Aikido


Opportunity to live at Sensei’s house and train intensively while having the flexibility to work or study outside of the dojo. Soto Deshi would be expected to attend the majority of classes and help out when needed at the dojo and home. In return, they receive a reduced rent and training fee.



For Nidan and above, an opportunity to deepen your understanding of Aikido principles and techniques. This is ideal for Deshi that have a limited amount of time to devote to training. The stay would be approximately 1 month with special attention from Sensei directed at the areas that need improvement.



Uchi no deshi
A Japanese term meaning a personal student of the dojo Sensei. One who lives and trains in the dojo, totally immersing him/herself in "The Way".


The dojo is the first priority. A person applying for uchi deshi status should understand that this commitment is not to be taken lightly. Although the rewards for one who totally immerses her/himself in Aikido training are great, the hardship of uchi deshi life can also be great. Everything is training. Living conditions are austere. The demands for the care and cleaning of the dojo and attention to the needs and wishes of the Sensei are unrelenting. Training is top priority in the life of an uchi deshi. This training is not only more demanding than that asked of the dojo members at large, but more frequent. For these reasons, one should consider very carefully before commiting to a period of study as an uchi deshi. Make sure you read and understand the uchideshi policies! If you would like to submit an application, click here to download the application and submit it to Sensei.


To apply as uchideshi, a letter of recommendation from the current teacher is required.

Living Arrangements and Costs

A space above the mat area is provided as sleeping quarters for the uchi deshi for a minimal rent. This personal space is to be maintained in an orderly fashion at all times. The deshi is expected to pay a monthly training fee. All of Sensei’s seminars are free of charge unless someone else is teaching.

Uchideshi Dues

Uchi deshi fee structure
Registration = $100
Monthly rent/dues =$500
1 weeks = $250
2 weeks = $300
3 weeks to one month = $500
1 night training and crash on the mat = $40; additional overnights up to
one week = $30

Departing gift (Orei) for kamisama
less than or equal to one month $50.00
more than one and less than five months $100.00
more than five months $200.00

Be sure to leave a basket of fruit at the shomen before your last class. The Uchi deshi will allow it to remain for one day before they take it and prepare some for Sensei.


DAN TEST REQUIREMENTS (Download Printable Version in Adobe Acrobat format)

Dan Test  Requirements


SHODAN (Minimum of 1 year consistent training [5 days a week] since obtaining ikkyu)




Ikkyo-Yonkyo                           Shomenuchi/Yokomenuchi

Gokyo                                       Yokomenuchi

Kokyu Dosa                              3 variations




Shihonage:                                Katatedori                                 Iriminage:          Tsuki

                                                Ryotedori                                                          Shomenuchi


Kaitennage:                               Katatedori                                 Ushiro:              Ryotedori (2)

                                                Tsuki                                                                Katadori (2)

                                                Shomenuchi                                                      Hijidori (1)


Kotegaeshi:                               Tsuki





Ikkyu-Yonkyo:  any attack                                             Kaitennage:                   Katatedori


Kotegaeshi:                               Tsuki                                                                Shomenuchi


                                                Yokomenuchi                            Iriminage:          Shomenuchi (5)

                                                Ushiro                                                              Katatedori (3)

                                                Gyakutedori                                                      Katamenuchi (3)




Shihonage:                                Katatedori


                                                Yokomenuchi                            Jujigarami:         Munadori

                                                Shomenuchi                                                      Ushiro

                                                Tsuki                                                                Katamenuchi


                                                Ushiro                                      Tenshinage:       Ryotedori

                                                4 directions

                                                                                                Koshinage:        Katatedori

Ushiro:                                      Ushiro Katatedori (3)                                         Katadori

                                                Ushiro Katadori (3+ variations)                          Morotedori (3)

                                                Kubishime                                                         Tsuki

                                                Any Ushiro Kata (te) in motion                          Shomenuchi



Morotedori:                               variations




Bokken:                                    5 Tachidori              Jo:  5 Jodori 5 Ken Tai Jo

                                                5 Kumitachi                  5 Kumijo


Tanto:                                       Tsuki-any                      Shomenuchi-any

                                                Yokomenuchi-any         Slash/Front/Back-any





                                                One person free style/3 person attack


NIDAN (Minimum of 2 year consistent training [5 days a week] since obtaining shodan)




                                                Ikkyo-Gokkyo:   any grab or attack


HANMI HANDDACHI (ki no nagare possible)


                        Shihonage:        Katatedori                                 Iriminage:          Tsuki

                                                Ryotedori                                                          Shomenuchi


                        Kaitennage:       Katatedori                                 Ushiro:              Ryotedori (2)

                                                Tsuki                                                                Katadori (2)

                                                Shomenuchi                                                      Hijidori (1)


                        Kotegaeshi:       Tsuki                                        variations (5)






                        basic techniques (demonstrate a variety)


                        techniques from any requested attack


                        demonstrate both kihon and ki no nagare




                        4 counters from:                        Ikkyo







                        Tachidori:                                  demonstrate 5 techniques


                        Jodori                                       demonstrate 5 techniques


                        Tanto:                                       demonstrate 5 techniques


                        Partnerpractices:                       Kumitachi-all


                                                                        Ken Tai Jo-all




                        Opportunity for examinee to demonstrate additional weapons work, body arts...




                        One person free style




                        3 person multiple attack-directed by examiners


                        Note: Examinee may choose primary uke to begin, and can expect the examiners to change ukes during the course of the examination.


SANDAN (Minimum of 3 year consistent training [5 days a week] since obtaining nidan)




                                 Ikkyo-Gokkyo                  any grab or attack-all ki no nagare




                                 all previous basic techniques-ki no nagare and jiyuwaza




                                 progressions from all basic techniques


                                 be able to show 5 ki no nagare techniques from any grab or attack




                                 any henka from any basic technique




                                 5 counters from:               Ikkyo










                                Tachidori:  5 from tsuki and 5 from shomen (live sword)


                                 Jodori:                              5 techniques-alternate tsukikamae and

                                                                              kenkamae as well as left and right hanmi


                                 Tanto:                              variations with live blade-any attack


                                 Partnerpractices:              Kumitachi-all with variations

                                                                        Kumijo-all with variations

                                                                        Ken Tai Jo-all with variations




                                 Pick any area to show creativity




                                 One person-demonstrate two-three defenses from each of two-four attacks



                                 4 person multiple attack-weapons included




                        Prior to the test, submit a short writing about an Aikido-related subject from your personal perspective


KYU TEST REQUIREMENTS (Download Printable Version in Adobe Acrobat format)

                                                    6th Kyu (20 training days)


                        Tae no henko

                        Tae no henko ki no nagare

                        Morote dori kokyu ho

                        Shomen uchi ikkyo omote waza

                        Shomen uchi ikkyo ura waza

                        Munetsuki kotegaeshi

                        Kokyu dosa


                                                    5th Kyu (20 training days after 6th kyu)


                        Tae no henko

                        Tae no henko ki no nagare

                        Morote dori kokyu ho

                        Shomen uchi ikkyo (omote & ura waza)

                        Katate dori shihonage (omote & ura waza)

                        Kata dori nikkyo (omote & ura waza)

                        Munetsuki kotegaeshi

                        Variations:            (5) from katate dori   ikkyo omote waza

                                                                                    nikkyo ura waza

                                                                                    shihonage omote and ura waza


                        Weapons:              1-7 bokken suburi

                                                    1-5 jo suburi


                                                    4th Kyu (60 training days after 5th kyu)


                        Shomen uchi         ikkyo, nikkyo, sankyo (omote & ura waza)

                        Ikkyo:                   katate dori omote waza;

                                                    Munetsuki; ryote dori ura waza

                        Shihonage:            katate dori omote & ura waza; yokomen uchi

                        Kotegaeshi:           munetsuki; gyakute tori; shomen uchi

                        Iriminage:              shomen uchi; katate dori

                        Kokyunage:           katate dori; gyakute tori; morote dori

                        Variations:            (5) from ryote dori     ikkyo omote waza

                                                                                    nikkyo ura waza

                                                                                    shihonage omote and ura waza


                        Weapons:              happo giri

                                                    migi no awase

                                                    hidari no awase

                                                    go no awase

                                                    shichi no awase

                                                    31 jo kata

                                                    1-10 jo suburi




                                                    3rd Kyu (80 training days after 4th kyu)


                        Shomen uchi         ikkyo, nikkyo, sankyo, yonkyo (omote & ura waza)

                        Ikkyo:                   katate dori omote waza; ryote dori ura waza

                                                    munetsuki; ushiro

                        Shihonage:            katate dori (omote & ura waza);

                                                    yokomen uchi; shomen uchi

                        Iriminage:              shomen uchi; katate dori

                        Kotegaeshi:           katate dori; munetsuki; gyakute tori; shomen uchi

                        Koshinage:            katate dori; munetsuki; ryote dori; ushiro

                        Kokyunage:           katate dori; gyakute tori; morote dori

                        Ushiro:                  (2) from each – ryote dori; ryokata dori; kubishime

                        Weapons:              ichi no kumitachi

                                                    ki musubi no tachi

                                                    1-20 jo suburi

                                                    13 jo kata


                                                    2nd Kyu (120 training days after 3rd kyu & 6 months)


                        Suwari waza:        shomen uchi ikkyo – yonkyo (omote & ura waza)

                        Tachi waza:          (any attack) ikkyo – yonkyo (omote & ura waza)

                        Kotegaeshi:           (5) from any attack

                        Shihonage:            yokomen uchi; shomen uchi; any grab

                        Iriminage:              shomen uchi; (3) katate dori, (3) kata dori

                        Tenchinage:          ryote dori

                        Kaiten nage:

Yoga for Every Body!

yogaclassTaught by Kay Zimmerman

This is a community yoga class for anybody who wants to experience the many positive benefits of yoga. This class will provide you with a chance to be more fully in your body as you move and stretch in a way that is aligned to your body's individual needs. Kay's teaching style comes mainly from an Anusara YogaŽ background, which focuses on opening your heart, embracing the joy of being alive and developing a strong awareness of proper alignment. Come prepared to awaken your muscles - and your heart - as we support each other in a gentle, yet invigorating, all-levels yoga class.

Kay has been practicing yoga for over ten years. Kay is constantly amazed by the healing effects of yoga, on both physical and emotional levels. She is committed to making yoga accessible to people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Kay has been a high school English teacher for many years and is currently in the process of working toward becoming a certified yoga teacher. She strives to always teach from a place of humility, gratitude and love.

You can reach Kay at (510) 541-5808 or mama2jonah@gmail.com.

Mondays, 5-6pm. Classes begin on April 9th. Class fees: $12 drop-in, $100 for a 10-class pass; $7 for students/seniors, $60 for a 10-class pass. Cash or check only. Free for dojo members.