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Siskiyou Aikikai

Siskiyou Aikikai is a traditional dojo offering instruction in Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan, and the Feldenkrais Method®. It was established in 1983 by Darrell Bluhm and is affiliated with Birankai North America.   Chief Instructor Darrell Bluhm holds a degree of 7th dan (black belt) and Shihan (master instructor) certification in Aikido and is a member of the Birankai North America Senior Council. He is assisted in teaching by senior instructor Cindy Eggers (6th dan, Shidoin). Bluhm holds a teaching certificate from Master Choy Kam Man’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy of San Francisco. He began studying Tai Chi with Master Choy in 1971 and has taught Yang-style forms for over thirty years.

Bluhm began his study of Aikido at U.C. Santa Cruz in 1970. In 1981 he became a student of Kazuo Chiba, Shihan, and a founding member of San Diego Aikikai. Chiba Sensei, a direct student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, was the founder of Birankai International and Chief Instructor of San Diego Aikikai. (More information about our Aikido affiliations can be found online at A Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner CM since 1996, Bluhm offers private Functional Integration® lessons as well as Awareness Through Movement® lessons in a group class format.

A full schedule of ongoing classes is offered each week from Monday through Saturday. Siskiyou Aikikai hosts weekend seminars each year with various regional and local instructors, and members have access to many training seminars in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. and beyond.

Siskiyou Aikikai boasts a membership that is diverse, dedicated, and supportive. People of all ages and backgrounds train together in a spirit of cooperation, commitment to personal growth, and appreciation for each others’ gifts and challenges. We invite you to come with an open mind and heart, and join us on the path of Aiki, “mind harmonious with nature”.


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