Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu 

DC/MD/VA Study Group

Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu

This is the authorized DC/MD/VA area Study Group for Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu under the instruction of Roy Goldberg Sensei and hosted by permission of Grandmaster Roberts at Kim Studio in Rockville, MD. 


The Study Group is free for students of Kim Studio and is open to non-Kim Studio students by appointment only for a $15 mat fee. Training is on most Saturdays from 8:00am to 9:30am, please contact us before attending. Goldberg Sensei visits Kim Studio several times a year to hold seminars that are generally open to the public. The Study Group leaders are John Sorensen and Marc Zifcak, who have both been training with Grandmaster Roberts since 1991 and with Goldberg Sensei since 1994. 

To request more information or permission to join the Study Group, please email daitoryudc@gmail.com or use the contact form below.

Follow us on Facebook or visit DaitoRyuAikijujutsu.net for seminar information and more about training in Daito Ryu. 


Roy Goldberg Sensei is one of the highest ranked Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu practitioners outside of Japan and the senior student of Hayawo Kiyama Shihan, the President and Chief Instructor of North American Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu Kodo Kai (NADRAKK).

Goldberg Sensei has trained over 3 decades with Kiyama Shihan and the leading Shihan from Japan including three Menkyo Kaiden. Goldberg Sensei has been awarded the rank of 7th Dan and certified with the rare teaching license Kyoju Dairi by the Menkyo Kaiden. He is the first and only non-Japanese to earn this rank from the Hombu Dojo in Kitami, Japan. 

Goldberg Sensei's goal is to share this beautiful art with anyone of good character who is dedicated to hard training with an open spirit, regardless of style or rank.

He has been visiting Kim Studio and training with its students through seminars since 1994. 

Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu is a 1,200-year-old samurai martial art and National Treasure of Japan. Its core principles focus on subtle manipulations of balance that can complement and enrich any martial arts training. Daito Ryu is not just a set of techniques, but a mindset that can transform budo practice.

It has directly influenced the development of many popular martial arts, such as Shorinji Kempo, Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, Hapkido, and most famously Aikido, whose founder Morihei Ueshiba trained extensively in Daito Ryu. 

Contact Us

Before attending Daito Ryu Study Group at Kim Studio, please contact us first using this form. Training is open to non-Kim Studio students for a $15 mat fee, but the training schedule sometimes changes dates.

 Kiyama Shihan, Goldberg Sensei, and Study Group leaders John Sorensen and Marc Zifcak. June 2016

Kiyama Shihan, Goldberg Sensei, and Study Group leaders John Sorensen and Marc Zifcak. June 2016

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