​Senshin Center • 6396 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117 • senshinone@gmail.com •  805-708-5246​

Senshin Center

The Martial Way

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Welcome to Senshin Center

At Senshin Center, one does not merely learn a martial art.  One practices a Martial Way, a Budo.  Budo is a centuries-old psycho-physiological system of thought and practice that works to bring the virtues of wellness, spiritual maturity, fear reconciliation, and harmony to one’s life.  

 

At Senshin Center, training sessions being held multiple times a day every day of the week supports one’s practice.  Additionally, traditional and scientifically proven techniques in metabolic health, sleep hygiene, strength conditioning and fitness, and worldview are made an integral part of training.  The dojo also has a fully equipped free-weight gym on its premises and body conditioning, meditation, weapons training (both traditional and modern), and community service will round out one’s practice. 

 

At Senshin Center, we take advantage of the rare combination of factors that can be found in our dojocho, David M. Valadez Sensei.  Valadez Sensei has been training devoutly in the martial arts for nearly forty years.  He has done discipleships under four different internationally recognized Master Teachers.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctorate studies in Religious Studies with an emphasis in The History of Japanese Religious Culture at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is a sworn officer for a local Law Enforcement agency, holding state instructor certifications in Arrest and Control and Firearms, among others.  Budo, and Aikido, as they are practiced at Senshin Center, are done correctly, precisely, and authentically, consistent with both historical precedent and with lessons learned on violence and on the needs of the Self derived from the modern street.

 

Senshin Center is an independent dojo seeking to honor the teachings of Budo and Osensei, the Founder of Aikido. If you want to learn more than just a martial art, please contact us for additional information, and please visit us on Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud/iTunes (links found on this website).

What is Aikido

In Japanese, “Aikido” means “The Way of Communion with the Forces and Principles of the Universe.”  Aikido, a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, is a derivative of “Budo,” which translates as, “The Way of Martial Arts.”  As such, Aikido is a path for self-cultivation wherein the keen edge of martial arts training is used as a means for overall personal development.  Aikido is an art that will bring strength and conditioning to your entire body.  Aikido trains the individual towards possessing balance and harmony in the face of extreme situations.  Aikido works to purify the Self and to develop coordination between mind, body, and spirit. 

"YOU HAVE TO SEE THROUGH THINGS, TO THE FUTILITY OF EXCESS, EXAGGERATION, AND FLAMBOYANCY, TO THE WEAKNESS IN SOCIAL ADORATION AND TO THE HEART OF A DOPAMINE ADDICTION CYCLE THAT WORKS THROUGH THESE BEHAVIORS. ONLY THEN, WILL SIMPLICITY, SILENCE, AND STILLNESS BECOME POWERFUL AND SACRED FOR YOU."

--DAVID M. VALADEZ, SENSHIN CENTER, DOJOCHO