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Zen Budokai Aiki-Jujitsu

Our System

Zen Budokai Aiki-Jujitsu is a complete, modern, self-defense system based on Japanese jujitsu. Our techniques include throws, joint locks, submission holds, strikes, ground defenses, and non-lethal control techniques. Our focus is on self-defense from a standing position, although much of what we teach can be made applicable to competition. We welcome both beginning martial artists and advanced students of other systems.


Our Classes

Classes are small, fun, and informal, with an emphasis on safety and mutual respect. We have a large curriculum with a variety of techniques, so there is always something new to learn. An unusual aspect of our system is that students help teach the ranks below them. We find that teaching is the best way to reinforce learning and foster the positive character traits necessary for development in the martial arts. 


Zen Budokai can also benefit experienced martial artists. Students of striking arts have used Zen Budokai to expand their repertoire to include chokes, throws and restraining holds. Students of competitive grappling arts have chosen Zen Budokai to practice grappling techniques that would be illegal in competition.

We do not accept students under the age of 14, except under special circumstances, and only when they are accompanied by an adult family member. (We recommend younger children study Judo as a good foundation for Zen Budokai, since the two share many techniques.) New students are welcome to drop-in on any class. If you do not have a uniform, sweats or other loose-fitting athletic clothing is ok.

Our Instructors

Zen Budokai is led by Professor Tim Delgman, 10th degree black belt. Tim is a San Francisco native and has been teaching and training in martial arts for over 50 years. Tim received the bulk of his jujitsu training from Master Professor Duke Moore, the founder of Zen Budokai, who promoted him to Soke (Head Master) of the system in 2004. Tim received a black belt in karate from John Pereira and a black belt in judo from Dr. Neil Laughlin. All of our other instructors are trained under Professor Delgman and have cross-trained in other martial arts. 


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