San Francisco Zen Budokai Aiki Jujitsu

Zen Budokai combines traditional Japanese Jujitsu, Judo and Karate into a complete self defense system including throws, joint locks, submission holds, strikes, ground defenses, and police control techniques. We are oriented towards self-defense (not competition) with small, supportive classes and no hype. It is great for both beginners and advanced students and complements many other martial arts. It also is great self-defense for women.

What Makes SF Zen Budokai Different

San Francisco Zen Budokai has a lot of things going for it. Our instructors are above all else, great teachers. Many of them, and indeed many of our students are degreed martial artists in other arts. This brings a lot of different influences and viewpoints to the instruction, which makes our practice both realistic and interesting.

This isn't a rigid or boring class; we have a lot of fun here, and we promote an environment of safety and mutual respect. In addition, our membership has grown mostly by word-of-mouth, so the class sizes are (intentionally) small and the quality of both instructors and students is excellent.

Philosophy and Influences

This is a short section on the origins of Zen Budokai, excerpted from the document 20th Century Ju-Jitsu, By Russ St. Hilaire.


Professor Tim Delgman, 9th Degree
Sensei Tim Lichtenwald, 5th Degree
Sensei Doug Haight, 7th Degree
Sensei JT Taylor, 5th Degree
Sensei Bill Anderson, 5th Degree
Sensei Nader (Ned) Shatara, 5th Degree
Sensei Clint Lemay, 4th Degree
Sensei Alex Perieff, 3rd Degree
Sensei Irving Lee, 4th Degree
Sensei Marcel Giraud, 4th Degree
Sensei Ross Bernheim, 2nd Degree
Sensei Scott Moresi, 3rd Degree
Sensei Manuel Polanco, 2nd Degree
Sensei Thomas Burkholder, 1st Degree
Sensei Ryan Lee, 1st Degree
Sensei Gregory Perieff, 1st Degree
Sensei Antaeus D Schumpert, 1st Degree
Sensei Hamlet Abaya, 1st Degree


Head Instructor: Professor Tim Delgman, 925-687-6520
Dojo: (415) 864-4827. Leave message or call during practice hours.
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We share a dojo with the Academy of Tae Kwon Do at:
988 Oak Street
San Francisco CA, 94117
(415) 864-4827


Wednesday and Friday evenings, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Fees are a flat rate of $125/month for unlimited classes.
Drop-in mat fee is $10
Ask about our introductory special.


Technical terms from jujitsu, judo, karate, and aikido defined and explained. Work in Progress.


The complete Zen Budokai Aiki Ju Jitsu syllabus of techniques, by board and by rank. Over time, each technique will acquire it's own page of step-by-step instructions and possibly videos as well.


Thanks to these people for their help with putting together the website.

Zen Budokai Links

Stanford's Zen Budokai page Lots of good information, including a reasonably complete tree of instructors and students.
Sensei St. Hilaire's Kobukai Ju-jitsu (Hartford, Connecticut)
Zen Budokai South, contact Marcel at or phone 949-701-1856
20th Century Jujutsu I found this page to be particularly informative. It is reproduced here by permission of the author. The origins of Zen Budokai are explained in the last section.
LWC Books "Your Source For Action Books"
Academy of Taekwondo - we share a dojo with this school which has provided excellent training in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo since 1979.