ROY GOLDBERG

Goldberg Sensei receiving the Hi Ogi, the 3rd Scroll in the Daito Ryu transmission from Kiyama Shihan. — June, 2016

Goldberg Sensei receiving the Hi Ogi, the 3rd Scroll in the Daito Ryu transmission from Kiyama Shihan. — June, 2016

Roy Shingen Goldberg 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. When he received the Hiden Mokuroku, the first scroll of transmission in Daito Ryu, Goldberg Sensei was given the name "Shingen" by Yusuke Inoue the Kodo Kai Menkyo Kaiden. Goldberg Sensei was also awarded the rank of 7th Dan and certified with the rare "Kyoju Dairi" teaching license by the Menkyo Kaiden. In June, 2016 the Hombu Dojo presented him with the prestigious Hi Ogi, the 3rd scroll in the transmission of Daito Ryu Kodo Kai. He is the first and only non-Japanese to earn a 7th Dan and the third scroll from the Hombu Dojo in Kitami, Japan. 

To this day, he continues to train under his instructor Kiyama Shihan and he believes that, “in the martial arts, one teaches only to continue his own unfinished study.” Goldberg Sensei's goal is to preserve, protect and transmit Daito Ryu, the beautiful secret art and National Treasure of Japan, to pass it on to serious students, just as his teacher, Kiyama Shihan shared it with him.

Kiyama Shihan and Goldberg Sensei training at the Hombu Dojo in Kitami, Japan.

Kiyama Shihan and Goldberg Sensei training at the Hombu Dojo in Kitami, Japan.

Before becoming Kiyama Shihan’s student, Goldberg Sensei trained in Miyama Ryu Jujutsu under its originator Shinan Antonio Pereira for eleven years in the legendary Tremont Dojo in the Bronx. Miyama Ryu is an eclectic combat oriented system of Jujutsu based on Takenouchi Ryu, Sosuishitsu Ryu, Judo and Aikido. 

Goldberg Sensei has studied Aikido at the United States Federation Headquarters under the direction of Yamada Shihan and his senior students. Goldberg Sensei has also been fortunate to take classes with and touch leading Aikido instructors including Kisaburo Osawa, head instructor of the Aikikai in Japan, Gozo Shioda founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, Morihiro Saito of the Iwama Dojo, Kisshomaru Ueshiba Doshu as well as other direct students of O-Sensei.

Goldberg Sensei with Gozo Shioda, founder of Yoshinkan Aikido.

Goldberg Sensei with Gozo Shioda, founder of Yoshinkan Aikido.

Goldberg Sensei was an instructor for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Police Club, where he worked with NYPD Emergency Services Unit (ESU). He conducted quarterly seminars for members of U.S. Special Forces, including U.S.M.C. Force Recon, and members of the U.S. Army's Delta Force. In addition, Goldberg trained and instructed the Head of Security for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Currently, he trains members of Federal Law Enforcement from various agencies including agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Goldberg Sensei continues to study knowing that this path is the only one to follow. One of Kiyama Shihan's great lessons is:

"You have already walked through the door and there is no coming back, just Shugyo."—Kiyama Hayawo Shihan

Kiyama Shihan training with Goldberg Sensei

Kiyama Shihan training with Goldberg Sensei