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5 Days Summer Intensive Aikido Seminar in Washington DC, USA

Intensive Aikido Seminar in DC, USA

Join Aikido Schools of Ueshiba in their summer intensive Aikido Seminar that takes place at the Catholic University in DC, where you will get instructions from Mitsugi Saotome Shihan himself and other ASU senior instructors. This is a rare opportunity for Aikido practitioners of any rank or affiliation to train under one of the few uchi-deshi of O-Sensei. This international event is a great opportunity to Aikido practitioners of all ranks and affiliations to make friends and train.


  • Training twice daily
  • Open mat session daily
  • Training with the founder of ASU daily
  • Focus on intensive training and connection to the next generation of instructors
  • Access to the food court on campus of Catholic University
  • 2 social events for bonding
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Aikido Shobukan Dojo is open to guests during seminars, see registration details for additional information. Please email for availability. You can also choose to stay on campus of Catholic University, where the seminar will take place, for an additional fee.Otherwise, you can choose from various other accommodation options, ranging from bed and breakfast to 5-star hotels. ASU has selected a few for your choice:


Double Tree by Hilton - Silver Spring (8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD)

Marriott Courtyard - Silver Spring (8506 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Sheraton - Silver Spring (8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD)

Bed and breakfasts:

Etta Mae Inn (703 New York Avenue, Takoma Park, MD)

Eden Park Guest House (7063 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD)

Aikido Schools of Ueshiba's Summer Intensive Aikido Seminar Program



Hosted by Aikido Shobukan Dojo, this special gasshuku (extended training) will focus on intensive training and the connection to the next generation of Aikido instructors. It is a special opportunity to learn from one of one of the founder’s most prominent students and talented masters of Aikido in the world as well as train with the next generation of instructors.

Training intensively together throughout the week will allow you to forge the bonds of friendship and continue to develop your martial skills. In this way, the caliber of both teacher and student will continue to grow, reinforcing the foundation for future and the future of Aikido.


  • Friday July 1:
  • 10:00 - 12:00: Saotome Messores
  • 12:30 - 13:30: ASU welcomes Dojo Chos (lunch provided)
  • 14:00 - 17:00: Weapons classes with ASU instructors (4 x 75 minutes), Ledyard (90 minutes)
  • 17:30 - 18:15: Open mat
  • 18:00 - 19:30: Gleason
  • Saturday July 2:
  • 10:00 - 12:00: Ledyard Saotome
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lunch (on your own)
  • 14:00 - 17:00: Weapons classes with ASU instructors (4 x 75 minutes), Whited (90 minutes)
  • 17:30 - 18:15: Open mat
  • 18:00 - 19:30: Gleason
  • After that: Happy hour (offsite)
  • Sunday July 3:
  • 10:00 - 12:00: Whited Saotome
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lunch (on your own)
  • 14:00 - 17:00: Weapons classes with ASU instructors (4 x 75 minutes), Messores (90 minutes)
  • 17:30 - 18:15: Open mat
  • 18:00 - 19:30: Gleason
  • Monday July 4:
  • 10:00 - 12:00: Messores Saotome
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lunch (on your own)
  • 14:00 - 16:00: Gleason
  • Night: Happy hour (offsite)
  • Tuesday July 5:
  • 9:00 - 12:00: Ledyard Whited Saotome
  • Close training
  • ASU Committee meetings




Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido has no competition. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skills, but rather improving one's character according to the rules of nature.

Features of Aikido

Aikido training is intended to promote physical and mental training, according to the proficiency level of each skill and repeatedly practice so anyone can practice. Aikido training is not only good for health, but also develops self-confidence naturally for daily life. The dojo is a ideal place to deepen the understanding of the human eye, to meet people regardless of age, sex, and occupation.

Aikido Worldwide

Sixty years have passed since the spread of Aikido overseas began. During this time, Aikido has become established in 130 countries. Aikido has taken root all over the world because it is recognized as a way to train the mind and body, and as such, its value extends beyond race and border. As a result of overseas promotion activities, in 1976, the International Aikido Federation (IAF) was established, the General Assembly of the Federation has been held every four years.

In 1984, the International Aikido Federation became official member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Voluntary activities by international organizations and leaders dispatched by Japan Government Foundation, Leaders dispatched by Senior Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Youth of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also become active. Aikido is expected internationally now as a new culture of humanity in the 21st century.

Aikikai Foundation

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, the Aikikai Foundation is the parent organization for the development and popularization of Aikido throughout the world.

Aikikai Aikido World Headquarters

  • Establishment of Aikido schools, publication of books and newspapers about Aikido (Japanese and English).
  • Establishment of branch dojos, dispatching of instructors to domestic and foreign regions and dojos management.
  • Organization of Aikido public demonstrations and workshops.
  • Other activities related to the dissemination of Aikido in general.

Other Organizations that promote and spread the development of Aikido

  • International Aikido Federation (IAF Established in 1976)
  • All-Japan Aikido Federation (Established in 1976)
  • Ministry of Defense Aikido Federation (Established in 1961)
  • National Student Aikido Federation (Established in 1961)
  • National High School Aikido Federation (Established in 2002)

Aikido Schools of Ueshiba Profile

For fifteen years until the Founder’s passing in 1969, Saotome Shihan lived as his personal disciple, studying under his guidance the practice and philosophy of Aikido. In 1975, Saotome Shihan left a highly respected position as a senior instructor at the World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo to come to the United States.

When asked why he made this decision, he replied, “I meditated on O Sensei’s (Great Teacher) spirit for three days and three nights and I felt it was his wish that I should go. This country is a great experiment, a melting pot of people from many different cultural backgrounds living together, the world condensed into one nation. The goal of Aikido and O Sensei’s dream is that all the peoples of the world live together as one family, in harmony with each other and with their environment. The United States has the opportunity to set a great example.”

Saotome Shihan founded the the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) as the membership organization that affiliates all of the Aikido dojos under the instruction of himself, Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, and their students. The name of the organization reflects a commitment to the vision of O Sensei and not the cultivation of a style or territory.Since its establishment, there have been over 1,000 black belts awarded to ranked members of ASU. ASU is affiliated with Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.


Mitsugi Saotome Shihan
Mitsugi Saotome Shihan is the Founder and supervisory instructor for more than 100 affiliated Dojos of the international Aikido Schools of Ueshiba association. Master Saotome has devoted his entire adult life to the study and teaching of Aikido. He began as a special apprentice with the Founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei (O Sensei) in 1955 and continued for 15 years until the Founder’s death in April of 1969. From 1960 until 1975 Master Saotome taught at the World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. During this period he was accorded many positions, honors and achievements.


Washington D.C.

Washington, DC is a wonderful place to visit and is a great opportunity to see the Nation’s Capital. Whether visiting museums, monuments, or the National Zoo, it is a great time for you and your family to enjoy time together. With its neoclassical government buildings and broad avenues, Washington, D.C. looks its part as America's capital. Majestic monuments and memorials pay tribute to notable leaders and great achievements, and merit a visit. But D.C. also lives firmly in the present, and not just politically; new restaurants and bars continually emerge, upping the hipness factor in neighborhoods from Capitol Hill.



  • Shopping nearby
  • Training area


  • Restaurant nearby


  • Convenience/ Grocery store nearby
  • Library nearby


If you choose to stay on campus of Catholic University, you have full access to the food court on camps. On the first day, lunch will be provided when the introduction of instructors will take place. You can choose from the selected below restaurants near the Takoma Park and the Aikido Shobukan Dojo:

Mark’s Kitchen

Republic - newly opened, part of the Black’s DC chain of restaurant

Busboys and Poets - newly opened in Takoma Park

Roscoe’s Neapolitan Pizzeria

Horace and Dickies - seafood and more

Kin Da Thai Sushi Restaurant - newly opened in Takoma Park

Other options are also available for various other tastes and budgets.

Things to do (optional)

The White House: 1600 Pennsylvania may be the best-known address in the U.S.

Memorials: The lives of soldiers, presidents, and political figures are commemorated

Museums: For every taste - whether you like spies, airplanes, history, or art. And they are all free

Globe-trotting cuisine: Diverse cultures support restaurants with authentic flavors

The Mall: Ground zero for museums, picnics, festivals, and performances

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Access to the food court on Catholic University campus
  • Open mat session daily
  • Social events for bonding among campers
  • Training twice daily

What's not included

  • Airfare travel
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Ronald Reagan National Aiport (DCA) and take a taxi to DuFour Center at Catholic University, 3606 John McCormack Drive NE, Washington, DC 20064

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