Aikido Seminar

Aikido Seminar with William Gleason Shihan

Sponsored by Michigan Tech Recreation, Aikido at Michigan Tech and Aikido Nanzan Dojo

The Aikido Seminar with Gleason Shihan will focus on the internal applications of Aiki to one's Aikido practice. This is an excellent opportunity to train with a world class Aikido instructor in a small intimate setting. We encourage all of our Aikido brothers and sisters to join us in training.



SDC Studio

Activity Level

Moderate to high

Special Requirements

Must be at least 16 years old to participate. Minimum introductory Aikido or other martial arts experience necessary.


Full Seminar, Sessions 1-4 $85
Single Session $25/session

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. You’ll receive an admission ticket to present to the instructor.

About the Instructor

William Gleason Shihan, the founder of Shobu Aikido, studied Aikido from 1970 to 1980 at the main world headquarters under Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei, one of the most gifted students of the founder. Gleason Sensei studied swordsmanship (kenjutsu) as well as Japanese language, classical music, and Eastern religion. Since 1985 Gleason Sensei has continued to practice and teach under the auspices of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. His latest book is Aikido and Words of Power: The Sacred Sounds of the Kototama. He is also the author of The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido, which has been translated into four languages.

His first DVD, Aikido and Japanese Sword, shows how the movements in traditional swordwork and those in Aikido barehanded techniques are essentially one and the same. His second, William Gleason at Aikido Eastside, explores the secrets of aiki hidden within Aikido techniques.