About the Dojo

Shobukan brushed onto lamp in
the Residency’s living room.

Aikido Shobukan Dojo was founded in 1976 by Mitsugi Saotome, Shihan (“Sensei”), Patty Saotome, and his students as a model center for the study, practice, and creative aspects of Aikido of which, this mission is still performed today. Through the years, the dojo has also become a living museum of artistic works exchanged in thankful appreciation to and from Sensei, the Dojo, the Members, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, and the Community.

We engage in training (“keiko”) throughout the entire year; with morning, evening and weekend classes. Students from abroad are welcome to visit us and train at any time. The dojo supports seminars ranging from the annual Cherry Blossom Seminar, to ASU Summer Camp.

If you are interested in practicing Aikido, please stop in to observe or attend classes. There will be students and teachers willing to answer any questions that you may have.

The dojo is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.


The dojo provides ample opportunity for all aspects of aikido training, study, and meditation. Our facilities are comprehensive and provide ample room and space for dojo members, visitors, guests, and is a gracious space for seminar attendees. We are proud to offer and maintain this space, and look forward to practicing together.  頑張ってください!


The dojo offers a variety of amenities which allow members to immerse themselves in a traditional Japanese dojo environment here in the United States. Our membership utilizes these spaces and maintains them year round for visitors and members to use on a daily basis.


Parking around the dojo is relatively easy. There is short-term two-hour street parking on Butternut street, and longer duration parking available four to five blocks south-west.

Joining the Practice

For new practitioners, a small guide on what to expect day to day when practicing at the dojo.