Aikido Shobukan Dojo is a premier dojo for Aikido keiko in North America, and hosts seminars throughout the year to offer aikido practitioners (“aikidoka”) opportunities for extended and more intensive training with senior Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (“ASU”) instructors. On occasions we will host visitors and special instructors for seminars to augment training programs. All our seminars are open to all aikidoka regardless of affiliation. Some seminars and events have special sites of their own, where registration is handled separately.
April 3rd – 5th
The Cherry Blossom Seminar coincides with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. This special seminar historically is a special event and is a beautiful time of year in DC where our gardens are in peak bloom.
July 1st – 5th
The ASU Summer Intensive dates back to 1976. We continue this tradition at Catholic University’s DuFour Athletic Center during the week of July the Fourth. Weather is typically warmer and offers an opportunity to train with weapons more exclusively.
The ASD Halloween Seminar is held each October continuing and celebrating the energy and presence of Patty Saotome. This well-attended seminar features primarily women instructors and provides a training atmosphere reflecting the theme “the joy and beauty of aikido.”