Cherry Blossom 2020 Canceled

April 3rd – 5th 

We regret to inform you that Shobukan Dojo is cancelling our annually Cherry Blossom seminar scheduled for April 3-5, 2020. The CDC’s risk assessment remains that most people in the United States have little immediate risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. However, out of an abundance of caution and with an understanding of travel concerns, we think it is in the best interest of our aikido community to take this action. We look forward to seeing you at our next event. Anyone who has pre-registered for the seminar will be contacted and refunded in full.

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. The Wisteria, the prominent symbol of Saotome Shihan’s family crest, is typically in bloom as well. This seminar carries special meaning, and many members of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba come together with visitors from around the world to train and receive instruction.

This year, we were very excited to feature Mary Heiny Sensei, nanadan (7th degree blackbelt), who would have taught the seminar with Saotome Shihan. We look forward to having her visit in the future.

Registration fee is $160 before March 30 or $180 at the door.

Seminar Schedule

April 3rd

6:30pm Saotome Shihan / Mary Heiny Sensei

Dinner on your own

April 4th

10am Saotome Shihan / Mary Heiny Sensei

3pm Saotome Shihan / Mary Heiny Sensei

Dinner TBD

April 5th

10am Mary Heiny Sensei/ Saotome Shihan

Registration Details

Dojo housing is available for $15 per night.
Dojo housing is available with dojo members upon request.

Weapons may be used.


Send cancellations and waiting list requests to:

Aikido Shobukan Dojo
421 Butternut St. N.W.
Washington DC, 20012