We are greatly pleased and honored for the leadership of Mitsugi Saotome, Shihan (“Sensei”), Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (“ASU”), a diverse array of instructors, board members, and yudansha (“black belts”) at our dojo. Many of our members are in prominent roles not only in the martial arts, but also in positions touching and impacting the lives of many individuals around the world. Getting to know them and work with our members on and off the mat is a privileged. Our instructors have extensive experience in Aikido, martial arts, and world affairs.

Mitsugi Saotome Shihan

Mitsugi Saotome, Shihan is our head instructor at Aikido Shobukan Dojo and Founder of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.

Aikido Schools of Ueshiba

While Aikido Shobukan Dojo is the headquarters dojo, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba is the organization that unites our dojo into a tight family that works together to study and practice the teachings of Morihei Ueshiba. We work closely with ASU in all things Aikido.


The dojo hosts a variety of professional instructors that have demonstrated dedication to studying Aikido and the teachings of Morihei Ueshiba.

Board of Directors

Aikido Shobukan Dojo is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization. As a charitable organization, we maintain a board of directors responsible for the mission and ongoing operations of the dojo.