Shobu Aikido of Ohio will be sponsoring a three-day intensive workshop featuring William Gleason Sensei (6th dan). The training workshop is open to Aikido practitioners and will be held at the Shobu Aikido facility, located at 6537 Angola Road, Holland, OH 43528.
Shobu Aikido of Ohio is under the direction of Jay Weik, who has a 4th degree black belt in Aikido. Weik, who recently celebrated his 25th year of training in Aikido, is a personal student of William Gleason. Weik also happens to be a Zen Buddhist priest, co-founder of the Buddhist Temple of Toledo, as well as a professor of Guitar.
"It's always a privilege to have Gleason Sensei come into Toledo and provide this type of intensive training", commented Weik. "I, myself, certainly gain a tremendous amount from his training and teachings, but I know that I can also say that all of those who train at our dojo who have personally trained with Gleason Sensei, come away with an increased development of their own Aikido practice, as well as a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of the art in general."
Weik added that this training is open to all serious students of Aikido. "We look forward to having Aikido practitioners from across the country, particularly within the Midwest, join us for this special event", he added.
William Gleason lived in Tokyo, Japan from 1969–80, where he trained in traditional aikido and Japanese sword) at the world headquarters of Aikido (the Aikikai Hombu Dojo) and also with Yamaguchi Seigo Shihan. During that time, Gleason Sensei also studied Japanese sword (kenjutsu).
Gleason received his 1st degree black belt in 1972 from Kisshomaru Ueshiba, the son of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. He received his 6th degree black belt in 1998 from Mitsugi Saotome
In 1980, Gleason Sensei founded Shobu Aikido, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, there are five Shobu affiliate dojos throughout the United States. Since 1985 Gleason Sensei has continued to practice and teach under the auspices of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.
William Gleason Sensei has written two books: The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido, which is an introduction to the underlying spiritual principles of Aikido. His latest book, Aikido and Words of Power: The Sacred Sounds of the Kototamam, demonstrates a unique approach to Aikido techniques that uses the secrets of the sacred sounds to unlock the principles and spiritual strength of Aikido.
William Gleason Sensei has produced two DVDs:
Aikido and Japanese Sword, shows how the movements in traditional sword work and those in Aikido barehanded techniques are essentially one and the same. His second, William Gleason at Aikido Eastside, explores the secrets of “aiki” that are hidden within the techniques of Aikido.
The workshop will be held:
November 1 - 3, 2012
Nov 1 (Thur) 6 pm - 8 pm
Nov 2 (Fri.) 10 am - 5 pm
Nov 3 (Sat.) 10 am - 1 pm
The fee for all three days is $120.
For more information, please visit Shobu Aikido of Ohio's Facebook page.
About Shobu Aikido of Ohio
Shobu Aikido of OH is a place of training in the martial art of Aikido and is affiliated with Shobu Aikido, Inc., in Somerville, MA. The dojo is under the direction and teaching of Jay Weik, 4th dan. There are currently openings for adult and children students. Those interested are invited to observe a class at: 6537 Angola Road, Holland, OH 43528