The Ueshiba Juku designantion is a great honor that has been bestowed upon very few of Saotome Sensei’s students. As I look around the mat at ASU Winter Camp and see how few there really are, I am reminded of how lucky we are to have 2 Ueshiba Juku as our Senior Instructors and Dojo Cho. In training with Tom and Mary Sensei, we are truly the grandchildren of O’Sensei.
“The Ueshiba Juku designation is awarded by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan to selected senior students and instructors in recognition of their loyalty and dedication to building ASU and promoting O Sensei’s vision. It declares that they are not only true deshi (direct disciple) of Saotome Sensei and inheritors of his teachings, but are also part of O Sensei’s own school and pure lineage as only a true Uchi Deshi of O Sensei can recognize. The status is indicated by special kanji worn on the formal Dogi of the authorized individual, and is an honor independent of specific rank or Shihan status.” ASU website.