Midwest Shrine Seminar

Nashville Aikikai members were honored to attend a seminar at the ASU Shrine Dojo outside of Sarasota, FL with members of other dojos from the Midwest. For those of you who have never been, the Shrine Dojo is a truly magnificent and magical place to train. Designed and built by Saotome Sensei, it is the only Shrine Dojo dedicated to O’Sensei outside of Owama, Japan. The dojo is located in rural central Florida. It opens into an outdoor training space, making you feel a oneness with the natural world while training. We listened to the rain and the call of Barred owls. Our training was invigorated by the cool, clear, clean morning air. It is an incredible privilege to receive such great training in that wonderful environment. We want to thank Whited Sensei for organizing this Shrine Seminar for Midwest Dojos. Sessions at the Shrine Dojo are held roughly every month from September to April. Both Yudansha and Mudansha are invited to attend regular Shrine sessions. If you are interested in attending a Shrine Seminar, please talk to Mary Sensei.

Attendees at Midwest Shrine Seminar, taught by Saotome Sensei and 4 ASU Senior instructors, Wendy Whited Sensei, Mary McIntire Sensei, Kay Sandacz Sensei, and Steve Matthews Sensei
Mary Sensei teaches at Shrine Seminar
Left to right: Mark, Marta, Mary Sensei, and Andres at the entrance to the Aikido Shrine Dojo: Aikido University of Shihan School
ASU Shrine Dojo

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