William Gleason Sensei studied Aikido from 1970 to 1980 at the main world headquarters (Hombu Dojo) in Japan and also with Yamaguchi Seigo Shihan. During that same period, Gleason Sensei studied swordsmanship (kenjutsu) as well as Japanese language, classical music, and Eastern religion. Since 1985 Gleason Sensei has continued to practice and teach under the auspices of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.

Gleason Sensei founded Shobu Aikido, Inc. in 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, and there are presently five Shobu affiliate Dojos from the Midwest to the East Coast. His latest book is Aikido and Words of Power: The Sacred Sounds of the Kototama. He is also the author of The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido, which has been translated into four languages.

His first DVD, Aikido and Japanese Sword, shows how the movements in traditional swordwork and those in Aikido barehanded techniques are essentially one and the same. His second, William Gleason at Aikido Eastside, explores the secrets of aiki hidden within Aikido technques.

Upcoming Seminars

Bill Gleason sensei Fall seminar

September 15 - September 17, 2017
Aikido of Maine, 226 Anderson street , Portland, ME 04101 United States
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William Gleason Shihan Gasshuku/Seminar at Shobu Aikido of Ohio

October 5 - October 7, 2017
Shobu Aikido of Ohio, 6537 Angola Road, Holland, OH 43558 United States
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ASU Winter Intensive 2018

January 3 - January 7, 2018
Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 United States
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