Saotome Sensei bowing in the October 2014 ASU Instructor's Camp.

The Aikido Schools of Ueshiba

The Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) is the membership organization that affiliates more than 100 North American Dojos under the instruction of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan.  It is a formally recognized organization under the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.  Established in 1975, the ASU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by a board of senior instructors.

Annual Qualified ASU Camps

Saotome Sensei’s seminar schedule has been set for 2019. He will be teaching a limited number of Aiki Shrine sessions and seminars across the US including Summer Camp, Fall Camp and Winter Intensive. Plan your attendance now!

Saotome Sensei’s latest book, “Light on Transmission”, has been published! Although there are no more signed copies available, there are a few regular copies available to purchase by contacting Drachman Sensei at

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ASU Capital Campaign

The Aikido Schools of Ueshiba organization has undertaken the care, maintenance, and preservation of the Aiki Shrine in Florida, and the development of its future. This will be a significant challenge, and will require the ongoing financial support of individuals dedicated to the future of Aikido. To accomplish this, the ASU is announcing a capital campaign to support the maintenance of the Aiki Shrine, and to create a sustainable foundation to support special facets of the ongoing mission of the ASU.