The Aiki Shrine
The Aiki Shrine is located in Myakka City in Southwest Florida. It was designed and built by Saotome Sensei as a place where advanced students could study O-Sensei’s vision of Aikido. The Aiki Shrine was built to recreate and preserve the deep sense of spirituality and connectedness to nature that he recalled of the original Iwama Shrine from his years serving and living with O-Sensei as uchi-deshi. In 2016, Saotome Sensei transferred ownership of the Aiki Shrine to the ASU to preserve as a lasting and physical legacy, and to unify future generations of ASU students and instructors through a living heritage and lineage to the spirit of O-Sensei.
A New Future for the Aiki Shrine
The Aiki Shrine offers unique training events throughout the year, open to ASU yudansha. Attending a special session at the Aiki Shrine is an honor, and allows students an opportunity to practice in this special setting. Since each session is small (approximately 20 people), it is an intimate environment, allowing for one on one interaction with Saotome Sensei and other visiting teachers. It also creates an opportunity to meet and create long-lasting relationships with your peers from ASU community around the country.