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Mountain West Yudansha Intensive

August 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - August 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm



In the spirit of ‘Ai’, “to join as one”, this event has been postponed to support Saotome Shihan at Aikido Eastside in Bellview, WA hosted by George Ledyard Sensei. We are encouraging all aikidoka to sincerely attempt to attend the event with our organizations founder and Sensei, and for one of his most dedicated students and leaders.

New dates TBA. Preregistration to this event is $200.00 (Up to 2 weeks prior to event date)

This 4 Day Intensive will focus on the preparation for Shodan, Nidan & Sandan examination within Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, and presided over by John Messores Sensei.

Intensive Location:

1711 6th Avenue North, Suite A Billings, MT 59101

During these 4 days the attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive clarification on areas of examination during a Yudansha exam that will include, but not limited to the following:


  • Pre-Exam Administrative Procedures
  • Formal Testing Etiquette & Protocols
    • Dojo Arrangement
    • Bowing
    • Roles of Uke & Nage
    • Weapons & Multiple Partners


  • Kihon Waza (Basic Tachnique)
    • Open hand
    • Free technique
    • Weapons taking
    • Weapons katas (Bokken & Jo)
    • Randori


This event is open to all Aikidoka, Nikyu & up. All ASU Dojo Cho/Sensei (of all levels) are encouraged to attend, as the information presented will be mutually  & beneficially essential in ensuring an administrative efficiency between the dojo and ASU, a more universal examination curriculum within ASU, and promote a higher quality of exam results for the beginning yudansha grades.


At the discretion of the presiding Sensei, testing may be conducted at the conclusion of the 4 day intensive. The presiding Sensei will determine if the test candidate has met all the requirements for the prospective grade. Please contact Shidokan to arrange application and review for a Test Candidate.


All Dojo Cho/Sensei are encouraged to be in attendance of their student’s exam. If they cannot attend their student’s exam, they are encouraged to appoint a senior representative as substitute.


This event will be hosted in co-operation with:                                                                                                                                 Yellowstone Aikikai/Scott Brady & Paradise Valley Aikido/Tony Blomert.

If you are a smaller group in the region and not able to host many or any events with these higher level instructors, please contact Shidokan. Each year we would like to co-host this event in an effort to build relationships between smaller Aikido groups within the region and the higher level instructors. Shidokan will also reach out to a smaller dojo in the region and offer this opportunity. If you are a smaller group in any region that would like to see a Yudansha Exam Prep Intensive held near you, please contact Shidokan as we are expanding this event to other regions within the country. Thank you for your support.

Shidokan                                                                                                                                                                                                     c/o James Sterling                                                                                                                                                                                    PO Box 80614                                                                                                                                                                                            Las Vegas NV 89180                                                                                                                                                                                                yudanshaintensive@nullgmail.com


August 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am
August 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm


Yellowstone Aikikai
1711 6th Avenue North, Suite A
Billings, MT 59101
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