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

2024 ASD Summer Camp

July 3 – July 7, 2024
, 421 Butternut St NW, WASHINGTON, 20012 United States
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William Gleason Sensei Seminar in Cleveland

August 16 – August 19, 2024
Cleveland Aikikai, 3820 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114 United States
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“Aiki” in Aikido- Bill Gleason sensei and Tres Hofmeister @ Aikido of Maine

October 18 – October 20, 2024
Aikido of Maine, 226 Anderson street , Portland, ME 04101 United States
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