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

William Gleason, Shihan Summer Seminar

August 2 - August 4, 2019
Cleveland Aikikai, 3820 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114 United States
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2019 William Gleason at Aikido Eastside

October 25 - October 27, 2019
Aikido Eastside, 13410 SE 32nd St C-3, Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Bill Gleason sensei Fall seminar in Maine

November 1 - November 3, 2019
Aikido of Maine, 226 Anderson street , Portland, ME 04101 United States
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