An Open Invitation to all Aikido Students

I am writing this as an open invitation to all aikido students who wish to participate in our training center.

In order to insure the highest level of training, the retreats will be limited to twenty participants and divided into the levels of fundamentals, intermediate and advanced. The word Okugyo indicates the advanced level, yet the training will go into depth at each level. Each student will be required to pass all aspects of one level before participating in the next.

The Okugyo training will emphasize the spiritual as well as the physical aspects of aikido. Students will participate in daily meditation, reading and discussion, and other activities designed to help the student move towards an integrated understanding of Aikido.

It has long been my goal to create an environment for this kind of personal training. Okugyo seminars will not make any distinction between affiliation or rank, but will be open to all who approach it with a sincere and humble attitude.


William Gleason

Friday, June 12, 2009

Okugyo in Canada, August 2010

Shobu Okugyo Aikido Retreat on Wednesday - Friday August 11 - 14, 2010

Please join Gleason Sensei and Jay Weik Sensei at our Aikido retreat at Dorje Denma Ling is Canada's only Shambhala International residential centre.

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Event: Shobu Okugyo Aikido Retreat with William Gleason Sensei
Start Time: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 11:00am
End Time: Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 3:50pm

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Summer 2009 Okugyo Retreat!

We have plans to hold another Okugyo retreat at Shobu Aikido of Ohio from July 8 -12th. These dates have been set aside by both Gleason sensei and myself, but the retreat will not go ahead unless we have a minimum number of 15 registered participants. Please get in touch with me if you are able to commit to participating in this intensive training opportunity.