Mountain West Aikido – is the greater Billings MT area’s only dedicated Aikido school. The dojo was established in 2007 by Sensei Scott Brady and Curt Thompson. Brady Sensei (4th dan) is the dojo’s Head Instructor.
The dojo provides an exciting environment for students to train. We are affiliated with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, under the direction of Mitsugi Saotome and is officially recognized by the International Aikikai. Saotome Sensei is a renowned instructor of Aikido and has the distinction of being the longest tenured student (15 years) of the Founder (Morihei Ueshiba).
Sensei Brady began his training with Greg Olson (6th dan) in 1990 and this background provides students with a direct line of transmission from the Founder – O’Sensei.
In addition, Sensei Brady has studied various martial arts including Shorin Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Jiujitsu, Iaido, Kali/Escrima and most recently Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo. He is U.S. veteran having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and is a level II certified Army Combative Instructor.
Classes are held at our dedicated training space at 2702 Minnesota Ave, Billings MT 59101 in the “old” Laughing Dog Records location.
General classes are held 3 times each week : Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday Open Mat 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Please contact us for more information.
We also hold regional weekend seminars at our Billings location. These training sessions bring in senior level instructors and attract participants from across the US. Here’s a group photo our 15th Anniversary Celebration featuring George Ledyard 7th dan from November 18 – 20, 2022.
The Billings dojo offers 2 convenient ways to pay regular class fees. Purchase a punch card ($15 per class) that can be used at anytime. Those wishing to train frequently will find the membership subscription to be most economical. Click onto the links below to enroll in our regular training.