Event Calendar

MWA has returned to our regular schedule of Gasshuku (special training session) for the remainder of 2021.  The continued rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations through our respective counties and State of Montana along with our own precautions has allowed this to occur.   Please check back to this page for the most current updates on our events.  This update is on May 12, 2021.

Mountain West Aikido has locations in Billings and Livingston Montana. We are an accredited Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) dojo affiliated with the International Aikikai – Hombu Japan. All are welcome to participate at our Gasshuku (special training session), regardless of experience.  MWA events have become known for their intimate size and personalized interaction with quality instructors.  Plan to join us in the coming  year!  Note that all our sessions have a participant limit due to the safety and space considerations – 



MWA & Two Rivers Aikido

This first event of 2021 brought together a weekend (February 27 & 28, 2021) of exceptional training.  Head instructors of Two Rivers Aikido and Zen Center (California Aikido Association) and Mountain West Aikido (Aikido Schools of Ueshiba) combined their talents for a small but wonderful group of students.  Participants were treated to a “round robin” of instruction from Tony Blomert, Scott Brady, Mark Leitzel and Leigh Schickendantz.  A variety of insights on Irmi Tenkan (entry & turning) were explored.  

This was a highly successful event with a unique instruction format, mix of participants from age 8 up to senior practitioners, a tremendous Shodan (black belt) ranking demonstration, live blade knife “take aways”, and all while following (COVID-19) safe protocols.  Thank you to everyone for coming out and taking the initial plunge into live hands on training!  Also our most sincere appreciation for Two Rivers Aikido Kalispell for hosting the event at their wonderfully appointed facility and Dr. Dana Ducote for opening her home for Saturday evening’s community gathering








July 30 – August 1, 2021

Billings, MT

John Messores – 7th dan

MWA is pleased to announce that John Messores Shihan has agreed to return to Montana to instruct another multi-day Gasshuku .  Participants at the 2019 event were treated to an intense weekend of martial concepts and movements lead by Mitsugi Saotome’s (Founder of ASU) longest and most gifted student.  Messores sensei is among the most experienced and highest ranked martial artists in the U.S.  Please note that there will be limited capacity at the Billings facility for this years event.  

Past President ASU – Founder Jionjuku Aikido Academy – Saint Petersburg, FL

Aikido Schools of Ueshiba

FALL Friendship Gasshuku

TBD (October 2021)

Helena, MT

Holiday Season Gasshuku

TBD (December 2021)