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




May 15, 2021

Livingston, MT

We will be conducting a 1 day event on examination etiquette, tips on how to best demonstrate skills on a test, taking ukemi and other related topics will be covered by the instructors.  Here’s an opportunity to get answers to all your questions about testing! This event will also provide a venue for students who are eligible for their next Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (International Aikikai) ranking to demonstrate their skills.  Students who wish to demonstrate for grades range from 6th to 1st kyu should speak with Sensei Blomert or Brady to secure a spot for the afternoon tests.  

Students, family and friends are welcome to attend this event.  There will be plenty of socially distanced seating available for guests who are there to observe the exam demonstrations. We will be providing a buffet style luncheon for those in attendance.  A celebration social is planned immediately after the final demonstrations for those wishing to stay on at a location to be determined.  NO COST for participation in this event for MWA members.  ASU examination fees ($45) apply for all candidates that need to be submitted with the candidate’s application prior to being approved for demonstration.


Keiko:  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

6th – 5th kyu Examinations

Lunch:  12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

A buffet style lunch will be served at the dojo for all participants.

Weapons Examinations (all applicants):  1:30 – 2:30

4th – 1st kyu Examinations: 2:30 – until completed



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.  Use the button below to reserve your place now because we anticipate the training spots to be quickly taken.  

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)