Multi-Day Seminar


You are invited to MWA’s annual summer Gasshuku.  John Messores, 7th dan will conduct a 3-day seminar July 30 – August 1, 2021 at our centrally located facility in downtown Billings MT.

 We are thrilled to be able to provide a unique opportunity for you to learn from one of the most experienced U.S. martial arts and senior instructors within Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU).  Messores sensei is a life-long disciple of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan.  He was among the original students who invited Saotome to the United States in 1975.  

Messores, an accomplished swordsman, has been prominently featured in Mitsugi Saotome’s books including the live blade katana beachfront scenes published in “Aikido and the Harmony of Nature” © 1986.          

He is the founder of the Jionjuku Aikido Academy located in Tampa/Saint Petersburg, FL and served as the first ASU president from 2015 – 2017.  He continues to serve on the ASU board; as well as extensively traveling within the US and  abroad to foster aikido teachings.

Unlike large scale seminars, this event is designed to allow participants personalized “hands on” training.  There is a limit of participants and nearly 15 hours of intensive training. This small group format provides plenty of fellowship and one-on-one interaction among participants.  Messores Sensei tailors the training topics and instruction to those present which is a unique training experience.

Due to the 2020 COVID pandemic we did not hold a seminar last year.  However, participants at the 2019 summer Gasshuku gave rave reviews and had a great time training with Messores Sensei.  That 2019 event included people from throughout the West and East coast, as far away as Pennsylvania. 

To reserve your place in this limited capacity event use the button below. Cost is $150 for the entire weekend.  You will receive a separate email confirmation and a detailed daily schedule once your registration has been processed.