Spring Gasshuku

Special training workshops or “gasshuku” are events that bring students together to focus on a specific topic or experience a guest instructor‘s approach to aikido. Since our first gasshuku in 2016, MWA has held these types of sessions to foster more intensive training opportunities for our students.  Workshops are held in a single day at the MWA locations throughout the year. Participation is limited to a maximum 25 students per session.  Students and the instructor experience more personal interaction using this format.

Saturday May 11, 2019  James Gardner (5th dan) will be the Spring Gasshuku guest instructor.  Gardner sensei is the senior instructor at Aikido of Missoula dojo. This event offers a wonderful opportunity to train with one of Montana’s most seasoned aikido instructors.

James Gardner began Aikido training with Hideki Shiohira Sensei in Mountain View, California in 1988. He joined Aikido of Missoula in 1992, when he moved to Missoula to take a position as emergency physician at St. Patrick Hospital.  He is among Raso Hultgren’s 6th dan (Chief Instructor Aikido of Missoula) most accomplished students.

Gardner Sensei travels frequently to study with Aikido masters (Shihan). He recently returned from extensive training in Japan during the Fall of 2018 at the behest of Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan and Tatsunora Imamura Shihan.  Among his diverse knowledge, Gardner sensei has acquired an in depth understanding in the relationship between open hand training and weapons work.

MWA gasshuku are open to aikidoka of all levels regardless of rank or school affiliations. Please be mindful of the keiko (training session) start times which are 9:00 a.m. – noon and 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  We ask that student’s help to defray the cost of conducting these sessions by making a contribution using the above link and at the same time registering for the limited space event. The link has a suggested amount of $30, but registrants may contribute any amount they wish.  Be sure to use the “drop down” menu to indicate GARDNER WORKSHOP for this event.  You will receive a separate confirmation email once your registration is processed.

This event is scheduled to be held at the MWA Billings dojo.