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 January 26, 2019 Miho Lloyd (4th dan) will be the Winter Gasshuku guest instructor. She is the chief instructor and dojo-cho of Helena Aikido. Her Aikido training started in 1982 briefly with Ki Society, then at Aikikai headquarters under Ueshiba Kisshomaru sensei and the 3rd Doshu: Ueshiba Moriteru sensei (then waka sensei “young sensei” at the time).
Lloyd’s affiliation is through Kumano Jyuku Dojo, Shingu, Japan under the tutelage of Tasaka Mitsuo shihan, 7th dan. Kumano Jyuku Dojo was established by the late Hikitsuchi Michio sensei, 10thdan at the behest of O-sensei in 1953. Sugawa dojo-cho is the current successor of Kumano Jyuku Dojo. Lloyd also holds Menkyo Kaiden (license of total transmission) of Shinto Muso Ryu, a 400 year old classical martial art.