Valley Aikido is very honored to be affiliated with Aikido Schools Of
Ueshiba headed by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan (8th Dan).
Sensei was an uchi deshi (live in student) to the founder of Aikido for
fifteen years until his passing in 1969. In 1975 after much soul
searching and thought Saotome Sensei left his prestigious position as a
senior instructor at World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo to move to the
United States. He then established the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba
Today Saotome Sensei directs his Aikido
Schools of Ueshiba headquarters dojo, Aikido Shobukan Dojo in
Washington, DC and his AikiShrine Dojo in Florida. He also
frequently travels to teach seminars at Aikido Schools of Ueshiba
affiliated dojos in North America. For Saotome Sensei's full biography please visit the Aikido Schools Of Ueshiba web page.