Living by Design: A Biography of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, Senior Student of O’Sensei and Founder of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba


Mitsugi Saotome Shihan is one of the oldest living students of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei, commonly known as O-Sensei. Saotome Sensei studied Aikido under O-Sensei as a personal uchi-deshi (as opposed to the more general Hombu uchi-deshi), or personal live-in student, for ten years, from 1959 to 1969, when O-Sensei passed away. […]

Photographs from Saotome Sensei’s Life

This is an extended collection of photographs from Saotome Sensei’s life, created to accompany our biography of Saotome Sensei. If you have photos you would like to add to this collection, please send them to In the body of your email please include (as possible): When and where each photo you’re sharing was taken […]

Message From Saotome Sensei

I hope that all Aikidoka everywhere in the world stay safe. Aiki is the ability to recognize circumstances around you and adapt. For example, I hear you are using new technology to keep to keep connected. Very good! I am very proud that my students have put safety first and closed their dojo. Taking care […]

Mitsugi Saotome Shihan @ Bond St Dojo ,NYC June 5th-7th

We are honored to host Saotome Shihan for this special weekend seminar at Bond St Dojo June 5th-7th. All affiliations are welcome to train and join in social events.

Saotome Sensei at Shindai 2019

Saotome Sensei will visit Shindai Dojo for his annual seminar on April 22nd. We anticipate his arrival with all the preparation and anticipation at our disposal. We hope that everyone will consider joining in training and celebration with one of the greatest Aikido practitioners to ever live.

50th Anniversary Celebration with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan

Mitsugi Saotom Shihan will be in Phoenix May 11 to May 13, 2018, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Arizona Aikido! More information will be available soon.

Saotome Sensei at Shindai one day

Saotome Sensei will be at Shindai Dojo for a one day visit on February 17.  We are hosting Sensei as part of a series of visits to his Florida dojo’s.

Mitsugi Saotome Shihan at Aikido of Missoula

  Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, will bring the richness of his teaching to Missoula one more time to complete a circle of 24 years. Please join us to honor his Aikido wisdom and enjoy a special weekend in community. AN IMPORTANT NOTE: Our seminar this year is on UM homecoming weekend, and housing will be very tight […]

Saotome Sensei at Redlands

Mitsugi Saotome Shihan will teach one of his rare public seminars this weekend. All budoka are welcome.

Saotome Sensei at Redlands

Redlands Aikikai is honored to host a seminar by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, who turned 80 this year. Budoka of all affiliations are welcome.