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Grand Opening Seminar! Sensei John Messores - FL  will be Big Sky Aikido’s guest. This summer seminar will prove to be memorable with 7th dan Messores Sensei who is known for his exceptional aiki- sword derived from extended training with Saotome Sensei. John Messores Sensei is ranked 7th dan in aikido and is one of the senior instructors of ASU. He is among the highest-ranked Americans affiliated with Aikido Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. Messores Sensei began martial arts training in Sarasota, Florida in 1968 with the study of karate. In 1973 he began his study of aikido and assisted in bringing Saotome Shihan to the USA. He is one of Saotome Sensei’s first American aikido students. Messores Sensei assisted in creating the Sarasota dojo which became Saotome Shihan’s first dojo in the United States. Also, he trained with Saotome Shihan for several years as uchi deshi (apprentice). Messores Sensei has been a personal student of Saotome Shihan for more than forty years. He is featured in the 1986 book “Aikido and the Harmony of Nature” (Shambhala Press) written by M. Saotome Shihan; the 2002 production The Budo Experience (Budo Productions LLC); and the 2002 Aiki Expo Demo video.

Grand Opening Seminar! Sensei Gregory Olson - MT will be joining Messores Sensei for Big Sky Aikido’s official Grand opening. Olson Sensei holds the ranks of 6th dan in aikido and 3rd dan in judo. He began his journey in the Japanese martial ways with the study of judo in 1964. As a judo student he trained and competed extensively in the United States, Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo and Kumamoto, Japan. He also trained several years at the Aikikai Honbu dojo in Tokyo under the direction of Doshu K. Ueshiba and in Kumamoto’s Manseikan dojo under Sunadomori Shihan. Olson Sensei also trained in judo’s Kodokan during varying journeys to Asia. He has won numerous regional, national and international championships in judo. Along his “Way” he discovered aikido and found the “gentle” yet effective martial art ideology, with its ethical and philosophical values more appealing to his direction in life. Olson Sensei is the author of the book “Aikido: A Beginners Text,” an excellent guide to teaching aikido based on his classes as Assistant Professor at Montana State University. Training with Olson Sensei is a joyfully exuberant experience!

The Japanese martial arts and ways and, in particular, the ethics and morality which go hand-in-hand with these arts has always held a fascination for Sensei Olson. He will review and use philosophy as a guide to study the etiquette which is displayed within the art. An understanding of aikido’s goals, purposes and ideals will be studied through its etiquette and it’s waza. These ideals incorporate Heijoshin (character building and integrity) and are achieved by refining one's intellect, character, and emotions. Through training in its forms of movement and its etiquette, intellectual growth and understanding of the art, and the self, unfolds. It’s these qualities which must be understood by beginners, as well as advanced practitioners of the art, for a full and enlightened training.

For this seminar Sensei Messores will teach seminar participants to recognize and interpret an attacker’s intentions. Sensei will explore those connections which exist during the training process itself as well as  those connections existing between training partners and kihon waza (foundation technique). Students will also learn the relationships between atemi waza (striking technique), weapons training, and empty hand technique.
Seminar Schedule:

Friday, June 26: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, June 27: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 27: Pot Luck at the Olson’s Home 6:30 pm to a reasonable hour
Sunday, June 28: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Note: ASU yudansha examinations through Sandan will be available. Applicants must contact Sensei Olson at prior to the seminar weekend for the appropriate paperwork. Applicants should include an aikido biography and training history along with Honbu Dojo examination forms. Any relevant medical issues must be addressed.

Bozeman - Hotels/Motels - June 26 & 27, 2015
Motels near Big Sky Aikido:

Microtel 586-3797 $$$
Rainbow 587-4201 $
Motel 6 585-7888 $$
Super 8 586-1521 $$
Western Heritage Inn 586-8534 $$$
BOOK YOUR MOTEL ROOM EARLY. The rates for these and most motels/hotels will be much higher nearer the seminar dates. This is high season for Bozeman’s Hospitality industry. Compare prices via phone to on line agents such as Expedia and Hotwire. You can find some rates as low as $75 per night (as of Memorial day weekend) for June 26 & 27. Hint: if you find a lower rate on line, call the motel directly and ask for the lower on-line rate. Be sure to get a confirmation number and an email confirmation.

For a place to sleep while in Bozeman for the Grand Opening Seminar please contact Tom Giebink at: Cell Phone: 512-426-5729, Landline: 406-587-6145.