Mitsugi Saotome is the chief instructor of the Aikido Shobukan Dojo in Washington, D.C. and also serves as the supervisory instructor for more than 70 affiliated dojo of the international Aikido Schools of Ueshiba association.

Saotome Shihan has devoted his entire adult life to the study and teaching of Aikido. He began as a special apprentice with the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei (O Sensei) in 1955 and continued for 15 years until the founder’s death in April of 1969.

Saotome Shihan is the headline instructor of the ASU International Winter Intensive, and teaches class every day.