William Gleason studied Aikido from 1970 to 1980 at the main world headquarters (Hombu Dojo) in Japan and also with Yamaguchi Seigo Shihan. During that same period, Gleason Sensei studied swordsmanship (Kashima Shin Ryu) as well as Japanese language, classical music, and Eastern religion. Since 1985 Gleason Sensei has continued to practice and teach under the auspices of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.
Gleason Sensei founded Shobu Aikido, Inc. in 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, and there are presently five Shobu affiliate dojos from the Midwest to the East Coast. He is the author of "Aikido and Words of Power: The Sacred Sounds of the Kototama" and "The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido", which has been translated into four languages.
Photos from the December 2013 "Internal training, Aiki and Empowering Aikido" workshops with Dan Harden on Oahu in Honolulu and Kaneohe and in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. These workshops, hosted by the Aikido Sangenkai, Windward Aikido Club and Aiki Kai O Kona, are a continuation of workshops with Dan held in the Hawaiian Islands since 2010.
The workshops included participants from Hilo Seishikan Aikido, Aikido of Hilo, the Aikido Sangenkai and Aiki Kai O Kona on the Big Island, and the Aikido Sangenkai, Windward Aikido Club, Hawaii Betsuin Aikido Club, Aikido of Honolulu and the Aikido Ohana on Oahu, as well as visitors from Australia, Japan, California, Oregon and Ohio and Meyer Goo sensei.