November 2017 marked the 7th annual Hombu Dojo trip to Japan. The trip included a visit to Vietnam to train with friends in Ho Chi Minh city.
At Hombu one can train under the tutelage of The Founder’s grandson, Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and great-grandson, Dojo-cho Mitsuteru Ueshiba. Your morning class partner might be a young white belt from Italy, your afternoon partner a 2nd dan from Brazil, and your evening partner a 7th Dan Hombu Shihan. Your downtime might be spent sightseeing beautiful temples with a group from Russia or drinking beer with local Japanese students. You have the opportunity to share the love and passion of aikido with people from around the world and bring what you experience and learn back home to your dojo. 2015’s trip included a visit to Beijing, China where we joined the ranks of students at Beijing Aikikai and enjoyed the local culture.
All are welcome to join this annual pilgrimage to the source of aikido.