Shihan Mitsugi Saotome and the Healing Breath

In 2013, I was visiting with Saotome Sensei at his Aiki Ranch in Sarasota over lunch. We took our conversation into a stroll through the acres of beautifully landscaped property surrounding the Aiki Shrine and the home he shares with Patty Saotome Sensei.  As we walked, he pointed out how his “garden” has changed since […]

Mitsugi Saotome Shihan: the Teacher as Designer

After this weekend’s Instructor Seminar in DC, I was sitting in the house with Saotome Sensei, and senseis Patty, Chetan, John, Thurston and Nina. Sensei elaborated more on his discussion of what he means by “designing” that I thought was really valuable. He said that it would be unthinkable for a surgeon to make the […]