A seminar with Mary Heiny Sensei, 6th dan

Dates: Friday October 30th, Saturday October 31st, Sunday, November 1st

Mary Heiny Sensei Seminar
Mary Heiny Sensei Seminar

Aikido Shugyo Dojo invites you to join us for a weekend seminar with Mary Heiny Sensei. We have been privileged to host her seminars at our dojo for over twenty years. Each visit is a special treat. Mary Sensei’s understanding seems to deepen in the intervening year and every seminar with us she brings more to share with participants on the mat. Mary Sensei’s Aikido instruction is inspiring, and her teaching works profoundly on body and mind.


  • Fri: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon and 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Sun: 10:00 am – noon


  • Friday or Half Day – $40 / $30 (students & seniors)
  • Saturday only – $80 / $60 (students & seniors)
  • Full seminar – $100 / $80 (students & seniors)
  • Saturday & (Friday or Sunday) – $90 / $70 (students & seniors)

For more than forty years, Mary Heiny Sensei has followed a path of physical and spiritual inspiration as a student and teacher of Aikido. She started this journey in 1965 after watching O’Sensei teach a class at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. The effect of this first encounter has inspired her through long hours of training and study.

After studying at Hombu Dojo from 1968 to 1973 with O’Sensei’s direct students and with Hikitsuchi Sensei, 10th dan, in Shingu, Heiny Sensei returned to the United States and began teaching at the University of California in Santa Cruz. In 1976, she went to Seattle and opened Seattle School of Aikido. After nine years, she turned that dojo over to her students and left to begin another journey.

Heiny Sensei was invited to the Ottawa Aikikai in Canada in 1987 where she worked for three years developing the club into a full time dojo. When the school had grown to her satisfaction, she handed it over and embarked on another period of personal training and increased activity in teaching seminars and workshops in Canada, the US, and Europe. In 2001, she returned to Seattle.

Heiny brings to every class, workshop, and seminar she teaches not only her years of Aikido training and teaching, but also her extensive experience and study of Japanese culture, language, Shinto and Buddhist philosophies, and Non-Violent Communication. She strives always to communicate the beauty and challenge of O’Sensei’s desire that we use Aikido to become empowered as creative, compassionate beings and learn to appreciate each other as members of one human family.

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