October 5-7: Weekend Seminar with Stanley Pranin in Las Vegas!

“Practice Aikido in Fabulous Las Vegas with the Founder of Aikido Journal”

This is Stanley Pranin! I would like to cordially invite you to join me October 5-7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. I will be conducting a weekend seminar–the first of its kind–whose theme will be “Exploring Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei’s Aikido.” During the weekend, we will spend quality time together in a private dojo setting limited to 15 attendees. I would like to explore with you what I consider to be the salient points of Morihei Ueshiba’s aikido that have been largely lost in today’s practice. If you wish to have a preview of what the seminar content will cover, I refer you to my article “Exploring the Founder’s Aikido” where I discuss my views and offer supporting documentation.

The Las Vegas seminar will be a special event with an intimate format. I hope to spend many hours training and chatting with the participants and am sure that this experience will be life-changing for all of us. We are in a position to offer very affordable accommodations for most of the seminar participants to keep costs to a minimum. Since the dojo is limited in size, I would encourage you to reserve a place early if you are certain you would like to attend. If this seminar fills up, we will make an announcement to this effect on the website. The link to make your reservation is below.

Dates: October 5-7, 2012
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Enrollment: $135.00

Theme: “Exploring Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei’s Aikido”
Instructor: Stanley Pranin

Participation limited to 15 persons on a first-come, first-served basis

Event Schedule (subject to change)


  • Check-in – 6:00 pm
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Informal group chat


  • Morning Session: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • (Lunch break)
  • Afternoon Session: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Q & A period: 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
  • Pot-luck party: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm


  • 9:30 am – 10:30am
  • 10:45 am – 11:45 am
  • Informal group chat
  • Pick-up gift pack / Departure

Stanley Pranin Bio

Stanley Pranin began aikido in 1962 in a Yoshinkan Aikido dojo. After a few months, he joined an Aikikai group learning from instructors trained by Koichi Tohei, from whom he received his shodan and nidan rankings. Pranin relocated to Japan in 1977 where he lived for 20 years. He studied in Iwama under Morihiro Saito for several years, and accompanied Saito Sensei during the 1980s as his interpreter to the USA, Canada, and numerous European countries.

In 1974, Pranin began a newsletter called “Aiki News,” which later was renamed as “Aikido Journal.” The successor of this publication continues today on the Internet as the “Aikido Journal” suite of websites. Pranin has published hundreds of articles, interviews, books, and videos during his career as an aikido journalist/historian. He is the organizer of the trail-blazing Aiki Expo events held in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Pranin brings with him 50 years of aikido training and teaching experience, and a vast knowledge of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and the history of the art.

Suggested reading: “Exploring the Founder’s Aikido,” by Stanley Pranin

Those making reservations will be sent detailed information concerning the location of the event, optional accommodations for attendees, and notification of the deadline for payment of the balance of the seminar tuition.

Click here to make a non-refundable $25 deposit to reserve a place at the seminar (Event limited to 15 attendees)


  1. Thank you for the opportunity, I plan to be there.

    Looking forward to seeing you and your family soon.


    • Patrick,

      It will be a real pleasure spending quality time with you again!

      So far those that have enrolled are high-ranking veterans in aikido. I did not expect this, and am perfectly delighted! Perhaps the “Aiki Expo” format can be revived in miniature at the event!


  2. Some of us are really looking forward to a revival of the “Aiki Expo”!


  3. jm wands says:

    Hello, I would love to attend this event but am a little intimidated as I am nota “high ranking veteran” aikidoka. I do hold a nidan and have studied at a single dojo for ~6 years and am anxious to expand my Aikido horizons. That being said, will I not only benefit (a given I’m sure) but will I be able to integrate and be a helpful participant?
    Thanks in advance for your input, and I hope to see you in October,

    JM Wands

    • Hi there!

      Thanks for your input. If you are a nidan with six years of experience, you will certainly benefit by participating in the Las Vegas Seminar. These are kind, polite people with a wealth of knowledge used to working with aikidoka of all levels. You are most welcome to join us. We still have a few spots left.

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