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Melissa Bell Sensei - May 15-17th

Updated: Feb 23

Two Sword & Relationship to Taijutsu

Please join us for a weekend workshop of “Two Sword & Relationship to Taijutsu in Aikido” with Melissa Bell Sensei. We are honored to welcome back her back to the Bond Street Dojo mat. In this workshop she will explore Aiki-ken and two sword forms as taught by Mitsugi Saotome Sensei and the relationship and interconnection to our empty hand movements.


This will be a fundraiser seminar for the dojo. Thank you all for the support!


Cost: $100 pre-pay | $120 at the door | $35 per class

* Please comment if you will need loaner weapons (available from the dojo).



CLASS / KEIKO SCHEDULE – 稽古予定 (Tentative)


FRIDAY, May 15th, 2020

5:30PM Registration

6:30 – 8:30PM Keiko  稽古


SATURDAY, May 16th, 2020

9:45AM Registration

10:00AM – 12:00PM Keiko  稽古

LUNCH BREAK (Outside the dojo)

2:00PM – 4:00PM Keiko  稽古


*Afternoon/Evening Social- Location TBA

SUNDAY, May 17th, 2020

11:00AM Registration

11:30AM – 1:30PM Keiko  稽古

Followed by a brunch provided by the dojo



Melissa Bell Sensei (5th Dan)

Melissa Bell Sensei has taught Aikido weapons at the Aikido Annual ASU DC Summer Camp in Washington D.C. and the Annual ASU Winter Intensive in St.Petersburg, Florida. She is widely known for her work with the ASU weapons kata.


Melissa Bell Sensei is the Chief Instructor of the 12th Street Dojo in Sarasota Florida. Her training started in 1992 at the Aikido Shobukan Dojo in D.C. under Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and instructors including Patty Saotome Sensei and Frank Bell Sensei. She has also received the honor of the Ueshiba Juku designation from Saotome Sensei. Her cross-training has included Shotokan Karate (Shodan) under Rick Hotton. She has taught at the ASU Intensive seminars, throughout Florida and regional seminars across the country.



Featured as Uke in George Ledyard Sensei's Aikido sword instruction at the 2014 ASU Winter Intensive:

Courtesy of George Ledyard Sensei's - YouTube channel


Mitsugi Saotome Sensei - Two Sword forms

Courtesy of George Ledyard Sensei's - YouTube channel


Chicago Aikikai Two-Sword Seminar (1988)

Courtesy of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba - YouTube channel


The Bond Street Dojo

161 E 106 Street

New York, NY 10029

Phone: 212-477-0899


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