Big Sky Aikido — A Member of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba


Kaiten-Nage (Rotary-Throw)

Bradley Kaser swirling Russell Kaufman-Pace to the mat with Kaiten-Nage.

Shiho-Nage (Four-direction Throw)

In the final stages of the Shiho-Nage technique, Nicole gives an excellent display of sanshin (alertness-remaining form) with Elizabeth as the uke (receiver).

Perfect placement and connection.

One holds the other with the power of intention.

Yokomen-Uchi (Side-head-Strike)

Delivering a Yokomen-Uchi (Side-head Strike) toward Nicole, Pete gives his training partner energy. Nicole, in turn,  blends and receives the energy given by her training partner’s attack.


As Nicole applies the finish to the technique of Kote-Gaishi, Elizabeth prepares to tap the mat signaling the finish to the techniques application.

Tsuki (an opening is perceived and taken)

While training with bokken, the aikidoist perceives the opportunity to enter and control the circumstance of the encounter.

Brenda and Sherri enjoying the intensity of sincere training.

Big Sky Aikido

Big Sky Aikido — Service to Bozeman since 1980

Aikido is martial-art training in a Japanese martial way. The art is found within the context of a non-competive, health promoting, and a character focused community.

Training in Aikido

Training within the art of aikido has its purpose within several categories. Aikido is training in character development through the understanding of and the use of etiquette –– how we respect and behave toward one another from a moral perspective while training in this martial way. Secondly, through the medium of movement we can experience the joy of the aesthetic experience from the perspective of flow between training partners. And thirdly, the training in aikido serves health through exercise; aikido allows the practitioner to remain physically fit through a balance of cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and strength.

The art of aikido itself is directly related and grew out of the  era of the samurai class of Japan. Big Sky Aikido students training in this Japanese martial way have as their direction and their focus the experience of quality movement, quality technique, and the flow of ki (movement-energy) found within and between training partners. The study of the intricacies associated with this sincere training  is also one of the directions of the dojo and the teachers within this dojo.

Big Sky Aikido (BSA) has three senior sensei (teachers) with more than 100 years of training and teaching experience between them. Olson Sensei has been teaching and training for more than 52 years and has trained extensively in Korea and Japan. He is a retired professor  from the College of Education, Health and Human Development with 34 years of teaching experience at Montana State University. Stenzel Sensei is a lecturer at MSU teaching and guiding freshman students during their first semesters at MSU.  Moore-Gough Sensei is an adjunct professor within the College of Agriculture at MSU.

The dojo itself has been in Bozeman for approximately forty years and is a proud member of aikido’s Honbu Dojo, located in Tokyo, Japan. Our dojo is affiliated with the Honbu Dojo and the International Aikido Federation thru our national organization, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU), with M. Saotome as it’s founder.

With over 50 active members and more than 20 yudansha (black-belt ranking students) the training is of high quality within this dojo. With these many high-level practitioners and coupled with it’s years of experience, BSA finds itself as one of the best and highest quality dojo in the United States.

Our philosophy, “Train With Joy” mirrors the enjoyment found from learning to train with a passion, and with sincerity. Aikido is based on our mutual respect for our training partners — it is a non-competitive art. When training in aikido the trainee finds trust while moving through the various aikido techniques, camaraderie and friendship follow from that trust.

Please — come and “Check us out.”

Check out the Beginning Classes further explained in our beginning menu. Or, come in and take a look at any of our classes to observe and  inquire if aikido might be of interest to you. We  recommended Saturday morning general class which begins at 8:15 am for a visit. Then, in this way, you’ll be able to observe a class and speak with a senior member of the dojo to decide if aikido is for you.

For further information please call or email:

Phone: (406) 585-1100