Aikido Shihan, Mitsugi Saotome, will lead the 2018 ASU Aikido Winter Intensive seminar at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The event will be held from January 3, 2018 to January 7, 2018 (Wednesday – Sunday). This will be the tenth year the event will be held at this popular location. This year’s seminar marks the beginning of a new schedule format. 5 full days of training (7 hours a day). This new event date will allow attendees to enjoy the holidays with their families, and still start the new year with world class training after the holiday season. In addition, travel and hotel arrangements should be much easier:  plane fares are better, airports less crowded, and room rates at the Sirata are significantly less expensive than last year ($50/night less!)

Beginning with this year, the camp is under new management by the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU). Our goal is for Winter Intensive 2.0 to be completely retooled, more modern, more responsive to your needs and preferences, and more inclusive of all who train and all who come with them, while still continuing the tradition of world class instruction by some of the best aikido teachers anywhere. Classes will include intensive training for both open hand and weapons work. There will be discussion and application of internal, technical, and philosophical concepts that will advance your understanding and your effectiveness. An extended afternoon break will allow time to relax and enjoy some of the best that Florida in January has to offer, with an expanded extracurricular schedule so there will be plenty of options to choose!

Saotome Sensei is 80 years old now. He is still active and still awesome, and one of the last living Uchideshi of the Founder. Seize this opportunity and come see him. Now is now.

The seminar is owned and operated by the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and the members of its Board. Brand new mats exclusively for this event will be provided through the generous dedication of the ASU Board.


Winter Intensive Flyer.  Artwork by Troy Farrow.