ASU Winter Intensive 2020 is privileged to be led once again by Aikido Shihan Mitsugi Saotome Sensei. Along with Saotome Sensei, this year’s Special Friendship Guest Instructors Jan Nevelius Shihan (Sweden) and Marsha Turner Sensei (Chicago) will teach, along with other senior ASU Instructors from across the country.

We are very pleased to welcome everyone back to the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida, where the event will be held from January 2, 2020 to January 6, 2020 (Thursday – Monday). This is the twelfth year the ASU Winter Intensive will be held at this location. By popular demand, the five-day camp schedule will again be held after the holiday period at the beginning of January. This event date allows attendees to enjoy the holidays with their families, and still start the new year with world class training. We are happy to confirm that we have been able to keep room rates at the Sirata unchanged, maintaining the significantly discounted rates we have enjoyed for the last two years (just mention ASU Aikido when you make your reservations). Also, the very popular dojo group discount will continue this year:  buy 4, get 1 free when all five people from your dojo register together. By this mechanism, every dojo has the potential to organize an in-house scholarship for that student who should really go to camp but has financial restrictions. Or, all five can share in the savings! Just message info@winterintensive.com for details.

With this, our third year of management by the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU), our goal is for the Winter Intensive to continue to evolve each year by listening to your feedback and making adjustments accordingly — all while continuing the tradition of world class instruction by some of the best aikido teachers anywhere. (Check out the truly impressive teaching roster!) 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 82 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.

If you have relevant products or services you would like to offer to our dojo community, please complete and return the vendor information form  right away so we can make sure to save a spot for your display.

If you are interested in  volunteering at this year’s Winter Intensive, please complete and return the volunteer information form right away, and we’ll organize a choice of areas where you can help out — and thanks!

This event is owned and operated by the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. Training mats exclusively for this event are provided through the generous donation of the ASU Board.

SHOBU AIKI