Aikido Shihan Mitsugi Saotome will be teaching every day at the next Aikido International Winter Intensive seminar at the world-class Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The event will be held from December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017. This will be the ninth year the event will be held at this popular location. This will be one of the most memorable ASU seminars of 2016, with new special community events planned for every day of the seminar!
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Annual ASU International Winter Intensive
December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017- $300
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October 27 @ 6:30 pm - October 29 @ 1:00 pm
November 9 @ 4:00 pm - November 13 @ 2:00 pm
November 10 @ 6:00 pm - November 12 @ 12:00 pm
November 17 @ 6:30 pm - November 19 @ 12:00 pm
December 1 @ 7:00 pm - December 3 @ 12:00 pm
December 8 @ 6:00 pm - December 10 @ 1:00 pm
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In April I was sitting with Jim Alverez and Saotome sensei after class. Saotome Sensei was speaking about patience (Nintai) as it relates to the warriors path. I recent asked Josh Drackman for his take on the kanji. I am sharing it below as it really clarifies what sensei tried his best to convey in English. NINTAI "The compound nintai is often translated as patience, or bearing up under the blade (katana). It can mean endure. More deeply it is the heart of the samurai who can protect and enter into an opponent -- at the highest level without drawing a sword. "The first character on its own is shinobu which also means endure or hold yourself in place in the face of danger or a challenge. Therefore, perservere. The second is taeru which can also means to hold your ground or persist. The kammuri or top radical of shinobu is actually the kanji for kiru or "to cut". It's what katana or sword becomes when you add the additional small crossing slash to the character. So it is probably better to say enduring under the cutting blade which makes it more dynamic and in the present." Josh Drackman