Gasshuku Schedule Posted / Site Information / What to Bring

Very shortly, we’ll be gathering for the 2012 International Shintaido Gasshuku - ”Be Like Water”.

More details have been added to the  gasshuku schedule at http://2012.shintaido.org/schedule/. Please note registration begins at 10:30 am, and no lunch is provided on check-in day.

At Sonoma State, each apartment contains four bedrooms, four baths, and a full kitchen.  Bedding, sheets and towels are provided.  There is access to wi-fi but not Skype. 

What to bring:   Keiko gi, tabi, and a variety of clothing since it is hot during the day, and cool at night.  Sunscreen, hat, water bottle and swimsuit (pool available).

Other items you would normally bring on vacation!

Looking forward to seeing you soon.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Cheryl Williams, Gasshuku Manager



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Instructors Page Posted

Excitement about the Gasshuku continues to build!

We are delighted to let you know that we have posted the Instructors Page.   http://2012.shintaido.org/instructors/

When you look at the biographies of the Instructors teaching at this event, the breadth and depth of their martial arts and life experience is truly inspiring.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Cheryl Williams, Gasshuku Manager

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Action Needed for Entry into the United States

The U.S. Government recommends that travellers go online to submit an authorization request at least three days (72 hours) before travelling to the United States.

Please go to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website to complete the form. The form costs USD $4 to complete and another USD $10 when you are authorized. You can read more about the ESTA in the online help.

There may be other  requirements relating to international travel. We recommend that you review any travel paperwork requirements as soon as possible to avoid problems.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Gasshuku!

Cheryl Williams,  Gasshuku Manager

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Gasshuku Merchandise Now Available!

Gasshuku merchandise is now available for purchase on the Merchandise page:


All orders must be placed by June 5th! This deadline is so we can deliver them to you at the gasshuku.

We have jackets, vests, T-shirts, water bottles, tote bags,and towels which feature the calligraphy of Master Masashi Minagawa and the work of artist Nao Kobayashi.  T-shirts are available in both men’s and women’s styles.

Please place you order today. http://2012.shintaido.org/merchandise/  If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you.

Sandra Bengtsson
Registration Coordinator

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Registration Deadline – May 31, 2012

Registration closes May 31, 2012.  We’re very excited that more than 95 people are attending this event!

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience keiko and cross-cultural exchange with the international Shintaido community.  To register:  http://2012.shintaido.org/registration/

Looking forward to seeing you in July!

Cheryl Williams, Gasshuku Manager

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Exam Sign Up Deadline is June 8th

If you are planning to take an exam, please sign up by June 8th.

Exams will be offered for the rankings of Shintaido Senior Instructor (Sei-Shihan), Karate 3-dan, and Bojutsu 3-dan and above.

Go to: 2012.shintaido.org/exams

If you would like to borrow a weapon for your exam, please contact another gasshuku participant directly.  We cannot guarantee there will be extra weapons available at the event.

Questions?  Contact Shin Aoki at shinaoki@aol.com

Cheryl Williams, Gasshuku Manager

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Exam Application Posted

Thank you for registering for the International Gasshuku. We’re looking forward to seeing you in July. It will be a wonderful opportunity to do kumite with old friends and new acquaintances.

Exams will be offered for the rankings of Shintaido Senior Instructor (Sei-Shihan), Karate 3-dan, and Bojutsu 3-dan and above.

Planning to challenge an exam? Go to: 2012.shintaido.org/exams

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Accommodations before and after the gasshuku

2012 International Shintaido Gasshuku Attendees:

Greetings! We’re getting closer to the big event. Here is some information on housing and travel before or after the gasshuku.

If you are looking for inexpensive housing in San Francisco, you might consider the San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel. Several gasshuku attendees are planning to stay at the hostel. The rate is $35 per night for dormitory-style accommodations, right near Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown San Francisco. To make reservations, please call the hostel at 1-877-464-6783.

From San Francisco, we recommend that you return to the airport and take the Sonoma Airporter directly to the DoubleTree Hotel near the gasshuku site. When reading the Sonoma Airporter schedule, please remember that you will be taking the bus from “SFO San Francisco” to “Doubletree Hotel Rohnert Park”.

If you are interested in a little more comfortable accommodations the night before the event, we have reserved a few rooms on Monday, July 2nd, at the DoubleTree Hotel near the gasshuku site. This is the hotel where the airport shuttle arrives from the San Francisco airport.

If you want to reserve a room, please go to: www.doubletree.hilton.com/Rohnert-Park and enter this group code: 617 for July 2nd or 618 for July 6th.  Or you can call:  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country  1-707-584-5466.  Reference this reservation number: #1001463301, and our group, Shintaido of America, and my name, Stephen Billias. Then you can book one of these rooms at the group rate of $139.00 a night on July 2nd, or $199.00 a night on July 6th.

Finally, if you haven’t done so yet, please visit the Housing and Transportation page and fill out the short form that provides us your flight information. That way we can check to make sure that you get to the gasshuku site on time.

We look forward to seeing you!

Stephen Billias
Housing and Transportation Coordinator

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Participants Page Goes Live

Who will be attending the International Gasshuku in July?  Go to:  2012.shintaido.org/participants

If you haven’t registered, there is still space available.  Come explore how you can be like water.  To register:  2012.shintaido.org/registration

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Final Balance Due for Gasshuku

Soon we will gather together for the 2012 Shintaido International Gasshuku. 

Just a reminder that any balance due for the event is due on or before May 31, 2012.  Please go to – http://2012.shintaido.org/registration/

Please contact me with any questions -  sandra2012gasshuku@gmail.com

Thank you.

Sandra Bengtsson, Registration Coordinator

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