About Shindai

Located minutes from downtown Orlando, Shindai Aikikai is the largest and longest standing Aikido school the Central Florida. We are a member school of the ASU, affiliated directly with the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Japan. Shindai is led by the unparalleled teaching legacy of our late founder, master instructor Dennis Hooker Sensei (ASU 7th Dan). It is currently under the direction of Chief Instructor Steve Fasen Sensei (ASU 6thDan) and an experienced staff of 7 instructors. The dojo enjoys an unrivaled reputation in the greater Aikido community, both nationally and internationally. 

Founded in 1987, Shindai offers unparalleled training in Aikido and the philosophies of Japanese Budo. All instructors are active internationally certified students of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, world renowned head of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, who lived with and trained for more than 15 years as a personal disciple of Aikido’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei). We are honored to host an annual seminar with Saotome Shihan every April.

In addition to our daily workout schedule, training at Shindai is regularly enhanced through seminars given by Saotome Shihan and other significant guest instructors from around the United States. Shindai is also the host of the East Coast Aikido Bridge Seminar, which brings together the top Aikido instructors of all ranks, organizations and styles in a communal investigation of Aiki principles. Shindai works diligently striving to maintain a level of instruction in the principles of Aikido and the philosophies of Budo that leverages a significant history as a foundation for a stronger future in Aiki.

Shindai Dojo is a Japanese Martial Arts Budokan, sharing its facilities with a select group of disciplines that have a common Japanese origin. The arts of Karate, Judo, Iai Jutsu, Jiu Jutsu, Ken, Kendo, as well as Aikido, share our floor to provide outstanding martial training. 

Please accept our open invitation to all visitors, regardless of rank or affiliation, to train at our dojo and experience vigorous and spirited learning. For more information call 407–435–9103 or leave us a message for a return call at 407–294–1047. You may also email Steve Fasen Sensei.

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