Aikido for Your Life.


We are a dojo located in Nashville, TN that practices the Japanese martial art of Aikido and are affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.  Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art developed by Morihei Ueshiba. By blending his peaceful philosophical beliefs with his broad experience of Japanese Budo, he discovered an art of peaceful reconciliation. Physical strength is not required to use these techniques of self-defense, and along the way there is no predicting what you may discover about yourself.

Our Chief Instructors, Tom and Mary McIntire Sensei, both hold the rank of Godon. They both trained directly with Saotome Shihan in Sarasota, FL and have been honored by him with the designation Ueshiba Juku. This honor is awarded by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan to selected senior students and instructors in recognition of their loyalty and dedication to building ASU and promoting O Sensei’s vision. It declares that they are not only true deshi (direct disciples) of Saotome Sensei and inheritors of his teachings, but are also part of O Sensei’s own school and pure lineage as only a true Uchi Deshi of O Sensei can recognize.

We love meeting new people and welcome everyone to come and train with us, regardless of experience level.  We have youth classes for ages 11-16 on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00 PM.  We have a kids class for ages 6-10 on Saturdays at 12:30 PM.  We have adult classes in the the morning at 6:30 AM and in the evening at 6:30 PM Monday through Friday, as well as classes on Saturday and Sunday.  Our full class schedule is available on the schedule page.  To learn more about the art of Aikido and our dojo, come by and visit a class.  We are located at 1701B Fatherland Street, in the heart of hip East Nashville.

If you are interested in training, come to the dojo Monday or Wednesday night for our 6:30 PM Introductory Class. Please wear comfortable exercise attire (sweatpants and a t-shirt are excellent) and arrive a few minutes early to fill out the training waiver.  The first class is free, so you can see if Aikido at Nashville Aikikai is right for you.

Nashville Aikikai is a not for profit organization.  All of our instructors are volunteers.  Dues go to the maintenance of the dojo.

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Due to the Mini-Seminar with Tom and Mary McIntire Sensei on10/17/15, we will NOT have our usual “2nd Friday Class” on. 10/9/15.  If there is sufficient interest, there will be regular keiko on Friday night with Tom Sensei.  Please look for his Google Group email on Wednesday or Thursday and try to come out and train on… Read More

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Nashville Aikikai will host a mini-seminar with Tom and Mary McIntire Sensei on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Classes will be held from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 3:00 to 5:00.  The seminar is free for members of the dojo.  For non-members, cost is $25.00 for the seminar and $15.00 for a single class.  Please make… Read More

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What a wonderful seminar we had this weekend with Tres Hofmeister Shihan!  I know that I have been left with a lot to think about until we see him again next year.  He asked us to think about aikido as more than just the physical aspect of technique, but also to examine our perceptions, to… Read More

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