Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the Shade Tree Clinic.  We collected $650.00 to donate to the Vanderbilt medical student run free health clinic for members of our community.

Our next mini-Seminar with Tom and Mary Mcintire Sensei will be Saturday, April 16th.

Ikeda Shilan will be in Louisville on February 26-28, 2016.  Anyone who can should try to attend.  Ikeda Shihan will be here at Nashville Aikikai on May 20-22, 2016.

Steve Fasen Sensei will be teaching a seminar at Bushinkan Dojo/The Dojo of Nashville on March 11-13, 2016.  Classes at Nashville Aikikai will be cancelled that weekend.  Please try to attend the seminar, if you can.

Shade Tree Clinic Donations

Happy New Year! Welcome back to the dojo after our holiday hiatus. We will continue collecting donations for the Shade Tree Clinic until the end of class on Friday, January 8. Everyone who can, please try to come to that class, as that will be our Kigami Biraki celebration. Happy Training.

Update on Class Cancellations

There will be no evening class on Wednesday, December 30 due to the Music City Bowl.
Both morning and evening classes is cancelled Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1 for the New Years holiday.
There WILL be class Tuesday night, December 29th, as scheduled.
Classes resume as normal on Saturday, January 2.
Please remember to come out to Kigami Biraki at 6:30 on Friday, January 8.
Happy New Year!

Holiday Schedule and Kagami Biraki

There will be no class on the following days:
Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
Sunday, December 27 (Last Titans home game of the season – It’s about time)
Thursday, December 31 (New Years Eve)
Friday, January 1 (New Years Day)

Kagami Biraki, literally “mirror opening” is a traditional Japanese celebration that is held in many martial arts school. It is a time of renewal and rededication of the spirit. We will celebrate Kagami Biraki during second Friday class on Friday, January 8, with dinner afterwards. This is a special day for our dojo to rededicate ourselves to our training and to each other and to thank Tom and Mary Sensei for their instruction. Even if you are usually unable to attend class on Friday nights, please try to attend.

We are still collecting donations for Shade Tree Clinic. Donations may be given to Mary Sensei or Marta, may be left in the box, or may be made via PayPal (please see the November 28 post for the link). We thank everyone who has already donated or who is planning to donate.


There will be no class today, Sunday, December 6, due to the Titans game. Sunday class will resume next week.

On Tuesday, December 8, the TV program Nashville will be filming at The Post from 6 AM until noon. If you are planning to attend class on Tuesday morning, just be aware that parking may be difficult.

We will be having “Second Friday” class on Friday, December 11. Everyone who can please come out for a great class with Tom and Mary Sensei. As usual, we will be going out to dinner afterwards.

We are continuing to collect donations for our holiday charity, the Shade Tree Clinic. Please see my previous post for a description. Checks may be given to Mary Sensei or Marta or left in the box in the dojo. Please indicate Shade Tree Clinic on the memo line. You can also donate from the website using PayPal. Go to the November 28 post for the link.

Holiday Charity: Shade Tree Clinic

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Part of the mission of our dojo is service to our community.  Every Christmas season, the dojo collects money to support a local charity.  For the last several years, we have collected money to support the Shade Tree Clinic.  The Shade Tree Clinic is a Vanderbilt Medical Student run free clinic located on Dickerson Pike, only a few miles from the dojo.  It provides acute and chronic medical care for Nashville residents with limited resources, many of whom live in the East Nashville area.  Please donate to help our neighbors continue to be able to receive high quality free medical care, social services, and health education.  Donations can be given to Mary Sensei or Marta.  Checks can be placed in the box.  Please make the check out to Nashville Aikikai and write, “Shade Tree Clinic,” on the memo line, so we can submit one check for the donation from our dojo.  Or, donate via PayPal (see below).

Thanks to Marie, our visitor from Asheville, NC, who trained with us today.  She had previously trained with Andres in Boston.  We greatly appreciate her making the first donation today, and hope to see her in the dojo again soon.

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Happy Thanksgiving

mark rondori

Nothing better to get Thanksgiving started than a little rondori.  Really builds that appetite for turkey and stuffing.  But seriously, just a reminder that all classes are cancelled on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.  Class will be held as usual on Saturday, November 28.  Class will be cancelled on Sunday, November 29 and Sunday, December 6, due to Titans home games.

November Class Announcements

“Second Friday Class” with Tom and Mary McIntire Sensei will be held 11/13/15.

Class will be cancelled for Thanksgiving 11/26 and 11/27.

Please try to come out to our regular Friday night classes.  I will send out a message on the Google Group on Thursday mornings to assess who will be attending on Friday.  Please be sure to respond or text or email me if you are planning to attend.

Wendy White Sensei will be in Louisville next weekend.  This will be a great seminar and we encourage all dojo members to attend.  We will have classes as usually scheduled next weekend, but it would be great if no one showed up because of the seminar.  RW is very disappointed not to be able to go, but she is on call and cannot leave town.



Wendy Whited Sensei in Louisville

Wendy Whited Sensei will be at Aikido of Louisville (Tony’s dojo) November 13-15.  This is a great chance to see a fantastic instructor and longtime friend of our dojo.  The RW will be on call (she is a little more than mildly perturbed about missing the seminar), but I encourage everyone who can go to do so.  It is only a 3 hour drive.  Even if you can only go up for classes on Saturday, it is well worth the trip.  Ask around the dojo or send out inquiries on the Google Group to see if you can share a ride with someone.  And, if you are able to go, give my best to Whited Sensei.

Thanks to Damien for putting together the slideshow, “Nashkikai, The Making of the Movie.” He sent it out to everyone on the Google Group, but if you haven’t seen it, please let him know, and I am sure he would forward you a copy.