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

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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.

Thanks, Kyu tests, video filming.


Thank you to Tom and Mary Sensei for a great mini-seminar yesterday.

Congratulations!  We had 3 great Kyu tests yesterday:

Yonkyu: Gena and Sean

Rokkyu: Sam

On Sunday, October 25, we will be filming our promotional video.  Those of you who have segments assigned to you know who you are and should be at the dojo at 9:00 AM.  We need lots of ukes, so even if you do not have a segment assigned to you, please come and participate.  We want to get as many dojo members as possible at the dojo at 1:30 PM to film bowing in and bowing out.  Be aware that the Titans are playing that day – game starts at 12:00.  This will also be a Fast Fix 8 weekend.  Traffic will be challenging for getting to East Nashville, so please consider your route and give yourself extra time to get to the dojo.  Thanks to everyone in advance for all your help in putting this together and a special thank you to Matthew for doing the filming, editing, etc.  We really appreciate your expertise.


Sunday Class Cancelled.

Class on Sunday, October 11, 2015, will be cancelled due to the Titans game at noon.  Traffic will be pretty heavy around 3:00 PM, when the game is finishing.  Traffic will likely be worse than normal for a Titans game due to this being a Fast Fix Eight weekend.  Look forward to seeing you in the dojo next week.  Please try to come to the Mini-seminar on Saturday, October 17.  Classes will be held at 10:00 and 3:00.

Mini-Seminar with Tom and Mary McIntire Sensei

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 plans to attend.  We look forward to seeing you in the dojo!