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Nashville Aikikai offers a variety of classes to meet student needs. Visitors are welcome to watch. The best time to watch a class is Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

We welcome all Aikidoka, regardless of affiliation or experience, to come and train. We only ask that you speak with the instructor prior to class.

Class schedule summary:

Sunday:
1:30 – 3:00 PM     Test-Prep
Monday:
6:30 – 7:30  AM    Keiko
6:30 – 8:00  PM    Introductory Class
Tuesday:
6:30 – 7:30 AM     Keiko
5:00 – 6:00 PM     Youth Class
6:30 – 8:00 PM     Weapons Class
Wednesday:
6:30 – 7:30  AM    Keiko
5:15 – 6:15  PM    Ukemi Class
6:30 – 8:00  PM    Introductory Class
Thursday:
6:30 – 7:30  AM     Keiko
5:00 – 6:00  PM     Youth Class
6:30 – 8:00  PM     Keiko
Friday:
6:30 – 8:00  PM    Keiko
Saturday:
10:00 – 11:30  AM   Keiko
12:30 – 1:30    PM   Children’s Class

Class Descriptions

Keiko (General) Class: We have a general class (keiko) Monday through Thursday at 6:30 AM and Thursday and Friday at 6:30 PM.  General classes are open to anyone who has completed the 8 week Introductory Class.  The content of the class will depend on the experience levels of the attendees.  Keiko on Saturday at 10:00 AM typically features more advanced training.

Introductory Class: Nashville Aikikai offers ongoing open enrollment for beginning students with or without previous aikido experience on Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. There is no need to preregister and you may start on any date. Beginning students are welcome to attend any combination of Monday and Wednesday evening Introductory Classes, Wednesday Ukemi Class, Monday and Wednesday morning classes, and the Sunday Test Prep Class.

Students of any level may attend the Introductory Class.  This gives new students an opportunity to work with senior members of the dojo, and more experienced students to practice basic technique.  Students are introduced to the basics of Aikido, including open hand techniques and weapons (tanto, bokken, and jo). This class will help prepare students for their first kyu tests.

Weapons Class: The Weapons Class features beginning to advanced level techniques using bokken (wooden sword), tanto (wooden knife), and jo (short staff). Weapons training helps students to develop a sense of distance and timing in relation to their partner, as well as center and focus. The Weapons class is held at 6:30 PM on Tuesday.

Ukemi Class: Ukemi includes the art of attacking with good center, blending, and rolling/falling to protect yourself as the technique is completed.  A class focusing on ukemi is offered on Wednesday at 5:15 PM.

Test Prep Class: This class focuses on preparation for Kyu and Yudansha testing.  It is open to all students and provides good training in the fundamentals of kihon waza (basic technique).

Kids Class (Ages 6-10)
Saturday, 12:30-1:15 PM. 

This class is for children ages six to ten years old. Parental presence is required. We will consider it a successful class if everyone has fun and gets a good stretching, centering, and aerobic workout while being exposed to the teachings and the techniques of traditional Japanese Aikido.  We teach rolls, falls, and basic strikes and grabs in order to help students develop self defense capabilities. But we do not HAVE to have classes that rely on strikes or grabs to have a great class, and we limit teaching in this area.  There are no pre-requisites nor physical abilities necessary to start this class.

Nashville Aikikai believes that each person has their own reasons for training, and that these should be respected. We adhere closely to the the curriculum of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU), but this is a flexible model that requires only a sincere effort to succeed. This flexibility says the demands of training should be calibrated to the student, offering each student the best opportunity to grow and develop in the art of Aikido.  We take this same approach with our youngest students.

Youth Class (Ages 11-16)
Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 to 6:00 PM.

The Youth class is open to children and adolescents between the ages of eleven and sixteen.  The curriculum covers the same material as the adult classes, with an added emphasis on the ukemi (the ability to fall and roll) needed to train safely.  New material and techniques are introduced as each student’s ability increases.  Our emphasis on the cooperative, non-competitive nature of the art allows new students to begin training in a safe manner while our more experienced students develop the skills and self control necessary to help their juniors practice and learn safely.  The goal of the youth class is to have each student fully prepared for their first adult test at age 16.

Please note that the Youth schedule follows the Davidson County school system for days off due to snow and other emergencies.

Nashville Aikikai is a non-profit organization. Our instructors, office managers, etc., donate their time, effort, and skills for the benefit of the dojo and students.  All dues go towards the operation, maintenance, and beautification of the dojo.

Dues are paid on the first day of the month or at the beginning of a new class.

Adult Dues:

Introductory Class:
$125.00 for the eight week class.

Regular dues for students who have already taken the Introductory Class or are joining from another Aikido dojo:
$85.00 per month.

Youth Dues (Ages 10 – 16):
Introductory Class  (This class lasts two months. A uniform is included in this price. Please speak to the the instructor for more information).
$100.00 for the eight week class.

Regular dues for students who have completed the Introductory Class or are joining from another Aikido dojo.
$50.00 per month.

Kids Dues (Ages 6 – 10):
Regular dues for all Kids’ Class students.
$25.00 per month.

Family Dues:

Highest tuition pays full price with a 50% discount for each additional family member.

Cookeville Aikikai in Cookeville, TN offers Aikido classes in affiliation with Nashville Aikikai. Please see their website for more information: www.cookevilleaikido.com.

2 thoughts on “Classes

    1. Unfortunately, the Smyrna location is no longer affiliated with us. I will be sure to update the website. Thank you for your interest. RW

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