Aikido at Nashville Aikikai
Aikido for Your Life.

COVID 19: In accordance with Metro Nashville Department of Public Health guidelines, Nashville Aikikai is currently closed to in-person classes.  However, we are still an active dojo.  We invite Aikidoka of all levels of experience to join us for Zoom classes on Monday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 7:00 PM CDT. 


Monday Night: Aikido basics and weapons – Marta Sensei

Meeting ID: 719 7321 6839
Passcode: 5c8k8W

Thursday Night: Meditative aiki flow, focusing on slow movement, meditation, and breathing – Tom Sensei

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Meeting ID: 716 8579 9671
Passcode: 5nrUqi


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 Rokudan. 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 a kids class for ages 9-15 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.  We also welcome donations using the PayPal Donate button below.  

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Hi Everyone, Hope you’re all staying well both physically and mentally. Today is a sad day for the ASU community. Patty Saotome Sensei, who has been ill for the last few years, was moved to hospice a couple days ago and quietly passed away this morning. There will be a Zoom memorial service for her… Read More

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We will be having virtual class via Zoom at 6:30 PM on Labor Day.  New students are welcome.  Come and learn about the Art of Peace.  In the words of O’Sensei, “The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world.  There is evil and disorder in the world because people have forgotten that all… Read More

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The RW extends sincere apologies.  Our virtual classes are being held on Monday and Thursday nights.  All Aikidoka of all affiliations and levels of training, including beginners are welcome. RW

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