Aikido at Nashville Aikikai
Aikido for Your Life.

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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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Nashville Aikikai will be holding virtual classes on Thursdays at 09:30 and Mondays at 18:30. Information on how to connect has been sent via Google Group. If you need more information, please let mr know. RW

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The RW has been a little busy at work these days.  I am missing training and hoping we will get some virtual aikido training up and going soon.  In the evenings, in leiu of training, I have started re-reading Saotome Sensei’s book, Light on Transmission.  I was struck by the following observation, “Of what use… Read More

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To all of our members and friends. Given the critical importance of social distancing in controlling the spread of Covid 19, classes at Nashville Aikikai are cancelled until further notice. Please stay safe and healthy. If any of our dojo members needs anything, please reach out via the google group. RW on behalf of Tom… Read More

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