Aikido at Nashville Aikikai
Aikido for Your Life.


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 Godan. 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 6-10 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.

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Nashville Aikikai classes will be cancelled on Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and March 4th for the seminar at The Dojo of Nashville with Messores Sensei.  Nashville Aikikai members are encouraged to attend or at least go out and watch a class. Second Friday Class will be March 9th.  See you there! RW

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John Messores Sensei will be teaching a seminar at the Dojo of Nashville March 2, 3, and 4.  The seminar will focus on the use of jo in Aikido.  Cost for the weekend is $140. Schedule: Registration 6:00pm Friday March 2, Class 6:30pm Saturday March 3, Class 10:00am – 12:00pm Saturday March 3, Class 3:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday… Read More

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Come on out to our weather delayed Kigami Biraki celebration tonight at 6:30.  We will have keiko, dinner, a dojo business meeting, and envelope stuffing.  There may not be cake, but there will be fruit tea. RW

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