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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We are back up and running after a brief technical difficulty. Congratulations to David (Cookeville Dojo) on promotion to Gokyu. We look forward to Chad’s Sankyu test on Saturday, 4/27/17. Several dojo members enjoyed a visit to the Buddhist Art exhibit at the Frist on 4/15/17.  If you have not had a chance to see… Read More

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We enjoyed having Suarez Sensei and his student, Tim, visit with us today. Please remember that Second Friday Class will be this coming Friday, 4/14.  We encourage everyone to come out and train together.  Tom Sensei will be teaching.  We will go to dinner afterwards. On Saturday, 4/15, after morning class, we will be going… Read More

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Yamada Sensei will be at Heaven and Earth Aikido in Atlanta, GA on April 7, 8, 9.  Several dojo members are planning to attend.   Inaka Dojo (Wendy Whited’s dojo), just south of Chicago, will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a Seminar with Chuck Weber Sensei and Charlie Page Sensei.  Several dojo members are… Read More

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