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 will have our usual 2nd Friday night class taught by Tom and Mary Sensei on Friday, March 3 (the first Friday of the month).  We will have class, a brief planning meeting for the upcoming seminar with Ikeda Sensei, then dinner.  See you there! RW

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Thank you, Messores Sensei, for a great seminar. And thank you, dojo members, for your contributions to the Shade Tree Clinic

Nashville Aikikai had a great showing at Messores Sensei’s seminar at the Dojo of Nashville this weekend (not all shown above).  Andres noted that Messores Sensei’s comments on Friday night that he cannot teach us, instead the individual has to put in the effort to learn, were, for him, worth the price of admission.  I… Read More

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2nd Friday Class will be this coming Friday, 2/10/17.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  Keiko will be taught be Tom and Mary McInitire Sensei starting at 6:30.  We will go to dinner after class. Also, a reminder that John Messores Sensei will be teaching a seminar at The Dojo of Nashville the weekend of 2/17… Read More

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