Wisdom from O’Sensei

All life is a manifestation of the spirit, the manifestation of love. And the Art of Peace is the purest form of that principle. A warrior is charged with bringing a halt to all contention and strife. Universal love functions in many forms; each manifestation should be allowed free expression. The Art of Peace is true democracy.

Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei) – The Art of Peace

Introduction to Aikido

Interested in learning a little more about Aikido before attending a class?

Attend a 30 min Introduction to Aikido session on Zoom and learn answers to questions like: How do we train?  Why do we train the way we do?  What are some of the basic movements?

Meet dojo members.

The class is free and there is no commitment to attend an in person class when we re-open.  But, we hope to stimulate your interest in the Art of Peace and perhaps see you in the dojo.

The next session will be Wednesday, June 3 at 5:30 PM.  Details on the Zoom meeting will be forthcoming.

RW

The Dream of Society as One Human Family

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 can Aikido be made in addressing the great dangers — dangers threatening our very survival — that are so much a part of our world today?  It is my greatest desire that practitioners around the world be empowered with both the scientific outlook and the spiritual worldview necessary to represent the art of Aikido as a means to the end of realizing the dream of society as one human family.”  Never in my lifetime has this philosophy been so true and so necessary.  Hold strong my friends.  I want to thank everyone for making masks, and giving blood, and most of all, staying home.  We will see each other and celebrate on the other side.

RW

 

Classes are cancelled until further notice

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 and Mary Sensei

Thank You From Mary Sensei and Resumption of Classes

Going out to volunteer in East Nashville

I was really glad to see so many of us show up to help with the tornado aftermath. It shows what a great group we have. Basically everyone who was able to, took the time to help today.

While walking down the street, we all noticed how heartbreaking it was to see so many homes were beyond repair. People are going to need help for the next several months. Hopefully we can get together like this again.
Don’t forget that you can always sign up at Hands On Nashville and they’ll let you know whatever they need done. On the busiest days, they’ll probably also have tents up like they did today. You can walk into the tent and sign up whenever you’re ready. That way you don’t have to designate a specific time.
If you want to volunteer on a day when it’s raining, please consider something such as the Nashville Food Project. They are extra busy right now taking food to people who need it because of the tornadoes. You can sign up to work in their kitchens or (if it’s not raining) their gardens. Their link for signing up also takes you to Hands On Nashville and you sign up through them.
It’s important to Tom and I that Nashville Aikikai help the community. We’re very aware that lately we haven’t been stressing this or doing as much as we used to. Now, unfortunately, is a time when there’s plenty we can do to help. We were really glad to see the wonderful response from the group.
We resumed our normal class schedule today at 12:30 starting with the kids class. The adult classes will resume our normal schedule tomorrow morning. However, specific classes may be canceled so that people can work as we did today. If that happens you’ll receive emails about those classes later.
Ya’ll are terrific!

Midwest Shrine Seminar

Nashville Aikikai members were honored to attend a seminar at the ASU Shrine Dojo outside of Sarasota, FL with members of other dojos from the Midwest. For those of you who have never been, the Shrine Dojo is a truly magnificent and magical place to train. Designed and built by Saotome Sensei, it is the only Shrine Dojo dedicated to O’Sensei outside of Owama, Japan. The dojo is located in rural central Florida. It opens into an outdoor training space, making you feel a oneness with the natural world while training. We listened to the rain and the call of Barred owls. Our training was invigorated by the cool, clear, clean morning air. It is an incredible privilege to receive such great training in that wonderful environment. We want to thank Whited Sensei for organizing this Shrine Seminar for Midwest Dojos. Sessions at the Shrine Dojo are held roughly every month from September to April. Both Yudansha and Mudansha are invited to attend regular Shrine sessions. If you are interested in attending a Shrine Seminar, please talk to Mary Sensei.

Attendees at Midwest Shrine Seminar, taught by Saotome Sensei and 4 ASU Senior instructors, Wendy Whited Sensei, Mary McIntire Sensei, Kay Sandacz Sensei, and Steve Matthews Sensei
Mary Sensei teaches at Shrine Seminar
Left to right: Mark, Marta, Mary Sensei, and Andres at the entrance to the Aikido Shrine Dojo: Aikido University of Shihan School
ASU Shrine Dojo