Paying Dojo Dues Via PayPal

  • Log into your PayPal account
  • In the bar at the top of the page, choose “Summary,” if you are not already there.
  • On the upper right, there is a blue circle with the word, “Send,” beneath it. Click that.
  • In the “Send money to” box, type “,” then click the “Next” button
  • Enter the amount to be sent. You can add a note to explain the payment (eg. Jan dues, ASU dues, etc)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Continue” button
  • Confirm your payment method, then click the “Confirm” button
  • You can set up automatic payments using PayPal Credit, but that is a line of credit which charges interest at an annual percentage rate (APR) of 26.24%. Like a credit card, there is no interest if you pay off your balance each month. Honestly, I would just recommend going in and sending us a payment on the first of each month, but it is really up to you.

O’Sensei’s philosophy realized in daily life – NPR

I heard this piece on NPR this morning on the way to work. It spoke to me as reflective of O’Sensei’s vision that violence begets violence and the effectiveness of redirecting the negative energy to achieve peaceful resolution of conflict in breaking the cycle of violence. This piece gives an example of how that philosophy might be realized in our daily lives off of the mat.


Dojo will be closed this weekend

Just a reminder that classes at Nashville Aikikai will be cancelled on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday February 17 for the seminar being held with Fasen Sensei at The Dojo of Nashville.  We encourage all dojo members to attend that seminar.  If you are unable to participate for some reason, then you can still learn a great deal by attending and watching the training, which is free of charge.  Let’s have a great turnout from Nashville Aikikai!


Introductory Cohort Offering

Nashville Aikikai will be having a get to know more about Aikido session with Mark Sensei on Saturday, February 2.  We encourage you to stop by the dojo at 11:00 AM to see the end of our advanced class and then Mark’s intro session will start at 11:30 AM.  Wear loose fitting athletic clothing, as there will be both question and answer and participation on the mat.  Then on Monday, February 4, we will be starting an 8 week Introductory Cohort on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  Come out, bring a friend, and learn the traditional martial art of Aikido in a safe, friendly, and non-competitive environment.  Don’t worry if you cannot commit to every Monday and Wednesday for the next 8 weeks.  We all have work and life conflicts, so just come out as much as you can.  Aikido training promotes physical fitness as well as personal growth.  Quoting the founder, O’Sensei, “True victory is victory over oneself.”  We hope to see you in the dojo.


Congratulations to Tom and Mary McIntire Sensei on promotion to 6th Dan!

ASU has just posted the Kagami Biraki promotions for 2019.  Tom and Mary McIntire Sensei, both Juku Instructors, have been promoted to Rokyudan!  This is in recognition of both their skills as Aikidoka and their service to ASU and the greater Aikido community.  It is a tremendous privilege to have them as our instructors.  Please join me in congratulating them and all the other ASU members promoted to Yondan and above this year, including Nashville’s own Steve Matthews, who was promoted to Godan.  Please join us for our dojo celebration of Kagami Biraki at class on Friday, January 18th at 6:30 PM.