Saotome Sensei and Mary Sensei

Welcome back to Mary Sensei, who spent last weekend in Florida training with Saotome Sensei at the Ranch.  Below, please see Mary Sensei’s recent email regarding the importance of attending seminars.

“I’d like to stress the importance of seminars.

In addition to regular training at the dojo, attending seminars is the way to improve your Aikido.

Different instructors explain things in different ways, emphasize different points, and even do techniques in different ways.  These differences can be very helpful to your understanding of the art.  They’ll give you ideas that you can continue to work on in the dojo.  If you don’t have opportunities during class to work on things you pick up at seminars, you can grab a partner and work on those things before or after class.

Additionally, training with people from other dojos is often eye-opening.  You get used to the way people attack and take ukemi in your home dojo.  People from other dojos will be slightly different.  Adjusting to those differences is great training — Aikido is all about adjusting so that you can deal with life and those around you.

Monday and Wednesday morning classes resume

First, thank you to Tom Sensei for a great class last night.  He emphasized the benefits of slow practice.  His class also reminds us of the importance of “beginner’s mind.”  To seek in your training to have an open mind to what the instructor is teaching and not train only in our own preconceptions of which technique is being demonstrated or how one normally does that technique.

Tom Sensei will be resuming Monday and Wednesday morning classes starting this Monday, October 15.  Class will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 AM.  The class will focus on slow movments, meditation, and stretching.  It will cover many basic principles.  It will be a great way to get the day started!  See you there.



Thank You and Congratulations

Thank you to Hofmeister Sensei for a great seminar.  We look forward to seeing you again soon at other seminars and back at Nashville Aikikai next October.

Congratulations on the following promotions earned at the seminar:

Mit (Nashville Aikikai) – Shodan

Dennis (Aikido of East AL) – Shodan

Micheal (Nashville Aikikai) – Nidan

Nashville Aikikai members – we will have second Friday class next week to be led by Tom Sensei.  Mary Sensei will be training with Saotome Sensei at the Shrine Dojo.

Schedule Changes

Tom Sensei’s Monday and Wednesday Morning Classes will be on hold until October.

Monday and Wednesday Classes will change to a focus on Aiki movement.  We encourage students of all levels to train in these classes.

The Saturday 12:30 kids class has resumed after a summer hiatus.

The Sunday morning class has moved to 9:00 AM.


Thanks to everyone who made our mini-seminar a success, especially our visitors from Kentucky and Alabama.

Congratulations on the following promotions (all great tests):

Camilla – Rokyu

Taras – Gokyu

Katie – Gokyu

Jessie – Nikyu

A few announcements

  1.  Kid’s class will resume on Saturday, August 1.  Class is at 12:30
  2.  Reminder that we will be having a mini-seminar on August 11, 2018.  Second  Friday class is cancelled on Friday, August 10, 2018.
  3. Reminder that Sunday class is now starting at 09:00.  This is a more open type of class, where you can request to work on specific things or ask questions.  Hope to see you there.