Community Service – Planting a Tree

The Nashville Tree Conversation Corps is sponsoring tree planting in East Nashville today along the Shelby Avenue corridor. Nashville Aikikai is committed to serving our community and participated today. Planting trees is one of the most effective ways to combat and even reverse global warming. Trees extract carbon dioxide out of the air and store it in the tree and the soil, releasing life-giving oxygen into the air.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Mahatma ghandi

A time for healing

As soon as you concern yourself with the “good” and “bad” of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weakens and defeats you”

The skill of a great martial artist lies as much in having no openings for others to attack as in having fighting skills.


Opportunity to Support Our East Nashville Community

The Nashville Tree Conservation Corps is hosting a winter tree planting on Shelby Avenue this Saturday, January 23, 2021. What are some of the benefits of urban trees? According the the South Carolina Forestry Commission, urban trees:

  • Add beauty and improve personal health
  • Reduce air pollution
  • Conserve water and reduce soil erosion
  • Save energy
  • Modify local climate
  • Increase economic stability
  • Reduce noise pollution
  • Create wildlife and plant diversity
  • Increase property values

For more information regarding the benefits of urban trees, see

For more information regarding the Nashville Tree Conversation Corps, see

You can sign up to help at

Thanks to Mark for making us aware of this great opportunity.


ASU Dues

Hi Everybody,

Hope you’re doing well.

It’s that time of year when our ASU dues are due. If you’re having financial problems and can’t afford your dues this year, please contact me directly. You can either email me at or simply hit reply (not reply all) to this update.

The dues are $45 for mudansha (white belts) and $75 for yudansha (black belts). Please use PayPal to send it to the dojo by close of the day on Feb.1. 

Please stay safe and well,

Mary Sensei

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

These words are full of hope for a better future. However, progress is not inevitable. Progress requires that all people of conscience act. Your action can be big, like running for public office, or small, like volunteering to help those in need. Today, the officially celebrated anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birth, is a great day to take a few minutes to think about what you can do to help America achieve its ideals for all of its people.


Commemorating Dr. King’s Legacy

Many Aikidoka feel a strong connection between the philosophical underpinnings of Aikido, which emphasizes the peaceful resolution of conflict, the promotion of harmony and love among all people, and the protection of both the human and natural world, and the teachings of Dr. King. We add our voices in celebrating his life and legacy. His words, as well as those of O’Sensei, take on a new relevance and urgency in the context of today’s America.

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“True victory does not come from defeating an enemy, true victory comes from giving love and changing an enemy’s heart.”

Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei)


Kagami Biraki 1/15/2021

Please join us for our annual Kagami Biraki celebration on Friday, January 15th at 6:30 PM. We will be having a virtual class let by Mary Sensei followed by time for socializing. Street clothes will be fine for class. Hope to see you there.

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Time: Jan 15, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Kagami Biraki Promotions – Congratulations to Mark Miller, Yondan

Nashville Aikikai is proud to announce that Mark Miller has been promoted to Yondan. This is a great achievement for Mark and a great honor for our dojo.

Nashville Aikikai would also like to express our sincere congratulations to all of the other ASU members who received Kagami Biraki promotions to Yandan and Godan. For a complete list, see