Check out this link for some great insights into how to approach ukemi and the role of resistance training in Aikido.
Clarification – The Kids Class WILL be held as usual on Saturday, February 16 at 12:30 as usual. Only the adult classes will be cancelled for the Fasen Sensei Seminar at the Dojo of Nashville.
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!
Congratulations once again to Tom and Mary McIntire Sensei on their promotion to Rokudan. Check out our updated About Our Instructors page for some cool videos of Tom and Mary Sensei in action!
I want to thank everyone for a great turnout and enthusiasm at last night’s Introductory Class. It is not too late to join the cohort. Jump on in Wednesday night at 6:30. Hope to see you there.
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.
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.
Mary Sensei, Mark, Marta, and Camilla had a rocking time at the ASU Winter Intensive this past week. Great training. Wonderful teachers. A chance to catch up with friends. Thanks to all the folks who worked so hard to put on a great event!
FYI – The Doshu will be teaching in the US in San Francisco September 6-9, 2019. Her is a link to the site to get more information or register: http://www.ai-ki-do.org/doshu-2019.