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.

Topic: Mary McIntire’s Zoom Meeting
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

Medicine for a sick world

The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.

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

Congratulations to the Organizers of the ASU Winter Intensive!

Yesterday was the first day of the virtual ASU Winter Intensive, and what a wonderful event.  There are more than 300 people registered from around the world, including Europe, Asia, and North and South America.  It was great to see Saotome Sensei and have a chance to wish him a Happy New Year.  There have already been great sessions with Messisco Sensei, Weber Sensei, Gleason Sensei, and the Penguin Shihan.  The social hour after the various sessions allowed attendees to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  The theme of this year’s Winter Intensive is “Iki musubi” – “living connection.”  The organizers are to be congratulated on creating a virtual event that fosters an ongoing connection among aikidoka of all affiliations and promotes the future of the art we all love.