Welcome to Hofmeister Sensei!

Welcome to Hofmeister Sensei and all of our other friends and guests. We are looking forward to a great seminar this weekend. Please be aware that the Titans are playing on Sunday at noon, so it will be best to avoid access to the dojo via Shelby Street on that day. I would suggest consulting your way-finding app of choice or asking a Nashville Aikikai Dojo member for alternate routes.


Youth Class

The Youth Class will be cancelled on 10/5/2019, as all of the instructors are out of town. That is the weekend of our seminar with Hofmeister Sensei. Youth may be interested in stopping by to watch class – classes on Saturday will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:30 to 5:30 PM.


More weekend road closures

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Repair of the bridges on I-24 over US 31 E (SR6) over Woodland Street (LM 14.54) and the Cumberland River (LM 15.23)

·       Friday, September 27 at 9PM through Monday, September 30 at 5AM, I-24 will be closed on the downtown interstate loop from I-40 at the Silliman Evans Bridge to I-65 to repair bridge joints at the Woodland Street, Main Street, and Silliman Evans bridges.

In other words, the East loop will be closed this weekend.  Please plan your travel to and from the dojo for weekend classes accordingly.


Hofmeister Sensei

Just a reminder that we are a little less than 2 weeks away from our seminar with Hofmeister Sensei. We look forward to his incredibly accessible teaching style and deep understanding of movement, based on his study of both Aikido and Feldenkrais. Saturday night, we will be having dinner at the dojo catered by Taco Mama. Hope to see many of our old friends as well as have the opportunity to train with new ones!

Road Closures

Please make note of the following road closures that may make traveling too and from the dojo more challenging.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has announced plans for bridge work at the interchange of Interstate 65 and Interstate 440 which will require the complete closure of the interchange from Friday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 23 at 5 a.m.

Franklin Road, which is below the flyover interchange, will also be shut down between Berry Road and Woodmont Boulevard in both directions during the same hours.

VUMC officials are engaged in planning with state and local officials to minimize disruption of service, as I-65 and Franklin Road are the two major routes to and from the south into Nashville. Officials anticipate increased traffic on other routes, such as Granny White Pike, Nolensville Road, Wedgewood Avenue, Harding Place and Hillsboro Road, and travel times, including for employees traveling to and from work, will be increased during the closure period.

During the affected days, traffic going toward the interchange will be reduced to one lane and detoured away from the construction area:

  • Eastbound traffic on I-440 will be detoured to I-65 southbound.
  • Westbound traffic on I-440 will be detoured to I-65 northbound.
  • Northbound traffic on I-65 will be detoured to I-440 eastbound.
  • Southbound traffic on I-65 will be detoured to I-440 westbound.

The work will widen the I-440 bridges over I-65 and is part of the ongoing reconstruction project on I-440, which has been underway for six months and scheduled to continue until August 2020.

The planned closure is dependent on weather and project progress. In the event of severe weather during the weekend planned for the work, TDOT has designated the weekend of Sept. 27-30 as the alternate.

This is the first of two closures of the interchange, with the second set by TDOT for an undetermined weekend in the spring of 2020.

To view a TDOT video about the work at the interchange, click here.

To view the TDOT press release about the work, and a map of the affected areas, click here.


A second September weekend road repair project has been announced by TDOT.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m., and continuing through Monday, Sept. 30 at 5 a.m., I-24 will be closed on the downtown interstate loop from I-40 at the Silliman Evans Bridge to I-65 to repair bridge joints at the Woodland Street, Main Street, and Silliman Evans bridges. This work is part of a $1.5 million bridge repair project.

  • Interstate traffic will be detoured to I-40 and I-65. East Nashville traffic will be able to access local routes to cross the Cumberland River, including Shelby Avenue, Main Street, Woodland Street, and Spring Street.  Map with detour information is available here.
  • Local traffic will be able access I-24 westbound at Spring Street. There will be intermittent closures of the I-24 eastbound on-ramp at Shelby Avenue for maintenance activities.

In the event of inclement weather, the alternate date for the I-440/I-65 interchange closure will be the weekend of Sept. 27 and the I-24 closure will be rescheduled for the weekend of Oct. 11.

Aikido Basics Class Rocks!

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Aikido Basics Class last night. There was fantastic energy on the mat. If you were thinking about coming out, but missed class last night, do not dispair. You are welcome to come to come out and train on Wednesday night at 6:30. Jason will be teaching another great class. We look forward to seeing you in the dojo!


Meditative Aiki Flow Class with Tom Sensei

Tom Sensei will be teaching a Meditative Aiki Flow Class on Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. This class is aimed toward people who want to focus on breathing and movement, but are not necessarily interested in learning a martial art. Cost for students attending ONLY this class is $10 per class or $40 per month. Regular dojo members are encouraged to attend at no additinal cost.


Aikido Basics Fundamental Class

A new Aikido Basics Session is starting tomorrow, September 16 at 6:30 PM at Nashville Aikikai, 1701B Fatherland Street. Classes will meet Monday and Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:00 PM for 8 weeks.

Build strength


Relieve stress

Gain confidence

Balance and coordination


Self defense


Sharpen focus


Improve reflexes

Conflict resolution

Whatever your reason for training – Aikido is for your life!