Nashville Aikikai: Aikido for Your Life

Build Strength

Increase Flexibility

Relieve Stress

Gain Confidence

Develop Balance and Coordination

Promote Agility

Self Defense

Increase Awareness

Sharpen Focus

Improve Reflexes

Develop Skills in Conflict Resolution

We are currently holding an eight week introductory series on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00. You are welcome to start at any time. Whatever your age, sexual identity, race/ethnicity, background, reason, whomever you are and wherever you are in your life, come discover what Aikido can do for you.

ASU Winter Intensive 2020

Front Row (Left to Right): Cassandra, Mary Sensei, Saotome Sensei, Mark
Back Row (Left to Right): Camilla, Jason, Marta, Katie, Roy
Not in picture: Taras

Nashville Aikikai was proud to represent at the 2020 ASU Winter Intensive, with the largest representation of any non-Florida dojo. We learned a lot, spent time with old friends, made new friends, and found a renewed enthusiasm for training. Looking forward to a great year of training!

A New Year’s Message from Mary Sensei

The dojo is off to a good start for 2020. Nine of us went to winter camp, had a great time, and hope to go back next year. We should have a new mat canvas in the near future. The new eight week Intro Session, with a new outline for the instructors, will start Monday Jan. 13th. And this Friday is Kagami Biraki. 
Please come join us this Friday evening. After class we’ll have a brief Kagami Biraki Mochi ceremony, which will be followed by dinner at the dojo with food from Calypso. Kumiko was kind enough to make mochi for us this year.  Since she won’t be available Friday evening, Mit has agreed to walk us through the ceremony. This is the first time we’ve had Kagami Mochi in our dojo and it’s great that we’re able to do it with homemade mochi. Feel free to bring your family. If practical, please let me know in the next 24 hours if you’re bringing family members and how many will be coming, so we can be sure to have enough food. 
This is a good time for each of us to decide on a focus for our training. It may be something you want to focus on for a month, a year, or any other length of time. It may be a principle, general area of training, technique, etc. When possible, you may want to work with others who are focusing on the same thing or something similar. This can be something that applies to everything you do on the mat, such as martial awareness; or something you work on before/after class, such as randori.
As I mentioned above, a new Intro Session starts Monday. For some of us, getting to class more often would be a good focus. Please make it a point to come Mondays and Wednesdays for the next eight weeks. It’s important that new students get a chance to see some of the same dojo members over and over, and get to know you. 
Hope 2020 turns into a great year for each of you,

Happy New Year!

The Meditative Aiki Flow class, which normally meets at 9:30 – 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays will not meet during the week of 12/30/19 – 01/03/20.  We will return to our normal class schedule on 01/06/20.  Mary Sensei and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody and Happy and Safe New Years.  Please remember Kagami Baraki will be the 2nd Fri in January 01/10/20.
Tom Sensei

A Thanksgiving Message from Mary Sensei

First, I need to clarify that Tom Sensei will be teaching his 9:30 am class on Wednesday. Unfortunately, due to my confusion, the website indicates the class is cancelled. Again, Tom Sensei plans to be there.- Andres will be teaching Thursday (Thanksgiving) morning at 6:30.
– Classes are cancelled both Wednesday and Thursday evening this week.- We’ll resume our regular schedule Saturday morning.


From now until 1/10/20 we’ll be collecting donations for Shade Tree Clinic. This clinic provides free high-quality care to underinsured and uninsured people in Nashville. Please visit their site to learn more about them.


If you use Amazon please consider switching to Amazon Smile and indicating you’d like donations to go to Nashville Aikikai. Amazon and Amazon Smile are exactly the same except that Amazon Smile will donate a small amount to a charity of your choice for each purchase you make. There’s no additional cost to the customer.


Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mary Sensei