Winter Camp

Registration for Winter Camp at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL is now open.  Camp runs from Jan 2 to Jan 6, 2020.  Last year Nashville Aikikai had a great turnout, with Mary Sensei, Mark, Marta, and Camilla attending.  If we get 4 people to attend from our dojo, the fifth registration is free.  It will be a great camp this year, featuring senior ASU instructors, as well as guest instructors Jan Nevelius Sensei from Sweden and Chicago’s very own Marsha Turner Sensei.  Saotome Sensei has established this year’s theme as Shobu Aiki.  To quote from the winter intensive website (



Shōbu Aiki

Shōbu, when written 勝負, is the ordinary Japanese word for competition. It means, literally, victory and defeat.

聖武合気 shōbu aiki, however, as written here by Saotome Sensei, has nothing to do with winning or losing. Rather, it signifies the martially pure and saintly (武 shōbu) application of aiki (合気) within the world of human affairs.

聖武 shōbu is the ideal of the martial arts, their highest expression of intentionality and valor. It is the selfless practice of the martial way that can only be brought forth when the heart is free of all desire to conquer. 聖武合気 shōbu aiki, then, is the pure and unaffected rendering of aiki in service of mankind.”

Shobu Aiki is a sentiment that rings so appropriate in today’s world and given the events of the past 24 hours.  As aikidoka, we repudiate violence and embrace the peaceful reconciliation of the world that was the ideal of O’Sensei.  Words ring hollow in the face of such senseless loss, but I know that we all grieve with the victims of the most recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, as well as all those that have preceeded them.


Boulder Summer Camp

Many thanks to Ikeda Sensei, Hofmeister Sensei, and Threadgill Sensei for a fantastic and enlightening seminar.  I know that I found Threadgill Sensei’s discussions and demonstrations of Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin-ryu Jujutsu brought many new insights.  Congratulations to Ikeda Sensei for 50 years in Aikido – which means that he started training at birth.

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Monday and Wednesday Morning Classes

Monday and Wednesday morning classes (6:30am) will be cancelled for the summer.  We will start again in September possibly at a time more convenient to students.  Tuesday and Thursday morning classes will continue to meet at 6:30 am.  Hope to see everyone on the mat on Friday evening July 12 for 2nd Friday Keiko.  This change will not effect any  of our other regularly scheduled classes.

Tom Sensei

Classes for the Weekend of June 14-16, 2019

Whited Sensei was scheduled to do a seminar at Bushin dojo this weekend.  She won’t be able to make it and Fasen Sensei has agreed to do a seminar instead. The seminar will only be Friday evening and Saturday (with three classes scheduled for Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 3:30 to 5:30 PM and 5:30 to 7:00 PM). There will be tests for Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan on Saturday.  The tests will be after lunch on Saturday.

Nashville Aikikai members are encouraged to attend the seminar, even if you just go watch. With that in mind, our class schedule at Nashville Aikikai for this weekend is as follows: –  The normal second Friday class was held on the first Friday of this month, so there won’t be a second Friday class. Saturday morning adult class at our dojo has been canceled this weekend. The Saturday kid’s class will be held as normal. Sunday morning class will be held as normal, since the seminar will be over.
Hope everyone has a good week! 
Take care,

Mary Sensei