March 2-4, 2018, Bushinkan Dojo is pleased to announce that we will host a seminar with John Messores, Shihan.  This seminar is open to all levels and all affiliations. 
The seminar will focus on use of the Jo in Aikido.
The cost for the weekend is $140.

For those who need housing information please contact

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(754) 800-DOJO

Registration 6:00pm Friday March 2, Class 6:30pm
Saturday March 3, Class 10:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday March 3, Class 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday March 3, Social 6:00pm
Sunday March 4, Class 10:00am - 12:00pm

AuthorRachel Stanton

September 1st – 4th 2017
George Ledyard Sensei, Aikido 7th Dan and direct student of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan

This four day block of instruction will focus on the aiki sword work of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan. We will cover the 12 Kumitachi of Saotome Sensei that are required for testing up to Nidan in detail. Also, we will provide principle based instruction on Saotome Sensei’s Two Attacker Forms, his Two Sword Forms, and we will also do daily work with the shinai (bamboo swords).

This training is open to any student of Aikido who has solid basic sword skills. All affiliations are welcome.

Required equipment:
bokken, short bokken, shinai (leather covered)

Online Registration:

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The Dojo of Nashville is perfect for holding your seminar.  Whether that seminar is in Yoga, Meditation, Martial Arts, or for any reason.  Our floor space is nealy 3000 sqare feet with room for observers.  We also have a martial arts mat that spans 1200 square feet to help soften your falls. The mat is perfect to lay upon for the yoga and meditation enthusiasts.  

You can rent the space for the weekend.  Or if you need a space for your classes, we can discuss using the space more long term. 

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The Dojo of Nashville is pleased to announce a weekend seminar with Aikido Shihan John Messores.

John Messores, shihan is one of the most senior instructors of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba organization, and is among the highest- ranked Americans affiliated with Aikido Hombu Dojo in Japan. 

Messores Shihan began martial arts training in Sarasota, Florida, in 1968, studying Karate under Mark Smith.  Five years later, in 1973, he started learning Aikido from Bill McIntyre Sensei, the instructor who, in 1975, brought Mitsugi Saotome Shihan to the United States. Messores Shihan was among the students who helped McIntyre Sensei in this cause, and became one of Saotome Shihan’s first American Aikido students.  He has been a personal student of Saotome Shihan for more than forty years.

Messores Shihan was featured in the 1986 book “Aikido and the Harmony of Nature” (Shambhala Press) by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan; the 2002 production The Budo Experience (Budo Productions LLC); and the 2002 Aiki Expo Demo video. He is also listed in the Aikido Journal‘s encyclopedia.

Messores Shihan has been the senior ASU Aikido instructor of the Tampa Bay area since the early 1980s. He has been invited to teach seminars and perform demonstrations all over the United States and abroad, and a number of his students have gone on to create dojos of their own.  Both Messores Shihan and his students have a strong reputation within the Aikido community.


Friday February 17   6:00 registration, keiko at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Saturday February 18  10:00am - 12:00pm and 3:00pm - 5:00pm.  Party to follow

Sunday February 19  10:00am - 12:00pm


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September 2 - 5, 2016:  

George Ledyard Sensei's 4-Day Randori Intensive will focus on developing an advanced understanding of multiple attacker principles and strategies. will have a tight focus on systematically developing the attendee's randori skills. We will use slow/medium speed flow drills, exercises taken from Systema, reviewing waza skills, and other creative technique to prepare the attendee for any type of Aikido randori. We will practice empty hand randori, small space randori, hanmi handachi randori, randori against tanto, randori against shinai attack and mixed weapons. An emphasis will be placed on applying "aiki" principles in the empty hand technique to make the practitioner more efficient and effective.

At Ledyard Sensei's dojo, Aikido Eastside, we have been developing this block of instruction for 30 years. We believe it is unique in its focus and content. Whether a student is attending his first Intensive or has attended many times in the past, it is our experience that he or she will make a substantive jump in level over this weekend. A testament to this fact is that the vast majority of students have come back repeatedly to participate again and again. Students routinely travel from all over the US and Canada for this training and several have even come from overseas.

 This training places equal emphasis on the technical and psychological aspects of Aikido and we feel that it is a paradigm shifting experience for the attendees, especially for those who have not attended before. We feel so strongly about this that we will refund the cost of the seminar for anyone who does not feel that this is one of the finest raining experiences they have ever had.

Participants should bring weapons to the intensive (tanto and shinai especially).

Registration is available online

AuthorBuShinkan Dojo

Bushinkan Dojo will have the privilege of hosting a wweekend with Steve Fasen, Godan, and Head Instructor for Shindai. Dojo.  Fasen Sensei has is also recognized by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan as one of his Ueshiba Juku, a title given only to certain teachers who have studied under Saotome Sensei.  Seminar cost is $55 per day or $100 for the entire weekend.  Please come join us no matter what your experience level.

Friday March 11 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Saturday March 12 at 10:00 to 12:00pm

Saturday March 12 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday March 13 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

AuthorBuShinkan Dojo

As the dojo continues to grow, we want to recognize those students who have dedicated themselves into studying this art.  In recognition of their diligence, we want to congratulate the following students in their recent promotions

Jigme Faber - Nikkyu

Stephen Gabbard - Nikkyu

John Kehayias - Nikkyu

Niels Micheal - Yonkyu

Dan Lavell - Gokyu  

Sebastian Oliver - Rokkyu

Ben Gray - Rokkyu  

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We had a potluck luncheon last Sunday after aikido class. Students from the Karate and the Nami Ryu classes also attended. It was great to make new friends and reconnect with old ones.  Everyone brought a dish of their liking and we certainly ate our fill.  Some of you missed out on a good time but we are sure to have more potluck lunches in the future. 

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We have made big changes recently.  First, we have re-named the school to "The Dojo of Nashville".  However, we are actually two different schools in one space.  Bushinkan Dojo still has classes teaching aikido under the flagship of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan.  We also have Traditional Karate Nashville teaching Shotokan Karate under the World Traditional Karate Organization, chief instructor Steve Ubl.

Second we have moved into a new location at 2403 Nolensville Pike, Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37211.  The new dojo is twice as big as the old space.  Be on the lookout for upcoming seminars for both Karate and Aikido.

Come by and visit any time.


AuthorBuShinkan Dojo

Our dojo was honored to have hosted Steven Fasen Sensei of Shindai dojo the weekend of June 14, 15, and 16, 2013.  The weekend focused on future black belt testing.  Since the class was small, all the students had one on one, hands on, training with Sensei himself. This type of training is invaluable.  Thank you to everyone who helped put this together and to those who came to participate and watch the class. 

AuthorBuShin Dojo

On February 9, 2013, our dojo was reduced by one student, namely, Kevin Sparkman Sensei.  Sparkman Sensei taught his last class at the dojo before an audience of his students and supporting friends.  The class was enjoyed by everyone.  Afterwards a plaque was presented thanking Sensei for his dedication to the art and to this school.  He had been a part of this dojo since 1989.  Sparkman Sensei decided to retire from teaching at the dojo for personal reasons.  Though he no longer teaches, his presence will always be felt.

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Bushin Dojo will now accept students between the ages of 7 and 13 years for their children's class. Classes will not only focus on martial technique using aikido principles, but will also focus on mental discipline, self motivation, self confidence, self-esteem, etiquette and manners.  Martial arts training is also a good way for children to also learn coordination and balance which helps prevent injuries should they also participate in sports.  The confidence and self discipline they develop will help with school work and may improve grades.  Most of all, children who participate in martial arts can learn to defend themselves against school bullying and child predators.  Anyone interested in our program please contact Janay at or by cell phone at 615.601.9303.

AuthorBuShin Dojo

Congratulations to the following students for their promotions!

Matt S.        -    Shodan

Colleen H.   -    Sankyu

David M.      -    Sankyu

Max G.        -     Rokkyu


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A special thanks to everyone who got together to celebrate Sensei receiving Sixth Dan.
Although some could not attend it was a great opportunity for the students to get to
talk off the mat and get to know each other better.

It was nice to have Sifu (Chuck Gross), Pam and Molly there. It was a special night for everyone.
The incredible cake Robin made for the occasion was breathtaking. Sensei was unhappy that there
were too many of us to sit at the same table but no one was made to feel left out of the festivities.
Obviously it's simply impossible to seat that many people in the same room.

We all enjoy the family we're a part of and look forward to any off mat time we get to spend together.
Again, thank you to everyone who made the night special.

Congratulations Sensei!

"I am thankful for the guidance I continue to receive from the Budoka around me.
I couldn't be enjoying this journey without them."  Kevin Sparkman Sensei

"Don't quit, don't die, be discerning."

"No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up."

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