"I want considerate people to listen to the voice of Aikido. It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind.” –Morihei Ueshiba

About Knoxville Aikikai

About Knoxville Aikikai The Knoxville Aikikai was founded in the spring of 1993. We are a United States Aikido Federation member dojo. All students have the opportunity to attend USAF regional seminars hosted and taught by USAF instructors or instructors from Japan. The Chief Instructor of the Knoxville Aikikai is Rob Crowell, 6th dan, Shidoin. Crowell Sensei began Aikido training in 1985 and his early training was under the direction of Akira Tohei Shihan.

In 1993, Knoxville Aikikai was founded by Rob Crowell Sensei at the direction of Akira Tohei, Shihan. Tohei Shihan was the Chief Instructor of the Midwest Aikido Federation and the Midwest Region of the United States Aikido Federation. Tohei Shihan was born in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, in 1929, and began the practice of Aikido in 1946 under the direct instruction of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. In 1966 Tohei Sensei was awarded the title Shihan (Teacher of teachers). We strive to train with the inspiration of Tohei Shihan’s legacy and endeavor to learn from the teachings of the USAF’s current instructors, led by Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan.


Knoxville Dojo Instructors

Rob Crowell

6th Dan, Shidoin

Chief Instructor Knoxville Aikido Center

Crowell Sensei started his Aikido training in 1985 and has accumulated 39 years of training with some of the highest ranking Aikidoka from around the globe. He started the Knoxville Aikido Center in 1993 under the direction of Akira Tohei Sensei. With few exceptions Rob leads all classes with personalized instruction for each student.

Michael Porter

2nd Dan

Instructor Knoxville Aikido Center

Michael started his Aikido training in 2006. His primary tutelage has been under Crowell Sensei with additional training from high ranking Aikidoka from the United States and Japan. Michael leads classes from time to time as directed by the dojo head.

Nathan Eckel

1st Dan

Instructor Knoxville Aikido Center

Nathan has been practicing under Crowell Sensei since 2010 and has received instruction from other Shihan throughout his training. Nathan leads classes from time to time as directed by the dojo head.



6:30 - 8:00pm


6:30 - 8:00pm


6:30 - 8:00pm


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