Koichi Tohei (20 January – 19 May ) was a 10th Dan aikidoka and founder of the Ki Society and its style of aikido, officially Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido. Koichi Tohei (January 20, – May 19, ) was aikido’s first 10th dan and served as Chief Instructor of Hombu Dojo (the Aikido World Headquarters) for. Koichi Tohei Sensei was both my teacher and my father. After our relationship became “teacher and student”, we had to stop thinking of each.

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Koichi Tohei, a distinguished contributor to this development, is perhaps one of those most qualified to talk about the kooichi of aikido. I told them that I thought it unnecessary to create any rankings higher than koichl we already had, but they insisted that it would help strengthen the Hombu Dojo, so I eventually agreed.

I vowed not let my strength deteriorate again even if it killed me. He skips practice and comes back stronger than ever!

Koichi Tohei — Aikido Yuishinkai UK

On 1 MayKoichi Tohei officially left moichi Aikikai organization to concentrate on his newly created Ki-aikido and Ki-society. He was well known for having taught Ki Principles and applications to a number of professionals, such as baseball players Mr. After I became someone who could drive calmly all the time, Koichi Tohei Sensei always slept on the backseat.

The first film was shot in at the old Aikikai Hombu Dojo. This was before Tohei was ranked as either dan or kyu.

Koichi Tohei: Aikido Comes to Hawaii

He gave me a letter of introduction and off I went. After his recovery from pleurisy, Tohei became convinced koici it was his efforts in training his mind and cultivating his ki that had helped him to heal and recover.

I regard it as my responsibility to teach correctly. When I arrived back in Tokyo I was surprised to find Ueshiba Sensei waiting to greet me at the airport — the one and only time he ever did anything like that.


The years of conflict finally cemented Tohei’s decision to break away from the Aikikai and teach his own ‘ki’ style of aikido. When we want to fulfill our missions in life, it is important to want this very strongly. The specific problem is: That changed when Ueshiba entered the dojo and started to perform his techniques on the instructors. He was seen as the foremost sensei of Aikido after Ueshiba’s death.

Then practice what you preach and listen to your own preachings, such as: Tohei wanted aikido to focus on these principles, using exercises to both cultivate and test ki in the daily aikido practice. He decided that even though his body condition was getting worse, he could still strengthen the condition of his mind. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Now we changed the system and I do not have any Uchideshi around me for resent years.

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They strongly encouraged him not to teach his principles and techniques in the Hombo Dojo. I have tried to lift him with 3 others, tried to pull his legs from under him with ropes and countless times been his uke in class where I fell with grace and surprise! If you consider this fact, based on Ki Principles, it is easy to guess which of these instructors grow more.

It was an investment for my future. Given the position he was in, I know Mr. When I drove for only a short time, it was easy to keep calm.

Once a week, I drove him between Tokyo and Tochigi which took about 3 hours, since the highway was not that efficient at that time. Kisaburo Osawa came in about a week later. He founded “Kiatsuho” which was based on using Ki principles as a healing method to maintain good health. That is daily practicing. The Ki Society is the only organization in Japan specializing in ki training to have koochi recognized as a non-profit organization by the Ministry of Public Welfare.


I was the first one to be officially promoted to tenth dan. Inhe let his son Shinichi Tohei succeed his teachings. I learned from both parts well. This idea will be a big help for you when you think about this kind of effort.

I understood the toohei through the experience, and koicih it positively. You know who bought this messy bento? This is the most important understanding regarding the relationship between Ki and mind. Koiichi first, I wondered if he was just asking me to show some guts. After doing that a couple of thousand times a day, though, the walls started to come down. My aikido continued to progress as I continued with my misogi and zazen.

This competition is to test how much of yourself you are able to use.

He taught Ki principles not only to students of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido, but also to athletes, artists and companies. I asked permission to enroll kichi and began going to the dojo every day from the following morning. He presided over “Ki no Kenkyukai” as president. A timely and enlightening piece. Before koichhi competition, I practiced the same techniques again and again and it was really hard. It is not possible, for example, that north is correct while south fohei not.

Featured Interviews Stanley Pranin. Particularly when they get a strong warning, or when they are corrected, or scolded, by others, they freeze and fail to respond. In many ways he had a very child-like personality. Yamada still drops by occasionally. When he heard of my thoughts, he immediately started asking me to come visit Hawaii.

This may be one of the biggest themes of our life to deal with.