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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For my part, I have never had divine beings enter my body.

Koichi Tohei

The second film shows a special demonstration by O-Sensei commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Johoku Branch dojo in I figured there was nothing to be done about it such things were bound to happen with a teacher like that and I decided not to worry about it. I noticed what he meant during kouchi next Aikido class. InI proposed that we specifically teach the concept of ki within the Aikikai.

However much I spoke of Ki, the Japanese of that time refused to listen to me. Since then, he retired from the forefront of teaching and watched the development of ShinShin Toitsu Aikido. After I went to war, it seemed to me that the Japan that I saw upon my return had lost something important.

At 19, he met Morihei Ueshiba and became his student.

Koichi Tohei — Aikido Yuishinkai UK

I went back to the dojo and was able to throw everybody. This was something I experienced first-hand during that trip to Hawaii, and when I returned to Japan and had another look at Ueshiba Sensei, I realized that he did indeed apply his techniques from a very relaxed state.

If greeting is something special and takes a big effort for you to do, you will not be able to do it all the time. Tohei continued to train his mind as well as his body with meditation, misogi and aikido. The Ki Society is the only organization in Japan specializing in ki training to have been recognized as a non-profit organization by the Ministry of Public Welfare. The top rank in aikido had been 8th dan, but the ranks were expanded by Ueshiba for practical as well as political reasons.


In this state you become narrow minded and wait to have others greet you.

Interview with Koichi Tohei (1), by Stanley Pranin

At the same time I was continuing my training at the Ichikukai [see the interview with Hiroshi Tada in AJ for more information]. On 15 May,Tohei sent a letter in English and Japanese to the majority of the dojos both in Japan and abroad, explaining his reasons for the breakaway and his plans koihi Ki-aikido and the Ki-society.

To tell you the truth, this situation occurred at one of our Koixhi. When Ueshiba Sensei passed away, Mr. Tohei replied that he had the right to teach it outside Hombu Dojo, which he did. Christopher Li — Honolulu, HI.

Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei

George Ledyard Sensei has been practicing aikido for over 40 years and holds the rank of 7th dan under Mitsugi Saotome Sensei as well as shodan in Daito Ryu Aiki-jujutsu.

This is what I experienced in my Uchideshi training. When Ki flows, we can use our mind freely.

kochi Tohei Sensei stated on several occasions that Ki principles such as “extend Ki” and “relax completely” leaving things up to the Universe helped him to stay safe during the war, as well as the eighty men under his command. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.

However, when once you leave a small bit of dust, this dust will catch other dusts and soon the room will get completely dusty. He saw action in China and was stranded there at the end of the war until his repatriation in I am working on it every day.


This stimulated his later development of Kiatsu, a koicyi of treating physical illness by pressing with the fingers and extending the ki into the ill person’s body.

On the other hand, if the lights turn yellow before you arrive at an intersection, you basically need to slow down and stop, waiting at the stop line. Inhe let his son Shinichi Kolchi succeed his teachings. After the war, he studied mind and body unification from Tempu Nakamura Sensei.

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There was a student of mine who enrolled at the Aikikai and was praised for his good ukemi and often accompanied Ueshiba Sensei. The second tip Tohei Sensei gave me was what happens when the traffic lights turn yellow.

Two or three days toheei he started asking me to accept tenth dan. Tohei replied that he had the right to teach it outside Hombu Dojo, which he did.

Even now most people are trying as hard as they can to learn techniques, but I was learning about ki from the beginning. My uncle, a Rear Admiral in the navy, said there would be things like ogres and bears there. All you can do is start a movement from those parts that you can move, and the only way to do that successfully is to relax. Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Year Seeing that Shinichi Tohei was sufficiently developed in his Aikido training, Soshu made him the official successor of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido.