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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Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei

Year He founded “Kiatsuho” which was based on using Ki principles as a healing method to maintain good health. There he understood, under enemy fire, the importance toei calming one’s mind in the One Point in the lower abdomen “seika no itten”.

According to Tohei, [ citation needed ] when he first met with an aikido instructor and practiced some techniques at the Ueshiba dojo, he had doubts about aikido and its value to him.

As with his judo studies, Tohei entered the training of the mind with fervor and soon excelled despite his serious health issues. Not only money was spent, but time was also invested.

Shortly thereafter he drew his last breath.

This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. 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.


A Small Stuckness becomes a Huge Stuckness! This was to be a place for all students of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido from all over the world to come together and practice. In the beginning I had no idea what was going on. Because of the lack of doctors, Tohei developed during the war the principles of what he later named Kiatsu Therapy, based on sending Ki through the fingertips. Tohei established the Ki Society Ki no Kenkyukai koichu recognized as a non-profit organization inover which he still presides.

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 was awarded a 10th dan which is the highest level in Aikido. The reasons why students freeze may come from sickness or trauma, but other than that, the reason is the stuckness of Ki kochi, as a result of being confronted by an unexpected situation.

I now understand that every time he checked my state of my mind. The purpose of your practice is to actively use what you learn on the mat in daily life. With that understanding I started my class at the Olympic Center. After doing that a couple of thousand times a day, though, the walls started to come down.

Shinichi Tohei’s Ki Weblog

I knew right then that this was what I wanted to do. This may be one of the biggest themes of our life to deal with. He taught Ki principles not only to students of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido, but also to athletes, artists and companies. The universal aiki of cause and effect some call karma at play. When I drove for only a short time, it was easy to keep calm. For example, despite the fact that he himself was very relaxed, he told his students to do sharp, powerful techniques.


Interview with Koichi Tohei, by Stanley Pranin

I used to stay there overnight and kojchi zazen and misogi. Just a note of credit, the two uke in the top photo are Nonaka Sensei and Suzuki Sensei. The Hawaiians were pretty frank in expressing their first impressions of me.

Year He was born in Tokyo on 20th January. I knew that the boss wanted some wet paper towel or a wet cloth as soon as possible to wipe the spot off, not kochi bottle of water. Permission for an aikido demonstration was granted, however, and we demonstrated before the commander of the garrison in that area.

It was truly a training that was rigorous, bordering on life and death.

Kisshomaru originally intended to maintain a certain toheo from aikido. In this way, they can accept their opponent. Tohei lost was the respect he was failing to give.

Interview with Koichi Tohei (1), by Stanley Pranin

The Hawaii Aikikai was established eight months later, and I was also made an honorary lifetime captain in the local police force. This changed his view of Aikido and this became the basis of his toohei. That changed when Ueshiba entered the dojo and started to perform his techniques on the instructors.

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