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Koichi Tohei Sensei was awarded the highest rank (10th degree blackbelt) by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) in 1969. After O-Sensei's death, Tohei Sensei continued as Chief Instructor of the Aikikai.

Through understanding the principles of mind and body unification, Tohei Sensei had very clear ideas about the best way of teaching Aikido. These ideas were largely influenced by Nakamura Tempu Sensei and Tetsuju Ogura Sensei, two formative teachers of our Founder (Soshu) Tohei Sensei.

Tohei Sensei introduced a system of teaching Ki. In 1971, Tohei Sensei founded the Ki no Kenkyukai. Its purpose is to teach the principles of Ki and realization of mind and body oneness.

Koichi Tohei Sensei, the founder of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido (Ki-Aikido), passed away peacefully on 19th May 201. He was 91 years old.   more...

Shinichi Tohei Sensei was born in 1973. He graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology, school of Bioscience and Biotechnology.

Shinichi Tohei Sensei has been learning Ki Principles through Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido (Ki-Aikido) from Master Koichi Tohei, Aikido 10th dan and Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido Founder, since childhood.

Now, as successor to Master Koichi Tohei, he teaches Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido in Japan and throughout the world. By using Ki principles in the development of human resources and communication skills, he also teaches business personnel, executives, and educators at seminars and workshops.

Recently he accepted an offer from a Major League Baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, to teach Ki Principles to their players. He has been teaching Ki Principles in special training camps to further the players’ development since January 2010.

He is the master teacher of Keio University Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido club. Also, he teaches Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido in general education at Keio University as a part-time instructor.

Shinichi Tohei is the President (Kaichou) and Chief Instructor of Shinshin Toitsu Aikidokai and Ki Society HQ.

More than 50,000 people study Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido in the world. We all walk the same road in overcoming the differences of languages, cultures and religions.


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