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Aikido has evolved from its founder Morihei Ueshiba (born 1883) through the different students and schools to create some subtly different forms. One of Ueshiba's greatest students, Koichi Tohei, was fascinated by the impact of the mind on the body and developed this theme into ‘Ki Aikido’. This is being developed today by one of Tohei’s devoted students, Kenjiro Yoshigasaki. Yoshigasaki Sensei founded the Ki No Kenkyukai Association Internationale of which the British Ki Society is a member. Yoshigasaki leads our line of Aikido.

Why this Site?

As Aikido has developed under different sensei and governing bodies, so too has the language and terminology evolved. Variations and differences in the phonetic translation from the original Japanese has resulted in different English spellings for some Aikido words and actions. This made it difficult for me as a beginner to get to grips with the practice. In late 2013 and early 2014, I researched numerous sources in the hope of finding some common ground. There were a lot of similarities but also differences, so whilst I hope this site is useful to a wide audience, it will be of most benefit to those practising the Yoshigasaki line of Ki Aikido.
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Is it for You?

Ki Aikido is a spiritual martial art; transforming it from the traditional aggressive, fighting martial art to an art that seeks to avoid conflict. It aims for self- defence without causing injury. There are no tournaments or competitions. Ki Aikido does not rely on bodily strength but rather on the unification of mind and body. Therefore Ki Aikido is beneficial and more suited to a wider audience, regardless of age, physical stature or gender. Most importantly, the Ki Aikido philosophies and practices concentrate on self-cultivation and can be applied beneficially to every-day life. This philosophy appealed to me and this is the path I have followed.

Morihei Ueshiba

Koichi Tohei

Kenjiro Yoshigasaki

About Ki Aikido

This site is aimed primarily at beginners of Ki Aikido practising Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido under the British Ki Society