Reference Sites and Finding Other Aikido Resources
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Other Branches of Ki Aikido
Confusingly there are two branches of Ki Aikido. Both came from the original work by Sensei Tohei so, unsurprisingly, there are a lot of common features but the governance of the branches are different. ‘Our’ line (the highland Ki Societies where I train) is governed by the Ki No Kenkyukai Association Internationale founded by Yoshigasaki in 2003, to which the British Ki Society (and hence the Highland Ki Societies) is affiliated. The senior instructor in the UK in this line is Sensei Shihan Burgess. He heads up the overarching organisation, the British Ki Society, and his dojo, the Coventry Ki Society. Highland Ki Societies comprises three clubs: Alness Ki Society, Inverness Ki Society and Kinloss Ki Society. The senior instructor is Sensei Cliff (based in Alness), with Sensei Lyall leading the Inverness dojo and Sensei Wolff leading the Kinloss dojo.Clubs that chose not to follow Yoshigasaki but stay with the original Tohei teaching come under the UK Ki Federation which is affiliated to the Ki Society HQ in Japan. This organisation was founded by Tohei in 1971 and is also known by its official Japanese name of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Kai or, in English speaking countries, as ‘Ki Society’. Ki No Kenkyukai HQ in Japan is the place where Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Kai have their offices and hold the Taigi Competitions. Despite sharing common terms derived from their common ancestry, eg: ‘Ki Aikido’, ‘Ki Society’, ‘Shin shin Toitsu do’; the Ki No Kenkyukai Association Internationale is not linked to Ki No Kenkyukai Japan. When Yoshigasaki Sensei broke away from KNK Japan most of the clubs in Europe followed him. The Ki No Kenkyukai Association Internationale has around 4,000 members in more than one hundred dojos throughout Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia, South Africa and the UK. Some clubs, such as the Brighton Ki Society, have kept their links with Japan.