We received this message from David Shaner Sensei about the passing this morning of Koichi Tohei Sensei at the age of 91.
“Dear Aikido Friends, it is with great sadness that I share the passing of Koichi Tohei Sensei at 9:14 this morning in Japan. He was 91 years old. A closed family funeral will occur soon and in some weeks time a formal funeral will be planned in Tokyo where members and friends my be present. With deep gratitude for all his teaching helping many throughout the world to realize their true potential.”
This just received from Ki Society Headquarters in slightly edited form:
“Dear Chief Instructors,
We regret to inform you that Koichi Tohei Sensei passed away at 9:14 this morning. He was 91 years old.
Two weeks ago, he had sense of discomfort on his chest and it was found that he had inflammation of the lungs, so he had been receiving treatment. He went to intensive-care unit (ICU) twice and came back to general ward each time with his strength of Ki, however, his heart got weak little by little this morning and he passed away.
After discussion in his family and it was decided that the closed funeral will be held within his family including Shinichi Tohei Sensei and the formal funeral for all members will be held in Tokyo some weeks later for those who would like to be present.
The date and place of the formal funeral will be announced to all of you after a decision has been reached.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience but would appreciate your kind understanding for the above.
(sent on behalf of Shinichi Tohei Sensei)
Ki Society H.Q.”