Video: Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, in 1990 TV documentary


“Aikido’s First 10th Dan in the ‘Power of Ki’!”

Check out these stills from a fascinating Japanese tv documentary from 1990 featuring Koichi Tohei, 10th dan. Tohei Sensei explains the fundamentals of his ki principles as his students and the hosts demonstrate. Also presented are interviews with several famous sports figures who have benefitted from ki training with Tohei Sensei.

Koichi Tohei is one of the most important figures in the postwar development of aikido. He played a pivotal role in spreading the art in Japan and the USA from the early 1950s through the mid-1970s. Tohei traveled abroad on numerous occasions during his active years conducting seminars and demonstrations. He is also a prolific author, having published many works in Japanese and English. His publications had a strong influence both technically and philosophically on early aikido practitioners.

This video clip is featured on the new Aikido Journal Members Site and will give you a rare glimpse into the world of the late Koichi Tohei, the first person to be awarded 10th dan by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

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  1. I didn’t really have a good idea how much of my practice incorporated Tohei’s style nor how influential he had been in California until I saw this movie. I started in ’74 and my school was (newly) aligned with Saito Sensei.

  2. Very nice!

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