Koichi Tohei Sensei’s contributions to postwar aikido are huge. Since his departure from the Aikikai in 1974, newer generations of aikidoka are only vaguely aware of his activities and teaching methodologies. Through videos such as these, we are able to bridge the time gap and introduce our readers to source materials so as to improve their understanding of aikido’s roots.
This video clip is taken from a rare seminar conducted personally by Koichi Tohei Sensei in Osaka in 1983. He is in excellent physical condition and demonstrates and explains scores of techniques to seminar participants. This is the Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido content taught by Tohei Sensei that retains many of its aikido roots. His explanations are invaluable in order to clarify the Ki principles that underpin his aikido approach.
Tohei developed his own independent national and international network including those dojos and individuals who remained loyal to him after his split from the Aikikai. His headquarters dojo is located not far from the Aikikai site in Shinjuku. The instruction given in Tohei-affiliated dojos includes various exercises for Ki development and a limited number of aikido techniques. The headquarters dojo also offers courses in Kiatsu or Ki pressure techniques.
Duration: 17:57 minutes
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