Apr
24

Popular! Video: Koichi Tohei, 10th dan: “Pioneer of Aikido in the USA”

Koichi Tohei Sensei was one of the first Aikikai shihan to disseminate aikido in the USA. His first trip abroad was to Hawaii in 1953 where he remained for a year. He set up a large network of dojos in the islands, and visited made other times subsequently. Tohei Sensei’s first trip to the mainland USA took place in August 1965. He remained very active as the chief instructor of the Aikikai until his resignation in 1974. Tohei Sensei founded the Shinshin Toitsu Aikido at this time, and taught this style of aikido that combined ki aikido techniques and a ki pressure healing system called “Kiatsu” thereafter…

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