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Creation Date: 05-09-2009 11:52 PM
jamie yugawa
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In General Dedication to Koichi Tohei Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #4 New 05-24-2011 01:57 PM
Koichi Tohei 10 Dan, founder of Shin Shin Toitsu Do Aikido passed away recently and I have felt the need to write something about him. I have been researching Aikido in Hawaii from a historical perspective and a great deal of credit does go to Koichi Tohei for being an ambassador in Aikido to the world.
I never met the man in person ( Although he did frequent my Grandfathers house when visiting Hilo, Hi). I found through his writings and hearing the stories from former students, his influence was emmense on the Aikido community. Upon his arrival in Hawaii in 1953, Koichi Tohei began his introduction of Aikido with his charismatic presence and command of this energy called "Ki". His demonstrations of Aikido in the community even brought in senior martial artists such as judoka Yukiso Yamamoto who were amazed at the ease in which he threw them.
During the 60's and 70's the Aikido community florished with large numbers of practicioners in dojos (as stated to me by a senior member, the childrens class held 100 kids at one point in Hilo!!). Then the split happened, Koichi Tohei left the Aikikai and created his own organization Ki no Kenkyukai.
Even today Koichi Tohei's influence is far reaching as the former students of his continue to pass on the teachings of this pioneer. One senior Hawaii Aikikai Aikido instructor told me that he continues to teach the four principles because Koichi Tohei got it right in explaining it easily to students.
It has been over 30 years since the rift of Koichi Tohei and the Aikikai, with his passing I hope that old wounds heal and people openly recognize his position in the Aikido world.
Thank you Koichi Tohei sensei.
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#6 05-28-2011 11:31 AM
Thank you Jamie. I too would like to offer my thanks to Tohei Sensei here. His presentation of Aikido was the gateway for my entrance into the Art. A non-stop practising of the principles in the way he presented them gave me a path I could follow. I have never met him or indeed been a member of the official Ki federation yet he will always be the best teacher I had. Regards.G.
#5 05-27-2011 08:50 PM
jamie yugawa Says:
Diana- I agree with your statement.Had he not left, his ideas and methods would have been compromised if not totally ignored by the other high ranking members. I practice Aikikai style but, I am intrigued by the Ki no Kenyukai teaching methodology and emphasis on relaxation.
#4 05-27-2011 10:47 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Although "the Split" was a painful time for many, kenkyukai, I think refers to "development." Perhaps with his own organization it ended up a better opportunity to develop his own teaching methods without having to coordinate with so many different ways of teaching in the larger organization. So many dojo today have derived their teaching from him and his students that it is indeed a great legacy. Let's continue to share among all aikido practicioners...
#3 05-26-2011 07:02 PM
jamie yugawa Says:
I am looking forward in the next couple of months to documenting and writing some of the historical information that Koichi Tohei contributed to Aikido in Hawaii. Thank you Takahashi Shihan for your support. Carina- I really enjoy "Ki in Daily life" also. My favorite is "This is Aikido", a great instructional and philosophical book too.
#2 05-25-2011 03:33 AM
aikishihan Says:
Aloha Jaime, and kudos to you and countless others who graciously remember Koichi Tohei Sensei for his invaluable contributions to the spread of the Founder's art, as well as for his indelible stamp of Aloha on the hearts and minds of the good people of Hawaii. Continued success in your ongoing quest to record key and interesting facts on the history of Aikido in the islands! Mahalo nui loa!
#1 05-25-2011 02:19 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Jamie, his" Ki in daily life"(El libro del Ki) is the book I like most about Aikido.

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