September 30, 2023

Shinichi Tohei's Japanese book has been translated into Chinese and published in Taiwan


My Japanese book published in 2022 “「調子いい!」が続く姿勢と呼吸の整え方(How to keep good condition with coordination of mind and body, and Ki Breathing)“ has been translated into Chinese and published in Taiwan.  

This book is based on my lecture when I appeared on TV program called “Asaichi broadcasting by NHK in Japan. The theme was Life with Ki-Aikido and I told how to practice right posture and Ki breathing to get mind and body that dont get tired easily.

There are students who practice Ki-Aikido in Taiwan. I hope this book will help their Ki-Aikido practice and daily life.


July 16, 2023

Condolence (Christopher Curtis Sensei)



Christopher Curtis Sensei, 8th Dan Shinshintoitsu Aikido, the former Chief Instructor of the Hawaii Ki Federation, passed away on June 9, 2023. On July 15, Ki Society members gathered at Maui Shunshinkan Dojo for a memorial. 

He had been helping to edit my blog for many years, and that made my columns sound like a beautiful poem. 

I sincerely appreciate his contributions towards Ki Society over the years and his longtime friendship with the members worldwide.

May his soul rest in peace.


February 21, 2023

English E-Book of "Ki Breathing" Now Available


Ki Breathing, the English-language e-book of Koichi Tohei Sensei's book, is now available. 

This is an English translation of "Ki no Kokyuho" which has been a long seller since its release in 2005. It was subsequently published in Japanese paperback and is still available to many people in Japan.


January 20, 2020

The 100th anniversary of Koichi Tohei Sensei's birth


Today is the birthday of Koichi Tohei Sensei, the founder of Shinshintoitsu Aikido. Koichi Tohei Sensei was born in 1920, and we will be celebrating his 100th anniversary this year.

The Ki Society HQ will hold various events throughout this year to commemorate the 100th birthday.
Postponed to 2021 due to new coronavirus (as of March 1)

 "World Camp" will be held from October 29 to 31. On November 1st, we will hold the “100th Anniversary Celebration of Koichi Tohei Sensei”.

We are very happy if everyone can celebrate together.



September 09, 2016

Shinichi Tohei Sensei will be featured on NHK

The NHK Television program will be called [Help Me Master!]

The program is scheduled to be aired on
September 10, 2016 (Saturday) 9:30AM, it will be re-broadcasted on Thursday, 11.05AM.
Both times for the program are according to Japan Local Time.

This program will be featured on NHK World Premium (For Overseas Broadcasting).
It is also scheduled to be aired on
September 10, 2016 (Saturday).
However, since the time zone of the broadcast may be different from Japan Local Time,
Please visit NHK World Premium Website for more details
on broadcasting times.


June 08, 2011

Farewell Reception for Koichi Tohei Sensei

As officially announced on the Ki Society Website, Koichi Tohei Sensei passed away peacefully on the 19th of May 2011 (Thursday) at 9:14 am. He was 91 years old. We sincerely appreciate those who kindly assisted and supported Koichi Tohei Sensei when he was alive.

The private funeral was held with close family and relatives. The public Farewell Reception hosted by Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Kai (Ki Society H.Q.) will be held on 17th July 2011 (Sunday) at the Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple in Tokyo.

For the details of the Farewell Reception, please refer to the following information and Frequent Answers and Questions.


3rd June 2011

To Whom It May Concern

Subject : The Farewell Reception for Koichi Tohei Sensei

Details of the Farewell Reception is as follows:

Date and Time: 17th of July 2011 (Sunday), Afternoon: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

Location: Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple

              3-15-1, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku,

              Tokyo, Japan

              TEL: 03-3541-1131

President of Funeral Committee: Shinichi Tohei Sensei, President of Ki Society


Public traffic congestion is expected on the day, therefore, please refrain from visiting by cars.

If you would like to pay floral tribute, please kindly apply to the following:

              Koekisya Co.,Ltd. Setagaya Office

                            TEL: 03-5491-3070

                            FAX: 03-5491-7521


Ki Society H.Q.

3515 O-aza Akabane

Ichikai-machi, Haga-gun

Tochigi, 321-3426


TEL: 0285-68-4000
FAX: 0285-68-4001

Frequent Answers and Questions (FAQ)

Q1. Is it possible for non-members of Ki Society to attend?

A1. Yes. Everyone can attend.

Q2. What is the preferable dress?

A2. Probably many people wear semi-formal dress (dressed in black).

Q3. With what religion will the Farewell Reception be held?

A3. It is held in non-religious style.

Q4. Do you accept floral tribute?

A4. Yes. Please call Koekisya Co.,Ltd. Setagaya Office (TEL: 03-5491-3070)

Q5. Is there car park?

A5. Yes, however, we prefer you to come by public transport facility due to expected traffic congestion.

Q6. How many seats are there?

A6. There are approximately 1,000 seats inside facility. If there are more of visitors, they may not be able to go inside and probably need to wait for paying floral tribute.


January 31, 2011

Kagamibiraki at Ki Society H.Q.

Ki Society H.Q., of which I am a president, held the “Ki Society H.Q. Kagamibiraki” on 9th January 2011 (Sunday) at Ki Society H.Q.(Sohonbu).

Kagamibiraki is the most important event held at Ki Society H.Q. and many instructors gathered from all over Japan.

In the early morning, with temperatures at four degrees below zero, we have purified both our mind and body in the cold water basing training (Senshin no Gyo). Kagamibiraki (Opening of the new big Sake bottle) was held and the Sake and Zouni (rice cakes boiled in vegetable soup) were served thereafter.

And then, Syugyo Tassei Kigan Shiki (The ceremony praying for success in our training)” was held, I offered a prayer wishing the whole members of Ki Society in the world the successful achievement and safety of their training through the year.

I took charge of teaching in the first training just after the above ceremony.

The activities of Ki Society H.Q. has begun officially subsequent to the completion of Kagamibiraki.

Thank you very much.

The following is the members who were promoted by the year’s recommendation.

Nanadan (7th dan)
Mr. Tetsuro Sugawara (Kanagawa Branch)
Mr. Eric Nonaka (Hawaii Ki Federation / USA)

Rokudan (6th dan)
Mr. Ichiro Kato (Taishinkan dojo / Aichi)
Mr. Terry Copperman (Oregon Ki Society / USA)
Ms. Olive Silva (Hawaii Ki Federation / USA)

Godan (5th dan)
Mr. Takahiro Kawahara (Kakegawa class / Shizuoka)
Mr. Kenichiro Kamimura (Taishinkan dojo / Aichi)
Mr. Yasushi Shiota (Koshinkan dojo / Osaka)
Mr. Robert Edward Jones (Oregon Ki Society / USA)
Mr. Jonathan Irving Maxson (Oregon Ki Society / USA)
Mr. Robert Lightbourn (Hawaii Ki Federation / USA)
Mr. Christopher Barense (Hawaii Ki Federation / USA)
Mr. Jeff Baldwin (Hawaii Ki Federation / USA)

Yondan (4th dan)
Mr. Naohisa Shintani (Uozu class / Toyama)
Mr. Kazuhiro Murakami (Soshinkan dojo / Hyogo)
Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa (Ujo class / Okayama)
Mr. Naoaki Hoshino (Edogawa class / Tokyo)
Mr. Tetsuya Abe (Shinshinkan dojo / Saitama)
Mr. Takahiro Hashiguchi (Mihara class / Hiroshima)
Mr. Masayuki Tamao (Yushinkan dojo / Osaka)
Mr. Shugo Tanaka (Yushinkan dojo / Osaka)
Mr. Hideo Shindo (Asao class / Kanagawa)
Mr. Steven Wolf (Eastern Ki Fedartion / USA)
Mr. Mel Dean Smith (Midland Ki Federation / USA)
Mr. Craig Krohn (Midland Ki Federation / USA)
Mr. Mort Melman (Midland Ki Federation / USA)
Ms. Sally Worcester (Hawaii Ki Federation / USA)
Ms. Joelle Perz (Hawaii Ki Federation / USA)
Mr. Roy T. Uyehara (Hawaii Ki Federation / USA)
Mr. David English (Calgary Ki Society / Canada)
Mr. Mark Stephen Hutchinson (Oregon Ki Society / USA)
Mr. Erik Gorka (Oregon Ki Society / USA)
Mr. Scott Andrew MacHaffie (Oregon Ki Society / USA)
Mr. Horacio Jorge Pazos (Ki Society Argentina / Argentina)
Mr. Diego Javier Pazos (Ki Society Argentina / Argentina)



August 11, 2010

Announcement of the Results of the 29th All Japan Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Taigi Competition


On 1st August 2010 (Sunday), the 29th All Japan Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Taigi Competition was held at Tenshinkan Dojo, at Ki Society H.Q. This time, approximately 200 players, who represent dojos, classes, schools and universities from all over Japan, have participated.

There is no effort to overcome others in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. In this competition, players perform a series of techniques that is called Taigi.  The Taigi Competition judges the depth of mind and body unification maintained while performing the series. With a clear state of mind and body unification, posture is stable, natural rhythm is produced, and the techniques become large.

The competition events of this year were as follows:


Under 18 division #2 Taigi KATATEDORI RYOTEMOCHI

University division #24 Taigi JONAGE

Adult division (Under 40)                  #8 Taigi  RYOTEDORI

Adult division (40 and above)           #1 Taigi  KATATEDORI

*If Nage is under 40 years old, the pair performs in Adult division (Under 40) and if Nage is 40 years old and above, they perform in Adult division (40 and above). Uke does not have age limitation in these two divisions.

[Group] (Series of the following Taigi/ Common in all divisions)

#7 Taigi                MUNATSUKI/KERI

#19 Taigi              MUNATSUKI

#20 Taigi              TANINZUGAKE

Prize winners’ names (without Mr. / Ms.) and their branches, universities are as follows. Congratulations.


Under 18 division

Gold prize:            Syogo KIMURA, Syunsuke OCHIAI

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

Silver prize:           Naomichi SOMEYA, Yuina AYABE

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

Bronze prize:        Oto HASHIMOTO, Daiki KOJIMA

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

4th prize: Kohei SUZUKI, Kaisei NISHIMURA

                            (Keio Senior High School)

5th prize: Michiko KOFUJI, Takahiro FUJII

                            (Hiroshima Branch)

6th prize: Hinako YOSHIDA, Mirai MIZUNO

                            (Hiroshima Branch)

University division

Gold prize:            Daisuke TOYODA, Yuta KIHARA

                        (Keio University)

Silver prize:           Kumiko NAKAYAMA, Akira FUJIMA

                            (Hiroshima Shudo University)

Bronze prize:        Miteki IKEDA, Akihiro ONISHI

                            (Hiroshima University)

4th prize: Emiri OKI, Noriaki KURIHARA

                            (Hiroshima Shudo University)

5th prize: Miyuki OGAWA, Tomoya NISHIMURA

                            (Hiroshima University)

6th prize: Chiho MATSUDA, Namiko OMORI

                            (Hiroshima Jogakuin University)

Adult division (Under 40)

Gold prize:            Toshihide ISHII, Yuji MORIKAWA

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

Silver prize:           Ai MIYAMOTO, Takashi MATSUMOTO

                            (Hiroshima Branch)

Bronze prize:        Kei ITO, Yuki NOMURA

                            (Keio Aikido Kai)

Adult division (40 and above)

Gold prize:            Aiko OHIRA, Yusuke NAKASHIMA,

                            (Tokyo Branch)

Silver prize:           Jiro KINOSHITA, Mitsuhiko NAKAHASHI

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

Bronze prize:        Akinori SANO, Hiroko YOSHIMINE

                            (Tokyo Branch)


Under 18 division

Gold prize:            Hiroshima Branch

Silver prize:           Keio Senior High School

Bronze prize:        N/A

University division

Gold prize:            Keio University

Silver prize:           Hiroshima University

Bronze prize:        Waseda University

Adult division

Gold prize:            Keio Aikido Kai

Silver prize:           Enshinkan Dojo (Tokyo Branch)

Bronze prize:        Yushinkan Dojo (Kanagawa Branch)

This competition was made possible with the kind cooperation, support and donations from many people. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to those contributors. Thank you very much.


April 01, 2010


Information from Ki Society H.Q.

Shinichi Tohei Sensei was born in 1973. He graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology, school of Bioscience and Biotechnology.

Shinichi Tohei Sensei has been learning Ki Principles through Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido (Ki-Aikido) from Master Koichi Tohei, Aikido 10th dan and Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido Founder, since childhood.

Now, as successor to Master Koichi Tohei, he teaches Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido in Japan and throughout the world. By using Ki principles in the development of human resources and communication skills, he also teaches business personnel, executives, and educators at seminars and workshops.

Recently he accepted an offer from a Major League Baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, to teach Ki Principles to their players. He has been teaching Ki Principles in special training camps to further the players’ development since January 2010.

He is the master teacher of Keio University Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido club. Also, he teaches Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido in general education at Keio University as a part-time instructor.

Shinichi Tohei Sensei’s responsibilities include:

  • Chief Instructor and President of Ki Society H.Q.
  • Part-time Instructor at Keio University

More than 50,000 people study Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido in the world. We all walk the same road in overcoming the differences of languages, cultures and religions.


January 27, 2010

Birthday of Koichi Tohei Sensei

The date of 20th January was the birthday of Koichi Tohei Sensei. Fortunately, he could have his 90 years old birthday with healthy condition.

We have received many people’s congratulations for his birthday. Thank you very much for your kind messages.