Aikido has evolved from its founder Morihei Ueshiba (born 1883) through the different students and schools to create some subtly different forms. One of Ueshiba's greatest students, Koichi Tohei, was fascinated by the impact of the mind on the body and developed this theme into ‘Ki Aikido’. This was developed by one of Tohei’s devoted students, Kenjiro Yoshigasaki until his passing in February 2021. Yoshigasaki Sensei founded the Ki no Kenkyukai Association Internationale in 2003 and which became Ki no Kenkyukai Musubi in 2022. Highland Ki Aikido Society trains to their syllabus.
Why this Site?
As Aikido has developed under different sensei and governing bodies, so too has the language and terminology evolved. The variations and differences in the phonetic translation from the original Japanese has given rise to different English spellings for some Aikido words and actions. To help me better understand the practice, since late 2013 I have attended Aikido seminars with Sensei Yoshigsaki and others. This site represents my knowledge today and as I learn more about this fascinating practice, I will update this site. I hope the information here finds a wide audience and proves helpful.
Is it for You?
Ki Aikido is a spiritual martial art; transforming it from the traditional aggressive, fighting martial art to an art that seeks to avoid conflict. In real life, we cannot go about hurting other people; Ki Aikido aims for self-defence without causing injury. There are no tournaments or competitions.Ki Aikido does not rely on bodily strength but rather on the unification of mind and body. Therefore Ki Aikido is beneficial and more suited to a wider audience, regardless of age, physical stature or gender. Most importantly, the Ki Aikido philosophies and practices concentrate on self-development and can be applied beneficially to every-day life. This philosophy appealed to me so this is the path I followed.
About Ki Aikido
“Through my fifty years of teaching aikido, I found the most important thing is love and respect. If you are following me,
you follow the way of love and respect.” Doshu, Yoshigasaki Sensei 1951-2021
This site is aimed primarily at beginners of Ki Aikido practising Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido