Koichi Tohei Sensei
Master Koichi Tohei was born in Shitaya, Tokyo, 1920. When he was three years old, he went back to his home town located in Tochigi prefecture. He graduated from Keio University.
He was very weak when he was young. Therefore, to develop a strong mind and body, he began to study Aikido and eventually received its highest level of 10th Dan.
In 1953, he visited Hawaii for the first time, and then started to visit the U.S. and Europe to teach Ki and Aikido. From 1953 to 1982, he visited twenty-one states throughout the U.S plus Guam, the Philippines and New Zealand, as well as Europe teaching Ki and Aikido and starting new dojos around the world.
In 1971, he founded the Ki Society H.Q’s (formerly known as Ki no Kenkyukai) and developed Ki Training, Kiatsu® and Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. His travel and teaching over fifty years has spread Ki Principles and Mind & Body Coordination around the world. Koichi Tohei Sensei is famous for both his extraordinary performance of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido arts and his masterful teaching that allows all of us to learn Ki Principles.
In Japan, he also taught Ki Principles and Ki-Aikido widely to individuals and companies. It is well known that he taught many famous sports athletes such as Sadaharu Oh who was a famous baseball player, Chiyonofuji who was a champion sumo wrestler and other such athletes in Japan.
Tohei sensei passed away on May 19th, 2011 at the age of 91. In July of 2011 a public farewell reception was held in his honor in Tokyo. Tohei sensei is survived by his wife and children, including Shinichi Tohei, the current Chief Instructor and President of the Ki Society.