UK Ki Federation’s 2014 National Seminar with Calvin Tabata Sensei 8th Dan Chief Instructor of the North West Ki Federation USA
The UK Ki Federation’s National Seminar this year from September 19th until 21st 2014 was held at Arfon Leisure Centre, Bethel Road, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. The event was hosted by the Menai KI Society and was directed by Calvin Tabata Sensei who is currently appointed by the KI Society HQ in Japan to advise and oversee the training of all the Ki Society students in the UK. Tabata Sensei also heads the Northwest Ki Federation, USA and is an 8th degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and holds an Okuden Ki rank. He is also a full Lecturer in the Ki Society, and the Chief Instructor of the Personal Kiatsu® School. He began his training in Hawaii and is a lifelong direct student of Ki Society founder Koichi Tohei sensei. Tabata sensei has been teaching in the Northwest since 1970. He established the Oregon Ki Society in 1974 and the Personal Kiatsu School in 1993.
This was a great opportunity for us all to practice with one of the Ki Society’s most senior instructors at a World Class level. The full schedule of classes over the three days made it not only possible to cover the whole spectrum of Koichi Tohei’s teachings at various levels both beginners and advanced but was also made it possible for family and friends who were not interested in training Aikido to attend the event as well on a Ki Classes only basis. This enabled the event to be enjoyed by all those there whilst at the same time continued to help with the development and understanding of all present from beginner to advanced student and as well as those that had attended the event for their advanced Ki and Aikido exams to be conducted. This was is no small way a feat to achieve. For those interested please see this link for photos from Seminar:-
Training workshops with Louis Sloss Sensei 7th Dan Chief Instructor of Oregon Ki Society USA
Held at Brighton Ki Centre, Ground Floor Studio, 12 Queen Sq, Brighton, BN1 3PG. Brighton Ki Society (BKS) hosted Ki, Kiatsu®and Ki-Aikido training workshops as taught by Louis Sloss Sensei starting on the evening of Tuesday 23rd September and running through to Sunday 28th September. These were very well attended classes and catered not only Aikido but also for those that wanted to learn how to apply Ki in their Daily Life from a Senior Dan Grade instructor.
Louis Sloss Sensei is Chief Instructor of the OKS Adult Programs, Ki Lecturer, OKS Secretary, Okuden and Shinshin Toitsu Aikido 7th Dan and a Kiatsu Associate Lecturer. Sloss Sensei has been teaching for over 30 years.
Kiatsu® Seminar Work Shops are taught by instructors of the Oregon Ki Society Personal Kiatsu® School. The school is the first in the world to offer the opportunity to learn Ki pressing techniques and Ki principles as a complete nonprofessional development program for self-treating, family and friends only. Established in 1993 under the guidance of founder Koichi Tohei Sensei, it is the only authorised Personal Kiatsu® school outside of Japan. Kiatsu® is a registered trademark of The Ki Society H.Q. Japan.
The UK Personal Kiatsu® school program entered its 2nd year with Seminar 1 the September 27-28. Our plan is to cover year two in the next approximately two calendar years with seminars about every 6 months, ending with Seminar 5 in fall of 2016.
In addition at the Brighton Ki Centre we hold monthly Kiatsu® Intensive practice sessions on the fourth Sunday of each month from 10 am to 4pm. For more details see Kiatsu® tab on this BKS website and calendar at link http://brightonkisociety.org.uk . Note only approved and selected UK members of the Ki Society HQ in Japan are allowed to participate in these sessions.
Notification of UK Ki Federation Recommended Promotions
*Note: Rokyudan (6th) Dan is the highest SST Aikido grade ever to be awarded by the Ki Society HQ in Japan to any practitioner from the UK.
|Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Promotions||Rank|
|Robert Scott MacFarland||* Rokudan (6th Dan)|
|Roger Packman||Yondan (4th Dan)|
|Rhys Edwards||Yondan (4th Dan)|
|Ian Parsons||Yondan (4th Dan)|
|Robert Connolly||Sandan (3rd Dan)|
|David Owen||Sandan (3rd Dan)|
|Peter Morris||Nidan (2nd Dan)|
|Dominic Kendrik||Shodan (1st Dan)|
|Shinshin Toitsudo Promotions||Rank|
|Daniel Kozaczuk||Assistant Lecturer|
|Dan Gray||Assistant Examiner|