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We review the reference masters that are relative to the entire discipline: who threw the first seed, who has contributed more to the development of its theoretical, philosophical, and educational basis, as well as in its worldwide diffusion, in various stages of its evolution. These being the masters on which we base our practice:. Kenjiro Yoshigasaki was born in in Kagoshima, Japan.
He started practicing yoga at the age of 10 and Aikido in , at the age of 17, under Koichi Tohei Sensei. In addition he has studied many other martial arts and in he spent a year in India devoted to the study of Yoga. Being fluent in English, French and Italian in addition to his native Japanese, He accompanied Tohei Sensei on many of his overseas teaching trips. In , Kenjiro Yoshigasaki Sensei moved to Europe as the chief instructor for the Ki Society, being pioneer and giving its fundamental contribution to the development and dissemination of Ki Aikido particularly in Europe, South America and South Africa.
The organization has over 4. Yoshigasaki Sensei is based in Brussels and conduct training seminars throughout Europe. Show more An important date because it was the beginning of the development of many dojos across the old continent. Equipped with a superb interpretation capability, Yoshigasaki Sensei was able to translate in a simple language and didactically explain the already rich teaching of Koichi Tohei Sensei.
Doshu Aikido is a way Do and the way must be maintained in practice. The person who keeps the way is the Doshu. In Japanese, there are two different meanings of Doshu. The highest teacher of the Aikido organizations should be called Doshu — custodian of the way.
At the age of seventeen he began the study of Misogi and Zen. At the age of 19 he started to study Aikido under Ueshiba Sensei, and at 25 he started studying mind and body unification from Tempu Nakamura. Tohei Sensei developed his own systematic way of teaching incorporating the concepts of mind and body unification in Aikido and He has spread the principles of Ki and Aikido in the USA and Europe since He died on May 19, Koichi Tohei studied judo as a teenager, but his training was interrupted while a student at Keio University due to a bout with pleurisy.
In , in an effort to regain his health, Tohei engaged in intensive misogi breathing and meditation training, when he returned to his doctors, all traces of pleurisy had disappeared. It was shortly thereafter that he received an introduction to Morihei Ueshiba Sensei who operated a private martial arts dojo in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo.
Tohei immediately joined the dojo and practiced intensively under the Aikido Founder up until the time of his induction into the Japanese Imperial Army in October , there he was dispatched to a platoon near the Central China front.
He realized through personal experience in battle that he must master calmness and relaxation. Tohei Sensei learned under fire the secret of directing ki and maintaining the one point in the lower abdomen.
He gained important insight into his previous training and how it must be applied to daily life. Soon thereafter, Tohei reestablished contact with Morihei Ueshiba who had retired to his country home in Iwama, Ibaragi Prefecture. Tohei resumed training in aikido. His teachings had a profound influence on Tohei Sensei. Nakamura talked about the importance of positive thinking and taught what he called mind and body unification shin-shin toitsu do. Tohei Sensei saw that these ideas were fundamental to Aikido and incorporated them as he developed his own systematic way of teaching.
He spread aikido throughout the US and helped establish schools on the east coast, west coast and in Chicago, as well as Hawaii. Tohei Sensei sent many instructors from Japan to the US to teach and lead schools. Between and he visited the United States on fifteen occasions, staying in the US for up to a year at a time. Tohei Sensei received tenth dan, the highest rank in aikido, in In , Tohei created the Ki no Kenkyukai outside of the Aikikai where he taught his Ki principles separate from aikido techniques.
He served as Director of Shihan and Director of the Aikikai until leaving that organization in Tohei Sensei was famous for teaching Ki to many well-known athletes, including Japanese baseball star Sadaharu Oh. He was also the subject of a lengthy television documentary in Japan.
Founder of Aikido. Ueshiba Sensei died on April 26, Morihei Ueshiba was one of the greatest martial artists of the twentieth century. Master Ueshiba spent his youth and early adulthood training under a variety of sword and Jujitsu masters. As he grew older he experienced increasing disquiet, feeling that training for the sake of winning was not enough.
After a long, arduous period of training and meditation, Master Ueshiba perceived the true purpose of the martial arts to be the promotion of universal peace and love. He saw that the ideal victory was a conflict resolved without winner or loser. Master Ueshiba began to change the techniques and practices he had learned to align with his new understanding. This led to the development of Aikido. His direct association with this school has so far been documented from through His involvement with this religion began in December Ueshiba lived in Ayabe from through and was active as an Omoto believer and close supporter of Deguchi.
He accompanied the Omoto leader in on an ill-fated trip to Manchuria and Mongolia in an attempt to establish a utopian colony. This dojo was the center of his activities over the next 11 years where he was extremely active as a teacher of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu.
In the late s, the founder also made several trips to Manchuria where he conducted seminars and gave demonstrations. During and immediately after the war, Ueshiba remained in Iwama and devoted himself to intensive training, meditation and farming. He repeatedly stated that it was in Iwama that he perfected modern aikido. In the mids, the founder began to spend considerable time in Tokyo and also traveled to a certain extent, often to the Kansai region.
His last years were spent primarily in Tokyo where his health gradually became frail. Nonetheless, he continued instructing through the early part of February , until he fell ill and was admitted to Keio University Hospital. He was released to be returned home where he died of liver cancer on 26 April Ueshiba taught tens of thousands of students during his teaching career which spanned some 50 years and is noted for his ethical and humanistic view of the martial arts which holds the concept of non-conflict, rather than the defeat of an adversary, as the ideal.
Tempu Nakamura was born on July 20, in Tokyo, Japan. Nakamura Sensei is often regarded as the father of yoga in Japan. Nakamura Sensei trained Judo, Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu. At the age of 16, he joined the Imperial Japanese Army and served as a covert agent in Northern China.
He was one of only nine out of military affairs investigators to return to Japan alive from the Russo-Japanese War, after which he suffered a severe attack of tuberculosis at the age of Seeking a cure for his disease and to arrive at peace of mind, he began reading about medicine, religion, philosophy, and psychology.
His illness returned, prompting him to look for a psychosomatic cure, he traveled to England, Germany, Belgium and France for a period of time seeking in to psychology, biology and philosophy. Where he experienced spiritual realization and awakened his higher mind, after two years and several months of practice his tuberculosis disappeared.
At 43 years old after returning to Japan, He founded his own art called Shinshin Toitsu Do, the Way of Mind and Body Unification, where he blended Indian meditation and health improvement with his background in medicine, psychology, Japanese healing arts and meditation, and Japanese martial arts.
Save Save. Skip to content. Koichi Tohei Sensei died in Japan on May 19, at the age of
I. Kiaikido Seminar led by Kenjiro Yoshigasaki Sensei in Hungary