It was because he was relaxed, in fact, that he could generate so much power. Aikido has grown explosively since World War II. Koichi Tohei, a distinguished contributor to this development, is perhaps one of those most qualified to talk about the history of aikido. Most of the active aikido shihan even those 7th dan and above in the world today were taught, at one time or another, by Tohei.
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Koichi Tohei was a fragile child and this is why his father gave him to Judo. With years Koichi was able to see the results of his hard training but soon, when he entered the Keio University for the Economics Department he got pleurisy. Tohei did not wish to lose what he obtained with the Judo but was forced to replace his training with the Zen meditation and Misogi exercises. He joined the Ichikukai Dojo for that and recovered from pleurisy soon.
This made him convinced that it was his efforts in training his mind and cultivating his Ki that had helped him to heal and recover. Koichi Tohei came back in Judo but this time he was looking for something more than physical training and this is when his Judo teacher, Shohei Mori, recommended him to meet Morihei Ueshiba.
Koichi did but had serious doubts about Aikido and Morihei Ueshiba had to solve them directly. After only six months of training with O-Sensei, Tohei was sent to teach in a school and a military academy as a representative. Tohei Sensei was really good in taking the advantage of those who did not believe in a technical aspect of the Aikido and he made it a lot of times with the success.
He also developed Kiatsu, a system of treating physical illness extending the Ki into the body through the fingertips. He is an author of numerous books on Aikido and Ki. Sensei was the first one to expand Aikido outside of Japan.
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Your account. Your cart. Larger image. Destocking - Availability and ordering by mail contact masamune-store. We are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new DVD featuring one of the most famous Aikido teachers of all time: Koichi Tohei, 10th dan. This represents the heyday of postwar Aikido and the period when the art experienced steady growth to assume a prominent role among Japanese martial arts.
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He graduated from the Economics Department of Keio University. When he was young, he suffered from pleurisy and he was very weak. Determined to strengthen both mind and body, he undertook intensive training in Zen meditation and Misogi breathing methods. At the age of 19 he began the study of Aikido under the founder Morihei Ueshiba Sensei and ultimately achieved the highest level of 10th Dan. After the war, he studied mind and body unification from Tempu Nakamura Sensei. From , he traveled alone all around the world and spread Aikido, starting with the United States of America.