Aikido with Ki (Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido)
|Aikido literally means the way to harmony with Ki. Students
study Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido to learn to coordinate mind and body, to work
with others positively, and realize their full potential. Aikidoists use
Ki to powerfully lead their opponents rather than colliding or fighting
with them. The principles of Aikido apply directly to dealing productively
with people in daily life. Students learn the process of applying Ki to
the martial art utilizing the principles of non-dissension and the five
principles of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido.
The Orange County Ki Society teaches Ki Aikido in a traditional Dojo setting. The
classes are led by highly skilled instructors with 12 to 35 years of experience.
Instructors travel yearly to Japan to ensure that the latest teaching from Tohei Sensei is available to students.
Five Basic Principles of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido
These basic principles were created by Tohei Sensei to provide a road map for proper training. They can be used to analyze not just the implementation of techniques in Aikido, but any human interaction.
- Extend Ki
Before leading others you must first learn to control your own mind and body yourself.
- Know your opponent's mind
Understand your opponent's intention.
- Respect your opponent's Ki
Do not fight with your opponent.
- Put yourself in the place of your opponent
Align with your opponent first then you can lead them effectively.
- Perform with confidence
Continue to conclusion without doubt or hesitation.