ORANGE COUNTY KI SOCIETY
 

Video Clips - 1960s and 1970s

With the passing of O-Sensei in 1969, Tohei Sensei redoubled his efforts to spread Aikido in the United States and elsewhere. He founded the Ki Society in 1971 to teach Ki separately from Aikido. He continued as Aikido's Chief Instructor until 1974 when he founded Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and left the Aikikai organization.

Koichi Tohei Sensei, 1962, Outside Randori
In 1962 Aikikai Headquarters in Japan produced a 45-minute training film. This classic film was shot entirely outdoors in a Japanese garden setting. Tohei Sensei, then Chief Instructor of the Aikikai, starred in this film. He demonstrated Ki exercises, basic Aikido movements and hundreds of fluid Aikido techniques. This particular clip shows Tohei Sensei performing techniques against multiple attackers (randori).
Koichi Tohei Sensei, 1962, Teaching & Demonstrating
This film was shot by an American film-making team at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan in 1962. Tohei Sensei teaches a class and then demonstrates various techniques with high ranking Aikido instructors taking the falls. There were two cameras in place, so many of the demonstrations are shown twice from different angles. The clarity of the film and the close-up nature of the situation gives a good sense of Tohei Sensei's teaching style and demeanor.
Koichi Tohei Sensei, 1965, New Jersey
This footage captured an informal demonstration by Tohei Sensei in New Jersey in 1965. It was originally provided by Terry Pierce Sensei.
Koichi Tohei Sensei, 1965, New Jersey #2
This footage captured an informal demonstration by Tohei Sensei in New Jersey in 1965. It was originally provided by Terry Pierce Sensei.
Koichi Tohei Sensei, 1960s, Jo #1 in Slow Motion
This high speed film shows Tohei Sensei performing Jo Kata #1 in slow motion. It was taken in the mid-1960s in Hawaii. Some of the details have changed but this gives a good sense of the meaning of "the tip of the jo is always moving".