ORANGE COUNTY KI SOCIETY
 

Video Clips - 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, 1970s, Santa Barbara
Tohei Sensei visited the West Coast of the United States annually for many years. This particular clip is a collection of footage taken by students of Kenji Ota Sensei, in Goleta, California.
Koichi Tohei Sensei, 1975, Teaching Kokyudosa
This short film shows Tohei Sensei teaching the seated exercise called Kokyudosa at a seminar in San Francisco circa 1975.
Koichi Tohei Sensei, 1975, Demonstration
This clip shows excerpts of an Aikido demonstration given by Tohei Sensei in Seattle, Washington in 1975. Tohei Sensei taught a Ki and Aikido seminar as well as an Instructor's workshop. The movie was shot by a student using a handheld Super 8mm movie camera from the edge of the mat area. The film suffers from the lack of a tripod, but gives a sense of Tohei Sensei's demonstrations.
Koichi Tohei Sensei, 1976, Randori
This slow motion clip shows Tohei Sensei in a randori sequence with six simultaneous attackers during a demonstration in San Francisco in 1976. The movie was shot using a handheld Super 8mm movie camera from the balcony of the Veteran's Auditorium. Although the film quality is marginal it gives a good sense of the dynamic nature of randori.
Koichi Tohei Sensei, 1976, Jo & Jo-Nage Randori
This slow motion clip shows Tohei Sensei performing with the jo and then using the jo to throw six simultaneous attackers during a demonstration in San Francisco in 1976. The movie was shot using a handheld Super 8mm movie camera from the balcony of the Veteran's Auditorium. Although the film quality is marginal it gives a good sense of the dynamic nature of randori.