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Master Koichi Tohei was the founder of the Ki Society. He developed Ki training, Kiatsu® and Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido over a lifetime devoted to personal development.

Beginning with Hawaii in 1953, he traveled the world to teach Ki Principles and Mind & Body Coordination.

His extraordinary performance of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido arts and his masterful teaching inspired students for over 60 years.

Shinichi Tohei is the president and chief instructor of the Ki Society. He is a dedicated, life-long student of his father, Ki Society founder Koichi Tohei.

He presides at Ki Society HQ in Japan, in charge of teaching, training and the organization in Japan and internationally.

Under his dynamic leadership, the Ki Society has grown dramatically. In addition to over 400 dojos in Japan, there are Ki Society branches in 24 countries.

Robert MacFarland, Chief Instructor of the Brighton Ki Society, began his study of aikido in 1967.

In 1977 he started teaching traditional aikido in Brighton. In 1980 he joined the Ki Society in San Francisco, returning to Brighton to teach Ki principles.

He is currently Rokyudan (6th Dan) in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and Joden in Ki grade. He has full Ki Lecturer and associate examiner status from the Ki Society HQ in Japan.


Membership Type

Full Member



Everyone can do this

The Ki Society provides a variety of programs useful to all ages and abilities. Our membership is diverse – we are neighbors, professionals, students, homemakers, craftsmen, artists, athletes and more. We share a common goal of personal development, to make a positive contribution to our families and communities.

Mind and body unification

Our lives are comprised of the tangible and the intangible. Body is tangible, mind is intangible. To develop our full potential, we study these aspects of our nature as one unified whole.

That which we hold in our mind finds expression in the body. We cannot see the mind directly, yet we can know our state of mind by testing the body using Ki tests.

Ki is living energy

Ki, like mind, is intangible. It can be described this way: the universe is a collection of infinitely small particles we call Ki. When our mind and body are unified, Ki of the universe flows through us freely. Infinitely small and always in motion, Ki is the root of all things.

The Ki Society was founded in 1971 by Koichi Tohei, who developed our training method through a lifetime of study and experience. It is based on the principles of Japanese yoga – otherwise known as Shinshin-toitsu-do (the way of mind and body unification).

The common purpose of Ki development and Ki-aikido is to learn how to coordinate mind and body and to apply Ki principles to improve the quality of our daily life.

Five disciplines

  • Ki development exercises
  • Ki meditation
  • Ki breathing
  • Ki-aikido
  • Kiatsu®


Robert MacFarland

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