Currently, as successor, he is engaged in an effort to spread the teachings of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido in Japan and Overseas. In addition, he applies the teaching in communication seminars, guiding the development of human resources for business leaders, professional athletes and artists. Book : "Calming the Mind" Gentosha Inc. He enrolled in Tokyo Institute of Technology and majored in Bioscience. Year Completed his Uchideshi training and began teaching Overseas.
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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.
In , he established the Ki society which focused on spreading of the Ki Principles and Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Aikido with Mind and Body Coordinated and started growing many instructors throughout the world. He was well known for having taught Ki Principles and applications to a number of professionals, such as baseball players Mr. Tatsuro Hirooka and Mr. Sadaharu Oh. In , he let his son Shinichi Tohei succeed his teachings.
Since then, he retired from the forefront of teaching and watched the development of ShinShin Toitsu Aikido. On 19th May , he passed away at the age of He was also the author of a number of best-selling books such as "Ki in Daily Life", " Kiatsu" and several other books.
He was very weak when he was young, and always needed medical care. To strengthen his body, his father taught him Judo. He became a black belt of Judo at the age of Year At the age of 16, he enrolled in a preparatory course at Keio University. During Judo practice he suffered a strong hit to the chest resulting in a Pleurisy attack.
He was advised by his doctor to take a leave of absence of one year from school and ordered to bed rest. During his confinement, he had an opportunity to reflect on himself and realized that not only physical health was important, but that the condition of his mind was also important and he found out that his mind seemed very weak. He decided that even though his body condition was getting worse, he could still strengthen the condition of his mind.
He studied Zen under Mr. It was truly a training that was rigorous, bordering on life and death. In , he was awarded a 10th dan which is the highest level in Aikido. Year At 23 years old, soon after he graduated from Keio University, he was dispatched to Utsunomiya East 36th platoon.
He became a second lieutenant and was sent to the Central China front. Showered with bullets, he realized through personal experience that true battle is very different from sports matches. He learned the importance of keeping mind calm and keeping one point on the battle field, where the briefest slackening of Ki could mean death. He recognized that he was a part of the Universe and that the Universe was him. Since then, he always had the idea of following the way of the Universe.
Reaching the end of the War, after he was demobilized from Central China, he continued studies in Zen and misogi breathing method, and practiced Aikido again. He also met and studied with Tempu Nakamura Sensei. This lead him to master the Ki Principles and the concept of mind moves body. This changed his view of Aikido and this became the basis of his teachings. Year At the age of 33 years old, he went to the United States alone to spread the teachings of Aikido to the world.
As there were no airplanes at that time, he had to sail by ship which took about a month to reach Hawaii. Not having any pupils students , he started to spread the Ki Principles, and showed Aikido to Judo or Karate wrestlers who could take Ukemi for him. As a result, many students began to follow him. Since then, he was always committed to spreading Aikido to the United States.
He became the Head Instructor of Aikikai, taught many students and grew many world level instructors. Year Morihei Ueshiba Sensei passed away. Year The difference in understanding of Aikido became clear between him and the successor Mr. Kisshomaru Ueshiba, and finally he decided to resign the position of the Head Instructor and withdraw from the Aikikai Foundation.
He presided over "Ki no Kenkyukai" as president. From this point he started to spread Shinshin Toitsu Aikido around the World. To focus on the learning of Ki Principles, he founded "Shinshin Toitsudo". He taught Ki principles not only to students of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido, but also to athletes, artists and companies. The story of his teaching famous baseball players such as Tatsuro Hirooka and Sadaharu Oh was well known.
Year He founded "Kiatsuho" which was based on using Ki principles as a healing method to maintain good health. This was to be a place for all students of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido from all over the world to come together and practice.
He also opened some seminars for the companies and professional athletes. Year His son, Shinichi Tohei, the future successor started the Uchideshi training. Year Seeing that Shinichi Tohei was sufficiently developed in his Aikido training, Soshu made him the official successor of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. From this point, he retired from the forefront of teaching and continued to watch the development of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. Year , 19th of May He passed away at the age of His farewell ceremony was held at Tsukiji Honganji Temple.
Over 1, people from around the World attended the ceremony to say their last goodbye.
Successor Shinichi Tohei Sensei
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.
This has led to many possible interpretations of the word. Aikido also derives much of its technical structure from the art of swordsmanship kenjutsu. It is unclear exactly when Ueshiba began using the name "aikido", but it became the official name of the art in when the Greater Japan Martial Virtue Society Dai Nippon Butoku Kai was engaged in a government sponsored reorganization and centralization of Japanese martial arts. Aikido demonstrates this philosophy in its emphasis on mastering martial arts so that one may receive an attack and harmlessly redirect it.