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Ki is a Japanese word meaning Life Force, which is related to the Chinese Qi and is of importance to the way in which Koichi Tohei's style of aikido is taught. Tohei sensei's style of aikido is correctly called Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido

aikido with mind and body unified is frequently referred to as Ki-Aikido, particulalry in the western world. According to its own sources, there are currently about 30 000 Japanese members and about 100 000 members overseas in 21 countries.

There are three main centres in the UK; Rhondda Ki Society, Tain Ki Society and Llantrisant Ki Society

This style of martial art is about mind and body, being in control of the two relates in the outward performance, so this is adaptable to any age, but 18 is a prefered start by some clubs, it works equally for men or women.

Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido referred to as Ki Aikido a specific teaching method around the development of mind & body coordination and ki. This teaching is on four basic principles to unify mind & body 1.Keep one-point. 2.Relax completely. 3.Keep weight underside. 4.Extend Ki & the five principles of aikido, 1. Extend Ki. 2. Know your partner?s mind. 3. Respect your partner?s Ki. 4. Put yourself in the place of your partner. 5. Perform with confidence.

Aikido is suitable for men and women over 18. Includes aerobic and anaerobic exercise, balance, co-ordination, stamina and strength training. Youth is not necessary - a member started when he was 70. Aikido is a pursuit of skill, so physical size, strength and fitness are not important issues. You can start at your own level and work upwards at your own pace through a systematic, structured learning path. Experience and or success at other sports or martial arts is not needed.

The mental skills acquired through Aikido are extremely valuable and widely applicable, aiming at resolving conflict constructively, rather than escalating it. Aikido teaches a detailed awareness of self and of surroundings.

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