Training at the Yushinkan Dojo in Machida City, Tokyo.
Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido-Aikido with Mind and Body Coordinated
Tohei Koichi-sensei founded Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido in 1974. Students study Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido to learn mind and body coordination, to work positively with others and realize their full potential. Aikido students use Ki to lead their opponents rather than colliding or fighting with them. The principles of Aikido also apply directly to dealing productively with people in daily life. Students learn to apply Ki to the martial art utilizing the principles of non-dissension and the five principles of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido.
Five Basic Principles of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido:
1. Ki is extending.
Begin with having your mind and body unified.
2. Know your opponent’s mind.
Understand your opponent’s intention.
3. Respect your opponent’s Ki.
Do not collide or fight with your opponent’s Ki.
4. Put yourself in your opponent’s place.
Align with your opponent first, then you can lead them effectively.
5. Lead with confidence.
Continue to the conclusion with mind and body unified and without hesitation.
Aikido, literally means ‘the way to union with Ki’, was created last century by Ueshiba Morihei-sensei as an art of self-defense and spiritual training drawing from several classical martial arts. Aikido requires no particular advantage in age, size, strength or speed to perform well. However, aikido is not merely an art of self-defense, elements of philosophy, psychology and dynamics are included into its techniques. As you learn various techniques, you will also train the mind, improve health and develop self- confidence. The movements of aikido are circular and flowing. They are designed following the principles of nature and move in circles and spirals following
the paths of ki. When performed well, there is great beauty and composure in the movements of both partners.