Our Dojo is dedicated to the path of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. Through the regular practice of Ki Aikido, Ki excercises, breathing and meditation we learn to find calmness and centeredness and to experience oneness of mind and body. When our mind is calm and stable, then our body is also calm and stable. In this calm and centered oneness of mind and body we can live up to our full human potential, live our life in the here and now, and be a truly useful and positive contribution to society. The relaxed, calm and almost family-like atmosphere in our dojo enables us to walk this path with great focus and energy.
We invite you to come and visit us, watch a class, or try it out right away with a free introductory lesson. When can you begin? Anytime... but the best time for your first step is always now! On this website you will find a lot of information about our training, class schedules, cost, loads of pictures, and how to find us… We look forward to meeting you!
27.3.2017: We just returned from a wonderful Ki Intensive weekend seminar at Wachtkueppel in the Rhoen mountains. The participants from dojos in Krefeld, Helmond, Stuttgart and Rodgau enjoyed great training together, as well as fine food, good cameraderie and lots of fun! Check out the pictures here or on our Facebook page :-)
15.10.2016: Last weekend we participated in the European Ki-Aikido-Seminar in Helmond/NL, where the Senseis Ad Voogels, Toby Voogels and Olaf Schubert shared the teaching - one common topic taught with their respective individual flavours. Super! At this seminar a few of our Rodgau students passed their next Ki and Aikido tests: Nick and Sophia (both Jokyu Ki) and Thorsten (Ki Aikido Shodan)! Yesterday we had further testing back home at our dojo: : Andrea and D. (both Shokyu), Michele (Shokyu and 5. Kyu) and Steffi (4. Kyu). Congratulations to all! Pictures were posted on our Facebook-page :-)
7.9.2016: We've just returned from a wonderful trip to Japan. The training with Shinichi Tohei Sensei, Kataoka Sensei and Kobori Sensei was great - as well as the whole atmosphere and the group cohesion of the over 60 participants from Hawaii, the USA, Spain, Holland, Germany, Slowenia, Russia, Japan… We have a lot of pictures on our webseite as well as on our Facebook-page :-)
23.-24.9.2017 - European Ki Aikido Seminar in Helmond/NL
17.-21.10.2017 - Training Camp at Ki no Sato, Japan
On visiting our dojo you will see that there is a group of pretty regular people training here, people "like you and me“. The atmosphere is friendly, almost family-like. All are here to follow the same path and help each other, seasoned black-belts and fresh beginners alike. Ki-Aikido works without force, domination or pain, and can therefore be practiced by anyone regardless of age, gender, body size, muscular power or gymnastic talent. In the last 15 years, we have found beginners to find an easier entrance and make faster progress, if they train in one group together with more advanced students, who can help and support them as their training partners. The average class size is about 6 to 12 people - which makes for a dynamic group experience while enabling the sensei to give enough attention to each student. This way you will find a well supported entry into our training and will soon make visible progress, which you will also be able to notice in your daily life.
You can visit us anytime to ask questions, see the dojo and watch a class, or for a free introductory class. For this please bring long jogging pants and a t-shirt or sweater - we train in an appropriately heated room on firm but also damping canvass-covered mats (with socks for Ki class, barefeet for Aikido class). Please be here about 15 minutes before class starts.
The dojo is in 63110 Rodgau-Weiskirchen, in the backyard of Hauptstraße 125b. The entrance to the property can only be reached on foot or by bike - please do not enter the small lane leading to the property by car, there is nowhere to park or even turn around. Since the dojo is on private property, and to not disturb the quiet and concentrated training, only dojo members and invited visitors have access. We kindly ask that you contact us by phone (0176-30730607) or via email (email@example.com) when you want to visit us - so we know you are coming and can give you directions. We look forward to welcoming you in our dojo!
Monday 19:00 - 20:00 Ki, 20:00 - 21:00 Aikido
Tuesday 8:30 - 10:00 Ki & Aikido
Tuesday 19:30 - 21:00 Free Practice
Wednesday 19:30 - 21:00 Ki & Aikido Basics
Thursday 8:30 - 10:00 Ki & Aikido
Friday 19:00 - 20:00 Ki, 20:00 - 21:00 Aikido
Saturday 10:00 - 11:30 Ki & Health (Japanese Yoga)
Ki and Aikido Training:
54 € - Regular, per month
44 € - Low income, per month
34 € - Youth from 14 years, per month
74 € - Sponsor membership, per month
80 € - 8-Classes-Card
Once 30 € - Joining fee Ki Society Japan
You can start anytime with a free trial class. With no set contract terms you simply pay your monthly fee via bank transfer. We can set reduced fees for family members. Nobody will be turned away for financial reasons - please talk to us if necessary.
The sponsor membership is for higher income members who want to support the dojo, so we can arrange lower fees for financially challenged members.
Olaf Schubert Sensei (4. Dan Shinshin Toitsu Aikido, Chuden Shinshin Toitsu Do) is leading this dojo since its founding in 2001. He’s been studying the Japanese martial ways since 1979, since 1992 Aikido.
In 2009 he quit his part-time office job to focus entirely on the dojo and training. In addition to teaching classes (almost) daily he also uses the dojo every day for his own training of Ki breathing, Ki meditation, Oneness-Rhythm-Taiso and Jo- and Bokken-forms. He learns regularly from his teacher Christopher Curtis Sensei (8. Dan) at his seminars in Germany and Holland, and visited Curtis Senseis dojo and other high ranking teachers during a two week trip to Hawaii in 2012. Since 2013, Olaf Schubert travels annually to Japan to train at the Intensive Camps held at the Ki Society Headquarter - for his own training and also to keep the teaching in our dojo up to date.
The black-belt students of our dojo assist in teaching when needed: Thomas Ziegler (2. Dan, Shoden), Peter Scheiber (2. Dan, Shoden), Uta Schubert (1. Dan, Jokyu), Arthur Mludek (1. Dan, Jokyu), Daniela Klier (1. Dan, Jokyu) and Thorsten Gratzke (1. Dan, Jokyu).
At Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, exceptionally committed Aikido students can live and train at the dojo for a longer period of time as in-house students (uchi deshi) and immerse themselves fully in the study of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. The dojo's sensei lives with his family on the same property, and can therefore intensively teach the uchi deshi daily besides the regular classes and his own training. While regular classes are taught in German, the uchi deshi classes and training can be taught in English. It is also possible to study the Japanese language - classes would be taught by our Aikido student Dr. Monika Lubitz (Japanese interpretor and teacher). Uchi deshi have a small living space and otherwise use the dojo’s toilet, showers, kitchen and tea room.
Our Uchi Deshi program is available to Aikidoka 18 years and older. Previous experience in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido makes sense and will probably be the norm, but students from other Aikido lineages can be accepted, too. The duration of the program can be individually planned. It could be the summer vacation between university terms, or working Aikidoka could use a part of their vacation for this. Nowadays many do some other activity for a year (au-pair, work & travel) before entering university - why not for one year train body and mind and study intensly what you love as an uchi deshi? Long-term uchi deshi can also arrange to live and train in the dojo while doing a vocational training outside the dojo during the day, or work part-time outside the dojo to finance their uchi deshi stay.
You will find all the details about the program here: Uchi Deshi Program German / English. Since February 2015 we have our first uchi deshi living in the Dojo - since then we have also had several short term visitors for a week of intensive training from Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Brasil… Since September 2016 a second long-term uchi deshi (from Italy) lives and trains in our Dojo... News & photos are being posted regularly on our Facebook-page...
The Ki Society was founded in 1971 by Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei (1920-2011). The Ki Society is active through dojos in Japan and many countries around the world and through its over 50.000 members. Since 2007 it is lead by Kaicho Shinichi Tohei Sensei. Our mission is to help build a positive society through the teachings of oneness of mind and body and oneness with the universe. We will do our best to support all people who wish to grow and develop through these five main disciplines of our study:
Ki-Aikido (Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, Aikido in oneness of mind and body) is the most extensive and most practiced method,
Ki-Breathing is breathing in oneness of mind and body - essential for understanding Ki and developing breath power,
Ki-Meditation is a very quiet method for realizing oneness of mind and body and oneness with the universe,
Sokushin No Gyo (bell misogi) is a group excercise for oneness of mind and body and calmness in action while giving 100%,
Kiatsu is a healing method based on the Ki principles developed by Koichi Tohei Sensei.
Tohei Sensei founded the Ki Society to make the experience of oneness of mind and body accessible for everyone. While every practice method leads to this experience, every method covers different aspects and areas of application. Through the study of the various methods every practitioner can find an access to the experience, whether he or she came to this practice searching for better health, better coping with everyday stress, more relaxed relationships, for more appropriate action in conflict situations, or even for being able to physically defend oneself. In the dojos of the Ki Society, you will see people of all age groups, professions, religious believes or cultural backgrounds training together with positive minds.
Germany - as well as Holland, Belgium, Spain and Slovenia - is supported by our Ki Society HQ Advisor Christopher Curtis Sensei (8. Dan, Okuden). Curtis Sensei comes here every year (from Hawaii) for a few weeks to teach weekend seminars, visit the member dojos, and support the local instructors and students. These seminars are also used to hold higher Ki and Aikido Dan examinations.
Currently there are four Ki Society dojos in Germany:
Ki Society Stuttgart, Udo Schill Sensei
Ki Aikido Bavaria (Bubenreuth), Uwe Filusch Sensei
Ki Society Krefeld, Christel Buchloh Sensei
Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, Olaf Schubert Sensei.
We are in close cooperation with the Ki Society in Holland, represented by Ki-Aikidoschool Torii (Helmond) and lead by Senseis Ad and Toby Voogels. Toby Voogels Sensei teaches our European Ki Aikido Summercamp since 2014 - where students and instructors of all dojos come together for 8 days of intensive training. Every fall we also gather in Helmond/Holland for a central Dan- and Examination weekend Seminar, where the instructors of the participating dojos share the teaching.
The center and headquarter of Ki Society, called Ki no Sato, is about 100km north of Tokyo in Tochigi prefecture. On the very spacious premises there is the main dojo "Tenshinkan" featuring a 520-tatami training area, the Ki dojo "Tenshin Gosho“ with a wooden floor, further seminar rooms, for instance for the water misogi called Senshin no gyo, a large common building with the entrance and common area, changing rooms, Japanese bath, kitchen and dining room, as well as 4 two-storey rooming houses for the seminar participants. Additionally, there is the historic Tohei family mansion, as well as the residential home for Shinichi Tohei Senseis family, and the office building.
Throughout the year there are many courses and seminars being taught here covering all aspects of Ki Society Training, including courses in traditional calligraphy and tea ceremony (taught by Ishikawa Sensei). Members of Ki Society can also come here for extended periods to live and train. Besides Kaicho Shinichi Tohei Sensei, classes are also taught by Otsuka Sensei, Kataoka Sensei, Ishikawa Sensei and Kobori Sensei.
Regularly many members from all over the world come to Ki no Sato for several days of intensive Training Camps. This way members of the different dojos and countries across continents come or stay in contact and train together. Even more importantly, this is a chance for the participants to further their study at the highest intensity and level. Even while the principles stay the same - practices and teaching methods are continuously enhanced and further developed. For this reason, it is vital for the instructors of all dojos worldwide to come here regularly, train with other fellow instructors, grow further on the path lead by Shinichi Tohei Sensei, and to make sure the training back home stays in touch with the current teaching.
Shinshin Toitsu Aikido – Aikido in oneness of mind and body – was founded in 1974 by Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei (10. Dan Aikido). Based on the Ki principle "Mind moves Body“ we learn to use our natural abilities to the fullest, to respect others, and to lead others effectively. These are fundamental abilities which can be applied to all aspects of our daily lives. Shinshin Toitsu Aikido (often simply called Ki-Aikido) is therefore practised by people of all age groups, professions or areas of expertise, as well as by people who „simply“ want to make their family lives more harmonious. Also for children and teenagers it is very valuable to learn about natural posture and mutual respect.
As the foundation we learn in Ki Training the principles of natural posture based on a calm mind, and then learn to apply these principles to movement (mostly without a partner) and various other excercises like breathing. True calmness in oneness of mind and body, however, is calmness which like the eye of a hurrican stays intact even with most rapid action or when in stress or conflict situations. This transfer of the principles to mental and physical communication also when in conflict situations is what we train in Ki-Aikido. Together with a partner we practise to keep our natural posture, to remain calm and centered, and to lead our partner with confidence. When we try to get someone to do something using our selfish mind, his mind will naturally resist. Neither will his body be movable effectively using force or violence, because again his mind will resist automatically. In Shinshin Toitsu Aikido we practise to respect the other persons mind, to agree to the ki of the moment, and to lead them accordingly without conflict. Thus we can lead one another regardless of physical size or power. This process can be described through the following 5 principles of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido:
1. Ki is flowing
2. Know the mind of the other person
3. Respect the Ki of the other person
4. Put yourself in the place of the other person
5. Perform with confidence.
In the various Ki-Aikido-techniques and -excercises we learn to remain in centered living calmness and to act appropriately without confrontation, resistance, force or violence, even in difficult or conflict situations. While physically practising with a partner, the theoretical ki principles and concepts can be experienced practically and on all levels of perception. Philosophies and concepts are of little use if they are only in our heads - in Ki-Aikido we learn to experience these principles and concepts with our whole being and thus to bring them to life. Mind and body are one!
Forms of Training
Ki-Aikido is usually practised in pairs. We practise forms, in which an uke („attacker“) will be lead by a nage („defender“) into a non-violent resolution of the conflict. This interaction mostly ends up on the mat, either through immobilizing the uke on the floor, or through leading him into a backward or forward roll out of the interaction. Additionally, we practise taking the weapon away from an uke who attacks with a wooden knife (Tanto), stick (Jo) or sword (bokken). There are also forms where nage uses the Jo to lead the uke (who tries to grab the Jo) through a movement. We also practise solo forms (kata) with Jo and Bokken, through which we can learn to include objects or tools into the oneness of mind and body, and how to use these tools naturally and effectively. Also, many of Aikido’s movements originally stem from movements with the sword.
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