In our dojo we are dedicated to the holistic development as human beings. What do we mean by that?
The body can be kept fit through various sports, but often motivation is lacking. Although the mind is being trained a lot in our society, it is mostly merely as a depository of facts and theories, neglecting its natural unity with the body. Various traditions deal with spiritual development, but regularly without developing the mind or the body. And our health becomes only important to us when it is troubling us…
Shinshin Toitsu Aikido, or Ki-Aikido, offers an integral, holistic approach for human development. Developed around the middle of the last century, Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei (1920-2011, 10. Dan) integrated Aikido, the peaceful martial art of his teacher O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, and Shinshin Toitsu Do, which his teacher Tempu Nakamura Sensei developed from the yogic traditions of India, into the system of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. Later he also developed a healing system based on the same principles, called Kiatsu. This integrated practice system is today taught and practiced in many countries around the world through the Ki Society (founded in 1971), lead by Kaicho Shinichi Tohei Sensei.
Human growth towards complete unfolding of our potential of mind, energy and body, as well as the process of waking up to our original self, to the universal consciousness, is at the heart of all our practice methods. Meditation, breathing, Ki-excercises and -gymnastics, Ki-tests, Ki-Aikido as a peaceful method of self defense and conflict resolution, Kiatsu, as well as the teaching of the underlying principles and concepts, are an integral one. Relaxation, calmness, centeredness, oneness, and natural posture and movement are the basis of all practices – so that the practitioner is doing something good for him on all levels of his being!
We invite you to come and visit us, watch a class, or try it out right away with a free introductory lesson. We practice in a relaxed, joyful atmosphere in mixed groups, in which beginners will very soon feel comfortable. On this website you will find information about our dojo, class schedules, fees, loads of pictures, and how to find us… We look forward to meeting you!
For extensive information about the history of Aikido, the development of Ki-Aikido, the Ki Society, as well as to all aspects of our practice, you can download our Training Handbook (so far only in German). Besides a detailled introduction to Ki-breathing, you will also find detailed lists of various gymnastics and weapons forms (wooden stick and sword), the Ki-Aikido test requirements, as well as an extensive glossary on all Japanese terms we use…
Our Blog (so far only in German) features various articles on interesting questions about or training system. Which problems can arise when walking a path, how to establish a regular meditation practice, a detailed introduction to Ki-breathing, and more…
12.11.2018: At this year’s Japan-Camp we founded the new Europe Ki Federation on 1.11.2018. This new federation will bring all current and future Ki Society dojos in Europe under one roof and will coordinate the Ki Society activities and teaching in Europe. All member dojos were represented by their dojo Sensei at this founding meeting – Shinichi Tohei Sensei appointed Toby Voogels Sensei from Helmond/NL as the Chief Instructor of our Europe Ki Federation. Congratulations!
12.11.2018: We are back from our 2018 Japan trip. Not only did we spend 8 beautiful days in this great country, but we also had a wonderful Ki Aikido Camp at Ki Society HQ in Tochigi. The teaching by Shinichi Tohei Sensei and Kobori Sensei, the practice with many nice and often very advanced participants and Sensei, as well as the camaraderie and the atmosphere there were just wonderful! Many thanks to all Sensei, participants and people behind the scenes for making this such a great success again!! A few photos from this trip you can find here…
27.9.2018: Last weekend 30 participants from Holland, Germany, Spain and Belgium came to Helmond/NL for our annual European Ki Society Seminar. All of us had a great time, also due to the different teachings offered by Ad Voogels Sensei (Helmond), Udo Schill Sensei (Stuttgart), Christophe Quetel Sensei (Antwerpen) and Olaf Schubert Sensei (Rodgau). Many thanks to all participants and teachers for this wonderful weekend!
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 practitioners 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.
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 – there is nowhere to park a car or even turn around. Since the dojo is on private property, 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… we look forward to welcoming you in our dojo!
Monday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Monday 19:00 – 20:00 Aikido Taigi, 20:00 – 21:00 Ki Exercises
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Tuesday 7:45 – 9:15 Ki & Aikido
Tuesday 19:30 – 21:00 Free Practice
Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Wednesday 19:30 – 21:00 Ki & Aikido Basics
Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Thursday 7:45 – 9:15 Ki & Aikido
Friday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Friday 19:00 – 20:30 Aikido Arts & Weapons
20:30 – 21:00 Ki Breathing & Meditation
Saturday 10:00 – 11:30 Ki & Health
Sunday 8:30 – 10:00 Meditation & Breathing
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, Assist. Lecturer & Examiner of Ki Society Japan) 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. 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 three 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 and Peter Scheiber (both 2. Dan, Shoden), Uta Schubert, Arthur Mludek, Daniela Klier, Thorsten Gratzke, Sophia Rottmann and Nick Zlobin (all 1. Dan, Jokyu).
Living and Practice Community
Beginning January 2019 we will start a „Living and Practice Community“ in the formerly private house next to our dojo. We will not only share the rooms and appliances of the house, although this alone would already make a lot of sense. It is more our joint daily practice of Meditation, Ki-Breathing, Ki-Exercises and Ki-Aikido which defines our framework, while every member of our community will stay connected to their work, family and social lives. Mindfulness, centeredness, living relaxation, respect, connectedness, compassion, being in the here and now… this is how we want to live together… more information you will find here (in German)…
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). You will find all the details about the program here: Uchi Deshi Program Deutsch / Englisch. Since February 2015 we have our first uchi deshi living in the Dojo, and – since since September 2016 a second long-term uchi deshi (from Italy) lives and trains in our Dojo. We have also had several short term visitors for periods of a week up to two months of intensive training from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Brasil, the USA and Mongolia – guests are always welcome!
Ki Aikido Links
Ki Aikido for Kids in Dreieich
Ki Aikido for Kids in Rodgau-Weiskirchen
Ki Aikido in Egelsbach
Living and Practice Community Rodgau
Ki-Aikido Torii, Krefeld
Ki-Aikidoschool Torii, Helmond, Holland
Ki-Aikido Antwerpen, Belgium
Ki Society Valencia, Spain
Shunshinkan Dojo, Wailuku/Maui, Hawaii
Lokahi Ki Society, Honolulu, Hawaii
Japan Camps and Travels: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Seminars with Curtis Sensei
Travels with Curtis Sensei
Summercamp Impressions: 2018, 2012-2017
Pictures of the training in our Dojo
Impressions from our Dojo