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!
In his Blog Olaf Schubert Sensei writes (in German) about experiences and findings from his over 40 years of practice. You will find articles on various topics: How do I establish a regular meditation practice, A short introduction to Ki breathing, Walking a path – but where to… For questions on the respective articles you can use the comment section. Via email you can send in questions or topics you would like to read an article about…
From time to time, some of Curtis Sensei’s Blog articles and transcripts of his online-Zoom-classes will also be published on this blog (in German translation)…
1.9.2020: NEW ! As of October 19, after a longer break since our dojo’s relocation, we will again offer Ki-Aikido training for kids and youths, ages 11 – 16, Mondays 5 – 6 PM !
18.08.2020: Again one step closer to our regular training schedule: As of today, we train Mondays and Fridays 19:00-21:00 Ki-Aikido in the dojo, Wednesdays 19:00-20:30 weapons outdoors, and Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30-9:00 again Ki-Aikido in the dojo 🙂 … of course observing the current hygiene measures…
17.08.2020: We have just returned from a wonderful Summercamp! 8 days in a calm, relaxed and easygoing atmosphere, with delicious food, beautiful nature, hiking, and good talks among friends… Here are a few photos 🙂
15.06.2020: Starting today we will again train Aikido in the dojo, in line with the Corona-regulations of our state „Hessen“, with partner contact, but with careful hygiene measures, and a maximum of 10 people on the mat. For the time being, we will train like this: Monday (19:00-21:00) and Tuesday (7:30-9:00) in the dojo, Wednesday (19:30-21:00) Bokken and Jo outdoors, and Friday (19:30-21:00) online via Zoom.
Oct. 2020 – The Worldcamp in Japan and the celebrations for Koichi Tohei Sensei’s 100th Anniversary have been postponed to 2021
30.12.-1.1.2021 – 18. Traditional New Year Seminar in Rodgau
March 2021 – Ki Intensive Weekend at Seminarhotel Wachtkueppel
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 (navigation per w3w). 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!
new: Monday 17:00 – 18:00 Kids & Youths (11-16 years) starting Oct. 19
Monday 19:00 – 21:00 Ki & Aikido
Tuesday 7:30 – 9:00 Ki & Aikido
Wednesday 19:30 – 21:00 Ki & Aikido
Thursday 7:30 – 9:00 Ki & Aikido
Friday 19:00 – 21:00 Ki & Aikido
Currently we do not hold our regular morning group meditation and ki-breathing classes (6:30-7:30), the Tuesday evening free practice, or the Saturday morning Ki class (10:00-11:30)… we kindly ask for your understanding!
59 € – Regular
49 € – Lower income
39 € – Kids/Youths from 11 years
79 € – Sponsor membership
90 € – 8-Classes-Card
Joining and annual fees for Ki Society Japan are included.
You can start anytime with two free trial classes. 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, Associate 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, Holland and Spain, and visited Curtis Senseis dojo and other high ranking teachers during a three week trip to Hawaii in 2012. 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 3. Dan, Shoden), Sophia Rottmann and Thorsten Gratzke (both 2. Dan, Jokyu), as well as Uta Schubert, Arthur Mludek, Daniela Klier and Nick Zlobin (all 1. Dan, Jokyu).
Living and Practice Community
Beginning January 2019 we started a „Living and Practice Community“ in the formerly private house next to our dojo. We 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 live together… more information you can 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 / English. Since February 2015 we had our first uchi deshi living in the Dojo for 4 years – in May 2019 she finished this program by passing her Nidan-Exam. We have had several visitors for periods of a week up to two months or even two years 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 in Egelsbach
Living and Practice Community Rodgau
Ki-Aikido Torii, Krefeld
Ki-Aikidoschool Torii, Helmond, Holland
Ki-Aikido Antwerpen, Belgium
Ki Society Valencia, Spain
Ki Society Toscana, Italy
Shunshinkan Dojo, Wailuku/Maui, Hawaii
Lokahi Ki Society, Honolulu, Hawaii
Japan Camps and Travels: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Seminars with Curtis Sensei: 2019, 2007-2018
Travels with Curtis Sensei
European Fall Seminar Helmond: 2019, 2016-2018
Summercamp Impressions: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2012-2017
Winter Ki Intensiv Wachtküppel: 2020, 2008-2019
Pictures of the training in our Dojo
Impressions from our Dojo