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!
In his Blog Olaf Schubert Sensei writes (in German) about experiences and findings from his 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…
26.3.2020: Since last week and for the time being we offer Online-Ki-Training via Zoom-Meetings during the Dojo pause – every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 PM! As an example of this, we have loaded last night’s training onto Youtube! If you are interested and want to participate, simply email us!
12.3.2020: Due to the Corona-Virus Situation the training in our dojo will pause until further notice. We will inform you regularly on the status and when we will resume training!
9.3.2020: It is with great disappointment that we have had to make the decision not to hold our May Ki Society seminars in Europe, the annual European September-Seminar in Helmond, as well as our World Camp and related celebrations in Japan, on this important year of Koichi Tohei’s 100th birthday. We know that this news will be disappointing to everyone involved. We would like to strongly emphasize that this decision has not been made as a result of balancing an imagined strong or weak effect of this Covid19 flu virus. That kind of determination would certainly be unfair to some. On the contrary, we feel that the important thing is that all members and their families be comfortable and worry-free in regards to this. Given this most important thing, there is only one decision to be made. Please understand these unusual circumstances, as we all move forward together with plus mind.
The current plan for the EUKF is to follow the lead of Ki Society HQ, and postpone all these seminars until 2021. The exact dates are yet to be decided.
9.3.2020: Last weekend we had again a great time at our now 12th Winter-Ki-Intensive at Seminarhotel Wachtkueppel in the German Rhoen-Mountains. A few pictures you can find on our Facebook page…
2.1.2020: A Happy New Year to all of you! We spent the year-change at our traditional New-Year-Seminar (the 17th already!), filled with many new insights and beautiful experiences – giving us lots of inspiration and motivation for the new year… Some photos can be found on our Facebook-page…
May 2020 – All Europe seminars with Curtis Sensei have been cancelled (see News)
8.-15.8.2020 – if situation permits: European Ki-Aikido Summercamp, Wachtkueppel/D
Oct. 2020 – The Worldcamp in Japan and the celebrations for Koichi Tohei Sensei’s 100th Anniversary have been postponed to 2021 (see News)
30.12.-1.1.2021 – 18. Traditional New Year Seminar in Rodgau
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you want to visit us… we look forward to welcoming you in our dojo!
Meditation, Breathing, Ki in Daily Life
Monday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Friday 6:30 – 7:30 Meditation & Breathing
Saturday 10:00 – 11:30 Ki in Daily Life
Sunday 9:00 – 10:00 Meditation & Breathing
Ki & Aikido
Monday 19:00 – 21:00 Ki & Aikido
Tuesday 7:45 – 9:15 Ki & Aikido
Tuesday 19:30 – 21:00 Free Practice
Wednesday 19:30 – 21:00 Ki & Aikido Basics
Thursday 7:45 – 9:15 Ki & Aikido
Friday 19:00 – 21:00 Ki & Aikido
59 € – Regular
49 € – Lower income
39 € – Youth from 14 years
39 € – only Meditation, Breathing, Ki in Daily Life
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
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: 2019, 2018, 2012-2017
Winter Ki Intensiv Wachtküppel: 2008-2019
Pictures of the training in our Dojo
Impressions from our Dojo