About Us

About KW Ki Aikido

Kitchener-Waterloo Ki Aikido is a not-for-profit organization whose members teach Shin-Shin Toitsu Aikido developed by Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei, 10th Dan in Aikido.

We are a member dojo of Southern Ontario Ki Aikido Kai (SOKA), Midland Ki Federation, and Ki No Kenkyukai in Japan.

Our members work closely together to make our dojo a friendly place, with each member helping all the others to improve and deepen their practice. We’re very welcoming, and would like to invite you to join us.

Take a look at our Classes page for information about our class locations and times.

About Aikido

Aikido is Japanese martial art originally developed by Morihei Ueshiba. Literally translated as “The Way of Harmony”, Aikido is a purely defensive martial art that teaches you how to control an opponent’s mental and physical energy in the form of throws and joint pins that are derived from jiu-jitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from kenjutsu. By developing one’s coordination between their mind and body, Aikido practitioners quickly learn that relaxation and development of Ki (internal energy) can overcome strength and tension.

People of all ages can benefit from Aikido since relaxation is of importance and not physical strength and flexibility. Practitioners learn to apply Aikido techniques not only for self-defense but also in daily life through the cultivation of their spirit and health.

About Shinshin Toitsu Aikido

Shinshin Toitsu Aikido was founded in 1974 by Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei, 10th Dan in Aikido. Based on the essential Ki principle which is “Mind moves Body,” we learn “how to maximize the ability that people naturally have”, and “how to respect and lead others.”

These are the fundamentals that can be applied to everything in daily life, and so it is eagerly practiced by people whose fields are in sports, arts, management, education, and others. Today, over 50,000 people are learning Shinshin Toitsu Aikido in 24 countries around the world.