Koichi Kashiwaya

Koichi Kashiwaya is a Koichi Tohei’s disciple, 8th Dan in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido and an Okuden in Ki Training. He was appointed as a Chief Instructor for the Ki Society USA by Tohei Sensei himself.

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You do get the point that Sensei is not Aikikai and if you are able to recognize Tohei’s style – go ahead and recognize it! With all those jumps and breathing.

Koichi Kashiwaya knows a lot of the tricks and here’s one of them.

So the paper doesn’t tear while the bamboo breaks after a hit. Beautiful trick! Besides Aikido Sensei trains in the Tameshigiri so I guess a trick is not something you’ll be able to do as easy as you see it.

By the way, I see him as a very interesting person for the Aikido community. He has no rules, no teacher and nobody tells him what to do, he’s on his own to create the way.

And take a look at a seminar he was leading in Colorado. Enjoy or make fun of it! It’s up to you.

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Koichi Kashiwaya’s Facebook page will make you feel closer to him as you follow it and a beautiful Youtube channel!

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