Sensei, 8th Dan
Shin Shin Tōitsu Aikidō, Okuden Shin Shin Tōitsudō, is one of the very few
full-time Aikidō professionals in the United
States. He travels extensively, teaching on behalf of Ki Society
Headquarters (Shin Shin Tōitsu Aikidō Kai), Midland Ki Federation
(MKF), and other groups throughout the world. A major emphasis in
his teaching is the development of the next generation of instructors
and leaders for MKF and Ki Society. Kashiwaya Sensei’s official
positions include Ki Society International’s Advisor for North America,
official Ki Society Headquarters Instructor (Sōhombu Shihan) and Chief
Instructor and founder of MKF, a group of 27 dojo’s across the USA,
Canada and Brazil. He also works to support Ki Society
International efforts in Australia, the Philippines and Thailand.
He is based
in Seattle, but travels twice a year through Midland Ki Federation dōjō
to ensure the highest training and
teaching standards. He is the top Shin Shin Tō Itsu Aikidō
Shihan (master teacher) in the continental
United States. He was uchi-deshi
(close personal disciple) to Tōhei Sensei in Japan. He teaches two weekend
year at the
Chicago Ki-Aikidō Club (Genki Kai), in the Fall and Spring Quarters.
6th Dan Shin Shin
Tōitsu Aikidō, Jōden Shin Shin Tōitsudō, is the Chief Instructor of Chicago Ki
Society, and has 50 years of training in
Aikidō. He is the most senior practitioner of Aikidō
in the Chicago area. He was a
student of Tōhei Kōichi Sensei in the 1960s, and was instrumental in
Tōhei Sensei to the continental United States. He founded the original
University of Chicago Aikidō Club over 30 years ago, and teaches
special classes frequently at the University of Chicago Ki-Aikidō Club (Genki Kai).
- Kağan Arık,
Dan Shin Shin Tōitsu Aikidō, Chuden Shin Shin Tōitsudō, is the Lead Instructor of the
University of Chicago Ki-Aikidō Club
(Genki Kai). He began Shin Shin Tōitsu Aikidō
training in 1985 with Hal Abramson Sensei, studied under Kashiwaya
Sensei since 1991, and has
instructed Ki-Aikidō since 1990. He is certified as Assistant Ki
Lecturer and Examiner for Ki Society.
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