Welcome to the Brighton Ki Society 

Japanese Yoga | Meditation | Martial Arts | Healing

We are a non-profit educational charity promoting physical and mental well-being through mind and body co-ordination. We aim to provide affordable tuition for all, and a friendly space to develop and grow. We study universal principles for life through Japanese yoga, meditation martial arts and healing practices.

Ki symbol in Japanese calligraphy

Develop life skills including natural posture, mindfulness, an open approach to challenges.

Learn meditation, breathing, and relaxation techniques.

Improve your balance, concentration, co-ordination, fitness and flexibility.

At our central Brighton dojo we provide affordable tuition for all ages and abilities.

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Japanese yoga

Discover shin shin tōitsu-dō – the way of mind and body unification.

Japanese yoga is a study of universal principles of nature and how they can be used to help us in our daily lives. The goal of this way of mind and body unification is to have free use of mind and body: to be natural, stress-free, effective and harmonious in our actions and interactions with others. Experience how your body reflects your state of mind, and learn to use biofeedback to find a naturally calm and stable state of being.

Learn and develop key skills for life:

✔︎ awareness of your body and natural posture
✔︎ understanding of the quality of your state of mind
✔︎ relaxed and positive approach to challenges
✔︎ breathing and relaxation techniques
✔︎ meditation while sitting, standing and moving

Find out more – Classes from £5


Learn ki-aikido, a harmonious and dynamic martial art for peaceful conflict resolution.

Aikido literally means “the way of harmony with ki”. At our friendly dojo we practice ki-aikido – also known as shin shin tōitsu aikido (aikido with mind and body unified). Our aikido classes help develop an understanding of ki (energy, intentionality) to lead opponents by moving together, rather than colliding or fighting.

Using principles drawn from Japanese yoga, the goal of our practice is to have free use of mind and body. We strive to be be natural, effective and harmonious in our actions and interactions with others while developing skills for self-defence and daily life in a safe and co-operative environment.

✔︎ improve agility, balance and co-ordination
✔︎ develop flexibility and dexterity
✔︎ learn skills for self-defence and daily life
✔︎ improve your physical and mental health

Join our beginner’s course for £32


What is ki and why study it?

Ki is a concept in Eastern philosophy that can be thought of as the energy or life-force that fills the universe. It is a central principle in various forms of martial arts and healing practices. The power we often think we have – our usual ability, formed from our usual habits – is like the small visible segment of an iceberg, which floats above the surface of the water. We often think this is all there is. But hidden beneath the surface of the water is a much larger part of the iceberg. By studying universal principles, we can learn to activate our full potential.

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By Shinichi Tohei, President and Chief Instructor of the Ki Society

“Make Up Your Mind!”

Sep 25th, 2018
Koichi Tohei Sensei was both my teacher and my father. After our relationship became “teacher and student”, we had to stop thinking of each other as “father and son” and I never called him “Dad” again since then. My thoughts rest happily on our good memories when we were parent and child. Recently I happened to remember one thing. My father always said, “Make up your mind”. If I start something without making up my mind, I can easily debate with myself, whether or not to do it. When I want to reach a goal, I need to make up my mind first. Before 10 years old, I was a weak child. For instance, once I had to be in bed for 3 months because of a high fever of unknown origins. My father gave me this advice: “Pour cold water over yourself first thing every morning in the bath.” He asked me to start this in the summer and continue for at least 1 year. I was 10 years old when I decided to try it. It was refreshing and enjoyable when I started it in summer season, but the feelings changed come Autumn. In winter time, I was...

What is the problem?

Jun 28th, 2018
Today, I would like to talk about Ki in the business world. Recently, many representative companies of Japan have asked us for the Ki seminars to educate their executives. More than 20 years ago, most companies that requested Ki seminars of us did so just because it’s unique. But now, companies have a clear vision, and so they are seeking specific results. To ride on the big waves of change, in today’s world, it is necessary to focus on something which has no shape, and not on something that is graspable. This idea will be a big help for you when you think about this kind of effort. For instance, when there is a “problem,” and even though you try everything you can think of, the problem is not solved. What would you think the biggest reason may be? Many people might answer that they feel they lack like “knowledge”, “skills”, or “experiences” to succeed. This may be some part of why they cannot solve the problem, but the biggest thing is they do not understand what the nature of the problem is. When you do not recognize “What is the problem?” correctly, no matter how much effort you make,...

Never Freeze

Apr 7th, 2018
I have been teaching University students for over 20 years. Lately, I have noticed some changes in their feelings, their way of thinking, and their views. However, I do not want to talk about “Things getting worse compared to the students 20 years ago…” There are some better things and some worse things, compared to the students in earlier years. The important thing, is to recognize the differences and lead them accordingly. For instance, I have found that, in recent years, more students freeze when they face something which they have not been expecting. Particularly when they get a strong warning, or when they are corrected, or scolded, by others, they freeze and fail to respond. They might know that they are wrong, but they are so immobile that they cannot even apologize. In most cases, they simply do not know what to answer and so freeze. Unfortunately, some see this as an attitude of indecisiveness or even defiant behavior. This tends to make people frustrated and things get worse. The reasons why students freeze may come from sickness or trauma, but other than that, the reason is the stuckness of Ki movement, as a result of being confronted by...

This week

  • Children's Ki Aikido Class
    Monday, 21 January @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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  • Introduction to Japanese Yoga & Ki Aikido
    Monday, 21 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  • Japanese Yoga Lunchtime Drop-in
    Wednesday, 23 January @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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  • Children's Ki Aikido Class
    Wednesday, 23 January @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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  • Children's Ki Aikido Class
    Wednesday, 23 January @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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  • Japanese Yoga Drop-in Class
    Wednesday, 23 January @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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  • Intermediate Ki & Aikido Class
    Wednesday, 23 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  • Children's Ki Aikido Class (4 to 7 Years)
    Saturday, 26 January @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am
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  • Taigi
    Saturday, 26 January @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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  • Aikido for All
    Saturday, 26 January @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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