Ki symbol in Japanese calligraphy

Welcome to the Brighton Ki Society

A non-profit educational charity promoting physical and mental well-being through mind and body co-ordination.

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Develop life skills including good posture, mindfulness, meditation, positivity, relaxation and stretching.

We teach Japanese yoga, also known as Shin Shin Tōitsu-dō (the way of mind and body unification).

We also teach Ki-aikido, a dynamic martial art for a peaceful conflict resolution.

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

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What is Ki?

Ki is living power. The power we often think we have – our usual ability – is like the small visible segment of an iceberg, which floats above the surface of the water. We think this is all there is.

But hidden beneath the surface of the water is a much larger part of the iceberg. This greater portion is like the power of our Ki. Only by using the whole iceberg do we activate our full potential.

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

Facing with our full attention

Feb 10th, 2018
People sometimes feel a “bump” when practicing Aikido techniques. When you think “Let’s throw him this way” or “Let’s move her that way”, you already have your goal inside yourself, and with that state of mind you easily go “bump”. Once this happens you cannot lead nor throw your partner. To avoid this happening, calm your mind first and try to feel and understand the condition of your partner. Then you will be able to lead and throw your partner without a “bump”. By learning this on the mat, many people find out for themselves how much they “bump” with others in daily life. In the past, I have been one of them. I used to develop many Uchideshi all the time. (Now we changed the system and I do not have any Uchideshi around me for resent years.) They were to live at HQ because they wished to learn, however their learning mind had not been set and they could not act as I taught. I was irritated everyday although I had great patience for them. One day, Koichi Tohei Sensei came to talk to me. “All the problems will be solved if you face them with your full...

Dealing with “Stuck Ki”

Jan 20th, 2018
When we want to fulfill our missions in life, it is important to want this very strongly. However, in reality, sometimes things do not go as we like, for instance when we are fumbling with the buttons. There are some people who think, “I am desiring this so strongly, so why can’t I achieve this?” I saw two men on the Shinkansen the other day, one was like a boss who looked fierce, and the other one was like his young employee who cared diligently. However, it seemed like there was some miscommunication and he bought the wrong bento (lunch box) for his boss. The boss messed his clothes with that bento and shouted, “Oh, my! You know who bought this messy bento? Bring me water!” The young man seemed like he felt rushed and said “I will be right back!”, but he did not come back for a while. The boss was very irritated while he waited, and meanwhile the mess seeped further into his clothing. “I am back!” the employee breathlessly handed his boss a bottle of water. I knew that the boss wanted some wet paper towel or a wet cloth as soon as possible to wipe...

Today’s result, Tomorrow’s result

Oct 13th, 2017
We completed this year’s Taigi Competition on the 24th of September. The purpose of this Taigi Competition is never based upon technique only, but on the depth of mind and body coordination of each participant. This competition is to test how much of yourself you are able to use. Someone might ask “But why does Shinshintoitsu Aikido need to do competition? Isn’t it a peaceful martial art?” Let me compare the difference between competing and fighting. A mind that is truly competing is a mind that always has respect for the opponent. Opponents can develop each other if and when their Ki is connected. In this way, they can accept their opponent. A fighting mind does not have respect. In a fighting mind, Ki is disconnected, because there are some feelings of condescention, scorn, denial, and a desire to win over the opponent. When you make effort alone, there can be limits to growth potential. However, when you have a nice opponent, you may be able to push those limits. In the Ki Sayings book, written by Koichi Tohei Sensei, you may find “The Principle of Non-Dissension”. This tells you not to have a fighting mind, but it does not...

This week

  • Children's 4 to 7 year old Ki Aikido Class
    Saturday, 24 February @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am
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  • Taigi
    Saturday, 24 February @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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  • Aikido for All
    Saturday, 24 February @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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  • Children's KI Aikido Class
    Monday, 26 February @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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  • Ki & Aikido Class – all levels
    Monday, 26 February @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  • Lunch time Japanese Yoga Class
    Wednesday, 28 February @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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  • Childrens K Aikido Class
    Wednesday, 28 February @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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  • Children's Ki Aikido Class
    Wednesday, 28 February @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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  • Ki & Aikido Class - Intermediate
    Wednesday, 28 February @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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