The Ki Society welcomes all ages and abilities. We provide a supportive environment to for anyone and everyone to explore the arts we practice.
Our membership is diverse. We are students, professionals, retirees, stay-at-home parents and people between jobs. We are artists and scientists, athletes and couch potatoes, dreamers, realists and more.
We share common goals. What unites us is an interest in personal development, and making positive contributions to our various communities.
Unify mind and body
Our body is tangible, our mind is intangible. We study these two aspects of our nature as one unified whole. Through this study, we can develop our full potential as human beings.
Our state of mind is expressed through the body. While we cannot see the mind directly (because it is intangible), we can know our state of mind (and that of others) by examining the body. In our practice, we do this through simple exercises called Ki tests.
Ki (also known as qi or ch'i) is a concept in Eastern philosophy. Like the mind, ki is intangible – it may be described as a vitality that permeates all things. Infinitely subtle and always in motion, ki can be conceived of as the threads that weave the very fabric of existence. When our mind and body are unified, the ki of the universe flows through us freely and we can perceive our oneness of being.
The Ki Society was founded in 1971 by Koichi Tohei, who developed Shinshin-tōitsu-dō (the way of mind and body unification) through a lifetime of study and experience.
The mission of the Ki Society today is to build a positive society through studying, applying and developing the principles contained within Koichi Tohei's teachings.
Four basic principles to unify mind and body
1. Keep one point
This is a natural place of physical, mental and spiritual balance. By concentrating on our one point and keeping correct posture we naturally coordinate mind and body.
2. Relax completely
When mind actively calms, body naturally releases all stress and tension. In keeping one point, mind and body relax completely.
3. Keep weight underside
The weight of all objects naturally settles at the lowest place. When we relax completely, our weight also naturally settles underside. We call it living calmness.
4. Extend Ki
Extending Ki is to utilize our living power to the fullest extent. By focusing our mind and body, we can have a healthy and vigorous life.