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New Jersey Ki Society
The New Jersey Ki Society Virtual Dojo
Does Humor Belong in a Martial Art?
What goes up must come down!
"It is better to help someone not WANT to attack
than to make them UNABLE to attack.
Of course, if #1 fails, #2 better not." -- Me
At the New Jersey Ki Society Real Dojo we practice Shin Shin Toitsu (Mind and Body Coordinated) Aikido which helps the
practitioner stay calm, flexible and efficient in their daily activities.
It is a martial art as soft as the wind and as powerful as a hurricane.
We also practice Toitsu Do/Ki Development which helps the practitioner stay
centered, relaxed and focused; it is meditation on the move.
We learn by teaching, teach by learning and try to have fun doing it.
The New Jersey Ki Society is directly affiliated with
Ki No Kenkyukai (Ki Society) in Japan,
which is founded and run by Koichi Tohei Sensei.
Tohei Sensei was the Chief Instructor at Hombu dojo during
O'Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba's final years.
Tohei Sensei was also responsible for bringing Aikido to the United States in 1953.
(Tohei and O'Sensei's son Kisshomaru Ueshiba "separated" in the early 1970's.)
The New Jersey Ki Society
was founded in 1975 by Terry Pierce Sensei.
More history here.
The Chief Instructor at NJKS is
(Nana Dan [7th degree Black Belt] in Ki-Aikido, Jo Den
in Ki Development as well as a Ki Lecturer).
Pierce Sensei can be reached at 856-829-7323 voice and fax (note new area code!).
The Assistant/Hell Dojo Instructor at NJKS is
Bill Orwat (San Dan, Chu Den).
The Outreach Program Instructor at NJKS is
Bengt Lindblad (Sho Dan, Sho Den).
These arts teach Universal Principles used by successful athletes and artists, as well as
ordinary folks all over the world.
The techniques can be practiced by almost anyone, from early childhood to late elderhood.
In fact, continous practice may help you age more gracefully, promote long life and sustain good health.
Examples: a man without arms practices successfully in Virginia; a boy "destined" to remain a cripple has
avoided that fate in New Jersey; a man
vowing to become "strong" in 1953 is now an 8th degree black belt
at age 93 in Hawaii; a high ranking instructor
in Japan avoided "certain death" (doctor's verdict) after a
devastating car crash which killed his wife.
Did we forget to say "halleluja, praise the Force and pass the sake?"
(Truth to be told, a few stubbed toes, sprained ankles and sore shoulders may be experienced along the way.)
AIKIDO is made up of
AI = Harmony,
KI = Spirit or "life force" and
DO = the Way.
So we can say that Aikido literally means "The Way to Harmony with the Spirit."
Aikido is a martial art which uses the energy of the attacker to do what is necessary.
Thus, no attack, no defense, ergo, peace in the valley.
In essence, by attacking, the attacker defeats him-(or her)-self.
It was developed as an aid to personal development - not a form of religion -
although the Founder of Aikido,
O'Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba,
was a deeply religious man.
One could say that Uyeshiba translated Newton's principles of gravity, centrifugal force,
and kinetic energy into a graceful dance. Everything in Aikido is done in big circles -
the motion that requires the least amount of energy expenditure.
In no other martial art is it such a weakness to be strong, in no other martial art is it
such a big advantage to be small, and in no other martial art does
the mind rule over muscle so completely.
The old saying, "The harder they come, the harder they fall" summarizes Aikido in a nutshell.
Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido
(Aikido with Mind and Body Coordinated) or Ki-Aikido
was created by Koichi Tohei Sensei after Uyeshiba's death.
Through his studies, Tohei had realized that the mind leads the body
and that this is what made Uyeshiba's techniques so powerful.
Ki-Aikido teaches us to lead with the mind so that the body will follow more easily.
Ki-Aikido teaches the practitioner to perform with confidence, even when
under extreme pressure.
Ki-Aikido helps develop spacial and environmental awareness, which is
90% of practical self-defense, as well as stress management, relaxation,
balance, flexibility, coordination and cooperation.
Shin Shin Toitsu Do
(Ki Development/Coordination of Mind and Body) is not a martial art,
yet Aikido and other martial arts are built upon its principles.
It literally means the Way to Coordinate the Mind and Body.
Toitsu Do teaches us to be powerful without using strength.
Toitsu Do teaches stress management, relaxation, balance, flexibility,
focus, posture, coordination and confidence.
Toitsu Do is taught to many leading figures in sport and industry in Japan and is
acknowledged by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Golf, baseball and shooting scores (to mention but a few) can thus be improved.
It is essentially an aerobic exercise program for both mind and body.
(Tai Chi can be thought of as a Chinese cousin.)
Ki (or Chi) means energy or
life force or Universal Spirit.
The (Japanese) Ki symbol in the upper left corner of this page is literally a
boiling pot of rice.
By definition, without Ki there can be no life.
The "Force," central issue in the Star Wars movies, was derived from the
concept of Ki. A good
expose' on Ki from a non-Ki Society site.
is part of Shin Shin Toitsu Do.
The premise of Ki Breathing is to not only exchange air and replenish oxygen but also
circulation of energy, or Ki.
means pressing with Ki, a way to heal, similar to Shiatsu,
but involves sending energy to the recipient rather than just physical pressure.
Misogi means spiritual cleansing.
There are many way to do this; among others,
and the ever popular
New Jersey Doll House Misogi :-)
Koichi Tohei Sensei
is the Founder of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido. He is the
person responsible for bringing Ki and Aikido to the United States in 1953.
Tohei obtained a 10th degree black belt in Aikido, and become Chief Instructor of
Aikikai Hombu in Tokyo,
directly under the founder of Aikido, Master Morihei Uyeshiba.
Ki Society/Ki No Kenkyukai in 1971.
Sensei means "instructor" or "teacher."
- as in Morihei Uyeshiba -
means "great teacher." In Aikido, the premise is that we learn by
teaching and teach by learning.