We review the reference masters that are relative to the entire discipline: who threw the first seed, who has contributed more to the development of its theoretical, philosophical, and educational basis, as well as in its worldwide diffusion, in various stages of its evolution. These being the masters on which we base our practice:

YoshigasakiKenjiro Yoshigasaki

Founder of KI No Kenkyukai Association Internationale. Kenjiro Yoshigasaki was born in 1951 in Kagoshima, Japan. He started practicing yoga at the age of 10 and Aikido in 1968, at the age of 17, under Koichi Tohei Sensei. In addition he has studied many other martial arts and in 1971 he spent a year in India devoted to the study of Yoga. He also studied Zen Buddhism, New Shintoism, Catholicism and Islam. In 1973 he became an Aikido instructor with the Ki Society, under Tohei Sensei. Being fluent in English, French and Italian in addition to his native Japanese, He accompanied Tohei Sensei on many of his overseas teaching trips.

In 1977, Kenjiro Yoshigasaki Sensei moved to Europe as the chief instructor for the Ki Society, being pioneer and giving its fundamental contribution to the development and dissemination of Ki Aikido particularly in Europe, South America and South Africa. In 2003 Yoshigasaki Sensei founded the independent Ki No Kenkyukai Association Internationale organization, to further develop the concepts of Tohei Sensei. The organization has over 4.000 members, from around 130 dojos in more than 20 countries, predominately in Europe but also in South Africa and South America. Yoshigasaki Sensei is based in Brussels and conduct training seminars throughout Europe.

ToheiKoichi Tohei Sensei

Founder of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido; Aikido with mind and body unified (Ki Aikido). Koichi Tohei was born  on January 20, 1920 in Tokyo, Japan. At the age of seventeen he began the study of Misogi and Zen. At the age of 19 he started to study Aikido under Ueshiba Sensei, and at 25 he started studying mind and body unification from Tempu Nakamura. Tohei Sensei developed his own systematic way of teaching incorporating the concepts of mind and body unification in Aikido and He has spread the principles of Ki and Aikido in the USA and Europe since 1953. He died on May 19, 2011.

UeshibaMorihei Ueshiba Osensei

Founder of Aikido. Ueshiba Sensei was born on December 14, 1883 in Tanabe, Japan. He developed Aikido from Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu and the Omoto religion integrating the teachings of Sokaku Takeda and Onisaburo Deguchi respectively. He is often referred to as Ōsensei “Great Teacher”. Ueshiba Sensei died on April 26, 1969.

NakamuraTempu Nakamura Sensei

Founder of Shin Shin Toitsu Do; The Way of Mind and Body Unification, also known as Japanese Yoga. Tempu Nakamura was born on July 20, 1876 in Tokyo, Japan. He was a martial artist who created the art Shin Shin Toitsu Do, from Japanese martial arts and meditation practices, as well as Western medicine, psychotherapy and unique versions of Raja Yoga and Karma Yoga, which he learned from his teacher of Yoga and meditation called Kaliapa in Kangchenjunga, in the Himalayas. Nakamura Sensei is often regarded as the father of yoga in Japan. He died on December 1, 1968.