After Koichi Tohei’s departure in 1974, both the Aikikai and Tohei Sensei’s Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido organization subsequently chose to distance themselves from this period of the art’s development that some consider aikido’s “Golden Years”. This left a huge void as both sides promoted their widely different views of aikido’s early years. The Aikikai’s impact has been far greater than the smaller Ki Aikido organization, and given its political stance, has in effect written Koichi Tohei out of aikido’s history…
Let’s be crystal clear: Koichi Tohei was one of the great architects of Aikikai aikido!
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