The Calgary Ki Society is a registered non-profit society established in 1974 to spread Ki principles and Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido as taught by master Koichi Tohei, Founder of the Ki Society. Tohei sensei presides at the World headquarters in Japan. He first started teaching outside Japan in 1953 and today his Ki Principles are taught worldwide. The Calgary Ki Society is affiliated with the Northwest Ki Federation and Ki Society International.
The Northwest Ki Federation is headed by Calvin Y. Tabata. He is a 8th degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a lecturer in the Ki Society. He has trained Aikido for over 50 years and taught in the U.S. Northwest and Western Canada for over 30 years.
The Calgary Ki Society Ki and Aikido program are headed by James Angevine, BPE. He is a 6th degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Lecturer in the Ki Society. He has practiced and taught Aikido for nearly 40 years.
The traditionally styled dojo is a safe, bright and enjoyable place to train. The CKS dojo also doubles as a function facility for potlucks, meetings and social events held through-out the year. The Calgary Ki Society is a family oriented organization which encourages the inclusion of all its members in functions and events. These events range from our New Year's misogi to our summer barbeque and baseball game.
The purpose of Ki training is to help students improve the quality of their lives. By improving health and performance, Ki training helps students to be more productive and successful in their personal and professional lives. We view training as an ongoing process emphasizing personal direction and growth through lifelong training. Ki training helps students to live positively and excel in a rapidly changing world.
Learning the principles of mind and body coordination at a young age helps children direct their energy more positively and effectively, and gives them self confidence as they grow up. In Children's Class, Ki and Aikido are combined in a non-competitive environment to teach children to utilize their full potential.
Aikido literally means the way to harmony with Ki. Students study Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido to learn to coordinate mind and body, to work with others positively, and realize their full potential. Aikidoists use Ki to powerfully lead their opponents rather than colliding or fighting with them. The principles of Aikido apply directly to dealing productively with people in daily life. Students learn the process of applying Ki to the martial art utilizing the principles of non-dissension and the five principles of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido.