Report of Farewell Reception for Koichi Tohei Sensei

Report of Farewell Reception for Koichi Tohei Sensei

The Farewell Reception for Koichi Tohei Sensei was held on 17th July 2011, at the Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple in Tokyo. Despite the extremely hot weather, more than a thousand people attended. In addition, we received a number of flower tributes and condolences. Thank you very much for your kind arrangements.

Koichi Tohei Sensei was not only an irreplaceable teacher to me, but he was also my father.

He was born in 1920, in January of this year, he celebrated his 91st birthday. Since then he had been enjoying his good health, however, he got pneumonia. He was hospitalized at the Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital, and on the 19th of May, he eventually passed away.

Fortunately, I was able to care for him and witness his last moments. Tohei Sensei’s face at that time, seemed very calm and happy. Moments after he passed away, I felt a deep sorrow, but soon after, I felt that the whole room was filled with plus Ki for the future.

Tohei Sensei had been teaching the principles of Ki through Shinshin Toitsu Aikido around the world. By knowing the principles of Ki in daily life, we can apply this method and learn to go through life in a strong and positive way. At present not only members, but also Major League players are studying this teachings.

As the successor of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido, I will continue to spread the teaching more deeply and widely in the future, and also continue to be committed to supporting people who wish to grow and develop. Together with everyone, I walk towards the future.

Finally, to everyone who attended the Farewell Reception, also to everyone who tried to attend but could not attend, and also to everyone who helped and supported the Farewell Reception to be held in any way, I hereby express my sincere appreciation.