Dojo NameKi

Our History

Our organization has a rich history of innovation and excellence. We continually strive to improve ourselves and our teaching methods.

Founder, Koichi Tohei (1920 - 2011)

Koichi Tohei Sensei

Master Koichi Tohei was the founder of the Ki Society. He developed Ki Training, Kiatsu® and Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido over a lifetime devoted to personal development. Beginning with Hawaii in 1953, he traveled the world to teach Ki Principles and Mind & Body Coordination. His extraordinary performance of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido arts and his masterful teaching inspired students for over 60 years.

President, Shinichi Tohei (1973 -)

Shinichi Tohei Sensei

Shinichi Tohei is the president and chief instructor of the Ki Society. He is a dedicated, life-long student of his father, Ki Society founder Koichi Tohei. He presides at Ki Society HQ in Japan, in charge of teaching, training and the organization in Japan and internationally.

Under his dynamic leadership, the Ki Society has grown dramatically. In addition to over 400 dojos in Japan, there are Ki Society branches in 24 countries.

The Oregon Ki Society

The Oregon Ki Society was founded by Calvin Tabata. He began his training in Hawaii and is a life-long direct student of Ki Society founder Koichi Tohei sensei. Tabata sensei has been teaching in the Northwest since 1970. He established the Oregon Ki Society in 1974 and the Personal Kiatsu School in 1993.

The organization has dedicated training facilities in the major cities in Oregon. In addition, satellite programs in community centers, grade schools and universities provide training throughout the state.

To find out more about the Oregon Ki Society you can visit their web site by clicking here.

The Eugene Dojo

The Eugene Dojo's history started in 1978, when John Gilmore returned from training with Tohei Sensei in Japan. He moved to Eugene to attend graduate school and to start the dojo.  Gilmore Sensei started the Corvallis Dojo at about the same time. He taught 4 days a week, returning to Portland every weekend to train.  With his dedication as inspiration, and with the excellent guidance and training of Tabata Sensei, the dojo developed from a few students initially to a healthy dojo with both adult and children's classes.
Gilmore Sensei moved to Orange County in 1984, and Terry Copperman assumed a leadership role in the dojo.  As a family physician, Copperman Sensei was and is excited about the impact of training on the physical and emotional health of his children, his patients and his community.  With the assistance of Al Lushenko the dojo expanded the children's program.  Diana Robson got her black belt and started teaching adult classes.  Howard Galvin and subsequently Teri Simpson trained to black belt status and assisted Copperman Sensei in the children's program.
In 1993 the Eugene Dojo started Kiatsu classes as a part of the statewide Personal Kiatsu School.  Copperman Sensei traveled to Japan to initiate his study of Kiatsu with Tohei Sensei, and then under the tutelage of Tabata Sensei became an instructor and then administrator of the Personal Kiatsu School.  Galvin Sensei and later  Simpson Sensei assumed  major teaching roles in the children's program at that time.
The dojo did well, teaching many children and adults.  In 1995, after several moves in the interim, the dojo membership raised the funds to build a permanent school at our current location.

With the inspired teachings of Master Koichi Tohei and Calvin Tabata Sensei to guide us, and the dedication of our excellent instructors,  we look forward to many more decades of teaching and training in Eugene.