In his teachings and in his many books,
Tohei Sensei has not only given descriptions and explanations of
Aikido techniques but provided a wealth of wisdom how to apply
Ki and Aikido to our daily life. The following is a listing of
(hopefully) all the Principles and Rules formulated by Tohei
Sensei to provide guidance in various situations of our life in
and out of the dojo:
FOUR MAJOR PRINCIPLES TO UNIFY MIND AND BODY:FIVE BASIC
PRINCIPLES OF SHIN SHIN TOITSU AIKIDO:
1. Keep One Point
2. Relax Completely
Keep weight Underside
4. Extend Ki
1. Ki is
Extending (Extend Ki)
2. Know your opponent's mind
Respect your opponent's Ki
4. Put yourself in the
5. Perform (Lead) with confidence
TEN RULES OF DAILY LIFE:
1. Universal Mind
3. Be Grateful
4. Do Good in secret
Have Merciful Eyes and a Gentle Body
6. Be Forgiving and
7. Think Deep and Judge Well
8. Be Calm and
9. Be Positive and Vigorous
1. Five Principles of Keeping One Point:
on the point in the lower abdomen where you cannot put tension.
b. Let your body weight fall on your One Point, not on your legs
c. Your breathing is calm and subtle.
d. You can
accept whatever happens without losing your composure.
Therefore you can do your best at any time.
2. Five Principles of Relaxing Completely:
a. Each part of your body settles in its most natural position.
b. You relax
positively, without collapsing or losing power.
c. Your sense of presence
makes you look bigger than you actually are.
d. You are strong enough to be
e. Therefore you have an attitude of non-dissension.
3. Five Principles of Keeping Weight Underside:
a. You maintain your most comfortable posture.
b. Your body feels light and
does not sag.
c. Your Ki is fully extended.
d. You are flexible and can
adapt to changing circumstances.
e. Therefore you perceive everything
4. Five Principles of Extending Ki:
a. You are not overly conscious of your body.
b. You make full use of
centrifugal force in your movements.
c. You have soft eyes and a poised body.
d. You show composure in your posture.
e. Therefore you are bright and
5. Five Principles of Ki Meditation:
a. You maintain a posture of mastery.
b. You have a sense of freedom.
You create an atmosphere of harmony.
d. You are vividly aware of the spirit
of life in all things.
e. Therefore you can feel the movement of Ki in the
6. Five Principles for Ki Exercise:
a. Movements center on and begin from the One Point in the lower abdomen.
Ki is fully extended in each movement.
c. Move freely and easily.
not feel any tension in the muscles.
e. Show and feel a clear sense of rhythm
in your movements.
7. Five Principles of Ki Breathing:
a. Exhale gradually, with purpose and control.
b. Exhale with a distinct, but
barely audible sound.
c. At the end of the breath, Ki continues infinitely
like a fading note.
d. Inhale from the tip of the nose until the body is
saturated with breath.
e. After inhaling, calm the mind infinitely at the One
8. Five Principles for Kiatsu Ryoho:
a. Extend Ki from the One Point in the lower abdomen.
b. Do not let tension
accumulate in your body.
c. Press perpendicularly toward the center of the
muscle without forcing.
d. Focus Ki continuously and precisely at the finger
e. Concentrate on the lines, rather than the points.
9. Five Principles of Ki Test:
a. Do not test the physical strength of the body but test the immovable mind.
b. Test according to the ability of the student.
c. Do not put down the
student but make him understand.
d. Learn by testing others.
e. Do not
teach only how to pass the test but teach the meaning of the test.
10. Five Principles of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido:
a. Ki is extending.
b. Know your opponent’s mind.
c. Respect your opponent’s Ki.
yourself in your opponent’s place.
e. Lead with confidence.
11. Five Principles of Kenpo with Ki:
a. Hold the sword lightly.
The tip of the sword must be calm and steady.
c. Make use of the weight of
d. Do not slacken your Ki.
e. Cut first with the mind.
12. Five Principles of Jo with Ki:
a. Hold the staff lightly.
Control the staff with the rear hand.
c. Manipulate the staff freely.
When changing the position of the staff, one hand must always have hold.
The line traced by the staff is never broken.
13. Five Principles for Instructing Ki:
a. Grow together.
c. Teach right, not might.
d. Be fair and impartial.
14. Five Principles for Learning Ki:
a. Have a mind like a mirror.
c. Practice in Daily Life.
d. Change the subconscious mind.
e. Teach what you have learned.
15. Five Principles of Setsudo (Teaching the Way of the Universe):
a. Believe in the way of the Universe.
b. Share the way
of the Universe with everyone.
c. You must practice what you teach.
Teach according to the person.
e. Grow together.
16. Five Principles for Education of Children:
a. Be resourceful in
letting them play and enjoy what they learn.
b. Never allow them to injure
themselves or make serious mistakes.
c. Always relate each exercise to their
growth, and use positive words.
d. Make it perfectly clear what behavior is
good and what is bad.
e. When they misbehave, scold them firmly but with a
17. Five Principles for Sleeping With Ki:
a. Always unify mind and
body before you go to sleep.
b. Believe that the mind controls the body.
c. Calm and collect your thoughts before you go to bed.
d. Maintain a cool
head and warm feet.
e. Use your mind to direct the blood to your feet.
18. Five Principles for Office Work:
a. Take initiative to find work
without waiting to be told.
b. Make a habit of taking notes to organize and
improve your work.
c. Do not postpone something that you can do now.
Before going to sleep, plan the next day’s work.
e. Make a habit of reviewing
your notes first thing in the morning.
19. Five Principles of Sales:
a. Know the value of what you are trying
b. Approach your customer or client with positive Ki.
c. Focus on
customer benefits, not whether or not they buy.
d. Always provide responsible
e. Even when you do not make a sale, always leave a
20. Five Principles for Management:
a. First become a positive person
b. Do not work for selfish gain, but see how your work benefits
c. Be calm enough to be aware of larger trends in society and the
d. Always make efforts to help your employees grow and develop.
Return your profits and benefits to society in some way.
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