Ueshiba Sensei was born on 14 December 1883 in the prefecture Wakayama, and died on 26 April 1969. He developed Aikido. from Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu and the Omoto religion integrating the teachings of Sokaku Takeda and Onisaburo Deguchi respectively.
Koichi Tohei sensei was the founder of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido. At the age of 17 he began the study of Misogi and Zen. At the age of 19 he started to study Aikido under Ueshiba and at 25 he starting studying mind and body unification from Tempu Nakamura. He has spread the principles of Ki and Aikido in the USA and Europe since 1953.
Doshu Yoshigaskai is the founder of the KI No Kenkyukai International. Born in 1951 in Kagoshima, Japan. he started to practice yoga when he was 10 and later began the practice of Aikido directly from Tohei sensei. He devoted a year to the study of yoga in India. Since 1977 he has been teaching Ki and Aikido throughout Europe, South America and South Africa.
British Ki Society
was founded in 1976 to promote the teachings of Tohei Sensei in the UK.
Ki No Kenkyukai International.
Established by Doshu Yoshigasaki to further develop the concepts of Tohei Sensei. The organisation has over 4000 members and 120 clubs predominately in Europe but also in Africa and South America
British Aikido Board
The British Aikido Board is recognised by Sports England as the only governing body for Aikido in the United Kingdom. The Board also acts as an agent for insurance and also promotes a nationally recognised coaching scheme.