Instructor Profile; Doshu Yoshigasaki
Doshu Yoshigasaki, President of the Ki No Kenkyukai Association International, was born in1951 in Kagoshima, Japan.
He started to practise Yoga at the age of 10 and Aikido in 1968, at the age of 17.
In addition to Aikido, Doshu Yoshigasaki has studied many other martial arts as well as Zen Buddhism, Shintoism, Catholicism and Islam. In 1971 he spent a year in India devoted to the study of Yoga.
In 1973 he became an Aikido instructor with the Ki Society, under Koichi Tohei. In 1977 he came to Europe as the chief instructor for the Ki Society. Since then he as also travelled to USA, South America and South Africa to teach Ki and Aikido.
The world-famous violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, heard about Ki and Aikido and approached Doshu to see if it could assist him in promoting culture and harmony. A video, The Beginner. was made in1996 of Lord Menuhin attending an Aikido class taught by Doshu Yoshigasaki.
Doshu Yoshigasaki produced a series of five videos called, All of Aikido, in order to demonstrate the fundamental techniques of Aikido. He has always taught ways of living before teaching Aikido techniques and in order to communicate his ideas more effectively he published a book, The Inner Voyage of a Stranger, in 2002. This enables students interested in how to live their life a chance to read his teachings as many times as necessary to increase their understanding.
In 2003 Doshu Yoshigasaki formed his own organisation, the Ki No Kenkyukai Association International. The organisation has around 4000 members in more than one hundred dojos in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia, South Africa and the UK.