About St Louis Ki Aikido
The Saint Louis Ki Society, operating as St Louis Ki Aikido, is incorporated in the state
of Missouri as a non-profit educational institution. St. Louis Ki Aikido is exempt from Federal Income tax
as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible.
The programs of St Louis Ki Aikido are supported through
student tuition and a combination of grants and private
donations. Funding pays for operating and administrative
expenses, staff, instructor training, facility expenses,
office and advertising costs, special workshops, training
equipment and fundraising. St Louis Ki Aikido provides
significant support for regional, national and international
Ki Aikido organizations. A detailed financial breakdown
is contained in the Annual Corporate Report. You can visit
website, a national database of nonprofit organizations,
for additional information.
We are a membership organization. Along with volunteer
work, membership fees and donations are crucial to the operation
of St. Louis Ki Aikido. Only through the participation
and generosity of its members can St Louis Ki Aikido
provide the training and services that we have to offer.
Many of these services are given at little or no cost to
those who receive them, such as the WellChild Ki-Aikido
program for at-risk children, and the Tranquility In Motion
classes for older adults. In addition, tuition for our regular
classes and the cost of training equipment such as Gi's
(uniforms) is kept as low as possible. Membership also helps
support instructor education as well as regional and international
Ki Aikido training and activities.
The Board of Directors sets various annual membership levels,
including a level for "Practicing Membership".
Actively training adult Aikido and Dynamic Meditation (Ki Development)
students who contribute at the practicing membership level
or above receive certain rights and benefits. These rights
and benefits are set by the Board of Directors and include
a vote in elections for board members, newsletters, and
reduced fees for some activities. In addition, practicing
members are official members of Midland Ki Federation and
Ki Aikido International. They are thereby eligible for
official testing, rank and teaching certification in Aikido
and Ki Development.
The Board of Directors governs all non-instructional affairs
of the St Louis Ki Aikido. The board is made up of Ki
Aikido students and concerned members of the community
who volunteer their time and expertise to manage St. Louis
Ki Aikido and guide its mission. They provide for the resources
and strategies needed to carry out the mission of St Louis Ki Aikido.
A copy of the bylaws of the corporation,
Annual Corporate Reports and Board meeting minutes are kept
in the St. Louis Ki Aikido library. If you are interested
in learning more about the Board and serving Ki Aikido
in this manner, please talk to a board member.
St Louis Ki Aikido could not exist without the valuable
efforts of volunteers. The board of directors, regular
instructors, librarians and teaching assistants are all
unpaid volunteers. Additionally, annual fund raising, special
events and many other activities are all accomplished through
significant volunteer efforts. Participation by students
in the operation of our school is considered a valuable
part of training, which fosters a holistic view of involvement.
Sweeping the mat after class, talking to visitors, and otherwise
being fully engaged is good for everyone.
The St Louis Ki Aikido admits students of any
race, color, national and ethic origin, age, gender, sexual
orientation or religious preference to all the rights, privileges,
programs and activities generally accorded or made available
to students at the dojo. It does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, national and ethic origin, age, gender,
sexual orientation or religious preference in the administration
of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships
or other programs.
Ki Aikido training began in St. Louis in the summer of
1979 with St. Louis native William
Reed. He taught in St. Louis for about three and a half
years before returning to Japan to continue his training
in Aikido and Mind and Body Unification as well as Japanese
language, calligraphy, and culture. The St Louis Ki Society
was incorporated in 1989 as a nonprofit educational institution
to foster the continuation of Ki Aikido instruction in
the St. Louis area.
The Head Instructor for the St Louis Ki Aikido
is Mark Rubbert.
Mr. Rubbert has been training since 1979 and teaching regularly
since 1982. He oversees all instruction and programs. The St Louis Ki Aikido is a member of the
Midland Ki Federation headed by Koichi