Martial Arts and Meditation with St Louis Ki Aikido at MICDS

The Spirit of Aikido Budo – Harmony

Aikido is a traditional, non-competitive, Japanese martial art meaning “the way of harmony with universal energy (ki, prana, chi).” Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, meaning “mind-body-unified” ... at St. Louis Ki Aikido, we cultivate mind-body coordination using nonviolent techniques, offering a pathway to resolve inner and outer conflicts.

Aikido explores the state of mind-body union through graceful, dynamic self-defense movements. Instead of responding to conflict with muscular force, At STLKI, we invite you to embark on this transformative journey of Ki Aikido, where the spirit finds harmony in motion.

By flowing with it and converting the attack into a roll or a pin, the practice results in a positive, invigorating experience for both participants. Ki Aikido is beneficial for everyone regardless of size, age, gender or physical ability.

It may be easiest to explain Ki Aikido as a form of personal development

Aikido practitioners observe their everyday lives are deeply enriched by the calmness and inner strength developed through the practice of Aikido.

Going beyond the advantage of learning to defend yourself, Ki Aikido helps you function more positively in your everyday world, to build confidence, raise your level of physical fitness, as well as safely handle conflicts and other difficult situations.

Aikido comes from the same martial lineage as judo and jujitsu. It emphasizes blending with attacks rather than countering force with force, and utilizes throws, joint locks, and pins. The goal of aikido is to neutralize aggression swiftly without undue harm to the attacker.

The more we practice, handling confrontations becomes second nature. By embodying the principles of Ki Aikido in daily life, we lessen the need for the physical combat skills of Aikido outside the dojo. The diligent, consistent study of Ki Aikido leads to a mindful, confident, and spirited way of life.

Kashiwaya sensei

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Kashiwaya sensei

STLKI at MICDS NEWS St. Louis Ki Aikido Has Been at MICDS for over One Year! After an incredible 42 years at our previous location, St. Louis Ki Aikido has moved its dojo to a brand new venue. Starting on January 2 of 2023, we began conducting all of our regular classes in the spacious dance studio of MICDS, located in the Dance Studio at the Mary Institute and Country Day School.

New Address: *From Google Maps
9893 Ladue Road - Entrance #1 on Ladue Road “Parking in Lot C”
Ladue, Missouri, 63124

We are thrilled to invite you to our new dojo at MICDS, where we will continue to practice and share the art of Ki Aikido. Our new location offers a welcoming and inspiring space for both beginners and seasoned practitioners.

To find us, simply click on the link below to view our location on Google Maps:

We look forward to seeing you at our dojo and embarking on this exciting chapter together!

map of dojo location at MICDS

Mondays (6:30 – 8:30pm)
Dynamic Meditation + Ki-Aikido

Focus on principles of Dynamic Mediation and Ki Development of mind and body coordination interwoven with a full Ki-Aikido class, including full-contact Ki-Aikido, kumi waza, and weapons.

Wednesdays (6:30 – 8:00pm) Ki-Aikido

A full ki-aikido class, including full-contact Ki-Aikido, kumi waza, and weapons.

Saturdays (10:00am – 11:30am)
Advanced Ki-Aikido

A full ki-aikido class, including full-contact Ki-Aikido, kumi waza, and weapons for 2nd Kyu and above ranks*

Saturdays (12 noon – 1:30pm) Ki-Aikido

A full ki-aikido class, including full-contact Ki-Aikido, kumi waza, and weapons.

"At St. Louis Ki Aikido, our students are on a journey to enhance their mental and martial abilities, empowering them to respond to stress and conflict with resilience, creativity, and a profound sense of inner calm and relaxation. Join us in mastering the art of positive and powerful response to life's challenges."

Koichi Tohei 10th Dan - Rare Aikido Demonstration
Tohei Sensei and Hagihara Sensei: New Jersey 1965
Kashiwaya Sensei-8th Dan Ki Aikido
Ki Aikido Super Randori
Kashiwaya Sensei Demonstration
Kashiwaya Sensei, Jo Kata Improvision
Kashiwaya Sensei, The Powerof Ki
Kashiwaya Sensei, 2018 Instructors Intensive
Rubbert Sensei, 2015 Japanese Festival STLKI

Aikido Turns Conflict On Its Head
Samurai Secret, Always Being At Your Best
Ki Aikido, A Solution to Stress
Wanting to Quit Aikido as Initiation: Aikido Training Life Lessons
Ki Aikido, A Solution to Stress
Interview with Koichi Tohei
Flow Like A River: Takashi Nonaka

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