The St. Louis Ki Society was started in 1979 by renowned Japanologist William (Will) Reed. An incident of being bullied as a boy of eleven in 1963 led him to discover a book called The Power of Aikido. In effect Bad Bullies led to Good Karma, and it led Will to go to Japan in 1972 and begin a lifelong study of Aikido with Koichi Tohei.
After founding the St. Louis Ki Society in 1979, and serving as its Chief Instructor for four years, he returned to Japan as a permanent resident in 1983. Continuing his study of Aikido and Calligraphy (Shodo), he is the author of various books dealing with the subjects of Ki training, Japanese culture, Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) and the biography and history of Sensei Koichi Tohei's teachings, Ki: A Road That Anyone Can Walk, as well as well as numerous articles, videos, and documentaries on Samurai Culture.
He has continued his career and training in Japanese culture in Japan and currently has an 8th-Dan in Aikido from Aikido Yuishinkai, and a 10th-Dan in Calligraphy from Zen Nihon Shodo Kyoiku Renmei, and is Chairman of the International Iaido Organization Mugairyu Hogyokukai. He is a professional Calligrapher, an Ambassador of BUDO recognized by the government of Japan, a bestselling author, television and radio commentator, TEDx Speaker, a College Professor at the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) near Mt Fuji, and an entrepreneur mentor on GeniusU.
He attributes his passion and achievements to life lessons he has learned from Aikido and Shodo, and is now dedicated to coaching others in the Passion Practice and Process.
William Reed Online
Your Passion Your Life: https://uqr.to/willreed
Books on Aikido and Shodo:
Ki: A Road Anyone Can Walk: 1992, ISBN: 0870407996
Ki: A Practical Guide for Westerners: 1986, ASIN: 087040640X
Shodo: The Art of Coordinating Mind, Body and Brush: 1990, ASIN: 0870407848