Koichi Tohei Shihan Seminar at USF Aikido, 1965

Below features a clip (courtesy of AikidoJournal.com) of renowned Koichi Tohei Shihan teaching a seminar at the University of South Florida in 1965.  Tohei Shihan was an uchi deshi (live-in apprentice/disciple) of the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei and himself the founder of the international Ki Society (Shin Shin Toitsu).  You can clearly see the “USF” logo on the wrestling mat he is teaching upon.  His primary uke is Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, the current head of the United States Aikido Federation.

The following picture shows Tohei Shihan and Yamada Shihan posing together with one of our own instructors, a very young Daryl Schrader Sensei.

Tohei Shihan passed away in May, 2011.