A Chat with Kansas Ki Society
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Ki-Aikido is a mind/body discipline and Japanese martial art. Often called the Art of Peace. Aikido is a way to resolve conflict both internal and external, mental and physical. Training involves physical martial art techniques and inner disciplines of meditation, breath work, and Ki development
What’s one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
To feel like an Aikido veteran, just give a short bow as you enter the Dojo, then take off your shoes and put them on the shoe rack. Next, head to the changing room. Once in your workout clothes you may step up to the mat, give another bow, and go ahead and step onto the mat. Now you are ready for class!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The Kansas Ki Society grew directly out of the for-credit Ki-Aikido class taught for several years at KU. As these students graduated, many stayed in the Lawrence area and wanted to continue their Aikido training. Head Instructor Tsubaki Sensei gave his blessing and the city dojo was opened in 1995.
What do you love most about your job?
We are a not-for-profit organization—everybody pays full tuition, including instructors. What I love best is watching students incorporate the training into their daily lives to realize their true potential and help make the world a better place.