Commonly referred to as Ki-Aikido, Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido (“Aikido with Mind & Body Unified”) was founded in 1971 by 10th degree black belt in Aikikai, Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei, when he established Ki no Kenkyu Kai (Ki Society).
Ki Aikido is a profound, spiritually-centered, physically-powerful, and practical martial art. Derived from Tohei Sensei's life experience with his three main teachers: Morihei Ueshiba Sensei (aka O Sensei, founder of the martial art of Aikido), Tempu Nakamura Sensei (aka Tempu Sensei, founder of Shin Shin Toitsu Do, aka Japanese Yoga), and Tetsuju Ogura Sensei (Head of the IchiKu Kai)
About Boulder Ki Aikido
In 1977, Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei established Rocky Mountain Ki Society (RMKS) in Boulder, Colorado to officially begin his dissemination of the martial art of Ki Aikido in the US.
After twenty years of growth, the Boulder and Denver dojos were consolidated and moved to a new home in Westminster, Colorado. In 1999, with the approval and support of both Russell Smith and Kashiwaya Sensei, Abel Villacorta Sensei reopened Boulder Ki Aikido.
About Abel Villacorta Sensei
Born in Peru, Abel Villacorta Sensei, has been teaching the mind-body coordination principles and self-defense art of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, since 1995.
Villacorta Sensei currently serves as both One Dojo Director and the Head Instructor of Boulder Ki Aikido.
In the summer of 2022, he achieved the rank of Joden (3rd degree black belt) in Shin Shin Toitsu Do (“Way of Unifying Mind & Body,” aka Ki Development and Japanese Yoga). This paved the way for his being awarded the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt) in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido (“Aikido with Mind & Body Unified”) in January 2023.
He is certified as Assistant Lecturer and as Assistant Examiner for the Japanese international organization, Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Kai.
Husband, father of three, business professional in the fields of branding, marketing, design, and entrepreneur, Villacorta Sensei began his practice of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido in the spring of 1993, under the tutelage of Russell Smith Sensei (5th dan), while attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
“I first became interested in martial arts because I wanted a solid discipline to develop my character and a way to feel confident in defending myself. Due to its circular, fluid and effective techniques that harnessed the energy of my opponent, Ki Aikido quickly became a perfect fit.”
Throughout his training, Villacorta Sensei has studied with many high-ranking instructors across many styles of Aikido, including week-long seminars and weekend workshops with Shinichi Tohei Sensei, David Shaner Sensei, Morihiro Saito Sensei, Shinichi Suzuki Sensei, Christopher Curtis Sensei, Robert Koga Sensei, Russell Jones Sensei, and Lael Keen Sensei, among others.
Villacorta Sensei has a genuine dedication for inspiring students of all ages to discover their true inner power and to live life positively. “Over time, this art has become a spiritual path for me. I remain a lifelong student of this profound art by training primarily under the guidance of Kashiwaya Sensei.”
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