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Westminster Dojo Open 2/4/12

The Westminster dojo will be open for a full schedule of classes and Sokushin no Gyo on Saturday 2/4/12. If you feel that it is safe for you and your vehicle to travel you are welcome to attend. Please drive with active awareness and leave yourself extra time to travel.

Next Sokushin no Gyo Sat. 2/4/2012

Our next Sokushin no Gyo will be on Saturday 2/4/12 from 7-8 am at the Westminster dojo.

Bell used during Sokushin no Gyo

Everyone is welcome to attend Sokushin no Gyo.

The 3 purposes of Sokushin no Gyo:
1) To Coordinate Mind and Body
2) To Learn more about Breathing
3) To Learn more about being positive

2012 River Training (Sen Shin No Gyo)

Boulder Creek Whirlpool

A whirlpool in Boulder Creek that we often use.


                Everyone who is currently participating in Ki training and is in good health is welcome to attend.  Sen Shin No Gyo is a Ki training to coordinate mind and body, and a symbolic and actual practice to throw away all things past and present in order to start out the new year clean and fresh.  Please come with a positive attitude and plus Ki.

Here is a copy of the flyer:    2012Senshinnogyo

Process of Sen Shin No Gyo

                We will start with bell ringing ( Soku Shin No Gyo ) on the mat in the Boulder dojo.  Then we will carpool quietly to Ebin G. Fine Park for training in the water ( Sen Shin No Gyo ).  Afterwards we will return to the dojo to complete our training with more bell ringing.  It is a tradition to go out for breakfast afterwards.


  1. Bathing Suit worn under your Keiko-gi onto the mat
  2. Protective footwear which you will wear into the river (flip flops are not recommended)
  3. A towel
  4. A bucket and a big bowl that fits inside the bucket (If the weather is dangerously cold we will do an alternate form of Sen Shin No Gyo)


  1. Underclothes (to put on under your Keiko-gi after exiting the water)
  2. Jacket
  3. Hat
  4. Gloves
  5. Dry Socks and Shoes
  6. Something clean to stand on
  7. A robe to change inside of
  8. Warm, non-alcoholic drink


  • Date: Sunday, January 15th 2012
  • Time: 7:00 am–noon
  • Location:
    Boulder Dojo
    1925 55th Street
    Boulder, CO

Fall 2011 Seminar with Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei, 8th Dan

Everyone is invited to Rocky Mountain Ki Society’s FALL SEMINAR 2011 with KOICHI KASHIWAYA SENSEI, 8th Dan, Chief Instructor of Midland Ki Federation.

Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei Leaping

Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei

Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9, 2011

Please download the Flyer (pdf) with the Registration Form

SCHEDULE — All classes take place at the RMKS HQ dojo in Westminster:
Friday, October 7:
6:30pm to 9:00pm Ki and Aikido

Saturday, October 8:
9:00am to 9:50am Kid’s Class
10:00am to 12:00pm Ki and Aikido
~~ Lunch
1:30pm to 4:00pm Ki and Aikido
~~ Evening Get-Together TBA

Sunday, October 9:
10:00am to 12:00pm Ki and Aikido
~~ Lunch
1:30pm to 3:30pm Testing Preparation and Practice followed by Yudansha Testing

The classes are open to everyone with basic Aikido experience regardless of affiliation or style.

Full Seminar $100
One Day $60
Each Session (2 to 2-1/2 hrs) $30
Students and minors pay half price for any above fee.

Dojo Closed on Monday 9/5/11.

The Dojo will be closed on Monday 9/5/11 for the Labor Day Holiday. Classes resume Tuesday 9/6/11.

Roll-a-thon Fundraiser to support Japan

    As you most likely have heard the headquarters in Japan sustained $90,000 in damage during the large earthquake. They are asking for donations to make repairs. Westminster will be holding a roll-a-thon fundraiser on June 18th,2011 and you (including kids) are encouraged to participate. 

    Here is a form to sign up people to sponsor you. To practice for the event, do forward rolls without stoping with the help of a partner throwing you with the following technique: zagi handachi katatedori kokyunage zenponage. The attempt is over when you say uncle or if you stop moving.

    For those interested in helping without actually rolling… Westminster will accept non-profit donations and send them to Japan via MKF. Please “give till it stings”. =)
    Start times of the roll-a-thon are as follows:
Adults: 8:00 am until finished
Older Kids (9 and up): 9:10 am until finished
Younger Kids (up to 8): 10:10 am until finished

No World Camp in 2011

We hope this letter finds you well.

We regret to inform you that it is decided the World Camp 2011 is cancelled.

In Japan except for disaster affected areas, life is back to normal.
And some parts of Headquarters facilities were damaged by the earthquakes as
we informed earlier, however, we are currently working on to fix them.
Tochigi prefecture where Ki Society Headquarters is located is not at all
affected by the nuclear situation, although, we need to carefully observe
the situation from now to the future. Therefore, from May we will resume
regular workshops and lectures at headquarters.

On the other hand, we received feedback from Overseas branches and it seems
many members have anxiety regarding the Nuclear situation. As it will take
about one year to completely stabilize the nuclear situation so taking
considerations of those anxiety regarding nuclear station and health
problems, we have decided that the World Camp 2011 is to be cancelled. We are
very sorry for the instructors and members who had planned to participate the
World Camp 2011. We will do our best to resume World Camp in 2012.

We would like to express our gratitude to all your warm support and
cooperation to Headquarters.
As we are in the difficult situation, We will need to overcome this crisis
with plus Ki.
Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Shinichi Tohei
Ki Society H.Q.

Wataru Hatakeyama
Overseas Division
Ki Society H.Q.

Volunteer Fundraiser for the Dojo at the Bolder Boulder 5/30/11

If you haven’t made plans for the Memorial Day weekend yet, here is an event you can add to your schedule:
As in all of the last 8 years I am volunteering to work the BolderBoulder on race day, this year on Monday, May 30th. I am asking for your participation as well since this can be a significant fund raising event for Rocky Mountain Ki Society.
We are looking for 25 hearty individuals to volunteer to join us as race officials, officially “Bandit Security”. You get to spend a morning out in the wonderful weather of early spring with 50,000plus race participants. For this you will receive a new official race tee shirt, Crocks shoes and a snack bag, and have fun, fun, fun…

The meeting time is 6:15 am and you can expect to finish volunteering by around 1:00-2:00 pm. The meeting place is the Frank Shorter Statue at the intersection of Folsom St. and Stadium Drive.

New Sign-up Instructions:
At  click “Race Info” > “Volunteer” > “Groups”, to find the registration page with detailed information at
“Click here to sign up for a group volunteer job” to go to  where you choose your volunteer package to “add to order” and continue to the registration page. There you’ll enter your information and create a username and login. (The emergency phone# must be different than the home- or cell-number.) These data are saved for all future volunteer activities at the BolderBoulder, so please keep the login info, it will make it easier next year :-).
You may add a family member to the registration, then confirm your participation. The next screen requests your volunteer details:
Volunteer Type: Group
Password: welcome
Choose your Group: Rocky Mountain Ki – Bandit Patrol (far down at the bottom of the list).
Then your shirt and shoe size.
Confirm, agree and complete the volunteer registration.

Please sign up today and drop me an email at, so I can keep track of head count. Thanks for volunteering for this fun and profitable event. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Russ Smith
Head Instructor of Rocky Mountain Ki Society

No Open Mat Sunday 5/8/11.

There will be no open mat practice on Sunday 5/8/11.