Aikikai and Kokikai question

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  1. Xue Sheng

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    I just discovered that there was a Kokikai Aikido school in my area and this got me wondering.

    What is the difference between Kokikai and Aikikai?
     
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    Not expert and but in my estimation XS any differences you notice will be due to the sensei and not the style. Kokikai in many dojo you visit might feel to have greater concern for ki application and development you know? It depend what you already know of Aikido in other dojo whether you even notice differences..

    If anything, to me Kokikai is slightly more gentle even than Aikikai.. how I mean this? like less hard mat slapping ukemi for one thing maybe.. Also to me Kokikai teaching in the real world feel more standardised across dojos than Aikikai, that is just subjective. However Aikikai still are flag bearers for Ueshiba tenets, if that is important to you or not..

    Nevertheless in the real world, you may find the different approaches of individual instructor outweigh the subtle nuances of the two schools of Aikido.. That is just my experience with the two in real world. For me it is how I relate to the sensei. Or not. I very much like Kokikai dojo I have been in and would happily switch if I had to learn over! Wishes xox
     
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    If it can help, their Wikipedia page says that Kokikai is basically an offshoot of Ki Society: Kokikai - Wikipedia

    Their founder was a direct student under Tohei, followed the master when he founded Ki Society and then left to make his own school and organization.
     
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    Is there less emphasis on things like shikko and applications done from the knees?
    And if there are no break-falls (as I was told recently off MT), do they train falling, and how?
     
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    Am not aware of de-emphasised suwari waza or knee walking between Kokikai or other variant Aiki styles.. nope.. same.

    Break falls yes as a matter of course! Kokikai is more in keeping with proper Aiki tenets avoiding poor ukemi practice what happen in lot of dojos to finish with mat slapping breakfall! nope not good! uke come stamp on your head then!! Kokikai by standard good ukemi practice to roll away into preparedness for next attack.. this is preferred and is more rigorously adhered to in Kokikai than in other variant Aikido even my Aikikai (just anecdote ymmv)

    Also perhaps it is pertinent to you for good or for not good I find greater explicit emphasis on mind-body development and control in Kokikai than with other Aiki style.. tho again ymmv.. disclaimer in case you seek for damages against me!! I cannot afford it!!! :D
     
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    Thank you and I would never seek damages against you :)

    As for the mind body thing, I will admit I became intrigued with Aikido and Ki after reading Koichi Tohei's book, likely due to my CMA background in "internal" styles. And to find an off shoot of his way of aikido in my area is rather interesting. However I do not think my knees could handle any of the knee based things that seem to be part of aikido
     
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    Knee damage yes it occur unfortunately resulting of overdoing suwari waza.. People had said it would strengthen knees and but is caveated that knees must FIRST be in good condition to withstand repetition of these techniqes! Any good sensei use compassion and common sense.. I think it be harsh if you were obliged to incorporate suwari if you had existing injuries.. I see this all of the time.. wrists in particular, elbows.. if you cannot do it, just sit it out.. is not shame or lacking just is what it is everybody have some thing .. please you go visit and ask yes least then you will know?? Kokikai sensei will be understanding fo sho :) xo
     
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