Jonathan Poppele

Head Instructor
Founder of The Center for Mind-Body Oneness
Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt): Shinshin Toitsu Aikido
Chuden: Shinshin Toitsudo (Ki Development)

Jonathan Poppele has studied Ki-Aikido since 1994, and is the founder of the Center for Mind-Body Oneness. He became a student of Shaner Sensei in 2004 and under Shaner Sensei’s guidance earned two gold medals in the 2004 International Ki Aikido Exhibition, together with Reston Ki-Aikido Head Instructor Matt Doetsch-Kidder. Poppele Sensei has over three decades of experience in movement arts, meditation and mind-body training. He holds a Masters Degree in Conservation Biology and Conflict Management and has taught both writing and biology at the University of Minnesota. He is an Assistant Ki Lecturer and Assistant Examiner in the International Ki Society.
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Our Teachers

David Shaner

Chief Instructor: Eastern Ki Federation
Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt): Shinshin Toitsu Aikido
Okuden: Shinshin Toitsudo (Ki Development)

Shaner Sensei is the Chief Instructor of the Eastern Ki Federation in the United States, is Japan Headquarter's Advisor to the Eastern Europe/Russia Ki-Aikido Federation, and was an uchi deshi (live-in student) for Ki Society founder Koichi Tohei Sensei. He is emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies at Furman University and is the author or editor of over 40 books including Living with the Wind at Your Back: Seven Arts to Positively Transform Your Life. Shaner Sensei has also been a Fulbright Scholar in India, a Crown Prince Akihito Scholar, an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University, and a corporate business consultant. Currently he is the Principal of CONNECT, LLC.

Shinichi Tohei

Kaichou (President) and Chief Instructor: Shinshin Toitsu Aikidokai

Shinichi Tohei Sensei has been learning Ki Principles through Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido (Ki-Aikido) from Master Koichi Tohei, Aikido 10th dan and Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido Founder, since childhood. Now, as successor to Soshu (Founder) Koichi Tohei, he teaches Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido in Japan and throughout the world. By using Ki principles in the development of human resources and communication skills, he also teaches business personnel, executives, and educators at seminars and workshops. Shinichi Tohei is the President (Kaichou) and Chief Instructor of Shinshin Toitsu Aikidokai and serves on the facuty of Keio University.