Sensei holds the following ranks and certifications from
Ki Society International:
Okuden in Ki Development
Hachidan in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido (1998)
Koshi (Ki Lecturer full professor) (ca. 1983)
International Taigi Competition Judge (1996)
Special Examiner (2007)
Sohombu Shihan (Headquarters Instructor) (2011)
Born in Yamagata
Prefecture, Japan, but his family soon relocated to
Tokyo, where he grew up.
1969 Begins Aikido training while a student at Risshou
1971 Meets and begins training with Tohei Sensei (at
the time Aikikai Chief Instructor); is struck by Tohei
Sensei's words: If the mind moves, the body follows.
1971 Tohei sensei founds Ki no Kenkyukai (Ki Society)
to teach Ki Principles. Kashiwaya sensei is one of the
1971 1973 Trains with Tohei sensei exclusively until
completing his Business Management degree.
1973 1975 Relocates to Seattle, Washington, USA, at
Tohei Sensei's request, to assist Hirata Yoshihiko
Sensei, with instruction and administration of Seattle
Ki Society. (Yoshihiko sensei founded Seattle Ki Society
in 1971, as a development of the Seattle Aikikai,
founded in 1969).
1974 Tohei Sensei resigns as Aikikai Chief Instructor
and separates from Aikikai organization; begins teaching
Shinshin Toitsu Aikido within Ki no Kenkyukai.
1975 Kashiwaya sensei returns to Japan and undertakes
training as uchi deshi with Tohei Sensei. Ushi deshi
means "inside disciple" and represents an intense,
1977 Moves to Boulder, Colorado USA; founds the Rocky
Mountain Ki Society.
1980's Independent Ki-Aikido groups in the midwest
began to ask Kashiwaya sensei for guidance, and to
become their guiding Chief Instructor.
1983 Appointed by Tohei sensei as Chief Instructor for
Ki Society USA (by election of the US Ki-Aikido Chief
Instructors and appointment of Tohei sensei).
1985 Founding (and Incorporation) of Midland Ki
Federation with Kashiwaya sensei as Chief Instructor.
1990 Relocates to his current home base of Seattle.
1990 1998 Serves as Chief Instructor of Seattle Ki
Society in addition to MKF. After 1998 focuses on
traveling to teach in MKF dojo and for other groups.
2003 At Kashiwaya sensei's suggestion, the position of
Chief Instructor USA is eliminated. He is the last
person to hold this position.
2003 Appointed by Tohei sensei to the special position
of Advisor for Shinshin Aikido Kai in North America,
serving as a bridge for Ki Society between the US
instructors and membership, and Ki Society HQ.
2007 KI no Kenkyukai is reorganized as Shinshin Toitsu
Aikido Kai with Shinichi Tohei as President and Chief
2011 Kashiwaya sensei is appointed Sohombu Shihan;
begins teaching internationally for Ki Society
Headquarters, in Australia, the Philippines, Thailand,
and other countries.
Kashiwaya sensei has traveled nationally and
internationally to conduct numerous seminars, workshops,
and intensive training sessions, both as MKF Chief
Instructor, and as a Sohombu Shihan teaching on behalf
of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Kai, or at the invitation of
other interested groups.
Over the years Kashiwaya Sensei has given many public
demonstrations and lectures, including on multiple
occasions, for the Consul General of Japan at Kansas
City; Greater Kansas City Japan Festival; Cherry Blossom
Festival at Independence, MO; Japan week at the St.
Louis Botanical Gardens; and the Seattle Cherry Blossom
Matsuri festival, to name only a few.
Because of his activities and support of organizations
in the Greater Kansas City area, he was made an Honorary
Citizen of Kansas City, MO by declaration of the Mayor.
Sensei has taught Ki Principles to many professional
athletes, including the defensive line for the Denver
Broncos football team, and Alexi Grewal, the Gold
Medalist in road race cycling at the 1984 Los Angeles
2021 Update: Senseis extensive travel schedule -- both international and domestic travel -- has been stopped by COVID restrictions, affecting both him and his destinations. During this time he is conducting a series of Zoom Seminars for his MKF students through MKF, and also occasionally for some other Ki Society friends. It is expected the MKF series will continue into 2022, until domestic travel and face-to-face teaching is deemed safe for all concerned.