Aikido Yuishinkai (合氣道唯心会) is the aikido association founded by Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei on May 9th 1996. Maruyama Sensei was a student of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei - the founder of aikido - for thirteen years until the founder died in 1969. He was also a student of Koichi Tohei Sensei, the founder’s chief instructor. After the Founder passed away Tohei Sensei left the Aikikai (the founder’s aikido association) and created the Ki Society, Maruyama Sensei went with him and became the chief instructor under Tohei Sensei. In 1991 Maruyama Sensei resigned from the Ki Society and entered a Zen Monastery for a period of ten years, it was here that he created Aikido Yuishinkai and began actively teaching this when he left the monastery in 2001. As a result of this 10-year period of training, he developed the Motto for Members of Aikido Yuishinkai, something that he recommends is read aloud by members on awakening, after training, and before going to sleep.

The Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai’s Philosophy

Words have a power of their own.The power of the spoken word was recognised in ancient Japan as ‘kotodama’, or word spirit. To speak a word is to encourage it to come true. Your life energy responds to sounds and thoughts, as expressed in the spoken word. When you fill your daily life with positive words and thoughts, your life is filled with the power of Ki. In this way you can keep mentally and physically healthy, and have a positive influence on others as well. Words have real power, and can produce practical results in your life.I have written the following membership motto for members of Aikido Yuishinkai. I encourage you to read them aloud each morning and night to keep your subconscious in a positive state of mind.

The Founder’s Motto

I am mind itself.
If I hold positive thoughts in my mind, good things are likely to happen.
Holding negative thoughts in my mind works against my best interests.
Therefore, even if my body suffers physically, my mind remains optimistic.
Even if I encounter obstacles, my mind is never defeated.
Daily I fill my heart with thoughts of joy, gratitude and hope.
I face each new day with a bright and optimistic spirit,
which I express in word and deed.
I have faith in life, and life responds in kind.