Ki Aikido Teacher Training | 2020 Winter Instructors’ Intensive

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Deepen Your Aikido Practice at the 2020 Winter Intensive

Ki Aikido Instructors’ Intensive with Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei, 8th Dan

Boulder Ki Aikido, in collaboration with Denver Ki-Aikido and Rocky Mountain Ki Society (RMKS) is honored to host Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei—8th degree black belt, Okuden in Ki Development, and Chief Instructor of Midland Ki Federation (MKF)—for a 4-day Ki Aikido Teacher Training. This intensive workshop is specifically geared for current and aspiring instructors of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido.

Thursday, 6 February  – Sunday, 9 February, 2020 @ One Dojo in Boulder, Colorado

Register Now!  Take advantage of this unique Ki Aikido Teacher Training opportunity!

Train with one of the most active & accomplished Ki Aikido instructors in the world today!

Midland Ki Federation Ki Aikido logoKashiwaya Sensei has announced he will soon be retiring as Chief Instructor of Midland Ki Federation. Thus, this aikido teacher training opportunity marks his last Instructors’ Intensive in this official role.

Long-time uchideshi (live-in apprentice) with Soshu Koichi Tohei Sensei (in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s), Kashiwaya Sensei has devoted himself to Ki Aikido for more than 50 years. He is one of the few full-time Aikido professionals in the United States.

As Sohombu Shihan and Advisor for Shin Toitsu Aikido Kai international in Japan, he has taught thousands of students and teachers since he began his career. In these last few years as Chief Instructor, a major emphasis in his teaching has been the development of the next generation of instructors and leaders for Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Kai.

Join us for a great weekend of Ki Aikido teacher training! Register Now!

Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Kai members from other federations who are interested in participating in this workshop, please inform your Chief Instructors, as well as Midland Ki Federation. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact our Registration Coordinator (volunteer), Jen Trotter: ajenntimkf (space intentionally inserted to prevent spam)

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Ki Aikido Teacher Training SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 6, 2020

  • 8:30–11:30am | LUNCH | 1:30–4:00pm
    Head & Lead Instructors’ Classes. For MKF Head & Lead Instructors, as well as designated top leaders within respective dojos. This may include current candidates for Yudansha examinations, who will serve as the focal point of this aikido teacher training seminar.

Friday, February 7, 2020

  • 8:30am–1:00pm — Instructors’ Class. Open to instructors of any rank, as long as they are approved by their respective Head/Lead Instructors.
  • 1:15–2:30pm — Lunch Meeting for MKF Head/Lead Instructors + Key Leaders. This MKF organizational lunch meeting is required for all Head & Lead Instructors attending the seminar and/or their designated key leaders. Lunch and drinks will be catered, $15 for each attendee (cash or check for this is preferred and will be collected onsite).
  • 6:30–9:00pm — General Class (*Open to students of ALL RANKS who are interested in developing themselves as Ki Aikido instructors).

Saturday, February 8, 2020

  • 9:00am–11:30am — General Class (ALL RANKS*)
  • 11:30am–1:30pm — Lunch
  • 1:30–4:00pm — General Class (ALL RANKS*)
  • 4:30-6:00pm — All MKF Member Meeting at One Dojo. All Midland Ki Federation members, regardless of rank, are encouraged to attend this organizational meeting.
  • 6:30–10:00pm — Dinner at Boulder Restaurant (TBD)

Sunday, February 9, 2020

  • 8:30 9:00am–12:30pm — General Class (ALL RANKS*)
  • 2:00–4:30pm — OPTIONAL CLASS & Yudansha Test (open to all ranks)
    • Q&A session culminating in Yudansha or Upper Level Ki test for anyone who has previously informed RMKS and established intent to test through Head/Lead Instructor with Kashiwaya Sensei. Instructors Intensive seminar fees do not include Yudansha test fees, but includes this optional class.
    • A note about Yudansha Testing Candidates and Examinations
      • Yudansha testing candidates, who plan to test on Sunday for any upper level Ki or Aikido rank, need not be present for the whole four days and may attend any portion of the weekend intensive.
      • Conversely, Yudansha testing candidates who attend the whole seminar or any part thereof are not required to test on Sunday.
      • The goal in the use of Yudansha testing candidates is to have real life teaching examples, so all instructors attending the seminar improve their ability to observe, analyze and make corrections in students’ performance.
      • Please let us know if you plan to test on Sunday, so we can prepare accordingly. Thank you!

Monday, February 10, 2020

  • Optional Day of Skiing at Eldora. Instructors Intensive seminar fees do not include lift tickets or transportation to and from resort.

Instructors Intensive FEES & REGISTRATION

EARLY BIRD, UNTIL Jan. 15, 2020 ONLY | Save $25

AFTER Jan. 15, 2020 (and at the door)


Go to the links above to register online for any of the options listed.


  1. Fill out and sign the Winter 2020 MKF Instructors’ Intensive Application + Release Form online completely or print and fill it out by hand. Use this option ONLY if you plan to pay by check or money order.
  2. Mail completed Registration Form & Waiver, along with payment by check or money order (payable to Ki-Aikido USA), no later than January 25, to avoid delays to:
    • Ki Aikido USA
      c/o Boulder Ki Aikido
      3005 Sterling Circle, Suite 150,
      Boulder, CO 80301
    • After January 25th, bring completed form and payment to the dojo on the day of the seminar.
  3. Procrastinators 😉 be advised: you may choose to register in person on the day of the seminar and pay by cash, check or credit card. Because this may be slow and prevent you from getting on the mat on time, we highly recommend pre-registering now.

If you have any questions, please contact our Registration Coordinator (volunteer), Jen Trotter: ajenntimkf (space intentionally inserted to prevent spam)

Hotel Accommodations near One Dojo

View of Flatirons Boulder from Aikido Teacher Training

Official Hotel of the Instructors’ Intensive

1345 28th St, Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 443-3850

The Millennium Harvest Hotel is situated near the Boulder Creek (safe, non-motorized) Bike Path, just a 15-minute bike ride away from the One Dojo. The hotel also lies within minutes of downtown Boulder and CU Boulder campus.

Millennium Hotel Book Now ButtonWe have procured a 10-room block at the Millennium at the guaranteed rates below. Rooms are available for one to four people, from Tuesday, February 4, 2020 to Sunday, February 9, 2020. All single rooms will be upgraded to Superior Garden View. Group room rates will be honored two days before the date range above and two days after, based on rate and room type availability.

  • $87/night for single occupancy (Superior Garden King) | $97.86 w/tax
  • $87/night for double occupancy (Standard Garden 2 Doubles) | $97.86 w/tax
  • $97/night for triple occupancy (Standard Garden 2 Doubles) | $109.11 w/tax
  • $107/night for quad occupancy (Standard Garden 2 Doubles) | $120.35 w/tax


  • Use code 2002AIKIDO and provide all other info required by the website.
  • Let hotel know directly if you have VIP status with Millennium Hotels.
  • All rooms, which have not been reserved as of Wednesday, January 29, 2020 will be returned to the hotel’s general inventory. Reservation requests received after the cutoff date will be accepted on a space-available basis, at the higher contract rate or rate available at that time.
  • CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT: Accommodations will be available at 4:00 pm on arrival day and reserved until 11:00 am on departure day.
  • Any attendee wishing special consideration for late checkout should inquire at the front desk on the day of departure.

Getting Around Boulder

You can get around Boulder via LyftUber or ZTrip. If you feel a little fun and adventurous, you can get around inexpensively through Boulder by bike using Boulder B-Cycle for about $8 per day.

New Hotel Near Dojo & Whole Foods

The newly built, Hyatt on Pearl (near Whole Foods) has extended a 10% discount for our group. Click the hotel link below to get that rate.

2280 Junction Pl, Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 442-0160

Alternative Hotels Close to Dojo

3030 Center Green Dr, Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 449-5545
4710 Pearl E Cir, Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 440-4700
Boulder Twin Lakes Inn  | 2-star hotel
6485 Twin Lakes Rd, Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 530-2939

Bed and Breakfast Inns in Boulder

Additional Options for Accommodations

Transportation from DIA to Boulder

Below are several ways to get to and from DIA to Boulder.


The least expensive choice is the RTD Skyride AB bus, at $10.50 each way. Very comfortable and dependable bus ride. The closest stop to the dojo is Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station (not available at all times. See schedule for stop times).

RTD offers a Senior Discount, which provides a 50 percent fare discount for people ages 65+ on all regular bus and train service. Seniors must present a photo ID showing passenger’s age or a Medicare card. SkyRide discounted fare is $5.25


The second least expensive method is the GreenRide Shuttle to your hotel. It’s $45 for the 1st person, 2nd passenger only $10, additional passengers only $5.


Alternatively, you may opt to take a cab via LyftUber or ZTrip. These can be affordable when sharing the ride with other people who may be going to Boulder also.


If you are renting a car at DIA, or coming from other areas via your own vehicle and do not have access to GPS on your phone, you may want to download and print this handy PDF with driving directions from several locations, including DIA.

Driving from DIA to Boulder

  1. Head west on Peña Boulevard
  2. Take exit 6B toward Boulder/Ft. Collins
  3. Merge onto E-470 west
  4. Continue onto Northwest Parkway
  5. Take the exit onto US 36 West (right)
  6. Take 1st Boulder exit to Foothills Parkway
  7. Head north on Foothills for about 3 miles, past Baseline, Arapahoe, & Pearl
  8. Take exit after Pearl onto Valmont Road
  9. Turn right (east) on Valmont for 1 mile
  10. Turn left (north) onto Sterling Circle (last left before it turns right)
  1. Head west on Peña Boulevard
  2. Merge onto I-70 west 
  3. Exit onto I-270 west
  4. Follow signs to Boulder US 36 West (left)
  5. Take 1st Boulder exit to Foothills Parkway
  6. Head north on Foothills for about 3 miles, past Baseline, Arapahoe, & Pearl
  7. Take exit after Pearl onto Valmont Road
  8. Turn right (east) on Valmont for 1 mile
  9. Turn left (north) onto Sterling Circle (last left before it turns right)

Driving to Boulder from other areas of Colorado

  1. Take I-25 south
  2. Take exit 240 (CO 119) east through Longmont
    Or take exit 235 (CO 52) east to CO 119
  3. Take CO 119 (also called Diagonal Highway) south into Boulder
  4. Follow signs to CO 157 (Foothills Parkway) south 
  5. Turn left (east) on Valmont Road
  6. Drive for 1 mile, turn left (north) onto Sterling Circle (last left before it turns right)
  1. I-25 north
  2. Exit at US 36 west toward Boulder (left exit), 
  3. Drive 17 miles then take 1st Boulder exit to Foothills Parkway
  4. Head north on Foothills for about 3 miles, past Baseline, Arapahoe, & Pearl
  5. Take exit after Pearl onto Valmont Road
  6. Turn right (east) on Valmont for 1 mile
  7. Turn left (north) onto Sterling Circle (last left before it turns right)
  1. Take I-70 East, follow signs to CO 93 north to Boulder
  2. CO 93 becomes Broadway in Boulder
  3. Go through downtown Boulder, then take a right onto Balsam Ave.
  4. Drive 3 miles, Balsam becomes Valmont Rd.
  5. Turn left (north) onto Sterling Circle (last left before it turns right)

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you have any questions, please contact our Registration Coordinator (volunteer), Jen Trotter: ajenntimkf (space intentionally inserted to prevent spam)