Instructors for St. Louis Ki Aikido

  • Richard Blanke
    Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Aikido, Chuden in Mind/Body Oneness (Dynamic Meditation), Assistant Ki Lecturer teaching certification from Ki Aikido International

  • Tomoyuki Nishino
    Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Aikido, Chuden in Mind/Body Oneness (Dynamic Meditation), Assistant Ki Lecturer teaching certification from Ki Aikido International

  • Alice Hall
    Nidan (3rd degree black belt), Shoden in Mind/Body Oneness (Dynamic Meditation), Assistant Ki Lecturer teaching certification from Ki Aikido International

  • Keith Thorn
    Nidan (2nd degree black belt), Shoden in Mind/Body Oneness (Dynamic Meditation)

Officers & Board of Directors of STLKI Aikido

  • Richard B. Blanke, President - Attorney at Law Uthoff, Graeber, Bobinette & Blanke
  • Alice Hall, Vice President - Associate Professor, Communications University of Misouri, STL
  • Tomoyuki Nishino, Washington Universtiy Research Team
  • Keith Thorn, President of Keith Thorn, LLC
  • Mark Rubbert, ex officio member, Head Instructor
  • Mark Rubbert began training in 1979 with William Reed. Since 1983, he has trained regularly with Koichi Kashiwaya, Midland Ki Federation Chief Instructor. He travels at least twice a year to national and regional conferences to train with Ki Aikido's top instructors. He periodically trained with Ki Aikido founder Koichi Tohei in the US and in Japan.
    Mark Rubbert oversees all instructional matters of the organization and the testing for rank and advancement under the supervision of Midland Ki Federation Chief Instructor Koichi Kashiwaya. MArk Rubert is also an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.
    Summary of Aikido and Shinshin Toitsu Do (Mind/Body Oneness) training and certification

    • Training in Mind/Body Oneness and Aikido since November, 1979
    • Thirty five years experience teaching Adult classes
    • Thirty years experience teaching Children's classes
    • Head Instructor of St. Louis Ki Aikido since 1984
    • Received Associate Ki Lecturer teaching certification from
      Ki Aikido Headquarters in Japan in 1994
    • Holds current rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in Aikido
      from Ki Aikido International in Japan
    • Holds current rank of Joden (3rd degree black belt) in Mind/Body Oneness
      (Dynamic Meditation) from Ki Aikido Headquarters in Japan
    • Certified by Ki Aikido Headquarters in Japan as an
      Associate Examiner for Ki and Aikido rank