Profile of Keiko Asai

Keiko Asai Keiko Asai was born in Taichung, Taiwan.
She learned Chinese healthcare medicine, Chinese dietary methods, Chinese herbal medicine and about "qi", the vital energy, from her grandfather, a Chinese well-known scholar.

Career Background
At three, started to learn western dance and creative dance under Mr.Masafumi Mizuguchi.
At sixteen, became the champion of backstroke in swimming at All Taiwan Sports Meeting and kept it for five years thereafter.
Was selected to swim in the Olympic Games.
Learned traditional Chinese dance.
Presented a modern dance solo-show to be a pioneer in modern ballet, modern dance, and jazz dance in Taiwan.
Invited by Taiwan Central TV Bureau to play a leading part in a film making the best use of her swimming and dancing talent, and then became an actress under exclusive contract with the bureau.
Given a reward for excellent acting, which made her a "three-domain star" meaning she simultaneously lives in three different fields -acting, dance, and sports.
Wishing to have her own art, further studied traditional Chinese dance in the stream of Chinese tradition.
Learned Peking Opera under Mr.Sheng Su a great master.
Learned Tai Chi, Shaolin Kung-Fu, Single Sword, Double Sword, Club, Spearmanship, Iron Fan, and Qi Gong under Chinese masters of the respective martial arts.
Established her own "martial art dance" by integrating the body movements of Peking Opera, martial arts techniques, and modern ballet, and introduced it together with the movies she starred on the theater stages in south-east Asian countries.
After arrival in Japan, acted in many TV programs including the famous TV movie "Human Requirements".
Acted in movies "Holidays in Tokyo","President's Success Story" and others that were produced by Toho Movie Producing Company.
Undertook the choreography of Chinese dance as well as performed for Nichigeki Theater and Koma Theater.
Took private classical ballet lessons under the late Mr.Yusaku Azuma.
Became a lecturer of Chinese dance at Toho School of Performing Arts.
In 1963, got married.
In 1965, went to Hawaii.
By 1969, established Chen Hui-zhu Chinese Dance Academy.
Put "Space Monkey"(the English versions of 孫悟空) on the stage.
Produced a rhythm fashion show, which was well received by local newspapers in Hawaii.
Designed "Kenbicise"(exercise for health and beauty) taking a hint from the occasion of teaching Chinese healthcare methods to her friends.
In 1969, went to Taiwan.
Made a full review of and a deeper study on the "Qi gong" techniques.
Assumed office as the Chairman of Taipei City Karate Committee.
In 1972, played the leading part in the Taiwanese movie "天門陣".
In 1973, assumed office as an adviser to Taipei City Karate Committee.
In 1975, took office as the Principal of Theatre Academy.
In 1993, organized a theatre company "Sora".
In 1993, assumed office as an adviser to 中華武術協会(Chinese Martial Arts Association).
In 1994, presented a charity play "新西遊記"(New His Yu Chi or Monkey) in Taiwan.
In July 2000, at Yokohama La Polt Theater, produced a charity play "Dreams Come True" for friendship of Japanese-American disabled people.

Her Activities for "Kenbicise"
Opened "Kenbicise" classes in Taipei and other cities throughout Taiwan and spread it all over the country.
Presented and explained "Kenbicise" in a TV program.
Wrote a serial article on "Kenbicise" for 連合報(Lian Ho Bao), the biggest Taiwanese newsrpaper.
In 1974, started teaching "Kenbicise" in Akigawa City in Japan.
Organized Keibu(恵舞) Society and designed rhythm exercise and jazz exercise.
Opened "Kenbicise" classes in Tokyo and Yokohama areas.
In 1987, started to publish a monthly magazine "Fresh Times" which was on "qi", the vital energy, and "kenbi"(health and beauty) covering "qi" itself, "kiho",healthcare methods, health and hygiene methods, Chinese dietary methods, martial arts, and hygiene methods, Chinese dietary methods, martial arts, and beauty culture.
In 1992, published a book titled "気と漢方食事法"(Qi and Chinese Dietary Method). Changed the name of the exercise from "Kenbicise" to the present "Kiho-Kenbicise".
Became a lecturer of "qi", Chinese Dietary Method, and "Kiho-Kenbicise" at the Mitsukoshi Culture Center inTokyo.
In 1997, in Germany, taught the "Kihocise" for prevention of motor troubles and "Kiho-kaiyucise" for curing physical disorders to about 500 high-grade members of the Germany Karate Federation.
In 1998, published a book titled "気法練丹操"(Kiho-lentancise).
At the Zenshinza Theater, gave a "Lecture Commemorating the Publication of "気法練丹操" (Kiho-lentancise) As Well As Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of "Kenbicise"".
In 1999, at Yokohama La Pole, performed again "Keiko Asai's Kihocise Lecture And Demonstrations".
Produced a video tape titled "視覚気法と練丹操 "(visual kiho and lentan training methods).