© 2003 James Deacon
Tomita, a student of Mikao Usui, learned
Reiki around 1925-6, and later taught Reiki in a format consisting
of 4 levels:
Shoden (first grade)
Okuden (inner grade)
Kaiden (grade of explanation).
4-leval teaching format is believed to have been introduced by
the Naval Officers
Juusaburo Gyuda (also known as Ushida) and Kanichi Taketomi late
Apparently, Tomita's classes for the first three levels: Shoden,
Chuuden and Okuden, each involved a 10-hour period of training
over 5 days, and Kaiden involved 15 days training (presumably
After Usui-Sensei's death, Tomita went on to establish the 'Tomita
Teate Ryohokai' (Tomita Hand-Healing Association).
1933/4 he wrote a book:
Reiki To Jinjutsu Tomita Ryu Teate Ryoho
(Reiki & Humanitarian Work - Tomita Ryu Hands Healing).
To Jinjutsu Tomita Ryu Teate Ryoho
was re-published in 1999.]