Ovo-san Interviews Simone Chierchini


Simone & Ovo San in their virtual interview

I would like to begin by thanking Simone Chierchini sensei for offering some of his precious time to your “trusted comic-book-man San Ovo”. I took the liberty to ask him 5 quick questions to put together this little interview, that I am now sharing with you, friends and brothers of the Orbassano dojo Bushi No Kami

by OSVALDO RIGHETTO

OVO SAN:
If Aikido was a one of the five senses, which one would be?

SIMONE:
Certainly touch. There is no deeper way to perceive movement and capture the emotions of a person.

OVO SAN:
How important is for you, sensei to bring Aikido where there is none?

SIMONE:
More than any rank or qualification. I did it already for 20 years and I will continue to do so until my strengths will permit it. I prefer tilling virgin ground rather than fight to put foot on soil already trodden by all.

OVO SAN:
Do you consider yourself someone who brings harmony and peace in the name of Aikido?

SIMONE:
I am trying to pacify myself, first of all , and to communicate a good example through my actions. I hope to be remembered in the future as a good manager of people with common purposes, rather than as yet another student of some famous sensei. The value of an aikidoka should be measured by his ability to live a balanced and solar life, by his capacity to positively affect the Aikido community and society around him, gradually expanding the diameter of his actions just like concentric circles that flow from the first.

OVO SAN:
What would you change in Aikido today?

SIMONE:
Nothing. It is not for anyone to change the macro-systems, we can only live in them. In my micro-system (family, dojo, organization) I would like to bring Aikido outside the narrow confines of the dojo, making it more visible and useful at a community social level. I would like to live it with my children and students as a daily aspect of life, not as something to be done together a couple of times a week, like a course in English.

OVO SAN:
When you see a junior student, do you ever wonder whether you were like him or not?

SIMONE:
No! but only because I started to go on the mats when I was not walking yet, so obviously I do not remember…

Thanks again, Chierchini sensei

Your friend Osvaldo

Source: http://www.aikidorbassano.it/?q=node/306