Hirokazu Kobayashi Bronze Memorial Statue

Italian master sculptor Vittorio Tessaro was commissioned to create the portrait of the great Aikido Master Hirokazu Kobayashi by Andrè Cognard in 2018. The monument was inaugurated at the Aikido Academy in Bourg-Argental in France to commemorate 20 years of Kobayashi sensei’s death. This is how this important bronze memorial statue came about, described in a story shared by Vittorio Tessaro himself


I was commissioned to create the portrait of the great Aikido Master Hirokazu Kobayashi by Master Andrè Cognard in 2018, and it was inaugurated at the Aikido Academy in Bourg-Argental in France to commemorate 20 years of his death.

The making of this bronze bust was not easy at all, considering the poor photographic material.

The photos did not match with each other, as they were taken with different expressions as well as in the various phases of the Master’s life, and also many were taken from afar. 

I’m used to making custom sculptures from photos, but in this case I had to spend a lot of time to be able to make the portrait because of these poor-quality images, which made the job very difficult. 

For this reason, when I sent the photos of the portrait I was creating to Maestro Andrè Cognard, I was afraid that something was wrong, but with great relief he answered that by looking at the photos of the portrait he seemed to have him alive in front of him. He was struck by the gaze, he said, which was alive and present.

When I am commissioned to make a custom bust sculpture and the moment of bronze casting arrives (which is strictly done with the “lost wax” bronze casting technique), my experience has taught me to use a partner foundry that is recognised as one of the best three foundries in the world. It is the only one that gives me the absolute guarantee that the work will be carried out with the utmost care and precision, and that the bronze does not reveal any irremediable defects over the years, such as the aesthetically ugly flaw typical of cheaper bronze sculptures. 

In a nutshell, the work must be done “up to standard”.

In fact, too many bronze statues seen around are unfortunately saturated with inappropriate welds that emerge over the years, with the excuse of saving on the cost of casting, together with plastering flaws caused by a bad and hasty procedure that involves the transition from clay to bronze.

I always oversee every smallest phase of the transformation, both as regards the wax phase, which is crucial for the success of the work, and that of the bronze chiselling, up to the last part, the coating. 

The only casting process that guarantees both the production and the duration of work over time is that of the artists and artisans of ancient Greece, namely so-called ”lost wax bronze casting” (Please note: this is the same ancient technique used to make the “Riace Bronzes”!).

But returning to the delivery of the commemorative custom bust sculpture I was commissioned to make of the great Master – who is a true icon for all Aikido practitioners around the world – I like to remember the three days dedicated to him, involving practice in the Dojo, celebration, meditation and prayer.

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About Vittorio Tessaro

The bronze sculpture artist was born in 1958 in Caldogno (Vicenza – Italy).
After graduating from the liceo artistico (high school specialising in artistic education) of Valdagno (Vicenza), he developed the idea of “heartfelt” bronze sculpture , free and without canon, such as to always allow him to express his abilities in a pure and instinctive way. 
His knowledge of the modelling tools allowed him to initiate a sort of long, patient battle with form on his own, a battle which even intended to reject illustrious models of the past: to reject them so as not to be overwhelmed by them. 
The master sculptor followed his instinct; and he did it with good reason. 
Here are the two fundamental themes of his bronze statues: male and female nudes and bronze animals
Vittorio Tessaro addressed them with absolute frankness; especially in the animals – bulls and horses – the bronze sculptor felt to infuse his gestural energy and his inner primal force.
A brush of the fingers, rapid strokes of the stick, almost attacking the material: first-rate pieces have emerged: bronze sculptures fully charged with immediate dynamism. 
Vittorio Tessaro has had work experience in foreign cities, creating some of his most significant works on site. 
He has also participated in multiple personal and collective exhibitions and competitions at the European level. This has given him the opportunity to be known and appreciated by the public and critics, allowing them access to public and private collections, as well as guaranteeing the permanent exhibition of his bronze works at various art galleries, especially in Italy and France. 
Vittorio Tessaro’s art studio has always been in Vicenza (Italy), a living city and one where he creates his exclusive bronze statues.

André Cognard: Living Without Enemy
The Ran Network – The Budo Classics #1

In this philosophical essay steeped in body practice, Aikido teacher André Cognard discusses Eastern traditional martial arts by exploring his own history, perceptions and emotions.
Cognard dwells in particular on the areas concerning the relationship with others and the conflicts that inevitably arise with them. In a direct and effective way, the author does not present us with “the object of a sudden revelation, but rather the fruit of a slow evolutionary process due to a laborious, humble practice, studded with failed attempts and repeated with a doggedness that sometimes defies reason”.
André Cognard tells us that “Living Without Enemy” is possible and that the way to reach such a state through martial arts is through the awareness that they have evolved and continue to do so.
André Cognard analyses conflict, present and past violence, the inner enemy, bodily identity, friends, enemies, and hatred. Explaining the pivotal words in martial arts, he offers us a decalogue for learning to serve and be free, to respect, acknowledge, accept, thank and love.
The author explains how essential is the concept of transforming energies within oneself: anger, anxiety, fear can indeed be fully mastered and lead to new and potentially enriching circumstances. It is therefore necessary to know how to work on oneself: this book effectively shows how to manage our fears of the unknown. Because our first enemy is within ourselves!