The Place of Aikido in the Age of Zumba and MMA

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - The fathers of Aikido are almost all gone. It is now up to their children to take the responsibility of placing our art in a profoundly changed world. Where is Aikido going in the 21st century? What is our place in the age of Zumba and MMA? What are we to do with the wonderful legacy that our tatami foster fathers left us? It is about time that the new generation of senior Aikido teachers begins to wonder, because the future is now

Il Politico – Intervista a Karl Leisinger

di SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Questa intervista al Dott. Karl Friedrich Leisinger, presidente dell'European Aikido Federation, fu realizzata da Simone Chierchini nel 1989. Le parole di Leisinger colgono in modo preciso e quasi profetico le cause e gli effetti dell'imminente crollo del sistema basato sulle grandi organizzazioni nazionali Aikikai e sul supporto dell'Aikikai Hombu Dojo agli Shihan residenti

面接する 斎藤 仁弘

本部道場で齊藤仁平先生が休憩されていた時、多くの質問に丁寧に答えてくれました。 合気道の創設者である植芝盛平翁先生と彼の父である斉藤守弘先生が26年間一緒に暮らした特別な関係や、親子であり師匠と弟子の関係でもある斉藤守弘先生と齊藤仁平先生ついてなどしることができます。 また創設者の遺産である合気道の視点は不調和が増している今日の世界で何を意味するのかもしることができます。

The Feeling of Aikido – Interview with Seijuro Masuda

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Aikido Italia Network is glad to present the English version of this interview with Masuda Seijuro Shihan, 8th Dan Aikikai Hombu Dojo. The interview was realised by Simone Chierchini and published for the first time in 1989 by “Aikido”, the official magazine of the Italian Aikikai

Keep Calm and Love Aikido!

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Years go by but the story is always the same, again and again: that of assorted martial artists who have nothing better to do but spend their precious time criticizing every aspect of Aikido. Time to have a word!

La Leonessa – Intervista a Carla Simoncini

di SIMONE CHIERCHINI - In occasione del decennale di Aikido Italia Network, abbiamo realizzato questa intervista video a più mani con Carla Simoncini, pioniera dell'Aikido italiano. Carla fu parte del primo gruppo che nel 1969 ricevette lo shodan Aikikai dal Maestro Tada e fu protagonista femminile di un momento irripetibile per entusiasmo ed energia nello sviluppo dell'arte in Italia. L'articolo include anche un pressocché inedito filmato del 1968 sul maestro Tada e i suoi allievi dell'epoca, in azione presso l'allora neonato Dojo Centrale di Roma

Saineikan Enbu 1941 – La Démonstration Impériale d’Aïkido

par SIMONE CHIERCHINI -En 1941, Morihei Ueshiba présenta un Enbu spécial pour la famille impériale au sein du célèbre Saineikan, le dojo de la Garde impériale, situé dans le Kōkyo, le domaine du Palais impérial de Tokyo. Ce fut l’un des moments clés de l’aïkido d’avant-guerre

Fiore de’ Liberi and his “Flos Duellatorum”

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Fiore de' Liberi's name is little known name among Japanese Budo enthusiasts, although his work was of primary importance in Medieval European fencing history. We are pleased to present an overview of his personal life and of his richly illustrated 14th-century manual, the “Flos Duellatorum”, presented in a downloadable version. The similarity between Fiore's techniques and those of the Japanese classic tradition is amazing

Hosokawa Hideki, Man and Aikidoka

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - This interview with Hideki Hosokawa sensei was realised by Simone Chierchini in 1988 and at the time published by "Aikido", the Italian Aikikai magazine. Regrettably, Hosokawa sensei has been absent from the Aikido scene for several years now due to a serious illness that has prevented him from returning to teaching. We are confident that the Aikido international community will take an interest in his words

Suck It Up or Go Home – Intervista a Simon Gray

di SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Suck It Up or Go Home è uno straordinario libro sull'Aikido e su cosa vuol dire resistere. Vi presentiamo la nostra stimolante conversazione con l'autore, Simon Gray, sul famoso/famigerato corso Senshusei organizzato dallo Yoshinkan Aikido Hombu Dojo a Tokyo