The Phenomenologist – Interview with Ellis Amdur

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Ellis Amdur is a renowned martial arts researcher and a teacher in two different surviving Koryu. His books on Aikido and Budo are considered unique in that he uses his personal, often shocking or outrageous, experiences as illustrations of the principles he writes about, but he is also backed by solid research and experience in the field. "The Phenomenologist" is no exception: it is a distillation of Ellis Amdur's thoughts, insights and opinions on Aikido and Budo. "The Phenomenologist" has achieved considerable success in its Italian version, also published by Aikido Italia Network Publishing. Here you can read an excerpt of the book, which can be ordered in its full version on amazon.com in both paper and Kindle format

L’Allievo – Intervista a Francesco Re

di S. CHIERCHINI, A. SCIALLA, A. MERLI, L. CHIERCHINI - Francesco Re è un giovane aikidoka italiano alla corte di Ueshiba. Qui intervistato nell'ambito della serie "The Aiki Healings", ci offre un'unica prospettiva ricca di aneddoti, storie e curiosità dai tatami del Giappone, visti dall'occhio di un praticante italiano di nuova generazione

Aikikai Torino – Intervista a Giancarlo Ratti

di SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Nel ventennio a cavallo tra anni settanta e novanta, Giarcarlo Ratti ha costituito una importante figura di riferimento per lo sviluppo dell'Aikido in Piemonte e nel nord Italia. In questa intervista del 1990, Giancarlo ci racconta del suo ruolo come leader dell'Aikikai Torino, del suo rapporto con Yoji Fujimoto sensei e delle sue prospettive e sensazioni sull'Aikido in Italia

Takako Kunigoshi, l’Artiste et Budoka du Kobukan Dojo

par SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Dans le Kobukan dojo de Ueshiba le sexe d'appartenance n'avait pas beaucoup d'importance, une fois sur le tatami, Voici l'histoire de Takako Kunigoshi, la pionnière de l'Aikido d'avant-guerre qui est derrière à "Aikijujutsu Renshu", le tout premier livre de Morihei Ueshiba

Los “Grandes” del Aikido y el “Síndrome del Padre Pío”

por SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Ya sé que voy a hacer que mucha gente se enoje conmigo, sin embargo hoy vamos a hablar de las “Grandes” personalidades del Aikido y del interminable tiovivo alrededor de su nombre. Vamos a reflexionar sobre ese tipo de amor ciego y poseído que muchos muestran por su santo-sensei y sus benditas enseñanzas. También vamos a tratar de entender qué hay detrás de la relativa furia casi religiosa que ciega a muchos a la hora de discutir, examinar, interpretar y en ocasiones criticar el trabajo de los mencionados monstruos sagrados del Aikido

The “Greats” of Aikido and the “Padre Pio Syndrome”

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - I already know that I am going to make a lot of people mad at me, nevertheless today we are going to talk about the "Great" personalities of Aikido and the neverending merry-go-round around their name. We are going to reflect on that sort of possessed and blind love that many show for their holy-sensei and their blessed teachings. We are also going to try to understand what is behind the relative almost religious fury that blinds many when discussing, examining, interpreting and sometimes criticizing the work of the aforementioned Aikido sacred monsters

L’Innovatore – Intervista a John Bailey

di SIMONE CHIERCHINI - John Bailey ha studiato Aikido con i maestri Tony Graziano e Tom Walker. Si è laureato presso l'Executive Security International e ha una vasta esperienza in sicurezza e indagini, avendo lavorato come buttafuori, ufficiale di sicurezza, guardia del corpo, operativo sotto copertura e istruttore tattico. È un competitore e istruttore di armi da fuoco e ha fornito formazione tattica per le forze dell'ordine e le agenzie di sicurezza private in Florida, Colorado, California e Oregon. John ha studiato Aikido per quattro decenni, gli ultimi due dei quali sono stati dedicati all'esplorazione di modi migliori per allenarsi e per insegnare l'arte in un mondo in rapida evoluzione

The Innovator – Interview with John Bailey

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - John Bailey studied Aikido under Tony Graziano and Tom Walker. He is a graduate of Executive Security International and has an extensive background in security and investigations, having worked as a bouncer, security officer, bodyguard, undercover operative and tactical instructor. He is a practical firearms competitor and instructor and has provided tactical training for law enforcement and private security agencies in Florida, Colorado, California and Oregon. John has studied Aikido for four decades, the past two of which have been dedicated to exploring better ways to train and to teach the art in a quickly changing world

The Politician – Interview with Karl Leisinger

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - This interview with Dr Karl Friedrich Leisinger, then president of the European Aikido Federation, was realised by Simone Chierchini in 1989. Leisinger's words capture in a precise and almost prophetic way causes and effects of the imminent collapse of the system based on large national Aikikai organisations and the Aikikai Hombu Dojo support to resident Shihans

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