The Swamp of Aikido Technicalism

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - One thing is Aiki, another is academia. Academy-style teaching has its function, but once that has been carried out, there should be an ever-increasing space for experimenting with free-style Aiki training, otherwise, we must honestly declare that our discipline is already dead and buried

How the Term “Aikido” Was Born and Why

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - The average aikidoka is convinced that the word "Aikido" was created by Morihei Ueshiba or by the Aikikai Foundation to designate the set of techniques codified by the founder himself. However, there is a direct testimony that seems to unequivocally demonstrate that things happened differently: the students of Ueshiba-Ryu would have rather "appropriated" - thanks to the success of their style - a word that had been coined specifically to act as an umbrella for a variety of different styles with common origins. This fact sheds new and interesting light on how even today we should approach the world of Aikido

Altre Interessanti Citazioni “Politicamente Scorrette” di Ueshiba

di SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Morihei Ueshiba era un uomo dalle forti convinzioni che proveniva da una cultura in cui alla discussione con gli anziani veniva attribuito poco o nessuno spazio. Anche se la maggior parte delle sue citazioni più note si riferiscono ad un generale filosofeggiare buono per ogni occasione, abbiamo centinaia di citazioni indirette dei suoi allievi in cui Morihei sembra non essere solo quel "guru" sorridente che l'establishment dell'Aikido ci ha venduto decenni

About Morihei’s Large Skirt and Other Trifles

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - There is a great deal of confusion around the basic pedagogy of the interactive relationship between tori and uke in Aikido. Everyone in their dojo is free to teach and practice the way they like, however, we find that one thing is misleading: to justify one's pedagogical choices with the words of the Founder and of his direct disciples, especially when it would appear that none of them has ever pronounced them

Chiba Sensei and the Sad Fate of O’Sensei’s Dog

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - There are lots of amazing stories about the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba, some really incredible and bordering with folklore - O'Sensei moving faster than light, O'Sensei pulling pine trees from the ground and similar. Therefore we thought to add another metropolitan legend to the saga, relaying to you the presumed story of Chiba Sensei and the sad fate of O Sensei's dog

1942 – The “True Demonstration”

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - The famous/infamous "True Demonstration" was held in Manchuria during the summer of 1942. The occasion was the 10th Anniversary of the foundation of Manchukuo, the Japanese puppet government of Manchuria, headed by Pu Yi, the "Last Emperor" depicted by italian director Bernardo Bertolucci in an immortal movie

Ovo-san Interviews Simone Chierchini

by OSVALDO RIGHETTO - 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