Arrested Development

di SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Taken from "The Translator", the book-interview produced by Aikido Italia Network Publishing, this chapter deals with the thorny issue of the development of Aikido or rather its current non-development. Has the practice of our Art become crystallized and a sort of Takemusu Aiki in reverse? We asked Christopher Li, an aikidoka who describes himself as a "hobbyist with a speciality". Through his research and writings, Chris has made an important contribution to the understanding of modern Aikido. His views on Aikido, its history and future developments are unconventional and often "politically incorrect", but he is not afraid to share them. This chapter of "The Translator", like the rest of the book, is not easy reading for those unwilling to discuss the official narrative of our art and its people…

The Training Culture at the Aikikai Hombu Dōjō

SIMONE CHIERCHINI - William T. Gillespie cast aside all the enviable benefits and considerable comforts of life in Southern California to move to Tokyo to devote himself to intensively study Aikido at the Aikikai World Headquarters (1997). Currently a 6th Dan Aikikai, his martial arts adventures in Japan and beyond to South East Asia, Korea and even The People’s Republic of China became a fantastic journey of self-discovery and personal development that continues to unfold. Taken from "The Traveler - Find Tour Way, Aikido Italia Network Publishing book-interview with WT Gillespie, here's an interesting excerpt about what William thinks about training at the Hombu

Filiation et Transmission

par ANDRÉ COGNARD - La juxtaposition de ces deux mots devrait projeter tout aikidoka dans une réflexion intense. En effet, il est patent que quelque soit l’école, le style, la tendance, la question de la transmission est un marqueur identitaire fort. Chacun se définit comme aikidoka en évoquant un lien avec un maître ou une personne faisant autorité, ladite autorité étant attestée par un lien direct ou indirect avec le fondateur

Filiazione e Trasmissione

di ANDRÉ COGNARD - L’accostamento di questi due termini dovrebbe suscitare in ogni aikidoka una riflessione approfondita. È chiaro infatti che – quali che siano la scuola, lo stile, l'orientamento seguiti – la questione della trasmissione incide a fondo sull’identità del praticante. Ognuno si definisce come aikidoka facendo riferimento al proprio legame con un maestro o con una persona qualificata, la cui autorità risiede nel legame diretto o indiretto con il fondatore della disciplina

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

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

Il Politico – Intervista a Karl Leisinger

di SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Questa intervista al Dott. Karl Friedrich Leisinger, allora 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

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

Il Maestro Yokota Yoshiaki: “Issatsu no Shunkan”

di RIONNE "FUJIWARA" MCAVOY - Il maestro Yokota Yoshiaki, 8° dan Aikikai, a mio parere dovrebbe essere uno degli shihan di Aikido più famosi al mondo, in compagnia di grandi nomi come Yamada e Chiba, Tada e Tamura. Ai miei occhi, è il meglio del meglio, ma fino a un fatidico giorno del 2008 non avevo mai sentito parlare di lui, nonostante all'epoca avessi vissuto e praticato in Giappone per sei anni. A dire il vero, Yokota Sensei mi ha salvato dall'abbandonare l'Aikido. Non ho mai smesso nulla prima in vita mia, ma poco prima di incontrare Sensei ero davvero deluso rispetto a dove mi stava portando l'Aikido