Age of Heroes 1: The “First” European Aikido Dojo

by PAOLO BOTTONI - I was still wearing shorts when, in 1965, I made my acquaintance with Aikido. This is also when I first met Hiroshi Tada sensei, who, in my eyes, continued to impersonate and embody it for many years to come

The Initiator – Interview with Motokage Kawamukai

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Motokage Kawamukai Sensei, 6th dan Aikikai, is considered by many to be the father of Italian Aikido. This interview reveals new aspects of the beginning of Aikido in Italy, addresses thorny issues such as the fragmentation of Italian Aikido and its causes, but also extra-tatami topics, such as Italian economy, the drama of the Japanese tsunami and the nuclear dilemma


Uka (Haru) Onoda, Aikido Sculptress

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - "One day, when it will be possible to trace a history of Aikido in Italy, a chapter will undoubtedly be dedicated to Haru Onoda, a pioneer of Aikido in our country, since the days when the existence of this art was only known to a few lovers of martial arts and Japanese things" [1]. With these prophetic words, Giovanni Granone, a column of Italian Aikido for over three decades, in 1973 described the importance of the role played by the young Onoda in Italy in her ten years of stay and work in our country