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