What if IOC erases Karate…

In these days the International Olympic Committee has decided that, starting from the 2024 Olympics, Karate will give way to the new incoming: Break-dance. The news can be an useful a stimulus for reflection, especially if made from the perspective of those who practice a martial art without competitions and competitions as Aikido is. The […]

“The eye of the tiger”. The importance of the gaze in Martial Arts

“Do not stare into the eyes of your opponent: he may mesmerize you. Do not fix your gaze on his sword: he may intimidate you. Do not focus on your opponent at all: he may absorb your energy. The essence of training is to bring your opponent completely into your sphere. Then you can stand […]

Learning how to feeling good. Learning for feeling good

In the past four days, I have heard four different people, in different environments, saying more or less the same thing. In order: An Aikido teacher: “If we are here, if we are alive, it is because we have not yet finished learning, because there is still the chance of growing, improving ourselves”; A priest: […]

Foggy by fear – kasumi waza (霞 技)

One of the characteristics of Martial Arts is to use an exotic nomenclature. Not only because the terms are usually given in the original Oriental languages ​​but also because their translation often evokes imaginative concepts. And, you know, the fervent imagination of the average practitioner comes on when he hears about “secret techniques”. On average […]

Non resitstance and the fake pacifism. The principle of muteiko 無 抵抗

Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as […]

You cannot lock the Sun in a room: the concept of “ma” (space)

All martial arts and all combat systems accurately study the concepts of distance and space. Just as we did for kuzushi (unbalancing), also in this case, we start from the Japanese ideogram “ma”, 間. In this kanji its two components can be identified: in the center, enclosed by the stylization of a door (門, kado), […]