Gender equality on the mat

Recently an online petition has sparked a long series of controversies within the United States Aikido Federation. A group of women, all aikidoka, sent a formal request to the US federation to address, discuss and resolve some controversial points related to the world of gender-related issues. These five requests (a task force on gender equality, […]

Quando l’ordinario incontra lo straordinario: la musica di aun no kokyu (阿 吽 の 呼吸)

In Giappone c’è un modo di dire, aun no kokyu (阿 吽 の 呼吸), che è usato quando si vuole descrivere un livello di armonia praticamente perfetto. Ad esempio, quando si ascolta un brano suonato da un’orchestra in cui tutti i musicisti sembrano legati da un’alchimia che li fa suonare all’unisono, come un solo corpo. […]

Polishing your masterpiece

The Municipality of Turin, Italy, recently hosted the Japan week, an international event organized by the International Friendship Foundation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, whose main purpose is to “promote friendly relations, mutual understanding and peace through culture and art”. So we had the chance to visit and attend, after a reasonable queue, the exhibition and […]

“Choosing Aikido for life”: achieving a balance in a liquid society

As an Aikidoka achieves the shodan, the black belt rank, it is usually and broadly said that at that moment -and by continuing training with dedication- an Aikidoka chooses that discipline for life. Let’s take five minutes to better understand if, when and how does this sentence fit everyday life. An ordinary life that is […]

On the reception of Guests

Today, July, 11th, we remember Saint Benedict of Nursia, who is claimed as Patron Saint of Europe. In effect, Benedictine monks contributed through centuries to preserve and share culture across Europe in various fields such as literature, arts, agronomy, architecture, botanic sciences, medicine and other sciences. We like to remember this founding pillar of our modern society […]

Being a mother even without having children

Mother’s Day is a civil feast in which it is celebrated the mother, the motherhood and mothers’ social influence. It is interesting reading from the documents of the Italian Senate that, on December, 18th, 1958, Raul Zaccari -with senators Bellisario, Baldini, Restagno, Piasenti, Benedetti and Zannini- introduced a law scheme aiming at obtaining the establishment […]

What is the opposite of “me”?

During his recent visit to the community of Loppiano, Italy, Pope Francis had a speech in which he related a personal anecdote, a test that a priest once proposed to him: the question is “what is the opposite of “me”? Francis “fell for it” and answered “you”, whereas the “opposite of all individualism, I and you, is “we”. […]