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. […]

Doping, Aikido and riding the bench

This is a post that contains some thoughts which originate from three, simultaneous, events: I’ve got flu and the MD gave me some medicines labeled as doping As other martial artists enrolled in the Italian Federation I have a license that has a page in which you can mark the anti-doping controls, which is mandatory for […]

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 […]

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”. […]