The Aiki Dialogues present some of the most established voices in the world of Budo and Aikido while giving space to the most interesting emerging characters of the martial community
OUT ON DEC 1st
The Heir – Interview with Hiroo Mochizuki
The Aiki Dialogues #8
by Adriano Amari, Hiroo Mochizuki, Michihito Mochizuki
Hiroo Mochizuki is the heir of a samurai family.
Creator of Yoseikan Budo, he is a world-renowned expert in Japanese martial arts.
Son of the famous teacher Minoru Mochizuki, who is considered a Japanese national treasure and was also a direct student of Jigoro Kano and Morihei Ueshiba, the successor of a line of samurai, Hiroo Mochizuki was inspired by his forefathers combative spirit to create Yoseikan Budo.
Interview with Paolo N. Corallini
The Aiki Dialogues #7
by Simone Chierchini, Paolo N. Corallini
Paolo Nicola Corallini, Iwama Ryu 7th Dan, Aikikai 7th Dan, is the Technical Director of the Takemusu Aikido Association Italy.
From Iwama and the meeting with Morihiro Saito sensei to the complex interweaving between the different pedagogies present in Aikido, from the memories of the man Morihiro Saito to the future of Aikido, in the course of this conversation, Paolo Corallini offers his learned and refined approach to the sense of what exists below the visible level of Aikido.
Interview with André Cognard
The Aiki Dialogues #6
by Simone Chierchini, André Cognard
André Cognard is one of the most authoritative voices in contemporary international Budo. Born in 1954 in France, he approached the world of martial arts at a very young age, dedicating himself to the intensive practice of various traditional Japanese disciplines. In 1973 he met Hirokazu Kobayashi sensei, a direct disciple (…)
Inryoku – The Attractive Force
Interview with Gérard Blaize
The Aiki Dialogues #5
by Simone Chierchini, Gérard Blaize
Gérard Blaize, the first non-Japanese Aikido expert to receive the rank of 7th dan Aikikai, spent five and a half years in Japan where he studied Aikido at the Hombu Dōjō in Tōkyō following mainly Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Seigo Yamaguchi. In 1975, he met Michio Hikitsuchi, one of the most respected personal students of the founder (…)
The Traveler – “Find Your Way”
Interview with William T. Gillespie
The Aiki Dialogues #4
by Simone Chierchini, William T. Gillespie
William T. Gillespie, the author of the book “Aikido in Japan and The Way Less Traveled”, is a pioneer of Aikido in China.
As the sign in his first Aikido Dojo in Los Angeles read, “Not even a million dollars can buy back one minute of your life”. This is why W.T. Gillespie resigned from a professional career as a trial attorney in Los Angeles, also leaving his position as an assistant instructor in Furuya sensei’s dojo. (…)
Interview with Rionne “Fujiwara” McAvoy
The Aiki Dialogues #3
by Simone Chierchini, Rionne McAvoy
From Taekwondo wonder kid to Karate State Champion, from Hiroshi Tada Sensei’s Gessoji Dojo to the Aikikai Hombu Dojo and Yoshiaki Yokota sensei, Rionne “Fujiwara” McAvoy, a star in the toughest professional wrestling league in the world – Japan, has never been one for finding the easy way out.
In “The Wrestler”, Rionne McAvoy tells his story in martial arts and explains his strong views (…)
Interview with Christopher Li
The Aiki Dialogues #2
by Simone Chierchini, Christopher Li
Christopher Li is an instructor at the Aikido Sangenkai, a non-profit Aikido group in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. He has been training in traditional and modern Japanese martial arts since 1981, with more than twelve years of training while living in Japan. Chris calls himself a “hobbyist with a specialty”, however, thanks to his research and writing he has made an important (…)
Interview with Ellis Amdur
The Aiki Dialogues #1
by Simone Chierchini, Ellis Amdur
Ellis Amdur is a renowned martial arts researcher, a teacher in two different surviving Koryū and a former Aikidō enthusiast. His books on Aikidō and Budō are considered unique in that he uses his own experiences, often hair-raising or outrageous, as illustrations of the principles about which he writes. His opinions are also backed by solid research and boots-on-the-ground experience. (…)