Interview with Simone Chierchini
The Aiki Dialogues #9
by Marco Rubatto
Simone Chierchini did not choose Budo, he “was there”. For 50 years at the forefront and in an enviable position in the Aikido community, he had the opportunity to witness first-hand the major events that have accompanied the birth and development of Aikido in Italy and Europe.
Simone began practising Aikido at the age of eight and has travelled the world as a student and teacher of the art, changing friends, students and occupations but never forgetting to pack his sword, pen and camera.
A direct pupil of Hideki Hosokawa and Yoji Fujimoto, Simone was editor-in-chief of “Aikido”, a magazine published by the Italian Aikikai. In 1996 he moved to Ireland, where he contributed to the dissemination of Aikido.
In 2009 he published Narrando Viaggiando – Fenomenologia Comica di un On the Road Italico, his first novel. Since 2011 he has been editing Aikido Italia Network, a blog dedicated to Italian Aikido enthusiasts.
Simone has recently founded The Ran Network, the publishing house specialising in the dissemination of Aikido and martial arts culture that hosts this interview.
A Life in Aikido
Practising in this ‘Out of Time’ Time
Good Blood Does Not Lie
The Role of the Aikido Teacher
A Reflection on Katageiko in Aikido
“The World Is Beautiful Because It Is Varied”
Aikido Italia Network Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Supplement 1: The Great Old Man – Interview with Danilo Chierchini
Supplement 2: The Lioness – Interview with Carla Simoncini
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Publisher: Independently published (January 14, 2022)
Paperback: 142 pages
Item Weight: 7.5 ounces
Dimensions: 5.06 x 0.32 x 7.81 inches