Paolo Corallini Shihan

Paolo Corallini Shihan

Paolo Corallini was born on September 26th, 1951. Since his youth he has been interested in the martial arts. At the age of 18, he joined a Ju-Jutsu dojo and soon after experienced the art which would mark his life, the art of Aikido, in its infancy in Italy at that time.

Corallini studied under Motokage Kawamukai Sensei who gave him the rank of 1st dan in 1977. In 1979 Corallini was ranked 2nd dan by Kobayashi Sensei and started attending classes at French Aikido schools, where he met André Nocquet Sensei – direct student of the Founder and President of Union Européenne d’Aikido. Nocquet Sensei gave him the rank of 3rd dan in 1981 and 4th dan in 1984. Nocquet appointed Corallini as President and Technical Director of Unione Italiana Aikido – a division of the Union Européenne d’Aikido in Italy. In the same year Corallini wrote his first book on Aikido and was present at many seminars directed by the most skilled Japanese Sensei including: Tamura, Tohei, Yamada, Saotome and Chiba.

In 1984, wishing to meet Morihiro Saito Sensei and visit the dojo where the Founder created and defined Aikido, Corallini travelled to Iwama (in the Ibaraki Prefecture, about 90 Km north-east far from Tokyo). Here he exprienced an enchanting meeting with Morihiro Saito Sensei. Immediately, Corallini became conscious of the fact that the training methods at the Iwama dojo followed the traditional methods of the Founder. From that moment Corallini decided only Morihiro Saito would be his Sensei and vowed to become a devoted deshi of this unique Sensei.

In February 1985 Saito Sensei accepted Corallini’s invitation to direct an Iwama Ryu Aikido seminar in Italy and for the first time he travelled to Central Europe.

From that year, Corallini invited Saito Sensei to Italy each year. Since then he has gone to Japan as uchi deshi (inner student) 18 times to train with his Sensei. In 1985 Corallini Sensei created the IWAMA RYU ITALY, an association of black-belted Aikidoka that train only under Saito Sensei.

Since 1984 Paolo Corallini has followed his Sensei in many countries as his enthusiastic student and has been working to spread Iwama Ryu Aikido all over Europe and other countries.

In 1988 he received the rank of 5th dan, 5 Buki Waza Mokuroku and the authorization to give Iwama Ryu Tai-Jutsu and Buki Waza and Aikikai dan by Saito Sensei. He was also appointed Saito Sensei Representative in Central and Southern Europe by his Sensei. In March 1993 Saito Sensei ranked Paolo Corallini 6th dan and awarded the Shihan title in Iwama, and Corallini Sensei subsequently received the 6th Dan Aikikai.

Corallini Sensei has directed many seminars in Italy and foreign countries including Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Austria, England, and South Africa. Since 1994 Corallini Shihan has been the National Technical Director of F.I.L.P.J.K. (C.O.N.I.) on Federal President Dr. Matteo Pellicone’s behalf. On March 14th 2001 the President of F.I.J.L.K.A.M. (C.O.N.I.) Dr. Matteo Pellicone awarded Corallini Sensei with 7th Dan Aikido. Morihiro Saito Sensei gave 7th Dan Iwama Ryu to his representatives Paolo Corallini and Ulf Evenås on 25th May 2001.

For the National Federation he wrote “Aikido Iwama Ryu” in 1998 and “Iwama Ryu Aikido” in 1999, edited by Sperling & Kupfer.

On April 15th 2003 Moriteru Ueshiba Aikido Doshu officially authorized Paolo Corallini Sensei to test and rank his students, and to require for them, personally and directly, Aikikai dan certificates.

In 2006 Paolo Corallini Shihan and Ulf Evenas Shihan create the Takemusu Aikido Kyokai.

Paolo Corallini Shihan photograph © Takemusu Aikido South Africa.

About Takemusu Aikido South Africa

The Takemusu Aikido Association South Africa (TAASA), formally Iwama Ryu™ South Africa, is a free group of black-belted practitioners of Aikido based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our aim is to promote and spread the traditional teaching method of Morihiro Saito Sensei, direct student of the Founder of Aikido, to all communities in South Africa.