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About Aikido Dojo Nippos

Costanza, Simona and Elisa The association 'Aikido Dojo Nippos' was founded in 2005 by Ferdinando D'Agata, Tiziano Calabrese, Elisa Bennati, Costanza Dal Cin D'Agata and Simona Rosso, Italian Aikidokas who moved to Crete during the same year to practice Aikido in contact with nature. It is based in the village of Nippos Apokoronoy.
Costanza, Simona and Elisa

Ferdinando e Tiziano
Ferdinando and Tiziano

In addition to the daily practice, the association organises Aikido residential summer seminars, lodging for weekend training, outdoor Aikiken and Aikijo training in incontaminated areas of the island.

Ki-No-Ren-Ma, Ho-Jo, Jodo, Overtone or Yoga of the sound are also part of the group's personal training.

Ki-No-Ren-Ma

It is Sensei's Hiroshi Tada Shihan 9th Dan Aikikai Ki training, Didactical Director and founder of Italian Aikikai. Part of this training method are breathing and sixth sense exercises, meditation, visualisations, and Bokken techniques executions.

Ho-Jo

This training method belongs to the ancient Japanese weapon school Jikishinkage Ryu whose first study stage consist of four Katà carried out together with a partner, using a specific kind of sword-stick which names this art. The four forms, Katà in Japanese, are related to the four seasons according to the classical eastern symbology, and each form is divided in 'Father Form' and 'Son Form', roles in which partners alternate. These Katà are executed using a particular energetic breathing technique called Aum - no - Kokyu.

Jodo

Shindo Muso Ryu school's The Way of the Stick. According to the traditional Japanese didactical method, the Jodo training consist of two steps: basic singular exercises called Kihon and subsequent couple training. Jodo's Katà are executed with sword and stick. Core of this art is the developing and the refining of the essential martial art's concepts, Ma - Ai and Ki - Me; right distance and attention.

Overtone

This discipline consists of a series of exercises in which trainees give out vocalic sounds in order to reactivate the seven Chakras (energetic centres placed on human body vertical axis). This discipline compounds these sound emission exercises together with breathing training, visualisations, and concentration on shapes and colours.

 

The Dojo-house

The dojo house in Nippos

The Dojo-house, where the association is hosted, is a traditional Cretan stones farm-house on the top of 'Moyros' hill. Surrounded by olive-trees, fig-trees and cypresses, a Dojo for daily practice, a biological kitchen-garden, and a treshing-floor are within the property together with a big mulberry-tree where underneath its shade you can enjoy an extraordinary view on sea, snowed mountains, and cultivated fields between small woods of cypress. The time passes following the metronome of sheeps' bells bleating at pasture, of little bird's twittering, of Kiai exercise ...!

The village is in the island's north-western side, in the Province of Chania, between sea and mountains in area immersed in cypresses and olive-tree green. The density of population is still very low in this province and population of Nippos reaches hardly the number of 207 inhabitants. The 'Ghitones', neighbours in Greek, are farmers and shepherds.

Notwithstanding its isolation, this area is very well connected to the main cities with busses and has services such as bank, post offices, traditional restaurants, grocery stores and the unfailing 'Kaphenion', the Greek Cafes, being four km far from the 'Vrisses' crossroad between North and South, between the Aegean sea and the Libic sea ...

 

The Teachers

Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai,
Technical Director of Aikido Dojo Nippos

The Teacher Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai
The Teacher Ferdinando D'Agata
Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai
In 1983 he started training Aikido in Torino, Italy.

In 1986 he obtained the black belt, 1st Dan, under consent of Sensei Hideki Hosokawa, Shihan 7th Dan Aikikai.

In 1994 after he obtained the 3rd Dan under consent of Sensei Yoiji Fujimoto Shihan 7th Dan Aikikai, started heading the Dojo 'Aikikai Torino'.

In 1999 he obtains the 4th Dan under consent of Sensei Yoiji Fujimoto and was elected councillor of the national association 'Aikikai D'Italia'.

During these years he deepened and enriched his Aikido participating assiduously in seminars of the Director and founder of Italian Aikikai, Sensei Hiroshi Tada Shihan 9th Dan, one among the more prestigious exponents of Aikido worldwide, directly tought by founder O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, and participating in seminars of Senseis Hosokawa and Fujimoto teachers from whom he grounded his didactics.

Since 2001 he has been following a Russian Aikido group in the city of Kirov, invited by their teacher Sensei Svetlana Sretenskaya 3rd Dan Aikikai.

In 2002 he was re-elected in the Italian Aikikai as vice-president.

In 2005 he moved to Crete together with a group of Italian aikidokas with whom founded the association 'Aikido Dojo Nippos'.

In 2007 he obtained the 5th Dan during the summer seminar of Sensei Hiroshi Tada.

On July 27, 2013, he was awarded 6th Dan by Sensei Hiroshi Tada.

Shihan from February 2020.
 

Tiziano Calabrese Shidoin 4th Dan Aikikai

Tiziano Calabrese Shidoin 4th Dan Aikikai
In 1999 started training at 'Aikikai Torino' Italy, as a student of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

In 2003 obtained his black belt, 1st Dan, under consent of Sensei Yoiji Fujimoto Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai.

In 2004 as assistant of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan at Aikikai Torino started teaching also at 'Aikikai Asti' as temporary substitute of Sensei Luigi Gargiulo Shihan 7th Dan Aikikai.

Between 2004 and 2005 started teaching in Chania Crete.

In 2005 was co-founder and elected president of the association 'Aikido Dojo Nippos' in Crete.

In 2006 started heading 'Ai-Dojo' in Chania.

In 2007 obtained his 2nd Dan, under consent of Sensei Yoiji Fujimoto Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai.

In 2010 obtained his 3rd Dan under consent of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

In 2014 obtained his 4th Dan under consent of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

In 2020 opened the new home of Aikido in Chania in which the students of previous Dojos 'Aikido Chania' and 'Ai-Dojo' merged.

In 2021 Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai recommends him as nominee for promotion to 5th Dan to Aikikai Tokyo Headquarters.

During the years he also had the opportunity and honor to regularly follow seminars by most prominent Aikido teachers such as Hiroshi Tada Shihan 9th Dan Aikikai, Katsuo Chiba Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai, Katsuaki Asai Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai, Yoiji Fujimoto Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai, Hideki Hosokawa Shihan 7th Dan Aikikai, Domenico Zucco Shihan 7th Dan Aikikai, Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.
 

Costanza Dal Cin D'Agata Fukushidoin 3rd Dan Aikikai

Costanza Dal Cin D'Agata Fukushidoin 3rd Dan Aikikai
In 2003 started training at 'Aikikai Torino' Italy, as a student of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

In 2005 was co-founder of the association 'Aikido Dojo Nippos' in Crete.

In 2007 obtained her black belt, 1st Dan, under consent of Sensei Yoiji Fujimoto Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai.

In 2011 obtained her 2nd Dan, under consent of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

In 2014 obtained her 3rd Dan under consent of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

Since 2018 she is the head of the children class at 'Ai-Dojo'/'Aikido Chania'.

During the years she also had the opportunity and honor to regularly follow seminars by most prominent Aikido teachers such as Hiroshi Tada Shihan 9th Dan Aikikai, Katsuaki Asai Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai, Yoiji Fujimoto Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai, Hideki Hosokawa Shihan 7th Dan Aikikai, Domenico Zucco Shihan 7th Dan Aikikai, Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.
 

Ghiannis Paterakis Fukushidoin 2nd Dan Aikikai

Ghiannis Paterakis Fukushidoin 2nd Dan Aikikai
In 2010 started training at
'Aikido Rethymno' in Greece,
as a student of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

In 2017 obtained his black belt, 1st Dan, under consent of
Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

In 2019 started heading 'Aikido Rethymno' under guidance of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

In 2021 obtained his 2nd Dan, under consent of Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai.

During the years he also had the opportunity and honor to regularly follow seminars by Sensei Ferdinando D'Agata Shihan 6th Dan Aikikai and Sensei Tiziano Calabrese Shidoin 4th Dan Aikikai along with many fellow trainees from Dojos of Rethymno, Chania and Heraklion in Crete.
 
 

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