Paolo Corallini Shihan - 7 Dan
Paolo Corallini Shihan, Iwama Ryu 7th Dan, Aikikai 7th Dan, is the President of Takemusu Aikido Association Italy and the uppermost representative of Iwama Ryu Aikido in Italy. Since his youth he is interested in martial arts. At 18 years of age, he joins a Ju-Jutsu dojo and after soon he experiences the art which would mark his life, the Aikido, at its first steps in Italy at that time. In those years he studies under Motokage Kawamukai Sensei who gives him the 1st dan in 1977.
In 1979 Paolo Corallini is ranked 2nd dan by Kobayashi Sensei and starts is attending at French Aikido schools, where he meets André Nocquet Sensei, direct student of the Founder and President of Union Européenne d'Aikido. Nocquet Sensei gives him the 3rd dan in 1981 and the 4th dan in 1984 and appoints Corallini as President and Technical Director of Unione Italiana Aikido - division of the Union Européenne d'Aikido in Italy.
In the same year Paolo Corallini writes his first book on Aikido and is present at many seminars directed by the most skilled Japanese Sensei: Tamura, Tohei, Yamada, Saotome, Chiba, etc. In 1984, wishing to meet Morihiro Saito Sensei and visit the dojo where the Founder created and defined Aikido, Corallini goes to Iwama (in the Ibaraki Prefecture, about 90 Km north-east far from Tokyo).
Here is the enchanting meeting with Morihiro Saito Sensei. Immediately Paolo Corallini becomes conscious that the training method in Iwama dojo follows the traditional one of the Founder. Then, from that moment he decides that only Morihiro Saito will be his Sensei and himself to become a devoted deshi of this unique Sensei.
In February 1985 Saito Sensei accepts Corallini's invitation to direct an Iwama Ryu Aikido seminar in Italy and for the first time he comes to Central Europe. From that year, Corallini invites Saito Sensei to Italy each year and has gone to Japan as uchi deshi (inner student) for 24 times to train with his Sensei.
In 1985 Corallini Sensei creates the IWAMA RYU ITALY, an association of black belted Aikidoka that only train under Saito Sensei faithfully. Since 1984 up to now Paolo Corallini has followed his Sensei in many countries as his enthusiastic student and he has been working to spread Iwama Ryu Aikido all over Europe and other countries. In 1988 he receives, from Saito Sensei, the 5th dan Iwama Ryu and also the 5 Buki Waza Mokuroku and the authorization to give Iwama Ryu Tai-Jutsu and Buki Waza dan.
On 1990 he is appointed by Saito Sensei as his Representative in Central and Southern Europe.
In March 1993 Saito Sensei awards Paolo Corallini with Iwama Ryu 6th dan and Shihan title in Iwama.
Corallini Sensei currenty holds many seminars in Italy and abroad: Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Austria, England, Bulgaria, Croatia, Rep. of South Africa, Spain, Denmark, Russia, Lebanon, Sweden.
From 1994 to 2006 he has been the Technical Director of F.I.L.P.J.K. (C.O.N.I.).
On March 14th 2001, President of F.I.J.L.K.A.M. (C.O.N.I. ) Dr. Matteo Pellicone awarded Corallini Sensei with 7th Dan.
On May 25th 2001 Morihiro Saito Sensei delivers 7th Dan Iwama Ryu to his representatives Paolo Corallini e Ulf Evenås.
They are the only two who received such a high rank from Morihiro Saito.
For the National Federation he writes "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.
On February 5th 2005, F.I.J.L.K.A.M. (Italian Federation of Judo, Greco-Roman wrestling, Karate and Martial Arts) awards Corallini Sensei with the Gold Medal for Sports Merits.
On January 9th 2011 Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba awards Corallini Shihan with the 7th Dan Aikikai Tokyo, in recognition of the previous Iwama Ryu rank.
Corallini Shihan is Iwama Ryu Dai Senpai (highest Iwama Ryu rank in the world) and the sole 7th Dan Aikikai in Italy.