“Only in the synthesis of the most diverse fields of knowledge does life reveal its full intensity. Today, in a time of globalization and collapse of national identities, this is as true as ever. The age of specialization is over. Mixing together aspects of life that have apparently little to do with each other will be the essential talent of the twenty-first century. It is time for an athletic philosophy: a philosophy forged through muscles and heart; a philosophy born out of the union of body and mind, of pragmatism and utopia, of sweet sensitivity and a warrior’s determination.
Martial arts are no exception. Restricted to "insiders only,” they are nothing but a ghetto. Grey. Small. Limited. No surprises. No horizons. Not a single great vision can live within its borders. Only when martial arts become part of a larger picture can we see their full potential and beauty. Traditionally, martial arts went hand in hand with acupuncture, massage, medicine, religion, and even with arts such as painting, poetry, and bonsai-making, origami, and tea ceremonies. But these are not the only things I am referring to when I speak of a larger picture.
Rather than being confined to a separate dimension, martial arts should be an extension of our way of living, of our philosophies, of the way we educate our children, of the job we devote so much of our time to, of the relationships we cultivate, and of the choices we make everyday.“ -Daniele Bolelli
Determined dynamism and dedication to diversity drive development.