countries where he lived: summary
Brazil: He was born on September 11th, 1966 in São Luís (Estate of Maranhão) where he lived until the age of 11. Eldest of four sons, he moved to Brasilia in 1977 with his mother and brothers. At the age of 17, he began to practice Aikido (dojo: Judo Veloso, 209 norte). Less than two years later, he had to study at night requiring that he changed his training schedule. So Nunes Sensei introduced him to Santos Sensei. Then he move his Aikido training to Santos Sensei's morning class, 6:30 am at dojo Judo Ismar - 708 Norte. Since then Sensei Santos has been his instructor. He reached Nidan in December 1993 under supervision of Ichitami Shikanai Shihan, (the supervisor of Brasilia, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro since 1975). It is in the Capital of Brazil that he received his education and graduated in Physical Education at the University of Brasilia in 1998. He got married in May 1996 to Marinella a Swiss citizen who was practicing also Aikido.
Japan: In October 1996 the young couple moved to Japan. As he did not graduate before living, Mario spent two years travelling between Brazil and Japan, in order to graduate. Totally he lived four years in Tokyo, where his first son was born. After moving to Zimbabwe, he regularly visited Japan in order to continue studying Iaido and Aikido.
Zimbabwe: In January 2001 the young family moved to Zimbabwe, where they stayed until July 2005. Mario built a small dojo at home and introduced the practice of Aikido in Harare. In 2004 during their stay in Africa their second son was born.
Italy: They than moved to the “Città Eterna – Rome” in August 2005, where they lived until July 2009. During this period he trained regularly at the Aikizen-no-kai of Rome. The dojo of Giangrande Sensei, a direct disciple of Tada Shihan. He also kept his regular visits to Japan to continue studying Iaido and Aikido. In one of those trips he passed the examination of Iaido and was declared a 4th.Dan. He trained twice at Tada Sensei's dojo of Aikido in Gesso-ji Temple.
Brazil: From July, 2009 to May, 2013. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Canada: From May, 2013 until now.
Several reasons prevented him from applying for examinations of Aikido. The main one was the frequent change of countries. It is almost 25 years that he is Nidan of Aikido.
>--- TIMELINE with some pictures (mainly aikido) ---->
photos of his Iaido history will be published in near soon
At 17 years old he started in aikido.
April 1st, 1984 dojo: VELOSO - 209 sul - Brasília (DF) - BRAZIL
At 20 years old he was invited by Santos Sensei, his instructor, to teach aikido to children
1986 (December) dojo: ISMAR - 708 sul - Brasília (DF) - BRAZIL
(the class was under the supervision of the dojo-cho: Santos Sensei).
as student at Aikido adult class
1986 (December) dojo: ISMAR - 708 norte - Brasília (DF) - BRAZIL
Teaching Aikido at University of Brasília for 7 years
from: 1989 (January) to 1996 (September) - dojo: UnB (university campus)
1990 (April) - Kisshomaru Doshu in Brazil
1991 (April) - Embu at University of Brasília
1993 (December) - Aikido 2o.Dan Exam - dojo: AABB - Brasília - Brazil
2005 (July) - International Seminar - dojo: Aizen - Brasília - Brazil
2006 - Tada Juku Seminar - Roma - Italy Aikikai
2011 - International Seminar by Aizen Dojo - Brazil
Dionino Giangrande Sensei (Aikizen-no-kai : Italy)