Massimo Braglia was born in 1963 in Italy and in 1980 began the practice of Shotokan Karate.
In 1987, thanks to the technicians Leo Lotti, Roberto Baccaro, Loris Guidetti, Gilberto Sedioli and Rossano Ruffini, I obtained the qualification of Karate Shotokan Instructor in front of Hanshi Hiroshi Shirai. For the occasion, I was recognized as the youngest instructor in my region (Emilia Romagna). From that moment I started a particular period of research that led me to experiment with other Karate styles together with the first notions of Chinese martial arts.
My meeting with Hanshi Paolo Bolaffio dates back to 1996, for many years the right-hand man of Shirai Sensei, founder of the Institute Shotokan Italy and technical director of the JKA for Italy before Naito Takeshi Sensei.
The following year I obtained the title of Shotokan Karate Master in front of Bolaffio Sensei. So, I started practicing Makotokai Karate directly under the guidance of its founder, Shodai Soke Bolaffio. The technical bases of the Makotokai system mix elements of Japanese Karate (Wado-ryu and Shotokan), Okinawan Karate (Goju-ryu and Shorin-ryu) from the “hidden” bushi Kinjo Sugino and internal Chinese martial arts (Neijia) learned from the Grandmaster Ho Xuxiao. Before his passing away, Sigung Ho donated the fullness of his lineage from the Wudang monastery directly to Sigung Bolaffio.
In 1997 I held my first personal defense course for law enforcement.
In 1999 I started studying Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Kwa Chang and Qi gong always under the guidance of Paolo Bolaffio according to the double lineage of Sigung Ho Xuxiao and Shifu Gu Meisheng.
In 2000 I started writing articles on martial arts and resumed studying other styles of Karate. Furthermore, I started to deal with technical training and specific athletic training for Karate at federal level.
In 2003 I obtained a scholarship for historical research on Karate and, since 2005, I have dedicated myself full time to researching and spreading martial arts.
In 2007 I resumed traveling in a more intense way to study the origins of Karate, especially Shorin-ryu Matsubayashi that followed Takayoshi Nagamine, also experimenting with the Uechi-ryu of Kyohide Shinjo.
In 2008 I obtained the qualification of Master also in Makotokai Karate, of Superior Instructor in Tai Chi Chuan of the Yang family, so I started the practice of traditional Chinese weapons – the Bing Qi Shu of Wudang – under the guidance of Sigung Bolaffio and Okinawan Kobudo of the Matayoshi school under the guidance of Andrea Guarelli Sensei.
In 2009 I created a permanent home to the Budoshin H. association which I had founded in 1996 through the construction of the Budoshin Dojo in Carpi MO, Italy.
In 2012 I started studying Wing Chun Kuen with Andrea Bisaschi and my first meeting tookplace with the heirs of Ahnan Tomari-te according to the lineage of Grand Master Zhu Guan Peng and the Oyadomari family.
In 2015 I published my first book in two versions.
In 2016 I met Shihan Diane Luc Batigne, the most important female master student before Bruno De Michelis and then of Jean-Pierre Fischer. For over ten years, Diane was the greatest Italian-French kata and kumite champion who retired undefeated. I call her my personal muse, because it was she who pushed me towards independence and motivated my efforts to create a personal academy.
So, in 2017, I decided to abandon my training in Karate and internal martial arts within the MakotoKai school to become the European head of the AhnanTomari-te World Organization and I started an intense period of national and international seminars.
After various experiments, in 2019, I opted for absolute independence and I founded the Ahnan Tomari-te Karate-do Organization academy in which I play the role of international technical director, establishing the headquarters of the academy of the same name at the Budoshin Dojo.
Martial arts magazines
- “Fedika 2000”. Pg. 52-53, Samurai, December 2000
- “L’accademia – Genesi della scuola di P. Bolaffio”. Pg. 38-39, Samurai, August 2003
- “Efficacia reale”. Pg. 46-47, Samurai, January 2004
- “Attenti a quei due”. Pg. 54-55, Samurai, March 2005
- “Shuri, 1^ parte – I Primi Divulgatori”. Pg. 62-64, Samurai, October 2015
- “Shuri, 2^ part – Nei cambiamenti”. Pg. 64-67, Samurai, December 2015
- “Jion – the Origins of the kata”. Pg. 28-31, Shotokan Karate Magazine, January 2016
- “Shuri, 3^ parte – La Divulgazione”. Pg. 66-68, Samurai, February 2016
- “Shuri, 4^h parte – L’Autenticità”. Pg. 62-64, Samurai, March 2016
- “Shuri, 5^ parte – Una Nuova Eredità”. Pg. 68-70, Samurai, April 2016
- “Jion, 1^ parte – La Tecnica del Luohan”. Pg. 72-74, Samurai, June 2016
- “Jion, 2^ parte – Le origini”. Pg. 60-62, Samurai, Julyo 2016
- “Kanku, 1^ parte – Il Drago di Jiang-nan”. Pg. 62-64, Samurai, December 2016
- “Kanku, 1^ parte – Origini e Tecnica”. Pg. 58-60, Samurai, January 2017
- “Tomari-te, 1^ parte – Le origini”, pag. 58-60, Samurai, December 2018
- “Tomari-te, 2^ parte – L’illustre dimenticato”, pag. 52-54, Samurai, January 2018
- “Tomari-te, 3^ parte – La rinascita”, pag. 54-58, Samurai, February 2018
- “I calci – L’origine delle tecniche che non compaiono nei kata”, pag. 56-60, Samurai, May 2018
Martial arts books
- “Manuale per istruttori – Fedika”, 2000 (co-writer)
- “Manuale per istruttori – Makotokai”, 2012 (co-writer)
- “Il Sistema Stilistico Shotokan”, 2015 (Italian version)
- “The Shotokan Stylistic System”, 2015 (English version)
- “El Sistema Estilistico Shotokan”, 2020 (Spanish version)