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08-20-2013, 02:18 PM
Posted 2013-08-20 13:17:04 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://www.seikeikan.com/ayy/

I just received word from Steven Miranda that Amos Lee Parker (9th dan, Yoshinkan) has passed away.

Born in 1936, he first came into contact with aikido in 1958 while in the US Navy. He started training in Japan in 1962 then spent the next 35 years training and teaching in Japan. He received his 9th dan ranking in 2010 by the Aikido Yoshinkai Foundation, making him the highest ranking non-Japanese Yoshinkan aikido instructor n the world.

My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

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Steven
08-20-2013, 03:13 PM
Thanks for posting Jun. Your condolences will be forwarded to the family.

Charlie
08-20-2013, 06:10 PM
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have to inform of the passing of my mentor and teacher Amos Lee Parker Shihan, 9th dan Yoshinkan Aikido, US Navy retired.

It is hard for me to fathom a world without his presence but yet here it is! Through his 51 years of dedication to the martial art of Yoshinkan Aikido he was able to touch the lives of literally thousands of men, women and children both military and civilian. He was a man that walked the way he talked, and as such, was one of the most honorable I have yet to know.

His instruction was surgical, painful and precise but never without truth, love or compassion. He was a true warrior that always seemed to keep in balance the Yin and the Yang.

It is through the many folds that he touched that his legacy will continue. That means you! Let us carry on as he would want by getting back on the mats and training. Re-dedicate yourselves today and be the very best that you can be in whatever it is that you choose to do. That is all that he would ask of us. That is all that he expects. In doing this is to truly celebrate his life and his love - Yoshinkan Aikido.

Sadly,

Charlie Burmeister
5th dan, Aikido Yoshinkan Yoseikai

Funeral services are pending. However, condolences can be left at his Facebook group and will be forwarded to his family.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/32603994994/10150315787114995/?notif_t=group_comment_reply

crbateman
08-20-2013, 08:02 PM
This man was a martial artist's martial artist. Sincerest condolences to his family and all his students, past and present.

Sand-Wind
08-21-2013, 12:01 AM
Another lose to the Aikido world. Very sad day. My condolences to his family, friends and students.

Thirza Schraa
08-22-2013, 05:05 AM
placed for a friend:

Although I never met the man, he was somewhat responsible for my studying Aikido - around 1975 I saw this article in the Navy Times about this Navy Signalman that just received his shodan in the Japanese martial art of Aikido; which sounded very interesting to me at the time - about a year later I was stationed in Guam with the Navy and one of my shipmates told me they were training in Aikido and wanted to know if I was interested; well, I was and that started my journey at that time - if I never heard of Aikido from that article, I would probably had passed on that.

Anyway, if anyone out there has a connection to his organization, please pass on my condolence
- I understand he was a perfect gentleman and an extremely skilled martial artist.

Greg Steckel

Steven
08-22-2013, 12:17 PM
placed for a friend:

Although I never met the man, he was somewhat responsible for my studying Aikido - around 1975 I saw this article in the Navy Times about this Navy Signalman that just received his shodan in the Japanese martial art of Aikido; which sounded very interesting to me at the time - about a year later I was stationed in Guam with the Navy and one of my shipmates told me they were training in Aikido and wanted to know if I was interested; well, I was and that started my journey at that time - if I never heard of Aikido from that article, I would probably had passed on that.

Anyway, if anyone out there has a connection to his organization, please pass on my condolence
- I understand he was a perfect gentleman and an extremely skilled martial artist.

Greg Steckel

Thank you Greg. I'll be adding this to his group page on Facebook which can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/32603994994/