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04-20-2014, 10:08 PM
Posted 2014-04-20 21:07:41 by Jon Reading

This Easter Sensei Kevin Sparkman passed away in Nashville, Tennessee. Kevin finally lost his battle with an inoperable brain tumor and passed away today, April 20, 2014.

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04-20-2014, 10:23 PM

Born in 1962, Sparkman started aikido in college with Dennis Hooker in Orlando, FL. He returned to Nashville after college to open his own dojo there. In 2005, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor (brain-stem glioma). Upon receiving the diagnosis, Sparkman said, "Even though I cannot move as well as I used to, I still want to help others. I'll keep doing this until I can't anymore."

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

-- Jun

Bryan Webb
04-22-2014, 08:44 PM
I was fortunate enough to have met Sparkman Sensei.
He was always willing to go the extra distance to help you.

Aikido had and has lost a great teacher and person.