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Chris Li
05-28-2014, 12:17 AM
The Aikikai Hombu website is reporting that Masatake Fujita passed away this morning, May 28th 2014 (Japan time), age 77. Here are Part 1 (http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/interview-aikido-shihan-masatake-fujita-part-1/) and Part 2 (http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/interview-aikido-shihan-masatake-fujita-part-2/) of an interview with him that I posted recently.

Best,

Chris

robin_jet_alt
05-28-2014, 12:43 AM
Thank you Chris. This news is sad, but not unexpected. I will have to contact my teacher in Japan with commiserations.

sakumeikan
05-28-2014, 01:13 AM
The Aikikai Hombu website is reporting that Masatake Fujita passed away this morning, May 28th 2014 (Japan time), age 77. Here are Part 1 (http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/interview-aikido-shihan-masatake-fujita-part-1/) and Part 2 (http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/interview-aikido-shihan-masatake-fujita-part-2/) of an interview with him that I posted recently.

Best,

Chris

Hi Chris,
Condolences to his family.A sad loss,i have fond memories of him.Joe

Alex Megann
05-28-2014, 02:15 AM
Yes, that is sad news. My condolences to his family and to his friends.

Alex

philipsmith
05-28-2014, 02:41 AM
very sad news. I have very fond memories of Fujita-san both on and off the mat. A larger than life charchter whose contribution to Aikido was often underestimated I think.

My condolences to his family

tarik
05-28-2014, 09:25 AM
Condolences to his family, peers, and students.

Nick P.
05-28-2014, 10:54 AM
Funny how a man I never got to meet (though I tried!) so affected my life. I can't begin to recall how many hours of personal home videos I watched of this man teaching all my main teachers. I was always impressed by the positive mood he appeared to be in, and the enjoyment he had interacting with others. This is hitting very, very hard. R.I.P. Sensei.

SeaGrass
05-28-2014, 04:42 PM
R.I.P! I had the privilege of learning from Fujita sensei a few times over the years when he visited Westminster Aikikai where I used to train. He was a great instructor and very personable. He would always focusing on basics, nice slow deliberate movements. My deepest condolences to his family and students.

tenshinaikidoka
05-29-2014, 12:50 AM
RIP Masatake Fujita Shihan...you will be greatly missed.

crbateman
05-29-2014, 11:30 PM
Sad news... I had the opportunity to train with him a couple of times on his trips stateside. He was always likeable and devoted much time to beginners, always stressing the importance of fundamentals. RIP, Sensei...