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03-09-2017, 09:45 PM
Posted 2017-03-09 20:45:34 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://https://www.facebook.com/aikidojournal/photos/a.145774785480361.29655.117079708349869/1401091119948715/

Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal (http://www.aikidojournal.com) passed away on March 7, 2017.

There is more information in this Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/aikidojournal/photos/a.145774785480361.29655.117079708349869/1401091119948715/).

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

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Rupert Atkinson
03-09-2017, 09:51 PM
RIP one great guy.

03-09-2017, 10:24 PM
RIP Sensei Stanley Pranin.

Cady Goldfield
03-09-2017, 11:17 PM
On the Aikido Journal Facebook page:


03-10-2017, 12:12 AM
I am inconsolable. He was a great friend and mentor for many years. I shudder to think how much of aikido's history and culture has been lost, but am thankful that, through Stan's incalculable contributions, so much was also saved and disseminated.

I will do my part, and try to keep the AJ Bibliography up to date and online in some fashion moving forward, in Stan's memory.

Rei, Sensei... Domo arrigato ohayo goziamashita...

Demetrio Cereijo
03-10-2017, 02:12 AM
A great loss for the Aikido community.

My condolences.

03-10-2017, 03:43 AM
So sorry to hear this news RIP Stan.

03-10-2017, 04:04 AM
Although I had followed the updates on Stan's health issues, I was still shocked to read of his passing. RIP Stanley Pranin.

Henry Ellis

Co-author of `Positive Aikido`


03-10-2017, 06:12 AM
Condolences to his friends, family and loved ones.

Aikido lost a great ambassador. It is hard to see the things he made and did apart from his passion for the art.

03-10-2017, 07:26 AM
Very sad to hear this. I have only begun to appreciate all that he has done for Aikido through his research. No doubt the fire he has lit with all he has uncovered will burn for a very long time into the future and help light the way for many of us.

03-10-2017, 08:40 AM
So sad R.I.P. Sensei Pranin

Larry Feldman
03-10-2017, 08:47 AM
We all owe Stan.

03-10-2017, 02:49 PM
Compassion and Condolences to the Aikido world/family ...
We have lost a great Sensei ...
I will always be grateful for the time and conversations we shared ...

03-10-2017, 02:49 PM
Compassion and Condolences to the Aikido world/family ...
We have lost a great Sensei ...
I will always be grateful for the time and conversations we shared ...

ze'ev erlich
03-10-2017, 03:03 PM
This is a very sad day. He was the greatest contributor to Aikido.

03-12-2017, 07:53 PM
Hello all...

I have not seen or heard anything about arrangements... Does anyone have any info they can share?

03-13-2017, 08:09 AM
Stanley Pranin Memorial Service
Hosted by Aikido Journal

Saturday, March 18 at 2 PM - 4 PM PDT
The Harbor Church
25401 South Western Ave, Lomita, California 90717

A short memorial service will be held for Stanley Pranin on Saturday March 18th in Los Angeles. If you live in the area and would like to pay your respects, please join us.

However, please don't feel obligated to travel far for this event. Stan built Aikido Journal into an online global community and would be just as happy to have you share your stories and pay your respects via the Aikido Journal Facebook community.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP for the event. Stan's family would like to get an accurate count so they can provide refreshments and plan accordingly.

Thank you for your continued support and kind wishes.

Cady Goldfield
03-13-2017, 11:47 PM
Here is the obituary:

Stanley Pranin

1945 - 2017

Stanley passed peacefully on March 7, 2017 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada with his loving family by his side. Stanley was predeceased by his parents John and Lois Pranin and by his younger brother William (Billy) Pranin. Stan is survived by his loving wife Yoshiko and their two children Johnny (26) and Jeanette (22).

Stan was born July 24, 1945. Born and raised in San Pedro, he attended Cabrillo Avenue Elementary, Dana Jr. High School and San Pedro High School where he graduated in the class of Winter, 1963 as the Co-Valedictorian. Stan received his B.A. degree in Languages from UCLA and attended U.C. Berkeley where he worked on both his Master's and Doctorate degree.

During the Vietnam era, Stan joined the U. S. Army as an enlisted man rather than as an officer because he wanted to utilize his language skills. Stanley was fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese. In the U. S. Army, Stan taught language skills to our American Diplomats serving overseas. He also worked in the intelligence field in Ethiopia because of his fluency in Italian.

After serving in the U. S. Army for 3 years and after his work on his doctorate degree at U.C. Berkley, Stan moved to Japan where he initially worked as a technical translator and interpreter for several Japanese engineering companies. He stayed for 20 years, studying Aikido under the founder of Aikido's prize student, Morihiro Saito Sensei, and earning his 5th dan black belt in Aikido, which takes 6 years to complete.

As his passion for Aikido grew, he worked preserving the history of the martial art. He located and preserved multiple videos of the founder of Aikido and its early practitioners. He interviewed and recorded the history of Aikido from important teachers of Aikido and Daito-Ryu (school). He became the most knowledgeable expert on the art of Aikido in the world. Stan published ""Aikido Journal"", a worldwide magazine on the art of Aikido. Stan travelled the world teaching and lecturing on Aikido and its history and bringing Aikido Masters to practitioners all over the world, including Europe and South America. Without his tireless work, much of the history would have been lost.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at The Harbor Church, 25401 S. Western Avenue, Lomita, CA 90717. He will be missed by his family and friends and the Aikido practitioners throughout the world. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 13 to Mar. 15, 2017
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailybreeze/obituary.aspx?

Amir Krause
03-14-2017, 02:13 AM
Sad day for Aikido

He was a great contributor to Aikido knowledge and particularly knowledge of history, on a worldwide scale.

Condolences to all who knew him

03-14-2017, 08:11 AM
My condolences

03-15-2017, 02:22 AM
It is such a great loss. His life project of collecting and preserving the history of Aikido affected many of us, practionrs of Aikido. On a more personal level, I really enjoyed watching the videos of O-sensei he edited and reading his posts in the aikidojournal.com website.

03-18-2017, 05:01 AM
This is a deep loss for all of us, i feel so sad to hear this news.
A great historian and contributor in the knowledge has been lost.
my condolences to his family, relatives, and students.

RIP Sensei Stanley

03-19-2017, 08:45 PM
Did anyone here get to the memorial service on Saturday? Wanted to go, but family obligations kept me here.

How did it go?

04-14-2017, 02:52 PM
Crud he's dead he was the very reason why I got into Aikido or aiki arts in the first place.