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Jim23
05-25-2001, 06:49 PM
It just blows my mind that George Leonard started Aikido at age 47 (interviews). And that he's still training in his eighties! O-Sensi stand back.

I'm getting up there, but 47!!! This guy deserves major respect.

Jim23

akiy
05-25-2001, 08:06 PM
Originally posted by Jim23
It just blows my mind that George Leonard started Aikido at age 47 (interviews). And that he's still training in his eighties
Actually, I think Leonard sensei is 77 or 78 this year. I remember his 75th birthday a few years back...

There's also Shinichi Suzuki sensei of Ki Society who is now 83 years old, 8th dan, and still teaching. Quick search reveals this pretty interesting article on him which was printed back in 1970 in Black Belt magazine:

http://w3.blackbeltmag.com/halloffame/html/20.html

-- Jun

Jim23
05-26-2001, 08:35 AM
Originally posted by akiy

Actually, I think Leonard sensei is 77 or 78 this year. I remember his 75th birthday a few years back...

There's also Shinichi Suzuki sensei of Ki Society who is now 83 years old, 8th dan, and still teaching. Quick search reveals this pretty interesting article on him which was printed back in 1970 in Black Belt magazine:

http://w3.blackbeltmag.com/halloffame/html/20.html

-- Jun
You're right, 78 in November -- amazing!. What really impresses me is the fact that he started at 47 and stuck with it so long.

I couldn't get the url to work; I'll try it again later.

Jim23

Erik
05-28-2001, 11:31 PM
His book "The Ultimate Athlete" is part of what got me into the art. So you can blame him for all the trouble I cause. :)

What amazes me about him is his ability to remember names. He got mine the first time I met him and at a recent seminar remembered a friends name whom he had not seen in several years. A very bright, articulate and well-read guy at an age where most people are sitting on their couch forgetting what's on tv Thursday night. Assuming they can even get the remote to work.

I visit them semi-regularly when my schedule permits.

PS: His partner, Wendy Palmer, is very impressive as well. I think she sometimes gets forgotten amidst everything else around her.

BC
05-30-2001, 11:03 AM
I believe that the late Norio "Mike" Mamura Sensei, (Aikikai 6th dan), from the Milwaukee Aikido Club also started aikido in his late 40s, and continued to teach aikido until shortly before his passing last year. He was 82 at the time of his passing. He was an extremely warm, friendly and remarkable man.
You can see a tribute to him at this address:

http://www.gbit.com/milwac/memoriam.htm