Morihiko (Mark) Murashige Sensei Passes Away
Posted 2013-10-14 17:57:23 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://sandiegoaikido.com/
Morihiko (Mark) Murashige Sensei has passed away, according to our friends at Jiai Aikido.
Born in Yamaguchi-ken in 1945, Murashige started training aikido at age 17 under his father, Aritoshi Murashige. He moved to Tokyo to train with Morihei Ueshiba and others including Seigo Yamaguchi, Kazuo Chiba, and Mitsunari Kanai. He taught at Yoshimitsu Yamada's New York Aikikai for three years starting in 1965 before returning back to Japan. He also taught at San Diego Aikikai with Chiba starting in 1981. He taught his last class at Jiai Aikido on October 1, 2013. There is a fundraising link on the Jiai Aikido website.
My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.
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Re: Morihiko (Mark) Murashige Sensei Passes Away
Thank you for sharing the news about Murashige Sensei's passing last month.
He would not encourage me to say so, but I feel compelled to point out that Murashige Sensei was in fact a shihan in Aikido, recognized as such by Hombu dojo. He held the post of assistant instructor at San Diego Aikikai (with T.K. Chiba Sensei as chief instructor) for many years.
He was teaching the 5:30 pm class on weekdays when I first began training at SDA. Every day just before 5, Murashige Sensei would drive up in his red truck, go get a broom, and start sweeping the sidewalk in front of the dojo. That is the kind of teacher he was.
An interview with him from some years ago may be of interest to those wanting to learn more about Murashige Sensei. He talks about his training with O-Sensei and Yamaguchi Sensei in Japan, among other things. [http://birankai.org/blog/?p=399]
It is impossible to express how much he will be missed.
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