I was just made aware of Toyoda Sensei passing, by my instructor. I am deeply saddened by this loss both from a personal standpoint and for the Aikido community as a whole. I had the distinct pleasure of not only training with Toyoda Sensei on numerous occasions but I was also afforded the privilege of receiving my shodan from him directly.
He was a man full of honor and integrity spiced up with tons of humor! Their is no doubt that his passing will effect the Aikido community as we all mourn his passing. Fortunately Toyoda Sensei had a deeply positive impact on the Aikido community which will continue to be felt for years to come.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and closest friends.