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Old 08-29-2006, 10:25 AM   #15
ruthmc
Dojo: Wokingham Aikido
Location: Reading, UK
Join Date: Mar 2003
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Re: Shihan smith passes away...

Very sad news indeed.

Mr Smith was a true gentleman and an inspirational teacher. The memory of him singing a beautiful solo in the bar at Summer School last year is one I cherish.

Many years ago Mr Smith taught me why it's important to practise suwari-waza. He taught me to always enjoy practising, and to train hard, by doing exactly that himself.

My thoughts are with Philip and his family, whose bravery and commitment to Aikido have been unwavering throughout Mr Smith's illness.

A huge loss to all of us, but our many memories of this great man keep his life and his Aikido flowing in our hearts and our practice.

Ruth
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