Matthew Gano wrote:
Some of the things he had us doing were not what you'd call standard technique (standing very close to uke and taking turns, gently smacking each other on the forehead; crawling around on all four's while uke tries to stay on top of nage; etc).
Also, he was a good storyteller. Very chatty, too...esp with the ladies.
The thing that stays with me is his choice to teach, right up until the end. He was having health problems, and he knew his time was limited, but it didn't stop him from teaching on.
Ten minutes after the last class he taught for a seminar, he collapsed and remained in a coma for 2 weeks before he died. That kind of dedication is very inspiring (even tho he was critical of my strugges with technique, lol