Yamada Senta Sensei passes
It is with deep sadness and regret to announce the passing of, Senta Yamada Sensei, who died at 5pm on the 8th August 2010, after battling with Pancreatic Cancer
One of the greats of Tomiki Aikido, Yamada Sensei was a direct student of Kano, Ueshiba, and Tomiki. Achieving 6th dans in both Judo and Aikido, he began studying Aikido in 1948 at the age of 24, already a 5th dan in Judo. Dr Kano sent Yamada Sensei to study Aikido with Morihei Ueshiba Sensei after the war. As a live-in student he began private training with the founder in Wakayama Prefecture. Shortly after he began to study with Tomiki, who at the time was the most senior student of Ueshiba.
Yamada Sensei has made many contributions to the development of Aikido and will be deeply missed by all.