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Old 12-16-2010, 10:15 AM   #1
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Gayle Fillman Sensei Passes On

Posted 2010-12-16 09:14:34 by Janet Rosen
News URL: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/uki...&pid=147150237

The aikido community of Ukiah and Willits, California is in mourning over the unexpected passing on of Gayle Fillman Sensei on December 14, 2010 at the age of 63.

Fillman Sensei began her aikido training in August, 1966, with Richard Kahoalli, Sr. When Koichi Tohei started visiting California a couple of years later she trained with him and also traveled to seminars with him in Hawaii. She opened Ukiah Aikido in 1976 and has been the chief instructor and dojocho since then. In the early 1980s, she met and began to train with Judo Master Keiko Fukuda, who has been her mentor and close friend since then, visiting Ukiah regularly (last in May, 2009).

Fillman Sensei has woven herself into the life of this rural community, teaching aikido, self-defense and conflict resolution to everyone from law enforcement professionals to kids in foster care, plus teaching gymnastics, doing choreography, and mentoring countless young people. Under her leadership, Ukiah Aikido has become a community institution, providing martial arts training to up to three generations of some families.

She is survived by her life partner of 23 years, Carol Marrington, several siblings, and many nieces, nephews, and godchildren. There will be a viewing at Eversole Mortuary, Ukiah, Friday December 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a public memorial to be organized shortly after the New Year. Donations may be made to Redwood Children's Services or the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah.


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Old 12-16-2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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Re: Gayle Fillman Sensei Passes On

RIP Fillman Sensei. My condolences to her family, friends and students!!!
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:39 AM   #3
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Re: Gayle Fillman Sensei Passes On

I just read this and am sorry for the loss to all. Still, it is an
inspiration for those of us who did not know her to read about
such a wonderful person's contribution to Aikido and to the
community in which she lived.
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:29 PM   #4
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Hi Janet,

My condolences go out to Fillman sensei's family, friends, students, and loved ones.

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Old 12-16-2010, 12:56 PM   #5
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Sincerest condolences...
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:29 PM   #6
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Re: Gayle Fillman Sensei Passes On

Deepest sympathy to the friends, family and faithful followers of Gayle Fillman Sensei.

May you all find solace in your grief and sense of loss.

Thank you Fillman Sensei, for your many years of contributions to the cause of Aiki, and your generous sharing of gifts to your students.

May you truly rest in the peace you so richly deserve.

In Oneness,
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:07 PM   #7
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Compassion and condolences to all.

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Old 12-17-2010, 11:44 PM   #8
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Re: Gayle Fillman Sensei Passes On

Thank you all. It has been a difficult week....The dojo spirit and training is helping us.

This morning I helped dress Sensei in her keikogi and hakama, the one I've repaired so many times. This time the keikogi, in accordance with Japanese custom, was closed right over left. Later we added various talismans and the table on which she lay was surrounded by floral arrangements. This evening we bade her farewell in a room that over the hours contained reverent quiet, lamentation, laughter, quiet conversation, babies and children playing, and Pomo songs.

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Old 12-18-2010, 03:00 PM   #9
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R.I.P. Sensei Fillman

To all those who mourn the loss of their teacher-> May your daily Aikido practice keep her spirit and presence always alive.

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Old 12-18-2010, 03:23 PM   #10
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Deepest condolences. Take care.

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Old 12-18-2010, 03:44 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Thank you all. It has been a difficult week....The dojo spirit and training is helping us.

This morning I helped dress Sensei in her keikogi and hakama, the one I've repaired so many times. This time the keikogi, in accordance with Japanese custom, was closed right over left. Later we added various talismans and the table on which she lay was surrounded by floral arrangements. This evening we bade her farewell in a room that over the hours contained reverent quiet, lamentation, laughter, quiet conversation, babies and children playing, and Pomo songs.
Janet

That must have been so difficult for you, your teacher will live long through you and the students.
My condolences

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Old 12-20-2010, 11:20 AM   #12
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I've heard years of good things about Gayle Sensei. We join you in mourning her loss and wish nothing but the best for the future of your dojo community.

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Old 12-20-2010, 05:11 PM   #13
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Sorry to hear about this. Condolences to family, students and friends.

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