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Old 02-17-2011, 10:20 AM   #26
Location: Newbury, Berkshire
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Re: Haydn Foster Sensei Passed away today.

Mr Foster, was my Sensei ( since 2001) was one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, always had time to speak and joke with his students, on and off the mat. He knew many of our troubles and always had time to listen to us.
Such a jolly man, my two eldest daughters thought so too. When I used to train on Sunday's down at the Hut sometimes it was just myself, Tom Why and Mr Foster and my two eldest watching. He used to give the a few pounds each and tell them to make sure they used it to buy sweets.
I was not able to train for about 2 years due to contracting a nasty hospital infection that ate away at my knee. I just recently started back at another Institute club (White Oak) which is nearer to me, and Mr Foster sent a message to me through my new Sensei (Simon Thackeray) welcoming me back. I never got to see Mr Foster again.
I wish peace and Love and heart felt sympathy to his family at this time, without their support we may never have known what a great Sensei Foster really was. (With a family I realise how hard it is to go to aikido seminars, courses etc when there are other commitments).
Long may his legacy live on through all those he has taught through the decades and his family. xxx

Until we meet again Sensei in The Great Dojo In The Sky.

Soumaya Sheperia
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:30 PM   #27
john langley
Dojo: The Institute of Aikido Australia
Location: perth western australia
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Re: Haydn Foster Sensei Passed away today.

I received the news of Mr. Foster passing away just a few days ago.I had such a strong feeling last Friday to ring Mr. Foster and now I know why. It has hit home hard. My deepest sympathy goes to his family and to you all of you who new him. As a student and his uke I hope that I can emulate Mr. Fosters teachings, way and his great laughter.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:14 PM   #28
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Re: Haydn Foster Sensei Passed away today.

Haydn Foster truly was the nicest person i've ever met.
It was him who helped me in realising that life is an ever changing journey, where the flowering of real meditation was goodness, and the generosity of the heart was the beginning of real meditation.
Thoughts of peace and love go to his family - more especially Paul.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:32 PM   #29
Chuck Clark
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Dojo: Jiyushinkan
Location: Monroe, Washington
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Re: Haydn Foster Sensei Passed away today.

RIP and condolences to family, friends, and students of Mr. Foster. A strong budoka and good man from everything I've heard over the years.

Chuck Clark
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:53 PM   #30
Location: West Wales
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Re: Haydn Foster Sensei Passed away today.

Henry Ellis wrote: View Post
I am sorry to inform every one of the death of my good friend of over 50 years Haydn Foster Sensei, one of the last three original British Aikido pioneers from its 1950s, from its inception by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.

Rest in peace my dear friend

Henry Ellis
A great man has passed from us.Like yourself and Trevor one of the pionneers of Aikido in this country.Please pass along my condolences to his family and pupils.It was an honour for me to have known him from the early days,a nice man,a true Budoka.
Gerry Gyngell

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Old 02-25-2011, 04:56 PM   #31
Dojo: Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido
Location: Bracknell
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Re: Haydn Foster Sensei Passed away today.

Posted on behalf of Gerry Gyngell Sensei who was a personal aide and a member of the BJC 1964 Olympic squad of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei

I am shocked !!! So another of the "Good Guys" leaves.The world will be a sadder place without him.As we have only just returned I don't know if I can make it,but I am going to try,
I had so much respect for that man what a tragedy.Can't say much more at the moment.
Respect to you my friend,

Sorry that you were unable to attend what was a sad day for so many people...The affection of the UK Aikido community was shown by the crowds that came to pay their respects..
Take care my friend.

Henry ``Harry`` Ellis
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