Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan
Another, maybe the last of the big stars of Aikido society has gone.
Tamura senseiís Aikido
knowledge made him a
Senpaiís high quality Aikido
movements and techniques came mostly from being O-senseiís uke. Nobody can
copy him and if you try to do so, it just
Last March, I was with him conducting an annual seminar in Madrid and in April he noticed some change in his condition. In May and June, I paid a couple of visits to his home. During my second visit, I was so impressed by his attitude, so calm, quiet and relaxed. It looked as if he was going on a long vacation.
Senpai was already uchideshi
when I became uchideshi. We spent most of the
In 1964, I left Japan for
New York and in the fall of the same year, Senpai also left Japan with his
wife for France. Senpai used to say as a joke, ďI waited until you went
I am writing this article
during the annual summer course in the South of France. We have been
doing this seminar together almost for thirty years, so it is very
We swam in Nice surrounded
by topless beauties, rode on a donkey by a cliff of the mountain in
Morocco, in Marrakish, Morocco, a snake was wrapped around my neck for a
photo. We flew
Thank you so much for those wonderful memories we had together. Iím so proud of myself for being his partner.
He used to say that
I believed in a miracle but
it didnít happen. However, I was very happy to know that he was in his
wifeís arms in the last moments. He had always been with his beloved wife,
almost 24 hours a day, so he deserved that. Let
Please come back from your vacance as soon as possible. I have a 1995 Bordeaux waiting for us.
Letís drink together again.