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To The Aikido Community, Students and Friends of Yamada Sensei,
Yamada Sensei has communicated with the aikido community through the US Aikido Federation, Europe, Australia and South America about his recent operation.
The operation was a success and Yamada Sensei is making exceptional progress in terms of regaining his pre-operative health. He continues to impress his medical team with his recovery. At the New York Aikikai he has resumed his full teaching schedule; the intensity and energy level of his classes have not diminished a bit.
That said, he is still in the recovery process. Yamada Sensei’s doctors would like his strength, conditioning and healing to proceed unimpeded so that his recovery will be full and complete. They have urged him to restrict his exhaustive travel schedule for the next several months in order for that to happen. Ideally it would be best for Yamada Sensei to limit those trips that are the most demanding because of flight lengths and teaching schedules.
If you are hosting one of his seminars please be understanding of Yamada Sensei’s recovery especially if he should need to postpone your event. This is all temporary; Yamada Sensei has every intention of resuming his teaching schedule around the world. His return to full health is the key to that happening.
President, NY Aikikai
Some of you may have read the announcement from the USAF that Yamada Sensei will be taking two months off his teaching responsibilities in New York and elsewhere. He is recovering from a successful medical procedure and that is the reason for his absence.
Sensei asked me to thank all of you for your good wishes and concerns.He is anxious to see everyone and to be back on the mat. You will most likely see him around the dojo next week (NY Aikikai). Please greet him warmly but refrain from asking about the details of his procedure. This will be much appreciated. I am happy to answer questions if you see me at the dojo. (No emails, please.)
Thank you all for your support and understanding.
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