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Message for 2019 from Yamada Sensei

Dear Sansuikai teachers and members,

The year of 2018 almost comes to end.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your long support to myself and to Sansuikai.

Once again, it was a very busy year for me, visiting 6 countries in Europe. Needless to say, every one of these travels was not as easy as it used to be, due to my age but I enjoyed every moment I spent with you. I would like to continue my mission as long as I can.

By the way, my new year’s resolution is to be active until I have 90th birthday. In order to stay young and healthy, I decided to go back to my life style like the one I had when I was 50 years old. I will start drinking wine and chasing after young ladies and enjoy the life. Give all my headaches to God.

In the year of 2019, I will be visiting 8 countries and I’m looking forward to each one of them.
I hope the year of 2019 is good and healthy year for you.

Y. Yamada

Yamada Sensei’s message for Sansuikai members

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Dear Sansuikai members,

I wish all of you a happy, happy new year.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and the wonderful moments you have given me throughout the year.

I imagine that every one of you will make a new year’s resolution.
My resolution is to have another healthy, positive year in order to meet your expectations.
I hope you also have a good year and go back to your “Shoshin”, that translates roughly to “Back to the original motivation or pure motivation”.

I imagine that you were so happy only to practice Aikido when you started an Aikido life. Please always carry that pure mind with you.

Looking forward to seeing you again in 2017 whenever and wherever it may be. I love you all.

Y. Yamada

From Yamada Sensei

Dear members,
As you already know, this past year has been a very difficult year, starting last September with personal health problems and following over the months with many losses and challenging events. Last September, I wrote a story about a homeless guy who was found living in the dojo basement, and it turned out that we called him Cancer. I explained how I was lucky to have a friend named Robot, who did an excellent job removing the cancer and how he helped me get strong and back on the mat in a very short amount of time. Well, the superintendent has found someone else living in the basement, and though we don’t know if his name is also cancer, I will be having my friend Robot cleaning it out and removing all signs of him on September 29th. I have been told this will be a much easier guy to chase out than the last one. From now on, I will keep my basement uncomfortable with no air conditioning in the summer time and no heater in winter. I will get a stronger key and put up a sign that says “Smoke detector!”. I’m sorry to have to give you this report and to make you worried again, but I will be back on the mat much faster than the last time. Thank you in advance for your concern, I am doing very well and will keep you updated as we go. Y. Yamada

Yamada Sensei’s message about Sansuikai and USAF

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Dear members,

I was very happy to see many of you in Barcelona in March. As you know, I’m limiting my trips to Europe this year and I appreciate your understanding for my health condition.
It has been my biggest concern about the future of Sansuikai and how much longer I can take care of all the businesses.

I’m happy to inform you one of my decisions. Sansuikai International both Europe and South America will become a member of USAF automatically. There will be no paperwork, no fees or no money involved. Everything remains as it is now, such as Dan registrations, etc. As for Kyu certificates, I encourage that all the Kyu certificates to be issued only by each dojo.

I understand that you may have many questions about joining USAF, item by item. Please contact me directly.

Y. Yamada

Yamada sensei’s message for a New Year

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It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. As you know, 2014 was a special year for me in many ways. Most importantly, it was the celebration of my 50th anniversary at New York Aikikai. I had so many wonderful occasions to be all over the world, and I appreciate how hard you worked at hosting and attending seminars that focused on my anniversary. I made so many speeches, was awarded honorary plaques and statues, received so many gifts, and even had a chance to sing some of my favorite songs for you at summer camp while Steve played his guitar. It was a great yearlong party for sure. My health then became my focus towards the end of the year, but once again you showed me so much support and understanding. The perfect way to end the year was the NYA Christmas seminar, where I was able to teach and relax at my home dojo and be surrounded by my students and all the visitors who traveled to be a part of the event.
Even though I continue to grow stronger every day, I will use 2015 to take the time to further my recovery and return to my old self. Sometimes that might mean traveling less or not teaching as many classes, and as you know, I can grow restless when I am told to take it easy. But I am determined to be as fit as ever, and even if my schedule is lighter this coming year, in my heart I will always be on the mat.
Happy New Year,
Sincerely
Y. Yamada

Important message from Sensei

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Yamada Sensei Update

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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.
Steve Pimsler

Sensei-tional Message From Sensei

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and you are all ready for the next season. I’d like to let you know that I will be inactive for the months of September and October. I have decided to have a long rest to refresh my body, to prepare for many more years to come. I’m not ill, so please do not worry. I’m still healthy and strong like a superman. Y. Yamada
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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50th anniversary of NYA – message from Sensei

Finally, spring has arrived after a long and bad winter. The bulletin board of the dojo has many flyers of spring seminars all over the country.
As everybody knows already, this year is the 50th anniversary of NYA. Many people are expecting a big celebration. That makes me very happy and I appreciate your concern very much.
I’d like to offer you one big opportunity to celebrate at one time with everybody together, but I found out it is very difficult to get a big place for that in New York City. Instead, the NYA is planning a small celebration on June 7th at the dojo. Everybody is welcome but please do not expect a big event.
So far, at every seminar I went to, people gave me big congratulations and I appreciate it so much. I also appreciated that you gave me so many gifts. But for me, just your thoughts are enough.
Please don’t give me things I can give to somebody. Just give me things I can’t give to anybody. That is, a big hug from the ladies and a handshake from the guys.
On June 7th, the dojo will open for the party at 4pm. At around 5pm I’d like to make a speech.
I’m looking forward to seeing you there.
Y. Yamada