We are deeply saddened to report the passing of our president and head instructor, Sensei Takashi Kushida, who died on May 10, 2012 after an extended illness. The founder of Yoshokai Aikido, Kushida-sensei was one of the first uchideshi of Gozo Shioda-sensei—an original student of Morihei Ueshiba-sensei.
AYANA activities and training at the Genyokan Dojo in Ann Arbor will continue under the direction of Kushida-sensei's son, Akira Kushida-sensei. In accordance with Kushida-sensei's wishes, there will not be a funeral. Memorial donations may be made to the "Kushida-sensei and Mrs. Kushida Fund" in care of AYANA, 3796 Plaza Dr. , Suite 3, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
Also Sensei Richard RABAGO passed away Friday morning. Not Aikido directly but was a strong supporter of our efforts in Orange County.
I am very sorry to hear of his passing. He sounded to me to be a great teacher and torch bearer of the art. My thoughts and prayers to his immediate and extended family(students).
Very sad news. God bless you guys.