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Gerry Gyngell - RIP (Henry Ellis)

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From: Henry Ellis on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:59:59 -0600

I am sorry to report the passing of one Kenshiro Abbe's personal students and my dear friend Gerry Gyngell aged 82 years. Gerry studied Aikido and Judo at the `Hut Dojo` in the late 1950/60s., he was a member of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei's 1964 Olympic Trials Judo Squad. Gerry was the Welsh L/H Judo champion for three consecutive years , he also worked in the BJC office in Denmark Street London alongside Abbe Sensei and Bill Woods Sensei. Many will remember Gerry as a special guest at the ` Masahilo Nakazono Memorial Event ` at Neath in South Wales in 2007 The funeral will be held on August 9th at 4pm at the Barry Island Crematorium. Rest in peace dear friend. Henry Ellis Co-author `Positive Aikido` Admin: British Aikido History Site. [url][/url]

On Chiba Kazuo (Philip Smith)

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From: Philip Smith on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 05:16:33 -0600

I feel |I must add my observations here.I began my training with Chiba Sensei at the age of 12 (in 1970) and did so for the remainder of his active Aikido life. Yes he was a severe teacher and his Aikido reflected that but my personal experience was that he was also a compassionate individual who cared deeply for his students. Any injuries I received from him were not deliberate but you always "lived on the edge" during ukeme. i cherish my time with him and miss him both as an Aikdoka and a person.As is often the case the reputation does not fully reflect the reality