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12/9/2008: It is with sadness that I report that my mother passed away yesterday, December 8 in Las Vegas following a long illness. She showed amazing stamina and kept her sense of good humor until the end. She will be sorely missed by family and friends and our consolation is that she is now in a better place. Funeral services will be held at the end of this week. We should be able to gradually return to normal website operations starting next week. Thanks to everyone who showed their understanding and patience during this difficult period.

12/1/2008: Thank all of you who have sent your positive thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My mother is home from the hospital resting now so she is surrounded by loved ones. We will update you periodically over the course of time.

I would like to notify readers that at the present time my family and I are dealing with a medical emergency that will impact the operation of this website to a certain extent.

The time frame is unknown at this point and will mainly affect the posting of new blogs and the reply to email inquiries. There should be little impact on the shipping and handling of orders placed on a routine basis.

If we should be slow in replying to your communications please understand the reason and the fact that I am now spending very little time in the office.

Your thoughts and prayers at this time of need would be greatly appreciated by my family.

Thank you.

Stanley Pranin


  1. Jose Santos says:

    May you and your family get through this well. I extend my thoughts and prayers.

  2. José Aguilar says:

    You’ll be in our prays. Hope you get back soon.

  3. Our Dojo is praying for your family….

  4. Linda Holiday says:

    Dear Stan,

    I am thinking of you and your family, and sending my prayers and best wishes to you.

  5. May God guide you and your family at this stage of your life. We hope to see you back in AJ’s normal operation soon.

  6. Holding the space and lighting candles for your families welfare and health Stan. Loving hugs, Molly and Jeramy

  7. My prayers are set on your familiy. Hope you were soon as possible with us

  8. Mr. Pranin,

    I also extend my thoughts and prayers to your family in their time of need.

  9. Stanley:

    Your amazing resolve and remarkable courtesy to those of us who use your web site, purchase your products, and look forward to your e-mails leads me to believe you will handle this emergency with the same centered approach with which you seem to handle everything else.

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family at this difficult time. I have great confidence in your ability to deal with any calamity but I also hope the level of chaos that you have to deal with is not too bad.

    Please do not worry about those of us who are members of your site. We will miss you while you are gone but we also know that any family emergency has to take precedence and that you will be back.

    Thank you for sharing your troubles with those of us in your Aikido family. That shows your caring and respect for us (even if you have never met many of us). We are members of the Aikido Journal site and you have made it is as warm and friendly as my neighborhood dojo.

    I would like to feel that our hopes and prayers can help return some of the warmth you have passed on to us over the years.

  10. Gerrard Gyngell says:

    My Best Wishes for you and your family at this time.I will include you in my prayers.

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family….

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of crisis. I wish you and your family the best.

  13. Wish you and your family a speedy recovery. All the best

  14. Anne Buchanan says:


    Take care of your family, and yourself, during this troubled time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Anne Buchanan

  15. All the Instructors and Students sends there best wishes to you and the family,

    Kind Regards,

    Leeroy Blake,
    Ipswich Budo Kai England.

  16. Dear Sr.Stanley Pranin
    I hope that your family is restored as soon as possible with God’s help and blessing of all those who respect and adporam their work in support of Aikido in the world.
    What is available as soon as possible to continue this fine work in favor of Aikido.
    Greetings, hope and certainty in response divina.All good.

  17. Tom Haines says:

    I hope all goes well for you and your family.All my best to you at this time.

  18. Hello Stanley,

    Thank you for your e-newsletter, informing me (us) of your current family situation.

    I wish you and your family the best at this time.


  19. Fr Douglas Skoyles SSC says:

    Please be assured of my prayers for your family.
    God bless you all!

  20. Erika Rein says:

    We extend healing energies to you and your family.

    Thank you for all you offer.

    Erika & the Mount Shasta Aikido Dojo

  21. Clark Bateman says:

    Anything I can do, name it… Prayers are up.

  22. Minoru Shibata says:

    My best wishes for you and your family for a speedy recovery in this trying time.

  23. Vincent Murphy says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family, Stanley.
    National Aikido Federation, UK.

  24. David Orange says:

    Best wishes to you, Stan. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  25. Stanley:

    My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. As a medical family, I have DEEP connections and can help to arrange for second opinions, consultations, access to the top doc.’s. You name it Stanley. If you need it, help is there for the asking!

  26. Gail H. Skinner says:


    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I can only hope that the situation will resolve itself soon and not be overly serious.

  27. Best wishes to you and you family. Our hearts are with you.

  28. Whatever I can do, I am at your service. Stay strong and I hope for the best.

  29. Allen Beebe says:

    Strength and peace to you and your family during this challenging time.


  30. As president of União Portuguesa de Budo (Portugal’s oldest Budo association), I want to express our wishes of a quick recovery.
    Thank you for all your work in the defense of Aikido and the traditional values of Budo.

    José Araújo, Aikidoka since 1966

  31. Best wishes Stan, hope everything turns out OK

  32. Michael valentino says:

    Dear Stan,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope a speedy and full recovery comes soon.

    Mike Valentino

  33. Franchot Ersery says:

    Stanley, May the Strength of the Founder and Tanacity of Nishio Sensi and the Courage of Shirata Sensi always be with you and your family. I will keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayers. Franchot

  34. If you and your family believe that whatsoever the operation,it will be a success in the Name of JESUS FOR BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.GOD BLESS

  35. hope everything gets better
    thoughts and prayers

  36. Mauricio Sierra says:

    Queridísimo Señor Stan:

    En este momento sabe usted que la familia del Aikido se encuentra toda ella en torno suyo, pues le tenemos no sólo a través de este frio medio, sino en el corazón.

    Mi cariño y el deseo de que estos momentos difíciles pasen rápidamente y de la mejor manera.

    Con un abrzo me despido desde México, coon el cariño y admiración de siempre.


  37. My prayer for you and your family in a difficult moment like this and I hope everything will get better.

  38. Carlos Enguis says:

    Dear Mr. Pranin,
    May you and your family get through this well. We extend our thoughts and prayers.

  39. Cristian Cornejo says:

    Dear Mr. Pranin

    All the prayers and support from the distance.


  40. Stan,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please let me know if there is anything we can do.

    Warmest regards,

    Todd Jones

  41. SP, our support and energy go out to you.


  42. Brandon Clapp says:

    We are sorry to hear the sad news, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Take Care

  43. J. Akiyama says:

    My condolences to you, Stanley, and your family for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

  44. My deepest condolences, Mr. Pranin.

  45. Clark Bateman says:

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family, Stan. May you find comfort in each other, and in happy memories.

  46. Dear Stanley and the Pranin Family,

    I’m very sorry to hear about your mother.

    I lost my best friend in July this year, but found comfort in realising that he’s now in a better place than any of us.

    May you and your family find strength during this difficult period, and may your mother Rest In Peace.

    Sincere Reagrds,
    Francois van Vuuren.

  47. Thoughts to you at this time Mr Pranin.

  48. My condolences to you Stan and your family. May your spiritual closeness with your mother remain with you into the future, inspiring and guiding you always.
    Durban, South Africa.

  49. Marinela Aquino says:

    Stan and family,

    I am so sorry to hear the news. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for you and your family.

    Let us continue
    with all we hold very dear
    to love and hold near.

    Even after our loved ones are physically gone, they continue
    to inspire us and to feel that love.

    May you continue to be inspired by her love.

  50. The AIKIBUDO FRATURNITY would like to send our best wishes at this sad times,

    form all the Instructors and students,

    Leeroy Blake,
    Ipswich England.

  51. I am so sorry for your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  52. Gawad Adham says:

    On behalf of myself and the Egyptian aikido comunity I offer our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  53. The thoughts and prayers of the Shima Arashi Budokan and students are with you and your family at this sad time

    To touch the heart of someone dear……
    Though it might sometimes cause a tear…..
    To fall – or rest upon a cheek…..
    Should be something all should seek……
    For often – hearts not touched at all……
    Start hardening and shrinking small……
    and then the time – it takes to grow……
    A loving heart – is very slow……
    For hearts expand, as those who care……
    Extend their love and let us share……
    A moment, space or special phrase……
    that eases pain on dreary days……
    Or simply – starts our lips to smile……
    And brightens time for just a while……
    The ways and kinds and means of sharing……
    it seems to me – Are based on caring……
    And though we’re often worlds apart……
    You still can touch my very heart……
    You make me smile or shed a tear……
    And I’ll remember day to day……
    Just how your ‘touching’ helped me grow……
    And I just thought I’d tell you so

  54. Greg Whitney says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and preyers to you and your family.

  55. Dear Stannley Prannin,
    Portugal Aikishuren Dojo members and Tristão da Cunha,
    would like to present our deepest condolences for the passing of your mother.
    When someone as close a parent passes away the pain is unequal to any other and we are clearly aware of this.
    Yours truly
    APASD and Tristão da Cunha

  56. Please accept our earnest condolences. – Shuseikan Aikido Federation, Doha, Qatar

  57. May God give you and your family strength and guidance at his time. Also comfort knowing that your mom is in a better place. Thank you for sharing your life and your Aikido knowledge with all of us.

  58. Demetrio Cereijo says:

    My sincere condolences.

  59. Muryllo Amalio says:

    my condolences from Brazil, Mr Pranin

  60. Stanley:

    Mayda, myself, my family, and all of SBK extend our most sincere condolences for the passing of your mother. The true legacy of a remarkable woman is genuinely reflected in the remarkable son that she raised (You of course!). I am sure that her legacy is being passed on to your children through you.

    Marc Abrams

  61. Dear Mr. Pranin,
    I wish to extend my best thoughts and prayers on behalf of your family in the time of sorrow and need. May the Almighty God guide you and your family at this stage of life providing desiring peace and comfort.
    Rev. Vitold Jordan
    (Christian Martial Arts Association “Yeshua-Do” – Canada)

  62. Oisin Bourke says:

    My condolences and prayers go out to you and yours.

    Oisin Bourke

  63. Sinsere condolences on your loss of such a loved one…. Take warmth & strength in knowing that loved ones will always be with you forever……..
    Time heals and the memories will always be there….


  64. Sorry to hear about your loss Stan – we at Yuwakan extend our thoughts and prayers to your family.

    Dr. Jaideep Mukherjee/Karen Mukherjee
    Yuwakan Houston, TX USA

  65. Dear Mr. Pranin:

    I once had the privilege of being at a seminar at Sunset cliffs Aikido, at which you were present.
    I too have out lived my parent and it is a milestone in this journey called life. I extend my condolences and best wishes to you and your family in this time of seperation. When I think of my loving parent now I remember the good times, laughter, and love. And as I keep the precious memories in my heart and soul, my loved one is never far from me.

    Be well, Mark Stookey

  66. Stanley

    My condolences to you and your family on your loss.

    Dan Rubin

  67. Stanley,

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in each others presence, and in the many happy memories I’m sure you hold.

    Toby Threadgill

  68. Koichi Barrish says:

    Dear Pranin Sensei

    Okuyami moushiagemasu…now I am so sorry to learn that your Mother has returned to Great Nature.

    Mitama Shizume no Kotoba
    Words to Calm the Soul
    The ancient kami reside in the connection between heaven and earth.
    Our parents and grandparents and ancestors are descendants of the kami.
    The kami spirit has divided and divided and has been handed down to us by our parents.
    You have passed on from the present generation
    And have returned to the eternal home, the birthplace of mitama,
    The land of the kami.
    The land of the august kami no different than life on heaven and earth.
    Yet it is a land where you neither hear with ears,
    Nor do you see with eyes.
    This land is along the water’s edge, a pure, clear shore with lapping waves.
    Gather and come to this eternal realm
    Of white clouds in the land of heaven
    Where brilliant rays push through thousands of white clouds
    From the Great Shrine of the Sun, the shrine of Amaterasu Ōmikami.
    In the Great Shrine of the Sun,
    Descendents from generation to generation don bright clothing of the sun’s rays
    And wear great, auspicious jewels of adornment.
    In this quiet place may you settle your mitama and reside in tranquility.
    I pray earnestly, together with your family and your friends,
    That you will be settled and find calm in this place.
    I believe with deep sincerity in the true path, the way of the kami.
    We pray before you—
    Myself, your parents, your children, your friends—
    To tell you that we are well.
    We receive the pure brightness of the kami, so have no worries.
    May you soar from the heavens to see that our lives and homes are in order.
    May your mitama be raised high and secure.
    Please reside and settle with calm in the eternal place of the kami.
    Please protect our family that we may prosper.
    Please protect our family that we may prosper.
    With humble soul, I trust in the way of the kami and will fulfill life’s purpose with sincerity.
    Faith is as eternal as Heaven and Earth.
    Restore us to our original brightness, and grant us strength that we may overcome life’s difficulties and live in harmony with the divine spirit of Great Nature.
    Sweep the impurities from my being and purify my spirit;
    Grant me protection; grant me happiness.
    Bring brightness to my soul and give me guidance.
    Every day and every night, may we be purified, refreshed and in good health.

    Yoroshiku onegaishimasu
    Koichi Barrish
    Tsubaki Jinja

  69. Dear Stan,

    Deepest condolences to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Steven Miranda
    Aikido Yoshinkan Sacramento

  70. Osu Sensei,

    With deepest empathy, compassion, and condolences.

    Rei, Domo.

  71. Neil Yamamoto says:


    I’m sorry to hear of your family’s loss. May the good memories be the ones you hold close to your heart and she rest in peace.

    Neil Yamamoto

  72. Michael Valentino says:

    Dear Stan,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. My family and I wish you well and hope the holidays bring you and yours some cheer.
    Thanks for all you do.

    Yours in sympathy,
    Michael Valentino

  73. Wayne L. Brannon says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. The passing of a loved one is a difficult thing to endure, especially at this time of the year when families are together to celebrate. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Wayne L. Brannon
    Northwest Defensive Arts
    Tacoma, Washington

  74. I was saddened to hear of your mother’s passing.
    Even though we’ve never met (except briefly on the phone), you are an Aikido Brother to many of us.
    May it comfort you to know that so many people care and are thinking of you and your family at this time. It was nice to hear that your mom showed amazing stamina and kept her sense of humor until the end.
    May the love of family, friends, and your Aikido Brothers comfort you.
    I offer my fond respects to you and yours.
    Marcos Miranda

  75. Gail H. Skinner says:

    Mr. Pranin,

    I am saddened by the news of your loss. I lost my own mother not too long ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Gail H. Skinner

  76. Brently Keen says:


    So sorry to hear about your loss. I lost a grandmother and a father-in-law this year, please accept my condolences for you and your family at this time.

    Brently Keen

  77. Chris Tozer says:

    Dear Stanley,

    I am very sorry for your loss.
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Chris Tozer
    Aikido Dojo Camberley

  78. Condolence from Aikido Philippines.

  79. Vincent Murphy says:

    Deepest condolences, Stanley, to you and your family from the N.A.F in the UK. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  80. Stanley and family:
    I think it is important to realize that you have not had a loss but what happened is that your mother has received a promotion and will keep acting along with you, yes, but in another dimension. If you will pay attention you will see her through your daily routine through her past deeds that you still can see easily, and in all your future acts and in the ones of your children, if your will pay attention, once her spirit runs inside of your veins.
    This is how I feel about my father that was promoted too some years ago. He is right here with me helping me write this message, and I am very gratefull.

    Wagner Bull
    Instituto Takemussu

  81. Mr. Pranin,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you all.

  82. Fujiko Tamura Gardner says:

    We continue to have the Pranin Family in our prayers. We share your great loss, but know you will always have wonderful memories and continue to feel your Mother’s presence each day. With our deepest sympathy. Take care. Fujiko

  83. Mary Stein says:

    Dear Stan,

    Sending you every good thought, wish, and prayer at this time.

  84. Melissa Fischer says:

    Condolances on the passing of your mother.

    It’s my belief that, while people can die, love does not. I hope you and your family and close friends are taking good care of each other during this time.


    Melissa Fischer

  85. Stan – Just logged on today. I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.

  86. Laszlo Abel says:

    Dear Stan and family

    It saddens me and my family that you have to go through such a loss even though it is what all of us must experience. Please accept our sincerest condolences and trust that we are thinking of all of you all the time.

    Laszlo & Mayumi

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