It is my sad responsibility to communicate to the Aikido community the passing of Inaba Sensei on January 26, 2009 at The Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Inaba Sensei’s Funeral will be held this Sunday, February 1st at 2PM at McInnis & Holloway 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary Alberta with viewing the night before at 6PM.
Traveling from Japan will be Yasuo Kobayashi 8th Dan, Kazuo Igarashi 7th Dan and Robert Kubo 7th Dan from Hawaii.
Following a stroke in early September and a valiant fight in hospital Inaba Sensei passed away on the weekend.
He leaves his wife and children, as well as the grieving aikido community in Calgary. Until the end he was motivated to remain teaching and to build a permanent facility for the dojo. Only the week before he was planning to celebrate his recovery with a “Sushi Night” for two hundred guests in conjunction with the annual summer seminar planned for July.
Inaba Sensei was the Chief Instructor for the past 38 years at Calgary Aikikai. From a young age, Inaba Sensei had exposure to the Martial Arts of Jujitsu, Judo, and Shorinji Kempo. He then began studying Aikido at age 21, under the direction of Yasuo Kobayashi Shihan of Kobayashi Dojos in Tokyo, Japan. Inaba Sensei developed a passion for the complexities and challenge of Aikido. Inaba Sensei also trained in Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-Ryu, a traditional a comprehensive martial system founded in Japan circa 1387.
As a practitioner and teacher, he has traveled around the world to both attend and give seminars and demonstrations in the arts of Aikido and Oriental Medicine. Inaba Sensei ran his Japan Shiatsu Clinic out of the previous location of the dojo before the current financial situation caused the move to its current location in south Calgary.
His students will be celebrating his life, and vision, as they practice on the mat.