Passing of Shinichi Suzuki Sensei

Our beloved teacher and great friend, Shinichi Suzuki Sensei, passed from his body this morning, May 22, 2009, at 4:00 am. He had been peacefully sleeping these past few days, and I am sure is now relieved to be free of his discomfort.

I will let everyone know as soon as the funeral arrangements have been made.

For those on Maui, classes will continue as usual.


Chris Curtis
Chief Instructor
Hawaii Ki Federation
Dear Fellow Students,

Shinichi Suzuki Sensei’s son, Mike Suzuki, is handling all the arrangements for the family, and has provided me with the following information:

The funeral will be held at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului, Maui at 440 Ala Makani Street. It will take place on Thursday, June 4, 2009. There will be a private gathering at 4:00 pm (for personal family and Maui Ki-Aikido students), and then a more public sharing at that same location at 5:00 pm.

The family has requested that there be no koden (monetary gifts to the family). In lieu of this, they have asked all who feel so moved to provide a donation to the Shinichi Suzuki Sensei Youth Award. This is the arm of Maui Ki-Aikido that provides scholarships to young students so that they may experience training at Ki no Sato, the Ki Society Headquarters in Tochigi, Japan. One or two students are sent to Ki Society World Camp each fall. Please send all donations to: Shinichi Suzuki Youth Award, Maui Ki-Aikido, PO Box 724, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96708.

Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and words of support.


Chris Curtis


  1. Sayonara, Suzuki Sensei.

    Thank you for the marvelous example of dedication, perseverance and loyalty you gave to all of us, within and without the Aikido family.

    Your Opus Aiki transcended any trivial demarcation amongst styles or politics, and illuminated the principles of Aiki as no one else has or will. Rest in eternal peace, Sensei.

  2. Suzuki Sensei showed that East & West can meet. He embodied the best of both worlds.

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