We just received news via Chuck Holland of the passing of Seiseki Abe Sensei at the age of 96. Seiseki Abe Sensei was one of the closest students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba of the postwar period. A resident of Osaka, in addition to his many decades of devotion to aikido, Abe Sensei was a renowned calligrapher and actually taught calligraphy to O-Sensei. He remained active teaching until shortly before his passing.
Below is the text of the sad news from Haruo Matsuoka Sensei:
“I received the sad news a few hours ago that Abe Sensei, our mentor, passed away last night (LA time). He passed away peacefully on May 17th (Tue.), at 10 pm (LA time). So I decided to participate in his funeral this coming Saturday at 11:30 am (Japan time; Friday night in LA time). I will leave tomorrow (Thur.) morning and will be back on Monday (next week). I’m sorry I won’t be able to teach the classes at the both dojos the rest of this week.
I was glad to see Abe Sensei last month and shake hands. And we should proud of that we did many seminars over the years. We have many memories and many great moments together with him and raised many capable people. I truly, truly appreciate all of your support on and behind the scenes to make many positive things happen with him since ’91.
We now would like to send prayers for him and celebrate his life!