“Kevin Choate Sensei, 6th dan, of the Chicago Aikikai passes away,” by Stanley Pranin

More sad news has been received today, this concerning the passing of Kevin Choate Sensei of the Chicago Aikikai. I knew Kevin as a result of meeting him several times at the Boulder Aikikai Summer Camp and at other seminars over the years. He was a most talented aikido instructor, an enthusiastic practitioner of Russian Systema, and possessed of a delightful, wry humor. Kevin was kind enough to paricipate in our Aiki Expos and lent his considerable talents to the event. I am shocked and saddened to learn of his departure from our presence.

From the Chicago Aikikai website: Kevin Choate Sensei, Chief Instructor, is a sixth dan and student of Mitsugi Saotome Sensei and Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei. He has been chief instructor at Chicago Aikikai since 1981 and has earned a reputation for high-quality instruction, always demanding the best from his students as well as himself in his own training. Choate Sensei teaches as a senior instructor for Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) and travels frequently to conduct Aikido seminars across the country and overseas. He has trained thousands of Aikido students in the Chicago area, including classes for senior citizens, youth, actors, and dancers. Choate Sensei is also a Certified Instructor in Training of the Russian Martial Art Systema.


  1. Francis Takahashi says:

    It is with profound sadness and grief that I accept the untimely passing of a great talent just getting his amazing personal plus together. Kevin was a bit quirky at times, with a keen wit, a ready smile, and an enormous heart ready to share whatever he discovered with the one he was with. A private person, yet warm and willing to listen and to help if he could.

    Condolences to his family, peers and associates, of which there are countless numbers. RIP dear Kevin.

  2. Gene Martinelli says:

    Rest in Peace, Kevin. You truly will be missed.

  3. Gene McGloin says:

    Kevin is missed, greatly. His untimely passing is a terrific loss to the U.S. aikido community. As someone noted elsewhere, those who knew Kevin in this life were lucky, those to practiced with him regularly were blessed. Though I have not practiced aikido in many years, I will always remember Kevin sensei. He was an outstanding aikidoka, quite the talented teacher and a blast to hang with after class! My sincere condolences to his family and dojo. Rest in peace, Kevin.

  4. Sister Judy Flowers says:

    I did not know Kevin personally. His brother Larry is a Servite Priest in Chicago and has said Mass at Marillac House for many years. I want to tell Larry and all Kevin’s family and friends of my sadness and that I will pray for all.

    Many Blessings

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