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.