Sad news for the world of Aikido: Nobuyoshi Tamura Shihan passed away on July 9 at the age of 77.
Wikipedia says about Tamura: "son of a kendo teacher, Tamura entered the Aikikai Hombu Dojo around 1953 as an uchi-deshi (live-in student) of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba. He was one of Ueshiba's favorite pupils and since 1964 has greatly contributed to the development of aikido in Europe and France in particular.
He was the National Technical Director (DTN) of the FFAB (French Federation of Aikido and Budō). He held the rank of 8th dan and the title of Shihan. Throughout his teaching career he trained many others instructors in various countries around the world but foremost Western Europe."
I know Francisca Sensei trained with him in her early Aikido years. Personally, I have had the pleasure to attend some of his seminars, most recently in 2008 at the Lesneven summer school. I was genuinely awed by his Aikido: he had a quiet fierceness about him. He came across as humble, yet always ready to pounce with impossible precision.
It's hard to find decent movies of him, but there's this one on YouTube:
Anyone else have memories of him they want to share?