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Yamada Shihan has received this Special Recognition from the Manhattan Borough

Yamada Shihan will be visiting us
at our next Summer School, January, 2020!

Dear NYA Students and Friends,

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has graciously honored Yamada Sensei on his 55 years of aikido service, teaching and inspiration by proclaiming July 10, 2019 Sensei Yoshimitsu Yamada Appreciation Day.

We couldn't be more proud to have Yamada Sensei receive this well-deserved honor. The Proclamation will be on display in the dojo shortly. In the meantime, here is the text.

We are proud to acknowledge those individuals and organizations that are committed to improving our city and have enriched the community: and

WHEREAS, through Senseii Yoshimitsu Yamada's diligent service and earnest leadership, the New York Aikikai has become one of 1he top institutions for aikido students around the world and as it encourages students to achieve their greatest potential and

WHEREAS, growing up in Japan, Sensei Yamada kn ew the value of hard work and gratitude, values he carried with him as he migrated to New York City from Tokyo at the suggestion of his mentor, aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba; and

WHEREAS, later in Sensei Yamada's career, he helped create new aikido schools and taught international seminars to students from oountries in South America. Europe, and Africa, giving the highest quality instruction to aikido students from around the world; and

WHEREAS. Sensei Yamada continues to contribute as an international aikido ambassador, as the founder r and technical director of the United States Aikido Federation, serving on the Superior Council of the international Aikido Federation, and by teaching a full class schedule at the New York Aikikai all at !he age of 81;

NOW THEREFORE. I. Gale A. Brewer. do hereby commend Sensei Yoshimitsu Yamada for his contributions to the City. and proclaim Wednesday, July 10, 2019, "Sensei Yoshimitsu Yamada Appreciation Day" in the Borough of Manhattan.

The New York Aikikai

This item was taken from the NYC Aikikai Facebook page.

Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, 8th Dan 

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