Mark Adachi Sensei

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Lewis Young Sensei

Remembering Lew

I first remember Lew from the advanced classes at Rod Kobayashi's dojo. Lew was always an eager student and was always very energetic and in good shape, especially for his age. He was helping Ron Rubin and Susan Perry teach Aikido at the Claremont Colleges and I always enjoyed seeing him when I would come out to guest teach. When we started Aikido of Claremont at the Packing House, Lew was incredibly hard working and always ready to help out with anything. He was impossible not to love, with his wry sense of humor and exuberance. Mostly I was always struck by his humility. I always felt that Lew gave me way more respect than I ever deserved, but looking back I see that it was simply a reflection of Lew's own self-respect. He always did everything at a high standard, from rebuilding his Porsches, doing woodwork, but even more with the way he treated people, always kind and easy going.

I know that when we left Musubi dojo, it was one of the hardest things in the world. We had such high hopes for the dojo and when it didn't work out for us, it was heart breaking. What gave us solace was that we found excellent instruction from Robert Bryner Sensei. Lew made the long trek from Upland to Santa Monica several times a week. When Bryner Sensei wanted to concentrate solely on Ryukyu Kempo (now Ryu-te) and stop teaching Aikido, we were lucky enough to start working out in Glendale.

Again Lew made the long trek to Glendale. The great Zen Master Tesshu, in the late 1800's Japan, was famous for his dedication to training in Zen. He would travel by foot from Tokyo to Kyoto sometimes without sleep to meet with his teacher and then immediately walk back. I think Lew was a modern Tesshu in terms of his dedication to training. He drove from Upland to Glendale 2-3 times a week for years. He would carpool when he could, but mostly he did it alone. In this regard, Lew's efforts were just awesome.

Lew was so humble and eager to learn that even though he was nearly twenty years my senior and was way ahead of me in life experience, he would ask my opinion about a whole range of topics, not just Aikido. Lew was so bright and broad in his learning. He was always reading and learning something new.

Mark Adachi