Today marks what would have been Sensei Bernard's 71st birthday.
As our founder, he set the technical direction of the powerful and martial Aikido we practice in our club.
Sensei Bernard was a relatively small man but he held a mighty presence - one that quietly commanded great respect both on and off the mat. It goes without saying that he profoundly influenced the lives of many Aikidoka in and beyond our club.
For those who were fortunate enough to train under his guidance, we will each hold fond memories. As we take time to remember his powerful Aikido, the flash of his lightning blue eyes, his classic sayings, his love of Guinness and his friendship, our thoughts go out to Linda and the family.
We also pay a fitting tribute by rejoining the National Aikido Federation. This is an exciting time for our club. It means we are able to rekindle old friendships and forge a new martial partnership for the next the generation of Aikidoka. The best way to preserve Sensei Bernard's legacy is to train hard and pass on the lessons he taught us.
So here's to growing and throwing together. Whatever you're doing this evening take 5 minutes to raise a glass to Sensei Bernard and "May the 4th be with you".