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Soke Francis Ramasamy Print E-mail
Written by David Eayrs   

Soke Francis Ramasamy passed away peacefully at 6:30Pm 14th March 2015.

Soke Francis Ramasamy

I have just heard the sad news of the passing of my first Sensei Francis Samy (Ramasamy). I met him way back in 1963 and he taught me Yoshinkan Aikido. I know that Sensei has been ill for quite a long time, and now he is out of pain. Rest in Peace Sensei.

Our condolences to his family from all of us who knew him and from my students to whom I have told many stories about him.

OSU Sensei

Sensei Takashi Kushida Print E-mail

Sensei Takashi Kushida
May 2, 1935 - May 10, 2012

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of  Sensei Takashi Kushida, who died on May 10, 2012 after an extended illness.

The founder of Yoshokai Aikido, Kushida-Sensei was one of the first uchideshi of Gozo Shioda-Sensei — an original student of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei.

Miya Sovetnikova Print E-mail
Monday, 27 December 2010 20:43

It was with sadness that on Monday 27th December 2010 we received the news of the sudden passing of our dear friend Miya Sovetnikova.

Those of us lucky enough to have known this very special lady even in this moment of sadness can take comfort and strength in remembering her smile, her warmth and positive outgoing charisma that made you feel good even if things seemed bad, her very entrance into the dojo brought energy to everyone.

Miya was more than just my student she was my friend and mentor enquiring nearly every day about my health and often telling me off if she thought that I was doing something wrong.

I could write a whole book about Miya, her funny ways, her great sense of humor but its enough to say that she touched the hearts of all of us and I know that I speak on behalf of everyone.

Yes Miya we will sadly miss you but your spirit will always live inside each of us and the Misogikan Dojo.

Your Friend and Sensei
David Eayrs


Some photos of Miya are published in the gallery.


It is with sadness that I announce the passing away of my friend and fellow Aikidoka Sensei John France following a long illness.

All of us who knew John here send his wife Sheila and his family our condolences.

John was one of the early pioneers of Yoshinkan Aikido in England and many of the now highly ranked Sensei owe their start in Aikido to John.

I have known John and his family for well over 30 years and remember well the times we spent  together they were times of warmth and happiness.

John came to see me in Russia a couple of years ago and one evening we were invited to have dinner with our Russian friends who live on the next floor of our apartment block after a few hours I returned home leaving John with my friends and he stayed until 04:00 hrs entertaining with his great sense of humor, how I don’t because my friends don’t speak English but in this time he made a lasting impression on our friends with his charisma, wit and open minded approach to life, this was John at his best.

Thank you for being my friend  I am lucky to have so many warm memories of times we have spent together.

Rest in Peace old friend.

David, Oksana, Nikita and your Russian friends Andre, Firuza and the two boys.

The Great Aikido Master Kiyoyuki Terada Hanshi Memorial Print E-mail


Hanshi Kiyoyuki Terada 

Hanshi Kiyoyuki Terada (in the center sitting) during his visit in Russia 12.06.2001
Hanshi Kiyoyuki Terada (in the center sitting) during his visit in Russia. 12.06.2001.


It was with sadness that I was informed of the passing away of the great Aikido Master Kiyoyuki Terada Hanshi on July 13th 2009, we the Misogikan send our condolences to his family, students and friends.

I remember the wonderful warm moments that I have spent with him both in Japan and here in Russia , his contribution to the development of Yoshinkan Aikido world wide was of great importance and it was his drive and natural charisma as co-founder of the Yoshinkan that helped set the Yoshinkan on its path to international recognition.

I have selected a few photographs of Terada Hanshi taken both in Japan and Russia which you may like to look at, each shows a special moment in his company.

David Eayrs

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