News was received Saturday December 1st of the sudden and unexpected passing of Kevin Choate Sensei, head instructor of the Chicago Aikikai and influential figure to many of the aikidoka in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Choate Sensei’s teachings have had a profound influence on many of the club members though his classes, seminars and camps.
Choate Sensei had attained the rank of 6th dan and was one of the principal students of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, disciple of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and founder of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.
There will be a visitation on Wednesday, December 5th from 3:00pm-9:00pm at Ahern Funeral Home 6938 W. North Avenue, Chicago. At 8:30pm there will be a brief service.
A request has been made that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in Choate Sensei’s name.
The Chicago Aikikai will hold class Thursday the 6th starting at 6:00pm All are welcome to attend and train. This will be an informal memorial class and will take shape based on who comes from out of town and will last long into the evening.
For more information, please visit the website of the Chicago Aikikai.