Best Wishes For The New Year

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by.  As you know, 2014 was a special year for me in many ways.  Most importantly, it was the celebration of my 50th anniversary at New York Aikikai.  I had so many wonderful occasions to be all over the world, and I appreciate how hard you worked at hosting and attending seminars that focused on my anniversary.   I made so many speeches, was awarded honorary plaques and statues, received so many gifts, and even had a chance to sing some of my favorite songs for you at summer camp while Steve played his guitar. It was a yearlong party for sure.  My health then became my focus towards the end of the year, but once again you showed me so much support and understanding.  The perfect way to end the year was the NYA Christmas seminar, where I was able to teach and relax at my home dojo and be surrounded by my students and all the visitors who traveled to be a part of the event.

Even though I am in good health and continue to grow stronger every day, I will use 2015 to take the time to further my recovery and return to my old self.  Sometimes that might mean traveling less or not teaching as many classes, and as you know, I can grow restless when I am told to take it easy.  But I am determined to be as fit as ever, and even if my schedule is lighter this coming year, in my heart I will always be on the mat.

Happy New Year,


Y. Yamada

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