Saturday, 26 November 2011

The Passing of Nagae Sensei

Nagae Sumitaka Kyoshi 7th Dan

It is with much sadness that we learned of the passing of our Sensei, Mr Nagae aged 91.
Nagae San was a pioneer of Kendo in this country in the mid 1970's and worked to build our State and National Renmei up until his retirement a few years ago. Indeed, Sensei inspired a number of generations of Kendo students and was active on the floor until just a few years ago. He will long be remembered as a strong and dedicated leader with an athleticism that put much younger Kendo Ka to shame. It was fitting that the Japanese Government recognised his contribution to Japan - Australia relationships by awarding him the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Rays.
Thankyou Sensei, those of us who trained under your guidance will long remember your patience and good humour. It was an honour to have known you and called you Sensei.