Kawahara-shihan: 1940-2011

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Yukio Kawahara-shihan, 8th dan and Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation, passed away on Thursday, June 2. He had been ill for quite some time.

He was a predominant force in raising Canadian Aikido to the standard it has today. Many of our members got to know him over the years and benefited from his seminars across the country. He will be sadly missed.

The CAF issued the following announcement:

Dear CAF Members,

It is with the deepest regret and profound sorrow that I inform you of the death of Kawahara Shihan.
He passed away in Victoria on Thursday evening.  During his last days he was kindly attended to by a number of his students who communicated to him the great respect and affection that so many of us felt.
More information will follow as it becomes available.


George Hewson
(President, CAF)

See the CAF website for more information.

See the Vancouver West Aikikai website for a brief biography of Kawahara-shihan.

See our blog for personal memories of Kawahara-shihan.