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Monday, 20 August 2012 18:10

Sensei Lance Iida

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senseilanceiidaWe are deeply saddened by the passing of our judo Sensei Lance Iida. Sensei Lance passed away at Straub Hospital on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 2:19pm. He was born on July 6, 1970 and employed as a math teacher at Washington Middle School for the past 5 years. Lance is the math team coach and has won state competition titles for his school. He was a loving teacher, judo sensei, judo coach and a great friend to many. Lance is a sensei at Shobukan Judo Club and was involved in judo since the age of 12.

He spent most of his life dedicating his time at judo and helping our children. He has won many state judo championships during his twenty plus years as the McKinley judo coach and is well respected by other high school judo coaches. Originally an Engineer, he later changed careers by obtaining his teaching certificate in Mathematics in order to continue his enjoyment of coaching judo and math with the students. Lance enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting at the range and going to Las Vegas to gamble.

Sensei Lance you will be truly missed by many and forever be in our hearts. We have many fond memories of you and know that you will look upon us with a smiling face and hearty laugh.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Nuuanu Mortuary.

Viewing 4:30-6:00pm and services to begin at 6:00pm

Monday, 20 August 2012 18:06

A Tribute to Sensei Leigh Nakamoto

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A Tribute to Sensei Leigh Nakamoto

written by Sensei Russell Ogata.

sensei LeighNote: Sensei Leighpassed away in his sleep from a heart attack on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

Sensei Leigh lived his life on his own terms. He rode through life on an express train filled with family, friends, students, and people who were drawn to this big man with an even bigger heart. Leigh could sit and regal everyone with stories and anecdotes about life experiences and teach lessons at the same time.

Sensei Leigh's accomplishments as one of the most successful Judokas in Hawaii Judo history still doesn't measure up to his achievements and influence after his competitive time on the mat. He was the youngest person ever to be promoted to 5 degree black belt. He was unstoppable as a competitor. He resurrected Leeward Judo Club into a Century Club before heading off to Kapolei to spread Judo further west. During his time as President of 50th State Judo, he and a dedicated band of Judo stalwarts gave Hawaii a High School Judo State Championship. His son Christian is one of the few High School Judokas with 4 State Championships. He headed up the corp of referees that serviced both the Association and the High School Judo competitions.

He was truly blessed to meet his wife Sharon and welcomed Darryl, Lori, Everett and Christian on board his express train through life. I'm sure we'll hear some stories and moments from others here. Leigh enjoyed his Sundays at Grandma Sugihara's as yet another wonderful moment at his banquet table of life. His hearty laugh lingered on longer than most of us because he sensed more than just the experience, he appreciated who he was experiencing it with and brought that out of those lucky enough to be around him.

When his health kept him out of the everyday operations of his beloved sport of Judo, he was still someone who Senseis and students came to for advice, leadership, and encouragement. With Sensei Leigh, no one walked away wanting and most walked away feeling relieved and blessed.

This final celebration with Sensei Leigh on his express train touches us because we will miss him. We are also remindedthat he will always be in our happy moments, our thoughtful moments and our significant moments because whoever he was to you, he was and will always be the big guy with the even bigger heart.

Monday, 20 August 2012 18:04

Sensei Tsuroa Fukushima

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