Monday, June 26, 2006

Washington Update

Hey everybody! sorry I have not posted in awhile. I have been very busy since moving to South Park!! I have opened a class and have taught 4 classes so far. First class 10 people showed up five hadf given up by the end. second class had 5 sztudents and now we are down to 2. That is about what I expected. The 2 serious students are starting to catch on. The girl Hannah who is fifteen will make a fine Aikidoka. She had trained previously in Mui Thai and is afraid of nothing.The young gentleman Jason is very enthusiastic and is quite willing to accept instruction both will do well if they stick with it.
Other than missing everybody in Texas I am really enjoying life up here I have been getting into riding bicycles putting in about 20-25 miles a day. lots of hills!!

I will post again once we are progressing or if I have some free time


Saturday, June 03, 2006

Passing of Artie Chesnut

Friend and student of The Hut New Mexico Artie Chesnut 39, passed away at his home in Alamogordo on May 30, 2006. Artie is survived by his wife Melissa, two daughters Rachel and Brittany, a step-daughter, Amy, two step-sons, Christopher and Ryan and two grandchildren, Alyssa and Dee.
A funeral service will be conducted at 10a.m., Monday, June 5, 2006 at First Assembly Worship Center. Friends may call from 5p.m. to 7p.m. Sunday at Alamogordo Funeral Home.
Chesnut's collegues at Century 21 Casa, Inc. have set up a memorial fund at Western Bank under the name of Artie Chesnut, account #00153249, to assist his family with the expenses they are experiencing.

" The Ellis School of Traditional Aikido UK USA are saddened to here of the death of
Edward "Artie" Chesnut at the age of 39 yrs, who died in his sleep on Tuesday 30th May
2006. Artie was one of the early students of the old "Hut" dojo on the highway 70 between
Tularosa and Alamogordo New Mexico. We all send our condolences to his family and


Henry Ellis"

" Artie had been off the mat for some years now, but I'd see him around occasionally. He was never ill-tempered; never had a bad word to say about anyone. Several years ago he had a nearly lethal encounter with a knifeman late one evening. He told me that our Aikido saved his life that night. Without thinking, he took kotegaeshe and ended up holding the knife. He told the guy to run, and he did.
I think about that now... He had been getting his life together for some time - had two daughters. Maybe at least, his knowing us - his use of our knowledge that night with the knifeman, allowed him those few years with his daughters. Maybe at least that's something I can hang onto. Because of all the people I have had the priveledge to train, Artie stands out as a great character - almost a symbol of those dayse when we had that old building on the highway. It saddens me greatly to have received this news.
I am at a loss otherwise. We have had other students die here. None like this, though. He was a fine man, and I deeply respected him - and I don't ever remember telling him that."

- Dave Rogers

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