Current Status of Aikido Journal website

12/9/2008: It is with sadness that I report that my mother passed away yesterday, December 8 in Las Vegas following a long illness. She showed amazing stamina and kept her sense of good humor until the end. She will be sorely missed by family and friends and our consolation is that she is now in a better place. Funeral services will be held at the end of this week. We should be able to gradually return to normal website operations starting next week. Thanks to everyone who showed their understanding and patience during this difficult period.

12/1/2008: Thank all of you who have sent your positive thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My mother is home from the hospital resting now so she is surrounded by loved ones. We will update you periodically over the course of time.

I would like to notify readers that at the present time my family and I are dealing with a medical emergency that will impact the operation of this website to a certain extent.

The time frame is unknown at this point and will mainly affect the posting of new blogs and the reply to email inquiries. There should be little impact on the shipping and handling of orders placed on a routine basis.

If we should be slow in replying to your communications please understand the reason and the fact that I am now spending very little time in the office.

Your thoughts and prayers at this time of need would be greatly appreciated by my family.

Thank you.

Stanley Pranin


  • Stanley:

    Your amazing resolve and remarkable courtesy to those of us who use your web site, purchase your products, and look forward to your e-mails leads me to believe you will handle this emergency with the same centered approach with which you seem to handle everything else.

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family at this difficult time. I have great confidence in your ability to deal with any calamity but I also hope the level of chaos that you have to deal with is not too bad.

    Please do not worry about those of us who are members of your site. We will miss you while you are gone but we also know that any family emergency has to take precedence and that you will be back.

    Thank you for sharing your troubles with those of us in your Aikido family. That shows your caring and respect for us (even if you have never met many of us). We are members of the Aikido Journal site and you have made it is as warm and friendly as my neighborhood dojo.

    I would like to feel that our hopes and prayers can help return some of the warmth you have passed on to us over the years.

  • Stanley,

    Take care of your family, and yourself, during this troubled time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Anne Buchanan

  • Dear Sr.Stanley Pranin
    I hope that your family is restored as soon as possible with God’s help and blessing of all those who respect and adporam their work in support of Aikido in the world.
    What is available as soon as possible to continue this fine work in favor of Aikido.
    Greetings, hope and certainty in response divina.All good.

  • We extend healing energies to you and your family.

    Thank you for all you offer.

    Erika & the Mount Shasta Aikido Dojo

  • Stanley:

    My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. As a medical family, I have DEEP connections and can help to arrange for second opinions, consultations, access to the top doc.’s. You name it Stanley. If you need it, help is there for the asking!

  • Stan,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I can only hope that the situation will resolve itself soon and not be overly serious.

  • As president of União Portuguesa de Budo (Portugal’s oldest Budo association), I want to express our wishes of a quick recovery.
    Thank you for all your work in the defense of Aikido and the traditional values of Budo.

    José Araújo, Aikidoka since 1966

  • Dear Stan,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope a speedy and full recovery comes soon.

    Mike Valentino

  • Stanley, May the Strength of the Founder and Tanacity of Nishio Sensi and the Courage of Shirata Sensi always be with you and your family. I will keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayers. Franchot

  • Queridísimo Señor Stan:

    En este momento sabe usted que la familia del Aikido se encuentra toda ella en torno suyo, pues le tenemos no sólo a través de este frio medio, sino en el corazón.

    Mi cariño y el deseo de que estos momentos difíciles pasen rápidamente y de la mejor manera.

    Con un abrzo me despido desde México, coon el cariño y admiración de siempre.


  • Dear Stanley and the Pranin Family,

    I’m very sorry to hear about your mother.

    I lost my best friend in July this year, but found comfort in realising that he’s now in a better place than any of us.

    May you and your family find strength during this difficult period, and may your mother Rest In Peace.

    Sincere Reagrds,
    Francois van Vuuren.

  • My condolences to you Stan and your family. May your spiritual closeness with your mother remain with you into the future, inspiring and guiding you always.
    Durban, South Africa.

  • Stan and family,

    I am so sorry to hear the news. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for you and your family.

    Let us continue
    with all we hold very dear
    to love and hold near.

    Even after our loved ones are physically gone, they continue
    to inspire us and to feel that love.

    May you continue to be inspired by her love.

  • The thoughts and prayers of the Shima Arashi Budokan and students are with you and your family at this sad time

    To touch the heart of someone dear……
    Though it might sometimes cause a tear…..
    To fall – or rest upon a cheek…..
    Should be something all should seek……
    For often – hearts not touched at all……
    Start hardening and shrinking small……
    and then the time – it takes to grow……
    A loving heart – is very slow……
    For hearts expand, as those who care……
    Extend their love and let us share……
    A moment, space or special phrase……
    that eases pain on dreary days……
    Or simply – starts our lips to smile……
    And brightens time for just a while……
    The ways and kinds and means of sharing……
    it seems to me – Are based on caring……
    And though we’re often worlds apart……
    You still can touch my very heart……
    You make me smile or shed a tear……
    And I’ll remember day to day……
    Just how your ‘touching’ helped me grow……
    And I just thought I’d tell you so

  • Dear Stannley Prannin,
    Portugal Aikishuren Dojo members and Tristão da Cunha,
    would like to present our deepest condolences for the passing of your mother.
    When someone as close a parent passes away the pain is unequal to any other and we are clearly aware of this.
    Yours truly
    APASD and Tristão da Cunha

  • May God give you and your family strength and guidance at his time. Also comfort knowing that your mom is in a better place. Thank you for sharing your life and your Aikido knowledge with all of us.

  • Stanley:

    Mayda, myself, my family, and all of SBK extend our most sincere condolences for the passing of your mother. The true legacy of a remarkable woman is genuinely reflected in the remarkable son that she raised (You of course!). I am sure that her legacy is being passed on to your children through you.

    Marc Abrams

  • Dear Mr. Pranin,
    I wish to extend my best thoughts and prayers on behalf of your family in the time of sorrow and need. May the Almighty God guide you and your family at this stage of life providing desiring peace and comfort.
    Rev. Vitold Jordan
    (Christian Martial Arts Association “Yeshua-Do” – Canada)

  • Sinsere condolences on your loss of such a loved one…. Take warmth & strength in knowing that loved ones will always be with you forever……..
    Time heals and the memories will always be there….


  • Dear Mr. Pranin:

    I once had the privilege of being at a seminar at Sunset cliffs Aikido, at which you were present.
    I too have out lived my parent and it is a milestone in this journey called life. I extend my condolences and best wishes to you and your family in this time of seperation. When I think of my loving parent now I remember the good times, laughter, and love. And as I keep the precious memories in my heart and soul, my loved one is never far from me.

    Be well, Mark Stookey

  • Dear Pranin Sensei

    Okuyami moushiagemasu…now I am so sorry to learn that your Mother has returned to Great Nature.

    Mitama Shizume no Kotoba
    Words to Calm the Soul
    The ancient kami reside in the connection between heaven and earth.
    Our parents and grandparents and ancestors are descendants of the kami.
    The kami spirit has divided and divided and has been handed down to us by our parents.
    You have passed on from the present generation
    And have returned to the eternal home, the birthplace of mitama,
    The land of the kami.
    The land of the august kami no different than life on heaven and earth.
    Yet it is a land where you neither hear with ears,
    Nor do you see with eyes.
    This land is along the water’s edge, a pure, clear shore with lapping waves.
    Gather and come to this eternal realm
    Of white clouds in the land of heaven
    Where brilliant rays push through thousands of white clouds
    From the Great Shrine of the Sun, the shrine of Amaterasu Ōmikami.
    In the Great Shrine of the Sun,
    Descendents from generation to generation don bright clothing of the sun’s rays
    And wear great, auspicious jewels of adornment.
    In this quiet place may you settle your mitama and reside in tranquility.
    I pray earnestly, together with your family and your friends,
    That you will be settled and find calm in this place.
    I believe with deep sincerity in the true path, the way of the kami.
    We pray before you—
    Myself, your parents, your children, your friends—
    To tell you that we are well.
    We receive the pure brightness of the kami, so have no worries.
    May you soar from the heavens to see that our lives and homes are in order.
    May your mitama be raised high and secure.
    Please reside and settle with calm in the eternal place of the kami.
    Please protect our family that we may prosper.
    Please protect our family that we may prosper.
    With humble soul, I trust in the way of the kami and will fulfill life’s purpose with sincerity.
    Faith is as eternal as Heaven and Earth.
    Restore us to our original brightness, and grant us strength that we may overcome life’s difficulties and live in harmony with the divine spirit of Great Nature.
    Sweep the impurities from my being and purify my spirit;
    Grant me protection; grant me happiness.
    Bring brightness to my soul and give me guidance.
    Every day and every night, may we be purified, refreshed and in good health.

    Yoroshiku onegaishimasu
    Koichi Barrish
    Tsubaki Jinja

  • Stan,

    I’m sorry to hear of your family’s loss. May the good memories be the ones you hold close to your heart and she rest in peace.

    Neil Yamamoto

  • Dear Stan,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. My family and I wish you well and hope the holidays bring you and yours some cheer.
    Thanks for all you do.

    Yours in sympathy,
    Michael Valentino

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. The passing of a loved one is a difficult thing to endure, especially at this time of the year when families are together to celebrate. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Wayne L. Brannon
    Northwest Defensive Arts
    Tacoma, Washington

  • I was saddened to hear of your mother’s passing.
    Even though we’ve never met (except briefly on the phone), you are an Aikido Brother to many of us.
    May it comfort you to know that so many people care and are thinking of you and your family at this time. It was nice to hear that your mom showed amazing stamina and kept her sense of humor until the end.
    May the love of family, friends, and your Aikido Brothers comfort you.
    I offer my fond respects to you and yours.
    Marcos Miranda

  • Mr. Pranin,

    I am saddened by the news of your loss. I lost my own mother not too long ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Gail H. Skinner

  • Stan,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I lost a grandmother and a father-in-law this year, please accept my condolences for you and your family at this time.

    Brently Keen

  • Dear Stanley,

    I am very sorry for your loss.
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Chris Tozer
    Aikido Dojo Camberley

  • Deepest condolences, Stanley, to you and your family from the N.A.F in the UK. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Stanley and family:
    I think it is important to realize that you have not had a loss but what happened is that your mother has received a promotion and will keep acting along with you, yes, but in another dimension. If you will pay attention you will see her through your daily routine through her past deeds that you still can see easily, and in all your future acts and in the ones of your children, if your will pay attention, once her spirit runs inside of your veins.
    This is how I feel about my father that was promoted too some years ago. He is right here with me helping me write this message, and I am very gratefull.

    Wagner Bull
    Instituto Takemussu

  • We continue to have the Pranin Family in our prayers. We share your great loss, but know you will always have wonderful memories and continue to feel your Mother’s presence each day. With our deepest sympathy. Take care. Fujiko

  • Condolances on the passing of your mother.

    It’s my belief that, while people can die, love does not. I hope you and your family and close friends are taking good care of each other during this time.


    Melissa Fischer

  • Dear Stan and family

    It saddens me and my family that you have to go through such a loss even though it is what all of us must experience. Please accept our sincerest condolences and trust that we are thinking of all of you all the time.

    Laszlo & Mayumi