A Goodbye Letter From Edward Sterrett Sensei
Dear students and parents of students at Aikido Del Mar,
Many of you know that I have been traveling quite a bit for my doctoral research in the last couple of years, and my time at the dojo has been increasingly sparse as a result. But this last departure in mid August marked a major transition. I moved to Los Angeles with my fiancé, Micki, who some of you have had the pleasure of meeting and training with, and just under two weeks ago we got married! Needless to say, things have been quite busy since I last saw many of you. The move to Los Angeles is great for Micki’s work and my own, but unfortunately it means that I won’t be around the dojo much at all. Without any foreseeable plan to return to life in San Diego, Kevin and I decided that this was a good time for me to formally leave my position as a partner and instructor at Aikido Del Mar. With all of the other changes going on in my life, it has taken some time for this to sink in. And by now, I’m sure you are all quite used to not having me around, but I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for being a part Aikido Del Mar, and for making it such a beautiful and rewarding part of my life. Since Kevin and I started the dojo back in the spring of 2008, it has been the joyful and hard won perseverance of our students that really made it worth doing. Frequently, it is difficult for students to understand how valuable their learning process is to their teachers, but there is no doubt in my mind that you have taught me more in the last five years than I have taught you, and for this I cannot thank you enough.
I will still drop in now and again when I am in the area. And if you are in Los Angeles, you can be sure to find me training with David Fryberger sensei at Aikido on Ventura, which is its own kind of home coming for me, as this where I met my teacher Jaques Payet sensei, and also where Kevin and I met almost a decade ago now.
I wish all of you the best in your continued training and in your lives, and look forward to the next time we meet.