Memorial Service for Larry Kaneshiro Sensei

Dear Friends of Judo,

It is with extreme sadness we announce that Larry Kaneshiro Sensei passed away peacefully Saturday morning, July 26, after almost a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. Larry has been with San Jose Buddhist Judo Club since 1989.

A true Judoka in his spirit, his “Aloha” personality and friendship always reflected in his continuing efforts and leadership in making events like the “Sensei Memorial” so successful. His love and dedication to Judo and the club enabled students to learn and compete at their highest levels. Sensei Larry’s overall contributions to the Judo community will be greatly missed by the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club and the bay area.

A memorial service for Larry Kaneshiro Sensei will be on Sunday, August 10 at 5:00 PM at the San Jose Buddhist Church and Gym.

Jesse Jones

It is my sad duty to inform you that Mr. Jesse Jones passed away in his sleep earlier this morning. Memorial Service are pending, but most likely will be held on Saturday 9 August. Details will be provided when known.

Honoring Anthony Grisanti

A memorial fund for Anthony Grisanti has been started for a child care center at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Please make your checks out to and mail them to:

    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    107 Scott Street
    Tonawanda, NY 14150

Please put “Anthony Grisanti Memorial Fund” in the notes section of your check.

Thank you very much.

Tony Grisanti obituary

Anthony M. “Tony” Grisanti of Buffalo, NY, died age 63 suddenly on June 17, 2014.

He survived by Joyce (nee Herkimer) Gugino his best friend, love of his life and rock for the past 40 years and three cherished stepsons Robert (Susan) Gugino, William (Renee’) Gugino and the late Michael Gugino; devoted son of Doris (nee Dry) Grisanti and the late Salvatore Grisanti; wonderful brother of Carol (late Nick) Rastelli, Martin (late Lynnette) Grisanti and Robert Grisanti; also survived by grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends may call Friday from 4-9 PM at the JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan and Broad Sts.) in the City of Tonawanda. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday at 10 AM in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 107 Scott St. at William in the City of Tonawanda. Friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

Tony was President of Grow With Us Day Care, Co Owner of Kin-Tora Judo Club, Sixth Degree Black Belt, International Judo Referee, Vice President of New York State Judo and President of Niagara Yudanshakai.

Richard Muller’s service

Here is the info for Richard Muller’s service:

    Friday, May 16th, 11:30-13:30.

    Navy Reserve Center
    6735 N Basin Ave
    Portland, OR 97217

Richard’s survivors are:
Wife of 61 years, Mertie Muller. Children Karla (Rick), Lisa (Bill), Johann (Kristine) and Heidi (Leigh). Grandchildren Alex, Rayna, Scott, Louisa, Braunz, Golden, Logan and Jamie.

In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to Obukan Judo Dojo.

Richard Muller, Sensei

Obukan, the USJF, and indeed all of American judo has lost a great judoka with the passing of Richard Muller Sensei. He has been a constant voice of reason for our dojo and for the USJF. A friend, and a mentor, an all around great man. He will be missed.

From a Facebook post by Julie Koyama

Memorial service for Kenji Yamada

Here is the information about the memorial services to be held for Kenji Yamada:


Memorial Services will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 9, 2014 at:

    Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue
    209-100th Ave NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    telephone – 425-454-6162

Sensei Eddie Stewart

It is with a sad heart that I report to you the passing of Sensei Eddie Stewart, founder of the Bojuka Ryu Martial Arts Club (1970) this past Friday, March 7th.

Like many Sensei, he was a great instructor, role model, a mentor, counselor, and friend.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 15th, 11:00 AM at Mission Mortuary/Seaside Funeral Home on 1915 Ord Grove Ave., Seaside, CA. There will also be a viewing on Friday the 14th, 5–8pm at the same location.