Hope you’re all staying well both physically and mentally.
Today is a sad day for the ASU community. Patty Saotome Sensei, who has been ill for the last few years, was moved to hospice a couple days ago and quietly passed away this morning. There will be a Zoom memorial service for her Sunday at 1 o’clock. The link has not been set up yet.
All those who knew her will greatly miss her. She had an energetic love of life.
Stay well and safe
Mary McIntire Sensei
I will add that Patty Saotome Sensei had a beautifully powerful and elegant Aikido. Although I had the opportunity to train with her only a handfull of times, as a woman, she was a significant influence on my decision to train. My condolences go out to her family and friends, both within and outside of the Aikido community. May her memory be a blessing.