Onchi Sensei (9th Dan)
1918 — 2013
Dear Obukan Family and Friends,
As most of you know, we lost the Patriarch of Obukan, Onchi Sensei. Ichinoe Sensei started off practice with a moment of silence for Onchi Sensei. We honored Onchi Sensei in practice today dedicating our practice to his favorite throw Sode Tsurikomi Goshi (祖釣込腰). Onchi Sensei would always tell us to use technique over strength and to get our hip in! Sode Tsurikomi Goshi was his technique for doing so. At the end of practice all of the students came together with the other Sensei’s and placed their hand together and yelled Obukan for as loud as they could so that Sensei could hear them one more time. In furthering honoring Onchi Sensei, his family has invited all to the viewing and funeral. We ask that all Obukan members and friends come and make one last bow. Thank you all for your kindness, love and respect to this great man.
The Onchi family is having a «Celebration Of Life» this Sunday, February 10th, from noon to 4 pm at the World Forestry Center
Due to expected crowds at the Zoo, parking may be limited. It is suggested to carpool or take MAX if possible
I am sorry for your loss,
I met Sensei many years ago and he truly had a kind spirit to me. Much guidance was given and I will be forever grateful.
Please convey my condolences to his family,
Thank you for teaching us judo.
We really learned a lot from you.
We will continue doing judo.
Hikaru & Uruwa Abe
Please send my best regards to Sensei.
VP, Zebra Mats
2012 US Olympic Judo Coach
2 Time Olympic Medalist
Thank you for letting me know. I will pay my respect. Bert Ortiz
Mel Appelbaum, NYAC Judo
The Ogawa family
We have also been dealing with relatives passing on as of late.
The Onchi family will be in our prayers as they have always been.
Mark Oakley and family
Onchi sensei was a great man who loved people and was dedicated to judo. He will be missed by all who knew him. He has touched so many lives and has been an inspiration to many, including myself. May God’s peace and comfort be with you in this time of grieving.
United State Judo Federation, President
on behalf of Tohkon Judo Academy, Chicago, IL