It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Sensei Gilbert Maillot.
Some of you might have known that Gilbert sensei had an operation two years ago to remove half of his stomach due to cancer. Being who he was and dedicated to his art and teaching he was back at his training within two weeks of the operation.
In September when he visited us, he complained about some stomach problems which he had checked on his return to France. After many tests nothing was found until another check up in December, when some small cancer lumps where found in his stomach. He was advised that chemo therapy would be the best solution and that he would need to start in January, but after his hospitalization and return home, he become worse and passed away on the 27th December.
His funeral took place on the 30th December, and was attended by family and many of his Aikido students from all over France. He will be remembered for his great teaching style and simple flowing movement. I do believe that he brought another facet of Aikido to South Africa and helped us grow in our Aikido and for that we will remember him with fondness. A special seminar will be held in France soon in his honor, and I will keep you updated as and when I get the information.
On a personal note, Gilbert was not only my uncle but also my mentor in many aspects of my life, and I think the best way I can honor him will be by training and sharing Aikido principles with anyone who is interested in a lifestyle of peace and harmony.
Rest in peace Sensei Gilbert and we will remember you every time we train, by saying “ it’s easy”