Farewell Sensei Gilbert Maillot

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Sensei Gilbert

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”

David Pierre-Eugene

5 thoughts on “Farewell Sensei Gilbert Maillot

  1. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Gilbert’s passing. He was a generous and inspiring aikido practitioner, a great teacher, and a true gentleman. His seminar in September gave me things to work on and think about that I am only just starting to explore, and his passing will be a great loss for all of us who train aikido in South Africa. My deepest sympathies to David and the rest of Gilbert’s family at this sad time.
    Edward Burke

  2. Edward’s Comments above resonate strongly with me! The sudden news has left me numb and saddened. A wonderful teacher with a beautiful Aikido Technique. My condolences to David and his Family. He will be sorely missed and in my memory always.
    Steve Gordon

  3. I was struck with disbelief when I heard of Sensei Gilbert passing, he always appeared strong and invincible when I trained with him in the years at aikido. Both at training and socially he was a kind and gentle man always ready with advise

    My condolences to David and everyone who was close to him, I will always remember him through his teaching.


  4. Rest in peace old soul, nothing in this world is permanent and many of us have accepted that. That I have twice shared same floor with you, I am honoured. David, know this, you loss is my loss. For that, my deepest condolences to you and family. Phillip

  5. I was so shocked and saddened to learn this. I only met him a couple of times but he made an impression not only as a gifted teacher but also as a lovely human being. I suppose that is what life is – transient. Still, it comes as shock and leaves one with a heavy feeling. Gary Myburgh

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