Passing of Matthew Lo and Dedication Class

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Passing of Matthew Lo and Dedication Class in his  honour

Passing of Matthew Lo Sensei

(1948 to 2015) and 

Dedication Class by Sensei George Lo

One of our dear friends and senior aikidoka in New South Wales - Matthew Lo passed away on Friday 23 October 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Brother to George Lo Sensei, uncle to Sean Lee and devoted father and husband, he was a person whose values, and commitment to aikido were exemplary.

Humble, serious yet capable of a real Jackie Chan sense of humour, Matthew trained with vigour and care for each and everyone. We were all enriched and bettered by the experience of knowing and training with him.

He lived and taught aikido through Sugano Shihan's moral code and continued his strong connection with Sensei's teaching throughout his aikido life.  

Aikido is one of the most intimate things people can do without being in a relationship with someone. Aikido's physical interactions, absolute trust, comradeship, loyalty, sense of fun and dedication result in us having the closest relationships outside of our family and partners - very often limited to periods of training and the occasional social function outside of the dojo.  Yet through training, one develops a deep and lasting friendship with your training partner which doesn't require the usual social conventions of meeting outside of training to form the friendship, but the very act of training together in a common and agreed pursuit of the principles of aikido.

Matthew’s aikido achievements are legion and it is fitting that we honour his aikido life by attending the funeral.

Matthew’s funeral is being held on Friday 30 October 2015 at the Mata Dei Catholic Church at 1008 King Georges Rd, Blakehurst NSW 2221 at 9:45am.  The family would very much like all those who knew Matthew and who wish to pay their respects to attend this service. There are also tentative plans, to be confirmed in the next few days, to have aikidoka wear their uniforms as part of the service. 

If you are willing to bring your uniform, and wear it during the service please contact Austin James on 0417 435 949. We will confirm when we know for sure but there are places to change at the Church.

For those who wish to, the family would also like to extend an invitation to join them at a short committal service and wake at Woronora General Cemetery and Crematorium, 121 Linden St, Sutherland NSW 2232, which will be held at 12:30pm. The wake will follow the committal service and will be held in the Celeste Cottage (also known as the 'Forget Me Not Cottage').  If you wish to attend the wake, could you please advise Austin James by midday Wednesday, as the family has asked for attendance numbers to organise catering.

The family will also be holding a vigil at their home at 25 Huntingdale Ave, Miranda on Thursday evening from 8:00pm and invite close family and friends to attend if they wish to. 

Instead of flowers, it is the family's request that a monetary contribution be made and placed into a box that will be on a table at the church. This gesture is very much a part of Asian tradition - the money donated will go towards cancer research and palliative care in loving memory of Matthew, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

Access to parking is from Princess Highway or there are several side streets nearby or a car park across the road.  The family has kindly invited all aikidoka to attend.

As the Church is on the left hand side of King Georges Road (going South), the easiest way for those coming from the north, east or west to access parking is to  travel south down King Georges Road and turn left into Princes highway after the car wash.  You will see there is an entrance for Church parking.  

Travelling in a northerly direction up Princes Highway will require you to continue along the Princes Highway at the intersection of King Georges Road (where the car wash is) and then turn into the Mater Dei Church entrance.

There are many students of Matthew sensei who will also feel a great loss so, please extend your friendship and care to them as well.

Special Dedication Training session Sunday 1 November 2015

On Sunday 1 November 2015, Sensei George Lo will dedicate his class to the memory of Sensei Matthew Lo.  The class is held at Leichhardt Dojo on Balmain Road and commences at 8.30am and finishes at 10.30am. 

Our understanding and development in aikido is about our relationships with the people with whom we train, and just as importantly their families who give so much. Attending this class will be an opportunity to show your respect and friendship to Sensei George, Matthew and Matthew's family.  

Austin James

NSW Area Representative 

 

 

 
 
     
 
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