Joseph Jarman Sensei, founder of Jikishinkan Dojo and the Brooklyn Buddhist Association, passed away Wednesday at the age of 81. His positive impact on the world through his Buddhist and Aikido teaching is beyond measure, and he leaves a deep legacy of compassion and strength in the many students he set on the path. Those who had the privilege of attacking him on the mat got to experience first hand the essence of Aikido. Completely relaxed, totally centered and grounded, your energy was redirected and suddenly you were on the mat wondering "how did I get here?". With the support of his sensei, Shihan Fumio Toyoda, he made the momentous decision to open his own dojo in Brooklyn, and with great effort and hard work Jikishinkan Dojo and the Brooklyn Buddhist Association thrived. We honor his memory by continuing his teaching, trying as best we can to pass on what we've been given to the next generation of students.