Sad news from Spain. Sensei Akihiro Mieno passed away recently.
He was born in August 1946 in the city of Oita, which is situated between Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Growing up in a Japanese middle class family, he first started his karate-do training at a young age under Sensei Akira Kitamura (a disciple under Sensei Ryusho Sakagami). Mieno Sensei received his dan rankings from Sakagami Sensei back in the old days when he and Sensei Fumio Demura were part of the same organization.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mieno Sensei’s family, friends and and students during this difficult time.
Let us not be sad, for he lived his life to the fullest. Let us celebrate, for he was able to make a difference in many people’s lives. We can be sure that he is now happy wherever he is and that he will be guiding all of us for the rest of our lives. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.