David Sensei Obituary, Death Cause – It is with heavy hearts that the New Zealand Ju-Jitsu Federation mourns the passing of David Lynch Sensei, a true luminary in the world of martial arts. David, holding the esteemed ranks of 6th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, 3rd Dan Aikiki Aikido, 2nd Dan Ki Aikido, and 3rd Dan Tendo Ryu Aikido, departed from us on the 4th of September at the age of 84. His legacy in the martial arts world is immeasurable, and his contributions to Aikido in New Zealand have left an enduring mark. David Lynch Sensei, alongside his beloved wife Hisae, holds a special place in the hearts of martial artists in New Zealand. Together, they were the pioneers who introduced Aikido to our nation’s shores back in 1965. Their dedication and passion for the art paved the way for countless individuals to discover and embrace the beauty of Aikido.
As we reflect on the profound impact David Lynch Sensei had on the world of Aikido, our thoughts and condolences extend to his wife Hisae, his family, his friends, and his countless students. Aikido has not only lost a pioneer but also a living legend whose wisdom, skill, and generosity touched the lives of many. To honor the memory of David Lynch Sensei, a memorial service will be held in Auckland on Sunday, 17th September, where we will come together to pay our respects and celebrate his remarkable life.
David’s journey in Aikido began at the Yoshinkan Dojo under the tutelage of Gozo Shioda as an uchideshi in 1962. Over the course of 18 years spent in Japan, he dedicated himself to the art, training and earning ranks in various styles of Aikido under the guidance of distinguished instructors. This dedication exemplified his commitment to the martial arts and his profound influence on its growth in New Zealand. David Lynch Sensei’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all those he touched with his teachings, humility, and passion. As we bid farewell to a true martial arts icon, let us carry forward the torch he lit, preserving and sharing the art of Aikido for generations to come.