As written for Aikido Today Magazine
, by Matt Firor
George Simcox Sensei, beloved teacher, mentor, and friend died on November
As Chief Instructor of the Virginia Ki Society, located near Washington, DC,
for 25 years, Simcox Sensei specialized in teaching the Ki and Aikido
principles of Koichi Tohei Sensei. He studied directly under Tohei Sensei
when the Ki Society founder visited the America, and is considered by
the Ki Society to be one of its earliest and most respected Chief
Simcox Sensei was profiled extensively in the popular book, "Aikido in
America", which describes him as one of the most effective American teachers
of Aikido in the United States.
He served in both the Korean War and Vietnam, and retired from the army as
Lieutenant Colonel. His beloved wife of more than 40 years, Norma, passed
away earlier this year.
Simcox Sensei was renowned in the Aikido community for bridging the gaps
between Aikido styles. He often traveled to seminars hosted by non-Ki
Society Sensei, and was a leading member of Aikido-L, an internet based
non-partisan Aikido discussion group.
An important figure in the history of American Aikido, Simcox Sensei will be
remembered most for his kindness and gentleness of spirit.
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