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Mark Bates — 14 October 2021

Dear, Robyn, Tania, Joh, Kimmy and Emmy and family, my deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss. Like many Nishimura Shihan, was a big part of my karate and I was there in his last karate session which I will cherish forever. He was so happy practising and teaching. After our training on a beautiful, Saturday morning, we had coffee together and he was again so happy in the company of friends. This is how I will remember him, my mentor, my Sensei, my guiding light, standing tall, kicking and punching till the end but most of all he was happy. I will miss my sensei but I will carry his spirit and pass his teaching on to the next as he did with his sensei.