20th - 21st December 2003
9:00am to 2:00pm
Hotel Seri Malaysia Bagan Lallang, Sepang.
Adult Members: RM 80.00
Spouse or accompanying person: RM 70.00
Members under 18 years: RM 65.00
Fees include Training, Triple-sharing room and Meals.
Please register early to enable the organizers to make the appropriate reservations.
7th September 2003 (Sunday)
9:00am to 2:00pm
Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Free of charge. Register via phone-in
First-come, first-served basis for 100 Ladies only.
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(Copied from the NY Aikikai Web-site for the information of his students in Malaysia)
June 24th, 2003 - Dr Leong spoke to Sugano Sensei on the phone. It was 1 month after trying out the temporary prosthesis. The Surgeon and Physiotherapists were impressed with the progress Sensei made. Sugano Sensei can walk around in his apartment unaided. When he goes out, he uses one clutch to provide support. He recently sat in for Grading at the NY Aikikai. He asked how everyone in Malaysia is doing and about the activities in the MAA.
June 16th, 2003 - A Medical Fund has been created for Sugano Sensei. Click here for original notice from Y.Yamada Sensei, NY Aikikai. For those in Malaysia, you can get one of Sugano Sensei's vcd with a contribution of RM 50.00 and above.
June 2nd, 2003 - Sugano Sensei is very focused on his rehabilitation process. He has received his first prosthesis and is learning and practicing walking, stairs and basic movements. His surgeon, doctors and therapists are very pleased with his progress. He is planning to travel to Aikido of Woodstock in June and to Australia in July. He thanks everyone for their continuing emails, cards and letters and regrets that he cannot answer them personally at this time.
May 9th, 2003 - Sugano Sensei wants to let you know that he is home from the hospital. He is doing basic physical conditioning exercises every day. His healing is progressing well and he is looking forward to getting his prosthesis fitted within the next few weeks. He continues to enjoy all the emails and cards he receives and thanks all for their support and well wishes.
April 19th, 2003 - Now on the rehabilitation floor, Sensei is working hard on his rehabilitation program. He has two to three therapy sessions daily. Even though he is the most fit patient they have seen, the exercises he is working on are challenging and will help him adjust to his everyday life. He is feeling well and in good spirits.
April 11th, 2003 - Sugano Sensei is looking forward to moving to the rehabilitation floor in a few more days. The doctors have been monitoring his condition very carefully since his second surgery. He is in good spirits and he has been resting and getting stronger. He still receives and enjoys E-mails every day.
April 2nd, 2003 - Sugano Sensei underwent three and a half hours of additional surgery to prepare his leg for the prosthesis. His surgeon and the prosthetists in attendance are very pleased with the results. However, they emphasized that rest and privacy are crucial to the next phase of his healing and rehabilitation. A rigid cast with a temporary prosthesis was applied in the operating room immediately after the surgery; it will stay in place for a full week, during which Sensei will be resting in bed. The more aggressive stage of rehabilitation should begin after several weeks.
Sugano Sensei greatly appreciates all of the messages and cards he has received and has said how wonderful it is to feel so much support. He understands that people may wish to visit him. However, until further notice he will be on restricted visitation. Please do not call or visit the hospital. Updates will be posted on the website and you may call the dojo and speak to Luis.
March 31st, 2003 - Sensei will receive planned visits today between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. Two to four people at a time would be able to visit for about 5 minutes each group. If you want to visit him, please call the dojo and arrange with Luis if there is "space" available for you.
March 29th, 2003 - Sugano Sensei received his youngest visitor today. She smiled at him and giggled before nursing and falling asleep. He also got a visit from his student's son who sent him a band-aid for his "boo-boo" on the foot. His second surgery has been re-scheduled for Wednesday. After that, he will stay at the hospital for about two weeks, since he prefers to be "ready" before going home. This includes not only the recovery from surgery but also balancing his blood sugar.
March 28th, 2003 - Sugano Sensei is doing very well. He got visitors last night and enjoyed very much their company. Sensei's closest friends, family members, and some of the deshis are helping delivering his food to the hospital (from Souen, of course!) He receives about 20 e-mails every day. His second surgery has been scheduled for Monday. After that, he will need to stay at the hospital for a little longer before he can go back home.
March 25th, 2003 - As of Tuesday, Sensei was walking with crutches around his room and the floor where his room is. He read the big pile of e-mails he has received so far. Also, he started looking at literature about prosthesis and preparing himself for a new surgery, scheduled for early next week to prepare his leg for the prosthesis. He is ready to receive planned visits and will do so on Thursday for a couple of hours. Only 2 people at a time would be able to see him for about 5 minutes each pair. If you want to visit him, please call the dojo and arrange with Luis if there is "space" available for you. Please note that, every day, we print the e-mails sent to him. He receives them the following day. So, feel free to send him a note at suganonyaikikaicom.
March 24th, 2003 - Sensei is resting and enjoying the sun that comes through his windows. He appreciates this improvement very much. Today (Monday) we printed more than a hundred e-mails to send to his room at the hospital (66 e-mails received during the weekend, and about 42 today). He is starting to plan his rehabilitation and getting ready for the next step in the process.
March 22nd, 2003 - On Saturday, Sensei was moved to a bigger room that has southern exposure. He is close to the window and has a nice view from the 10th floor. He is practicing with the walker to get around, just two and three days after the surgery. He received flowers when we were visiting and said that he wouldn't mind receiving cards sent to the dojo. He appreciates the e-mails sent to him. We will post a thank you note from him shortly.
March 21st, 2003 - On Friday, Sugano Sensei received the second group of e-mails sent to him.
March 20th, 2003 - As of Thursday afternoon, Sensei was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit to one of the rooms in the hospital. He is doing fine and has no need for IV anymore. He ate food from his favorite restaurant (Souen) for lunch and dinner.
March 20th, 2003 - As of 12:45 Thursday, Sensei is in very good spirits and is doing well after surgery. He thanks you for your concern, but asks not to be visited yet. He needs rest.
New York, Thursday, March 20th, 2003
Yamada Sensei and the Board of Directors of the New York Aikikai hope this letter finds you and yours well and in good health.
We regret to inform you that due to a complication from diabetes, Sugano Sensei needed to be taken to the Emergency room yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, March 19th). Unfortunately, due to a gangrenous condition and a virulent flesh-eating bacteria, he needed to have emergency surgery. The doctors had no choice but to amputate his foot. Fortunately, he made it through the night without incurring an infection, which was the big fear. His vital signs are good and he is expected to make a quick recovery.
In a week or so, the doctors will need to remove more of his leg, so that they can fit a prosthesis. Doctors say that he will be able to live a normal life, including teaching Aikido. Yamada Sensei and some members of the New York Aikikai were with him last night. Sugano Sensei is surrounded by his family and closest friends.
We ask you to remain calm and be patient until we can get more details. Please do not call or visit yet. We have set up an e-mail address so you can write him: suganonyaikikaicom. Messages will be printed and handed to him when he is ready for them. We will post more news as we find out.
Please know that his spirit has been strong and very solid, as ever.
Yamada Sensei and the Board of Directors of the New York Aikikai.