In too many instances of the passing of a martial arts leader, those who have left behind fail to act in moving ahead. While we want to wallow in our sorrows, I believe that the departed would have wished us to forge on. The AJJF has acted in a way that has paved the way for future progress.
The weekend after Prof. Fisher's funeral, the board of Professors met on the issue of succession and issued the following statement:
American Judo & Jujitsu Federation, Inc.
Board of Professors
September 17, 2009
Subject: Sr. Professor Succession
The American Judo & Jujitsu Federation Board of Professors announces the succession of the title ‘Sr. Professor’ upon the passing of our esteemed leader, Sr. Professor Lamar Fisher, Judan.
The successor is: SR. PROFESSOR TOM BALL, KUDAN.
The AJJF BOP further created a Sr. Professor’s Council. Two additional Professors will serve as advisors to the Sr. Professor. The advisors are:
Professor John Congistre, Kudan
Professor Jane Carr, Hachidan
PROFESSOR HENRY S. OKAZAKI proclaimed the advancement of Danzan Ryu through the ‘credo of the gentle way’.
Following the tradition of our Founding Fathers and preceding Professors, Sr. Professor Tom Ball will fulfill Professor Okazaki’s dream realizing:
“Leadership is the influence of others in a productive vision-driven direction and is done through the example, conviction and character of the leader”.
I applaud the actions of the AJJF Board of Professors and their decisive action.