â€œChiba Kazuo has died. As an Aikido 8th Dan he was a true titan of Bushido. He was not a hobbyist nor a poser. He walked the earth with a warrior’s heart. Ring the bells and let the dead know he is coming, lest they get in his way. He has harmonized now.â€
I never met Chiba Kazuo, but I do know and admire Kevin Wallbridge, who wrote these words letting us know of the masters death.
The tribute touched me.
I like the idea of ringing a bell at moments of enlightenment, celebration, and eulogy.
I’m thinking I’d like to take up this practice of bell ringing.Â And, if I find I donâ€™t do it in celebration of life, perhaps I can at least give fair warning at death.