On a personal level, he has had a great influence on my life in karate for over 20 years. I examined for all of my dan levels under his watchful eye (however Godan was in front of both Sensei Okazaki and Sensei Yaguchi, and a panel of judges). He always pushed me to be my best. Seeing me grow up in karate, he was definitely like a grandfather to me.
I am extremely grateful to Sensei Larry Loreth and all of ISKF Manitoba for sharing this special occasion with the greater karate community in Manitoba. The event was quite the reunion, bringing people from four different provinces, and even some from USA to celebrate Yaguchi Sensei's retirement and say 'Thank You' to a man who has positively impacted the lives of so many.
Congratulations, Yaguchi Shihan. Thank you for your many dedicated years of Karate-Do. Enjoy your retirement!