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Black Belt eall of came mem­ber and best-sell­ing au­thor de­orge hirby an­nounced that ef­fec­tive -une 30, 2016, he’s re­tir­ing from his po­si­tion as chair­man of the board of di­rec­tors of the Amer­i­can -u--itsu As­so­ci­a­tion.

Since it was founded in 1972, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has grown to in­clude more than 30 branches. ´Over those 44 years, it has been a plea­sure to serve in the lead­er­ship po­si­tion,” Kirby, 72, wrote in his res­ig­na­tion let­ter. ´How­ever, there comes a time when de­par­ture from governance of the A-A is the right thing to do.”

Kirby said he’d been mulling over the de­ci­sion for sev­eral years — but not be­cause of any bad blood or other prob­lems. ´The A-A now has a very strong and pro­fes­sional board of di­rec­tors who will con­tinue the goals for which the A-A was cre­ated,” he wrote. ´I’m com­fort­able with the way things are go­ing and feel se­cure that the A-A can stand on its own with­out me.”

The ju­jitsu mas­ter was quick to point out that he’s not re­tir­ing from his art by any means. ´I will con­tinue to teach at my own Bu­doshin -u--itsu 'ojo and con­tinue the Bu­doshin -u--itsu Yu­dan­shakai, both as A-A dojo,” he wrote. ´I hope to con­tinue con­duct­ing sem­i­nars, sum­mer camps and writ­ing.” Kirby’s most re­cent book was gu­jitsu: Ad­vanced Tech­niques for oedi­rect­ing an Op­po­nent’s En­ergy.

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