GEORGE KIRBY TO RETIRE FROM AJA
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.