I’m reprinting a report from Krav Maga Worldwide about the passing of a friend to many us – Kokushi Matsumoto.
I had the opportunity to meet and train with Koko, as some of us called him, most memorably during a weeklong force training session. He was an exceptional Krav Maga practitioner and an even better person. Please see the message below from the hearts of those that knew him at KMWHQ.
It’s with a heavy heart that we write to inform you of the unexpected passing of our dear friend, Kokushi Matsumoto, who suffered a heart attack on January 2.
It’s rare that we encounter someone as magnetic as Kokushi, and when we do, we want to be around that person all the time. Kokushi’s draw stemmed not just from his amazing Krav Maga skills (although he was one of the most amazing practitioners we’ve ever seen), not just from his teaching ability (although his passion guided numerous people to devote their lives to training and teaching), but from his unyielding positivity and kindness.
Often in these unfortunate letters, we write of a person’s accomplishments as a means to give some sense of who that person was. And while Kokushi had trained to play professional soccer in Brazil, became a world-class Krav Maga instructor, and popularized the self-defense system throughout Japan, all those accomplishments pale in comparison to who Kokushi actually was – one of the most humble and generous people we’ve had the privilege to meet, let alone call our friend.
We’ll miss you, Kokushi.