On the 1st of March 2016 Tasmania lost a great martial artist. Len Scambler of Fuji Ryu Aikido Launceston passed away quietly surrounded by his family and loved ones. Most people in the Hobart BJJ community wouldn't know Len, but both Peter Rogers and I spent time training with Len and his son Paul at the Aikido club in Launceston. Len had a great influence on me as a martial artist and can, at least in part, be blamed for all the wrist locks that I like to use on the mat!
Len was a lifelong martial artist and pioneer of martial arts in Australia, but was always a humble and quiet man. Not only did he do a lot in the development of Aikido in Tasmania, but he was also one of the first to instruct Wing Chun at the Sydney University in the 1960s. True Masters like Len are few and far between, Len will be missed greatly.
Hobart Martial Arts Academy are all thinking of Paul, Louise and Tom at this difficult time.
Vale Len Scambler