A page of Quebec’s martial arts history was turned on Saturday when great teacher Mark Aslin was taken to his place of final rest, surrounded by some fifty karatekas from the province’s four corners.
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“Seeing so many people from different backgrounds, it’s proof that he’s been recognized and respected by everyone in the field,” confirms senior master and founder of United Studios, Clermont Poulin.
Mark Aslin, who died last November, is one of about 11,000 victims of COVID-19 in the province. He is 79 years old, he was 15 years olde On the floor of the Hotel Le Concorde when he breathed his last, after receiving a positive test result.
But due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, it did not take eight months for dozens of martial arts practitioners to honor him, citing his notoriety in the field.
Coming from everywhere, it was about fifty people – the maximum allowed for participants currently – to welcome his ashes by forming an honor guard.
He was a prominent figure in Quebec. But all that he had, his education, continues through us, his students. He leaves us with a great legacy,” said his ex-wife and student, Louise Chevalier.
Preceded by a motorbike parade, and his other passion, the late Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame member entered the Saint-Gerard Magella cemetery in Val Bellaire to the beat of the song. Tiger Eye.
After a few words and stories related to Hanshi’s life [NDLR maître] Mark Aslin, burying the urn, in his gold kimono shirt.
It’s finally with a few steps dancing under the beat Jerusalem, a reminder of the bright and unifying side of this karate icon, which the party ended with.
“We are turning the page on martial arts in Quebec. This guy has transcended the sport,” sighs Mr. Pauline, who was initially a competitor to Marc Asselin, before becoming his friend.
During his lifetime, the late Grandmaster trained more than 1,000 black belts and led the Yosekan Karate-do Association for 25 years.
In 2016, after leaving Quebec to stay in Cambodia for seven years, the man was due to be sent back to the country due to a stroke. But the health facility he was in was holding his passport because he had an unpaid bill.
After only 100 days, his relatives managed to raise the money needed to bring him back home.