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31st May 2007: Tragic loss of Tom Baldwin Soke


Dear members and friends it is with deep regret that we have to inform you that Tom Baldwin Soke passed away in the early hours of this morning following a serious illness.

Tom was a co-founder and Chairman of the World and British Federation of Martial Arts and Senior Grading Officer to this organisation.

He will be sorely missed by all of his students, friends and family. We respectfully remember his enormous contribution to Martial Arts throughout the years, which will be sadly missed.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family.

Messages of condolance can be relayed through Mick Benfell Hanshi by email: hanshi@ryukyu.org.uk

In Rememberance of

Tom Baldwin - Soke

Who left our Dojo on the

31st of May 2007


Tom Baldwin Soke was one of our senior ju-jitsu instructors and was affectionately known to his Gretna students as "Uncle Tom".

Over the last twenty two years he became both a mentor and friend to many.

Tom, you will be missed by all of us, but forgotten by none.....

Rest in peace my good friend and don't be too rough on the big guy upstairs.

As a mark of respect this website will be closed for a short while to allow fellow students, friends and associates time to reflect on the life and achievements of Tom Baldwin Soke.
He touched our hearts and will be missed by all who knew him.