Today, a few hours ago, Jesus called my instructor, Steve Hannah home.
Steve, a Pedro Sauer black belt, was a very close friend, and a mentor.
He had been fighting a malignant brain tumor for about a year and had several, major, miraculous respites...times when he was told death was imminent and then would get a lenghthy reprieve.
(In fact, he had brain surgery and several weeks later, was in UT sparring brown belts in high altitude-where he was awarded his black belt).
During these reprieves, Steve compressed a life time over several months. I was blessed to have lunch with him 2 days ago. We laughed over old memories and he was very much at peace. When we were leaving, I hugged him and told him I loved him and that I appreciated his influence over my life. He told me, "you know, I am just ready to cast off this mortality, this corrupted body, for incorruption" and looked heavenward. His peace and strength were very comforting.
He leaves a wife and 4 children and a lot of friends who will miss him dearly.
However, I know he has just pulled off the ultimate counter. Death had him mounted, and was sinking in a choke...yet he has pulled off the ultimate counter and now lives where there is no more threat or fear of death, or pain, or disease; he has conquered them all.
I hope I can represent his legacy and do honor to his memories.
R.I.P Steve...I will see you again!