We are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Shihan Phil Anderson. Shihan Anderson came to the US Open every year with the national team, where he could always be found ringside, doing what he loved: coaching and encouraging his students. Our thoughts are with his friends and family in this difficult time. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 26th.
From ISKA South Africa President Paul Cave:
“It is with a heavy heart and a sad soul that I inform you that Shihan Phil Anderson passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning. Our condolences goes out to Corne Anderson, Phillip Anderson and Monique Jane Anderson at this time.
Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.
Tomorrow my friend, we will gather in your honour so please, ensure you are present in spirit that you can witness my last opportunity to make fun of you, tell a few stories of experiences we shared and finally, give you the best character reference to carry with you onward towards your next step in your spiritual journey. So, check your email and Google-doc sheet (inside NMA joke) and we will see you tomorrow.
The best and most beautiful things in the world don’t need to be seen, nor touched, they need only to be felt within.”
From ISKA President Cory Schafer:
“We have lost a friend and our industry has lost a giant. His physical stature was exceeded only by the size of his heart, his desire to see his students succeed and his love for our sport. ISKA’s global community mourns this loss and extends condolences to his family, friends and students.”
From US Open Director Mike Sawyer:
“A sad day- Phil was a great man; a sportsman of great leadership and a role models for students everywhere. Most of all, a wonderful family man and a great friend. He will be forever missed but held in fond memory by those of us who knew him.”