Tuesday, 9 January 2018

" If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything " - Mark Twain

The Book ` Positive Aikido ` available on Amazon.

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Aikido - 1955 - 2016 - For those that studied with Sensei's  Kenshiro Abbe - Tadashi Abe -Masahilo Nakazono - TK Chiba Sensei in those early days will remember their Aikido being true Budo, something that very few will ever see or feel again - Read " Aikido Then and Now - 1955 - 2015.

Aikido - Then and Now - 1955 - 2016

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 1915 - 1985

Judo 8th dan - Aikido 6th dan - Karate 6th dan - Kendo 6th dan - Kyudo 6th dan - JuKendo 6th dan 
All Japan Judo Champion - beating the great  Masahiko Kimura who described Abbe Sensei as `` trying to catch the wind ``

Henry Ellis Shihan 
Diploma's signed by Osensei Morihei Ueshiba (2) - Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Masahilo Nakazono Sensei - TK Chiba Sensei - Doshu M Uesehiba.

As a privileged student of the legendary Budo master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei  I am often asked the following question. 

 What is the difference between the Aikido of the 1950s and the Aikido of today ?"

1950s - There were only 5 Aikido dan grades in the whole of the UK - all graded by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - when Mutsuo Nakazono arrived at the invitation of Abbe Sensei and Osensei, the five dan grades all had to be re-graded to meet the then standard of Hombu Dojo.

The grading was tough the first time, it was hell to have to do it all again

1950s - This was a time when there were only 5 dan grades in the whole of the UK  for Aikido. They were all highly respected, simply because everyone knew that even the lowest grades had been honestly earned through blood sweat and tears.

Unlike today, where many dan grades are often given almost as a Christmas present by students to their own teachers, the self grading is followed by ordering the unqualified grading certificates online from the inept  UK governing body for Aikido `` The British Aikido Board ``  - one can simply visit the ` BAB ` website where for a modest fee, one can order the dan grade certificate of their choice. followed by a now too common a dismal claim  for credibility " British Aikido Board Approved ".

Unfortunately for  those that know no difference, this claim would appear to add the appearance of some form of credibility and legitimacy,  yet, for those that know the truth, they know it is nothing but crusty soft centered unadulterated BS .

In those early days students never handed out titles to their own teachers, such as Sensei - Shihan - Grand master - Soke - Hanshi - Doctor - Professor, or any other grand title  one can think of..

Just imagine being back at school and the kids collectively informing the teacher that the class had jointly awarded him/her a PhD,  now that would be worth six strokes of the cane on both hands, and time out locked in a small cupboard for their pathetic stupidity in my war time school days in the 1940s.

Right: ` The Hut Dojo ` the birthplace of British Aikido 1955.

My teacher - The legendary and humble Budo master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 8th dan - only ever used the title of `Sensei ` - yet, since his death in 1985,  I often see him referred to as Shihan - Professor  - and even Doctor - Abbe Sensei is also referred to as 10th dan - why ?  It is sad that people grade themselves, it is even sadder that they also take it upon themselves to grade Abbe Sensei.

1960 - Photo below: Kenshiro Abbe teaching - Henry Ellis centre.

I read of one Aikido teacher who claimed in a newspaper article posted on his own website - 

" Sensei Blogsworth  was so surprised and proud when his senior students promoted him to 7th dan - he is now one of the highest graded professional  Aikido teachers in the world ".

As I type this, I am thinking to myself  " by now his students will have probably graded him to 8th dan " -  It is enough to make an old man cry.

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei taught that uke should always attack on balance - todays it is more often a ukemi flying attack with uke being overly compliant and acrobatics and the attack is a combination of 30% attack and 70% ukemi  ( break falling ) which contributes to the mockery of Aikido, not unlike an image of Yogi Bear Aikido.

Abbe Sensei's teaching - If  one attacks on balance, then the techniques have to be good to control the attacker - the nod of the head, and no touch throws would then be comical and ridiculed, sadly, many students show as much resistance as an unattached piece of string.

It was also a time when there was no Aikido with ribbons, if anyone had been daft enough to come into the dojo with a bundle of coloured ribbons ?  they would have been found hanging by them from the Hut Dojo roof beams or directed to the nearest ` Morris Dancing ` club.
There was never ever Aikido to music in the dojo, I will admit there was often a hum from sweaty gi's and feet.

It was a time when Aikido was a respected martial art, respected by all the other m/a.

If Abbe Sensei thought his teaching wasn't getting through - no words were spoken - Sensei would `tap` the offending body part with the light crack of a Shiinai - this was a very successful method of teaching, it gained immediate attention, it would be a reminder, and an indicator to the student what their problem was, no one ever complained - The Ki people would be in tears today.

It was a time when students would train hard, and the techniques would be strong and effective, everyone attacks a little different, therefore you cannot plan what your defense would be, the attacker makes your defense ( or not ) It was a time when people trained hard to understand the techniques - if, as so many do today, trying to scientifically analyze Aikido with engineering and physics, Aikido is natural feeling and movement, not for some,  for example, if a student asked Kenshiro Abbe or Mutsuro Nakazono anything of a technical nature, they were told to practice with an ` empty mind ` only a clear mind will adsorb the  knowledge.

Left: The 4th dan certificate presented to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei by Emperor Hirohito of Japan in the 1930s.


This was a time when Kenshiro Abbe sensei was the only 8th dan in the UK .

We now live in a different age, a crazy age, where 7th and 8th dans and now 9th dans are like post-boxes, with at least one in almost every town and village in the UK,  thanks to the inept - " BAB   -  you can grade yourself, or ask your students to grade you - and simply add ``British Aikido Board Approved ``. It is as creditable or as worthless as ordering a doctorate online.

Aikido training In those early days with Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and a little encouragement of a Shinai, the training  was very physical, building fitness, fighting spirit, and physical and mental strength and a positive attitude towards your training and daily life, 

I was a dan grade in Aikido before many of of the so-called modern Aikidoka were born - yet, they state  " There is no kicking or punching in Aikido " - they should say ` there is no kicking and punching in their tree hugging Aikido `.

With Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, after the warm up session, there was always a 30 min session of kicking and punching techniques, this was followed with push-ups, depending on grade, with between 20 for beginners and two hundred for dan grades, the push-ups were on the back of the wrists with fingers pointing inwards followed by fingers pointing  outwards.

It was also a time when all Aikido came under the respected `British Aikido Council` [BAC] overseen by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and Ken Williams Sensei the BAC national coach.

In later years we would see the creation of the so-called governing body for Aikido, the ` British Aikido Board` [BAB] 

This was a group that started with good heart and honest intentions, only to become  an overly bureaucratic body that would recognize its own grandmother as an ` approved ` Hanshi or dan grade,  an organisation that would later offer online dan grades for money. an organisation that would support the corruption of the true proud history and lineage of British Aikido from 1955, a support that failed miserably, which brought the British Aikido Board in to disrepute  slow decline.

The BAB would knowingly recognize well known fraudulent practitioners grades, publicly promote the offenders profile to its membership and the genral public. 

The BAB allow the endless use and abuse of `` BAB Approved `` for the promotion of self appointed titles of Shihan - Hanshi - Grandmaster - Professor - Doctor - Soke .

The British Aikido Board has now become a home for the homeless Aikidoka, the established organisations such as the JAC and the BAA, which are creditable organisations who are all associated with their Japan HQ - these organisations have resigned from the BAB.

Times change, people change, and Aikido will change - but sadly it is not always for the better.

Admin - Henry Ellis

Co-author of Positive Aikido`


Is Aikido a Martial Art ? - Blitz Australasia Magazine Nov 2006

The subject "Is Aikido a Martial Art?" an article which has received world wide appeal and interest.This was shown by the interest from `Blitz Martial Arts Magazine` which covers the vast Australasia region.`Aikido Today Magazine` also covered this article for the Americas.I have received some negative responses from the anonymous plastic samurai - on the other hand there has been a rewarding large response from genuine students who were not afraid to add their names.Today Aikido is ridiculed by members of the public and more so from other martial artists, this is deserved in most cases with some of the antics we see from `comedy aikidoists` with their pseudo religious teachings with music and ribbon dancing in the dojo.Ki students breathing through their toes - Ki people trying to knock apples off each others heads with the power of their Ki - you could not make this crap up - someone already did.

Henry Ellis


____________________________________________MMA PROSPECTS MAGAZINE________________________________________________

MMA PROSPECTS Interview with Rik Ellis - "Aikido within MMA"

Click here "Aikido within MMA" for the Rik Ellis article in "MMA Prospects"Aikido within MMA

Rik Ellis a dan grade in Aikido and a professional MMA / Cage fighter interviewed by the online magazine " MMA Prospects " - Rik discusses his Aikido background and his serious involvement in MMA.

Rik Ellis is also the author of the controversial article "Aikido in MMA".

Rik is the son of Henry Ellis 6th dan International BiranKai - AikiKai Hombu.

Rik Ellis




BRITISH AIKIDO BOARD EXPOSED...Click the link below to read "British Aikido Board Exposed".

The discredited British Aikido Board in recent years has been guilty of crass and appalling conduct. The true extent of which was not realised until an ex BAB Executive contacted Henry Ellis to advise him that the senior BAB Executives had been guilty of defamation of the good name of Henry Ellis and character by spewing lies and false rumours that Ellis had been charged with GBH ( grievous bodily harm ) this offence is second only to murder..The irony of this slander is that Henry Ellis did not even have a parking ticket against his name.

The ex BAB Executive has fully exposed the BAB for what they truly are in the link below,stating that he would willingly stand up in any court to back his statements.




Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Early 1960s Aikido Newspaper Cuttings

Early 1960s Newspaper Cutting - Henry Ellis & Derek Eastman.

Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman made what was in the early 1960s a major breakthrough for Aikido - it was accepted by the `UK Further Education System`.This class was the first such class.Many of the ladies in the class were school teachers, they thought that Ellis Sensei was hard and cruel for throwing Derek Eastman around the mat. After class there was a tea room where I would be standing on my own. Derek would have all the ladies fussing around him,he was getting more fancy cakes than any man could eat.I was never even offered a broken biscuit. This went on for several weeks until I learned that Derek was telling these ladies that I was not only cruel to him at their class, but also back at the Hut Dojo and everywhere else.He was loving all the fussing care and attention.

Henry Ellis


1963 - Opening of the first `Bracknell Aikido Dojo` - Bracknell News.

Henry Ellis a pioneer of UK Aikido was the first dan grade to open his own dojo outside of the famous `Hut Dojo`. In 1963 Ellis opened the first Bracknell Aikido Dojo almost 50 years later there is still a `Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido` in Bracknell.
The photo in the newspaper is Ken Williams Sensei the first UK student of Aikido with Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. Williams Sensei was the national coach for UK Aikido - Henry Ellis was Sensei Williams personal assistant.

Henry Ellis


1963 - Opening of the first `Bracknell Aikido Dojo` - Bracknell Standard.

Ken Williams Sensei throwing Henry Ellis and BIG Ron James who is the one sprawled on the mat.We were very fortunate to get a lot of publicity for the new dojo which became an instant success and continues to be so today some 50 years later.

Henry Ellis


1963 Opening of the Bracknell Dojo - Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido.

Ken Williams Sensei throwing Big Ron James in a public demonstration at the new Bracknell dojo.

Henry Ellis


TK Chiba Sensei 1968 Summer School Bracknell - Geoff Goodwin a favourite student of Chiba Sensei.

Geoff Goodwin 2nd dan was a favourite uke of Chiba Sensei - Geoff was one of the toughest guys you will ever meet - a natural and devastating street fighter. Chiba Sensei described him as one of the most dangerous men he had ever met.
Geoff was my personal assistant for several years.

Henry Ellis


Rik Ellis and his Planned Visit to the USA

Rik Ellis and his father Henry Ellis had been invited to visit New Mexico USA in 2011 - This visited had to be re-scheduled for later in 2012.

Henry Ellis


Early Aikido in Glasgow Scotland - 1960?

Early Aikido in Glasgow Scotland - 1960?

Henry Ellis with lady student Ms Fay Laurie. I believe this photo was of a seminar at Tom Weir Sensei's dojo in Glasgow Scotland. Weir Sensei was the first Aikido dan grade in Scotland and became the official Aikido representative to Ken Williams Sensei and the British Aikido Council - BAC - under the direction of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.

Henry Ellis


Monday, 28 September 2015

                         FOR SALE                               

                                " Aikido Today Magazines "

                             To be sold shortly on EBAY UK

           Aikido Today Magazines 36 magazines from 1993 to 2000

Sadly due to the impact of internet, the excellent magazine "Aikido Today" is no more. This was a great informative magazine for all international Aikidoka, complete with great interviews and stories.

Aiki.com is the residual business of Aikido Today Magazine, Aikido’s premier magazine for 19 years. Aikido Today Magazine was an international non-partisan magazine dedicated to opening the Aikido world. It began in 1987 and finished its run with the 100th issue covering July/ Aug 2005.

To be sold as one item - offers - Henry Ellis  ellisaikido@hotmail.com

Buyer to pay postage - or collect.

ATM # 31; Vol. 7 No 5; Dec 93 / Jan 94 ` Aikido and Morality ` - Interview `Henry Kono Sensei` and others. ( as new )

ATM # 32; Vol. 7 No 6 ; Feb / March 94 ` Being Thrown` - Interview ` Fred Donaldson ` and others. ( slight wear )

ATM # 33; Vol. 8, No 1; April / May 1994 ` Aikido & the Martial Arts ` Interviews `Koichi Tohei ` - Hiroshi Ikeda` and others. ( as new )

ATM # 34; Vol. 8, No 2; June / July 1994 ` Aikido & the Gentle Ways` - Interviews ` Mitsugi Saotome` and Yoshio Kuroiwa ` - and others ( excellent condition )

ATM # 35; Vol. 8, No 3; August / September 1994 - ` Aikido and Health` - Interview ` Mary Bond ` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 36; Vol. No 4; October / November 1994 `Aikido Around the World` - Interviews ` Takeshi Kimeda ` and `Henry Ellis` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 37; 8, No 5; Dec 94 / Jan 1995 - ` Coming to be and Passing Away ` - Interviews ` Moriteru Ueshiba and Yoshimitsu Yamada and others. ( good condition )

ATM # 38; Vol. 8, No 6; Feb / March 1995 - ` Aikido and Management ` - Interviews ` Mitsugi Saotome ` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 39; Vol. 9, No. 1; April / May 1995 - ` Aikido and Self- Defence ` - Interview ` Nedko Panayotov ` and others. ( condition good )

ATM # 40; Vol. 9, No. 2; June / July 1995 – Aikido and Self
– Defence ` - Interviews ` Iwao Yamaguchi ` - ` Patty Saotome` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 42; Vol. 9, No, 4; October / November 1995 - ` Community Responsibility ` - Interviews ` John Stevens ` and others ( good condition ).

ATM # 44; Vol. 9, No, 6; February / March 1996. – Interviews ` Dennis Hooker ` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 45; Vol. 10, No. 1; April / May 1996. – “ Surroundings “ – Interviews ` Peter Goldsbury ` and others ( good condition)

ATM # 46; Vol. 10, No, 2; June / July 1996. - “ Conflict Resolution “ – Interviews ` Mitsugi Saotome ` and others ( condition good )

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ATM # 49; Vol. 10, No, 5; December 1996 / Jauary 1997. – “ Remembering Japan “ – Interviews ` Kaz Tanahashi` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 47; Vol. 10. No. 3; August / September 1996. – Interviews `Morihiro Saito` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 48; Vol. 10. No. 4; October / November 1996. – “ Health “ – Interviews ` Peter Benarth ` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 50; Vol. 10. No. 6; February / March 1997. – “ The Shihan Problem “ – Interviews - `Kaz Tanahashi ` and others – ( good condition ).

ATM # 52; Vol.11, No. 1; July / August 1997. – “ Osensei Rites of Spring “ (good condition )

ATM # 53; Vol. 11, No. 2; September / October 1997. Interviews - ` Bill Sosa ` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 54; Vol. 11. No 4; November / December 1997. – Interviews “ Ralph Glanstein “ and others – ( good condition )

ATM # 55; Vol. 12, No. 1 ; January / February 1998. “ Interviews by Ronald Rubin and others. ( good condition )

ATM # 56; Vol. 12, No. 2; March / April 1998. – Interview ` Yoshimitsu Yamada ` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 57; Vol, 12, No, 3; May / June 1998. – Interviews ` M Saotome ` - ` Andre Nocquet`. 9 good condition )

ATM # 58; Vol. 12, No 4; July / August 1998. – Interviews – `Nobyuoshi Tamura` - ` Ayako Yamamoto` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 59; Vol. 12, No 5; September / October 1998 – Interviews ` Brendan Dowling ` - Kazuuaki Tanahashi` and others – ( good condition )

ATM # 60; Vol, 12, No 6; November / December 1998 – Interviews `Mutsuko Minigishi` - `Peter Goldsbury` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 61; Vol. 13, No 1; January / February 1999 – Interviews `Jim Frisen` - `Kazuaki Tanahashi` and others ( good condition )

ATM # 62; Vol. 13, No, 2; March / April 1999 – “ In Memoriam: Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba” ( good condition )

ATM # 63; Vol. 13, No, 3; May / June 1999 – “ Aikido and the Sword “ – “In Memory of Andre Noquet” – and others – ( good condition )

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ATM # 64; Vol. 13; No, 4; July / August 1999 – Interviews “ Y Kuroiwa “ – “ M Inoue” and others – ( good condition )

ATM # 66; Vol. 13; No, 6; November / December 1999 – Interviews – “ George Leonard “ and others. ( good condition )

ATM # 68; Vol. 14, No. 2; March / April 2000. – Interview “ Kenji Ota “ and others, (good condition )

ATM # 69; Vol. 14, No. 3; May / June 2000. – Interview “ Shingo Nakao” and others, ( good condition )

ATM # 70; Vol. 14, No. 4; July / August 2000. – Interviews “ Motomichi Anno” and others, ( good condition)

ATM # 71; Vol. 14, No. 5; September / October 2000. – Interviews “ William ` slim` Coyle “ and others ( good condition )

ATM # 72; Vol; 14, No. 6; November / December 2000. – Interviews “ Hiroaki Kobayashi “ – Gerard Blaize “ and others – ( good condition ).

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Visit Aikido Books for `Positive Aikido`
British Aikido History
1955 - 2012

The official British Aikido History site - Is dedicated to the true history of Aikido in the UK from its inception in 1955 by the legendary Budo Master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.

Right: Kenshiro Abbe Sensei with Ken Williams Sensei at the Hut Dojo.

Right: Mitsusuke Harada Sensei

Right: Henry Ellis - Mitsusukie Harada - Derek Eastman join Harada Sensei at the TK Chiba Celebration in 2006. Harada Sensei was invited to the UK in 1963 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - He held his first classes at the Hut Dojo. Harada had no students to begin with - Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman studied Karate with Harada, he in turn studied Aikido with them - Harada began to incorporate Aikido moves later into his Shotokai Karate as can be seen in his teachings today.

The site is maintained by AikiKai Shihans Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman -  The last two surviving pioneers from that exciting era of the birth of Aikido in the UK at the famous "Hut Dojo"

Ellis & Eastman Sensei's are co-authors of the book `Positive Aikido` - they are proud to have their diplomas signed by legends - Osensei Morihei Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Masahilo Nakazono - Masamichi Noro - TK Chiba - Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.

Click here for the British Aikido History Blog >  British Aikido History Site

Earliest known film/video of UK Aikido Demonstration - 1963.

USAF - UK Air Base - European Judo Championships.

Henry Ellis - Derek Eastman - Geoff Goodwin.
Click here -> Earliest UK Aikido Demonstration.

The British Aikido Board - Jack Poole Controversy Slide Show

The British Aikido Board Controversy Slide Show.

Documented evidence of the conduct of the UK Governing Body for Aikido.

Detailing the BAB's attempted collusion with one Mr Jack Poole to change forever the true proud history and lineage of British Aikido, from its inception to the UK in 1955 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.

Henry Ellis was actually Mr Poole's first teacher as one can clearly see from the large collection of photos and statements, this did not deter the BAB from proudly parading Mr Poole along-side his teacher as a `Pioneer of British Aikido` .

Imagine you are a direct student of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and recognised by the Doshu and TK Chiba as a true pioneer of British Aikido - The UK Aikido governing body invite you to receive an award in recognition of this - As you wait to meet the Lord Mayor of Birmingham - you hear a shuffling sound - you look behind - standing there unannounced is one of your old students in line to receive the same award as a pioneer - unbelievable.You could not make this up - The BAB did.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

AIKIWEB Articles - K Abbe - M Nakazono - M Noro - TK Chiba


Four Articles - Featuring: - 1st Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 2nd Masahilo Nakazono - 3rd Masamichi Noro - 4th TK Chiba Sensei.

______________________________________________"THE BUDO MASTERS"_______________________________________________

_____________________Kenshiro Abbe ~ ~ Masahilo Nakazono ~ ~ Masamichi Noro ~ ~ Kazuo Chiba _____________________

Henry Ellis 6th dan AikiKai Hombu - Co-author of "Positive Aikido". Relates stories of training with the early Budo Masters.
_______4 Articles - featuring 1st Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 2nd Masahilo Nakazono - 3rd Masamichi Noro - 4th TK Chiba_______

______________________________________CLICK the ARTICLE of YOUR CHOICE_____________________________

1st - Article: Kenshiro Abbe _____“Trying to Catch the Wind”_____
Click Here - AikiWeB Article - "It Had to be Felt".~ Kenshiro Abbe - "Trying to Catch the Wind".

2nd - Article: Masahilo Nakazono ______”A Man of Peace and Pieces”______
.Visit Aikiweb Click here >- Aikiweb - Nakazono Sensei Article

3rd - Article: Masamichi Noro ______The White Tornado__
Visit Aikiweb - Click Here - "The White Tornado"

4th - Article: Kazuo Chiba ______Two Handsome Young Men___Click here - "Two Handsome Young Men"

Henry Ellis a direct student of the legendary Budo master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei from 1957. "AikiWeb" has published 4 articles to add to their popular Ellis Amdur article collection of "It Had to be Felt" `IHTBF`.

British Aikido Board Blog - Click here ->BAB Blog - BAB Blog ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Henry Ellis speech - Anniversary Dinner - TK Chiba's 40 years in the UK.

Henry Ellis Sensei joined Chiba Sensei in the 1960s shortly after his arrival in the UK.


Friday, 25 September 2015

_____________Popular Aikido Magazines and Articles____________

Many martial arts magazines have have suffered from the impact of the advent of the internet with the availablity of free articles and information . `AikidoToday` and `Fighting Arts International` were two popular magazines that ultimatley became victims.


"Fighting Arts International Magazine"

"Positive Aikido" - the Article 

"Fighting Arts International Magazine".by Henry Ellis

Click here - "Fighting Arts Article"Fighting Arts Magazine< FAI.

1996 - Arthur Lockyear Sensei asked to interview me for Terry O'Neill's elite magazine "International Fighting Arts Magazine" for which he was the Aikido correspondent.
At the end of the interview over a pint of beer,Arthur said to me " Henry, can I ask you something that I have heard about you for many years,which still persists to this day ?". I smiled with a yes,waiting for the question. Arthur reminded me of an incident some 30 years earlier at the - TK Chiba Sensei 1967 Summer School - where I was assistant to TK Chiba Sensei. Arthur asked if the following story was true?.
The seminar was being held in the North of England, and I was a southerner, never a good mix at any time. On the morning of the first day of the seminar I was called into Chiba Sensei's changing room, he said to me "Mr Ellis,these northern students are good students, but they do not have your strict etiquette", Sensei went on to explain that he resented them putting their arms around his shoulder,slapping him on the back and calling him Kazuo. I just looked at Sensei in disbelief, he asked that I speak to them before he came on the mat. This was the start of a weeks summer course. I explained the required etiquette rather politely to all attendees thinking that was the end of the matter,not so,one group were angry,they objected strongly, they said they would continue as they were. I then explained that I would personally take any and all disrespectful students off the mat and personally deal with them. There was no further acts of familiarity with Sensei, but I had made many enemies,it would appear some were for life lol. I could not believe that people were still upset to this day by something that took place 30 or more years ago..I assured Arthur it was a true story.

Henry Ellis

Saturday, 18 February 2012


"Recollections of the Early Days of Aikido in GB"

CLICK HERE for the article from >Early Days of British Aikido

"Aikido Today Magazine" This excellent magazine was until its demise the worlds leading Aikido Magazine,it was, as with many other publications, overtaken by access to free information and articles on the internet.

I was pleased and privileged to have the opportunity to write the article "Recollections of the Early Days of Aikido in Great Britain" for this premier magazine.

Henry Ellis

Aikido Today Magazine - No 98 - April 2005

"Is Aikido a Martial Art?" - Aikido Today Magazine No 98

Click Here for the article >  Is Aikido a Martial Art ?

Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman trained with many great Budo teachers - Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Tadashi Abe Sensei - Masahilo Nakazono Sensei - Masamichi Noro Sensei - TK Chiba Sensei.Mutsuki Harada Sensei - Tomio Otani Sensei..In the 1950s and 60s Aikido was hard and truly martial. Aikido has changed so much as students no longer want to train hard to earn the right to wear a black belt.This was a time before teachers did Aikido to music or worse Aikido with multi-coloured ribbons.There was no Ki Aikido or no touch throws. The question is often asked "Is Aikido a Martial Art?"..
Henry Ellis

" FIGHTERS ONLY MAG " Steven Seagal ~ Rik Ellis.

Fighters Only Magazine - Steven Seagal  -  Rik Ellis


Article written by Steve Tallantyre.

Click Pages to Enlarge

" Fighters Only Mag "

Steven Seagal Article plus Rik Ellis contribution...The worlds leading international fighters magazine discusses Seagals involvement in MMA...... Rik Ellis offers his view of the application and transference of Aikido techniques / movement to MMA...
I was pleased to be invited to be involved in the publication of this article.

Rik Ellis - Aikido/MMA

Martial Arts Illustrated April 2006

Click here - "The Long and Winding Road"

Click here for the article"The Long and Winding Road"
Interview with martial arts illustrated correspondent Keith Morgan and Henry Ellis. This is the true story of the early origins of British Aikido from its inception in 1955 with the arrival of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei to the UK.

This interview was one of the most rewarding ones I have done over the years.Keith Morgan asked many searching questions that would cause me to did deep into my many memories as Derek Eastman was also involved and there were many "hey,do you remember this accompanied by much laughter at the good old days, they were tough, but they were good.

Henry Ellis