Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Welcome to my site

Visit My Aikido & Judo Video Site ~ Click -> Henry Ellis Aikido & Judo Videos A growing collection of early and modern Aikido and Judo videos..H Ellis - D Eastman - H Foster - K Chiba - M Nakazono - K Abbe - T Abe.
             

Article: "Women in Martial Arts" by Anita Wilson - scroll down.

Anita Wilson Sensei teaching in Alamorgodo New Mexico USA with German student Otto Prediger one of several German students stationed at Holloman AFB - at the beautiful White Sands desert.








Left: Dave Rogers Sensei the USA ESTA representative and author of the book " Positive Aikido ". Right: Ladies Self-Defence class Bracknell UK.


My teacher Henry Ellis with his good friend and fellow UK Aikido pioneer Haydn Foster Sensei at his 50th celebration... Sadly Foster Sensei passed away on February13th 2011....Sensei's Foster & Ellis had started Aikido at the famous ``Hut Dojo `` from 1957 - After 55 yrs they were friends to the end.




My beloved Chevy Camaro... USA Registration plate.. I have had this car for 12 years.



British Aikido Origins from 1955 - Narration & Movie Slide-Show by Henry Ellis





Bracknell News November 9th 2000
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Scroll Down for the Anita Wilson Blog - Photos - Articles - Information.



British Aikido History
1955 - 2012

The 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.

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.


Right: Mitsusuke Harada Sensei

Right: Henry Ellis - Mitsusuke 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.

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

Article " Is Aikido a Martial Art ? " Click > Is Aikido a Martial Art ?

Earliest known UK Aikido film /video of a public Demonstration 1963.

USAF UK Air Base - European Forces Judo Championships.

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


Monday, 30 November 2015

Anita Wilson Sensei ~ Bracknell & Basingstoke Dojos













Anita Wilson Sensei ~ Bracknell & Basingstoke Dojos

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The Kenshiro Abbe 50th Memorial Event May 14th 2005.

This movie slide-show offers an indepth look at this very special day of Budo.Narrated by Henry Ellis....I was pleased to be involved in this event with my father ~ Rik Ellis.


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Sunday, 29 November 2015

D Eastman Shihan ~ A Wilson Sensei ~ A Lyon Sensei




Derek Eastman Shihan a pioneer of British Aikido and a direct student of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei congratulates Anita Wilson on her grading success.2007

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Anita Wilson receives Shodan Diploma from Jiro Nakazono Sensei.





In 2007 Anita Wilson Sensei receives her shodan certificate from Jiro Nakazono Sensei the son of the great Budo master Masahilo Nakazono Sensei who was also Anita's teachers teacher. Anita is the first lady to be graded to dan grade by Jiro Nakazono who to her amazement at the end of the " Masahilo Nakazono Memorial 2007 " presented Anita with his gi and family Hakama. Anita is also proud to be the first lady dan grade in the 50 years of the ` Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido` .
Anita is pleased and proud to have Karen Rutland Sensei join her as new lady dan grade within the ESTA
























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Aikido - Then and Now - 1955 - 2014

Henry Ellis - I am often asked the following question.

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


1950s - This was a time when all kyu and dan grades were highly respected, simply because everyone knew that even the lowest grade had been honestly earned through blood sweat and tears, not like today, often given as a Christmas present by your own students, or ordered online from the inept British Aikido Boards website for a modest fee.

Students never handed out titles to their own teachers, such as Shihan - Grandmaster - Soke - Hanshi - Doctor - Professor and any others you can think of.  - Just imagine being at school and the kids 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 in my school days.





Photo Left: Kenshiro Abbe teaching - Henry Ellis centre.

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei taught that uke should always attack on balance - today it is more often a ukemi attack with uke being overly compliant and acrobatic. 

If you attack 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, sadly, many students show as much resistance as an unattached piece of string.

Importantly, it was a time when students did not grade their own teachers as so many do today.
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.  

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 a 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 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.


1955

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 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 like ordering a doctorate online.

Aikido training In those early days by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and with alittle encouragement of a Shinai, the traing was very physical, building fitness, fighting spirit, and physical and mental strength, after the warm up, there was always a 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 of push-ups on the back of the wrists. 

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.

In later years we would see the creation of the so-called governing body for Aikido, the ` British Aikido Board` [BAB] - a body that started with good heart and honest intentions, only to become a 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.

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, the established organisations such as the JAC and the BAA, which are creditable organisations who are all associated with Japan HQ - these organisations have resigned from the BAB.

Aikido Dancing   -  Aikido Ribbon Dance  -  Nodding Aikido  - Fantasy Aikido - 

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

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