Henry Ellis began studying judo, karate and kendo at the 'Hut' in the early 1950's adding aikido in 1957, one of the first students under Sensei Kenshiro Abbe. At the same time he became first Assistant to Sensei K.Williams. By 1958 as a 3rd Kyu, he was teaching at the hut. In 1959 Sensei Ellis was awarded 1st Dan Aikido by Sensei Kenshiro Abbe. He was later re-graded by Sensei M. Nakazono (as were all the Dan grades of that period) to official Hombu standards. He received his Shodan certificate, signed by O'Sensei. He became Assistant National Coach for Aikido under Sensei K.Williams.