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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.

Aikido Philosophy

Introduction In their encounters with life, thinking people of all times and places have asked the same big questions, offering different answers in keeping with...

The Origins of Martial Arts in the UK

Jujutsu Arrives On the 26th of September 1899 a British engineer, called Barton-Wright, returned to England after an extended period of living and working in...

Is Aikido A Martial Art

Sensei Henry Ellis - 2001 This article originally appeared in 3 parts on the Cyberkwoon website. It is here published in its entirety. PART 1 At...

Henry Ellis Aikido

Henry Ellis was born May 3rd 1936 in a tough coal mining town in the County of Yorkshire, North of England. This was pre-war...

Dont Say There is No Kicking or Punching in Aikido

By Rik Ellis ~ I am a MMA / Cage Fighter trained by Alex Reid and Suleman Raja, but I have a strong background...

The Theory of Kyu-Shin-Do

Kyu = Desire – Yearn – Sphere – Circle – Search – Study. Shin = Heart – New – Spirit – True – To be...

Origins of the Colored Belt System, My Thoughts

The most popular theory of the origins of the coloured belt system is that it was originated by the father of Judo himself `...

The Budo Masters

In the past 50 years I have been most fortunate to not only meet but study with many of the Budo Masters who  have...

Recollections of the Early Days of Aikido Great Britain

In 1957, I (Henry Ellis) was studying Judo and Karate at the Abbe School of Budo at the "Hut" in Hillingdon, Middlesex, a suburb...

The British Aikido Tree

The British Aikido Tree is a graphic illustration of all the early teachers from the arrival of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei to Britain in 1955....

British Aikido – Full Circle

Aikido Legacy The history of British Aikido offers a rich and proud legacy for the genuine students of both today and of the future. A...

Aikidoka Derek Eastman Interview

I have known Sensei Derek Eastman for some 12 years and during those years I have heard so many stories about both Sensei Eastman and...

Kenshiro Abbe, A Man with too Many Friends

Kenshiro Abbe was born on the 15th December 1915, in a small village on the island Shikoku, part of the Tokushima Province. It was...

An Interview With Henry Ellis of Positive Aikido

Where and when were you born Henry Ellis? I was born in Yorkshire, in May 1936 in a little coal mining village called Brampton, near...

Masahilo Nakazono Memorial Aikido Event

The Masahilo Nakazono Memorial Aikido took place on October 27, 2007, at the Neath Sports Centre. The event was organised by The Committee for UK...

The Kenshiro Abbe 50th Celebration

Henry Ellis, a direct student of the legendary Budo master Kenshiro Abbe Sense, from 1957 describes the event at the Crystal Palace Sports Centre,...

The Speech Presented by Futao Motai – Kenshiro Abbe Jubilee Celebration

This speech was presented by Futao Motai at the Kenshiro Abbe Jubilee Celebration on May 14, 2005 at the Crystal Palace Sports Centre London,...

Friends of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei?

The Kenshiro Abbe Memorial Tribute website and its contributors are either direct or indirect students of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. Students, who would never refer...