The British Aikido Tree

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. The Japanese teachers are placed in the order of their arrival in Britain, featuring from left to right with their title / rank at that time.

The Hut Dojo – – The Abbe School of Budo

As one researches the internet for information on Aikido and various teachers within the UK, It is common to see many claims to have trained at the Hut Dojo in the 1950/60’s under the direction of Kenshiro Abbe Sensie, also claiming to have been graded in Aikido by Abbe Sensie or Mikito Nakazono Sensei.

If you see such bizarre claims and that person is not on this Aikido tree or the original grading board which is in the “Photo Gallery” then you can rest assured that the individual has not received his dan grade at the Hut Dojo, and he is telling large porkies.

The British Aikido Tree

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Henry Ellis
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.