Wednesday, 7 September 2016

CLICK - Tribute Slide-Show to TK Chiba Sensei - 1940 - 2015

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POSITIVE AIKIDO the BOOK



Left: Front and Back Cover.

The book ` Positive Aikido ` - began life as a dojo information booklet a project by Dave Rogers Sensei of N M - USA,
Rogers Sensei a news media editor and 3rd dan USA representative of the ` Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido `. Rogers Sensei began collecting all the background knowledge - history and lineage of both Henry Ellis Shihan and Derek Eastman Shihan, who were both direct students of the legendary Budo Master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei from the 1950s and the birth of UK Aikido with K Williams Sensei at the famous `Hut Dojo`.  Over a period of 15 years Rogers Sensei had collected so much information he asked Ellis and Eastman Sensei's for permission to turn all those pages in to a book - and ` Positive Aikido ` was born.


Visit ` Aikido Books `for ` Positive Aikido ` and a great selection of other books - Aikido Books -
See the collection of books from 1905 and books by Minoru Mochizuki from 1956 - books by Tadashi Abe Sensei - ` My Past Way of Budo ` by Masahilo Nakazono Sensei, including his books on Kototama and Inochi.


Ellis and Eastman's diploma's are signed by Aikido legends - Morihei Ueshiba - Moriteru Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Mutsuro Nakazono - Masamichi Noro - TK Chiba.

The book is a down to earth approach to Aikido as a Traditional Martial Art.
Take note of the  warning in the books introduction pages, advising student to keep their money in their purse if they are looking for fantasy Aikido, or floating around the universe. or other such bizarre modern Aikido Kidology this book is not for you.

Ellis and Eastman studied with many Aikido legends, such as Kenshiro Abbe - Tadashi Abe - M Nakazono - J Nakazono - M Noro - H Tada - N Tamura - T Ishimura - H Kobayashi - T Otani - M Harada - TK Chiba.
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei taught Aikido as Budo and so did Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman.
The book is available on Amazon UK £10-95 - Amazon US $ 15-45.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

" It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty, and how few by deceit   " - Noel Coward




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

The Book ` Positive Aikido` available on Amazon

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 
1915 - 1985
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei story " Trying to Catch The Wind "
Henry Ellis tells of the early training with the legendary Budo Master Kenshiro Abbe. 

"No matter your pretense, you are what you are, nothing more " Kenshiro Abbe Sensei

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 8th dan Judo - 6th dan Kendo - 6th dan Karate - 6th dan Aikido - 6th dan JuKendo

Judo History

1933 - Promoted to 5th dan at age 19 years - Japans youngest holder of this grade.
1936 - Graduated 1st from ` Busen Martial Arts College of Judo` - Kyoto.
Won the main trophy in the all Japan East West Championships.
1936 - Won the 5th dan Championships in the Emperors Imperial Tournament.
1937 - Promoted to 6th dan - the youngest in Japan at 23 years of age.
1946 - Promoted to 7th dan at 31 years of age - the youngest ever in Japan.
1955 - Arrived in Britain as resident master at the ` London Judo Society `.
1956 - Appointed National Coach of the AJA
The great Japanese Judo Champion Takahiko Ishikawa 9th dan described Abbe Sensei as the worlds greatest teacher.

Appointments

Chief Instructor to the Kyoto Police & Doshisha University
Editor of National Japanese Judo Magazine
Director of Kodokan Judo Films.
Director of Kyoto Judo League .
Tech: Adviser and Broadcaster on Judo to Japanese Radio and Television Services.
Superintendent of Kyoto Police
Judo Instructor to Japanese Army Staff College.

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

Abbe Sensei's most Famous Fight

Kenshiro Abbe's  Senei's most famous fight as a Judoka occured in 1936 in Saineikan at the Imperial Palace - Tokyo.
The line comprised of all godan - the best and strongest competitors in all Japan.  
The best five were selected to fight all contestants , Abbe Sensei finished  each opponent in less than one minute, including Kimura Sensei, who at that time was regarded as the strongest Judoka in contemporary Japanese Judo History. 

by  Henry Ellis



Scroll down the right hand column for  ` The Myths of Abbe Senseisome rather amusing BS.

BS loading due to the increasing amount of BS from the MayoShinDo group, and many others, claiming to have been associated with Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, and KyuShinDo, all of which is an insult to the memory of Abbe Sensei.



My 10th dan BS Award goes to this story.
Extract: Sensei Bloggsworths  mother brought Kenshiro Abbe Sensei from Japan to London to personally teach her son - Abbe Sensei stayed at the Blogworths home teaching young Bloggsworth all of the Budo arts - Abbe Sensei was also the godfather to a future baby Bloggsworth.
[ Name changed to protect the Numpty ].


Visit the KyuShinDo Blog to read " W `Bill` Woods Sensei's  response to the claims of Mr Alf Bates of the ` Tokushima Budo Council`

Site Admin: Henry Ellis Shihan
This site is Dedicated
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Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 1915 - 1985

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei article - " Trying to Catch the Wind " 




Anton Geesink was trained by Haku Michigami sensei and his friend Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - they went to the Japan Tokyo Olympics together in 1964 - Abbe Sensei asked the Japanese champion Kaminaga to meet with him as he could advise him how to deal with Geesinks `favourite technique ` -  Kaminaga declined - the result is history.
Henry Ellis
Co-author ` Positive Aikido `


Kyu Shin Do
KSD was Abbe Sensei's theory and principal on the movement and application of technique.
This `theory` has been high jacked and used by many, KSD is / was, never a martial art. I now see people with high ranking dan grades in ` Kyu Shin Do ` - Abbe Sensei would be amazed that people now have grades in a theory.
by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 1915 - 1985

Kyu: To Study, or Seek

Shin: The Cosmic Nucleul Principal ( precise translation impossible ) . All motion in the universe maybe resolved basically, to a series of circular and semi-circular actions. This only by obeying this fundamental principal of motion: avoiding stiff, angular stances, or postures, that we can achieve the best Judo - Aikido - Kendo - Karate.
The three precepts of KyuShinDo  are as follows:

BANBUTSU RUTEN: All things existent in the universe are in a constant state of flux.

RITSU DO: This motion is rhythmic and flowing.

CHOWA: All things work and flow in perfect harmony and accord.
The human body naturally falls into this ordered state, when we perform physical techniques.
We study not only the movement alone, but seek the most basic principals behind the action.
One cannot make perfect separation of the spiritual and physical without death resulting through the basic idea of physical application, the spiritual import of the theory should follow naturally.
Please regard this very brief explanation, as you would the caption of an illustration, both requiring direct experience for complete understanding.
DO: Way, or Path.




Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Slide-show & Videos. 



The rare `Slide-Show` collection of photos from the 1950s/60s located below were loaned to me by Mrs Teresa Reeve - The widow of Bill Reeve Sensei, the first personal aide to Abbe Sensei - There are also photos of many other great Judoka of that time. Bill Woods and Fred Wainwright to name just two.






Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Joe Robinson.. 27 yrs of age and 17 stone (238 pounds ) publicly challenged Abbe Sensei who was retired from competitive Judo now aged 42 yrs and weighing just 12 stone ( 168 pounds )..It is clear that Abbe Sensei is the winner.. At this time Joe Robinson claimed to be world Judo champion.




Sensei`s - M Otani - B Reeve - K Abbe. Bill Reeve Sensei first personal aide to K Abbe Sensei.
I am pleased to have received this and many other photos from Mrs Teresa Reeve the widow of Bill Reeve ( centre ).. Reeve Sensei was a big man in many ways, he was a big influence on the early promotion of British Judo. He was also Kenshiro Abbe Sensei's personal aide. He supported Abbe Sensei from leaving the LJS to the development of the BJC and the associated BKC ~ BAC ...Bill Reeve was one of the few people that Abbe Sensei considered a `friend ` !!.
Mrs Reeve was graded to dan grade by Abbe Sensei.Mrs Reeve stated that her husband typed the letter to George Mayo that the MayShinDo group claim as a link to the `supposed` friendship between Abbe Sensei and Mr Mayo. Mrs Reeve stated that her husband objected to writing to Mr Mayo as he considered the man no more than a joke, Abbe Sensei thought that the students of Mr Mayo should be given the opportunity to learn true Judo..
Mr Mayo rather than join the BJC for the benefit of his students,decided to re-create himself as ` MayoShinDo ` and for a laugh he also claimed to be the founder of KyuShinDo - proving his sense of humour was the cherry on his cake with a grade of ``10th dan``


Scroll down to Item Four to see the full photo slide show of these treasured photos kindly provided by Mrs Teresa Reeve.

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei Demonstrating KYU SHIN DO Judo 1950s



Kenshiro Abbe Sensei Demonstrating  Juno Kata. 1950s




Click `` The Judo Review 1955 `` image to Enlarge


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British Aikido and Judo 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.

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


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 Film



Kenshiro Abbe Sensei introduced Aikido to the UK in 1955.
The British Aikido Board tried to change the true history and lineage by colluding with Jack Poole who claimed he was the first UK Aikidoka in 1952 which is total BS.
This Slide-Show exposes both the BAB and Jack Poole






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.

Sunday, 27 September 2015




The "Kenshiro Abbe Sensei Memorial Event 1955 - 2005 "


The event was totally sold out with a 425 capacity of students. The event was organised by genuine direct students and indirect students of Abbe Sensei. There were no BS students such as the MayoShinDo people in sight. There are now so many martial artists that claim some kind of connection to Abbe Sensei as a means of gaining some form of credibility. You can now view the full event video below.






                            Kenshiro Abbe Memorial 1955 - 2005

 


                    Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Founder of KyuShinDo


I have been contacted many times by students trying to verify their often misguided, and more often ludicrous claims of lineage, be it direct or indirect to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. It is important to remember when Abbe Sensei arrived in the UK in 1955 he was `tied` by contract to the London Judo Society `LJS` for approx one year.
Sensei amicably ended this contract to join Mutsutaro Otani Sensei - together in 1958 they formed the British Judo Council `BJC`.
Abbe Sensei lived at the home of Otani Sensei at 10 Stuart Road Acton London during his time in the UK.
Abbe Sensei was in great demand for Judo seminars - in addition to building a 35,000 strong international membership of the BJC - BAC - BKC - IBC.

Kenshiro Abbe loved my mums pie n chips.So, when some clown tells you that Abbe Sensei lived at his, or his teachers home for months enjoying his mothers pie and chips - teaching him all the Budo arts - perhaps, now one can see that these claims are a pile of unadulterated BS.Can you imagine Abbe Sensei staying at someones home giving personal tuition because he prefers  mums pie n chips  - rather than take care of his 35,000 members. If these people were not so sad they may even be considered amusing.


To many people with little or no understanding of the term `KyuShinDo` it sounds very nice and `Japanesy`.KSD is a theory of centripetal Judo application - many have used and abused the term in association with their own Judo - Karate - Aikido, and to some it has become a martial art ?? I have even seen people claiming to have grades in KyuShinDo - How the hell do you get a dan grade in a theory ? To many the use of the word KyuShinDo tries to falsely imply a link to Abbe Sensei.
Visit the KyuShinDo Blog
KyuShinDo Blog


Just one example:A guy recently left messages on my YouTube Kenshiro Abbe videos,he became abusive as he demanded to know why I had never mentioned his teacher, who he claimed was a true pioneer of British Aikido.
I explained the reason I never mentioned the guy was simple - I had never heard of him!.
He countered with " My teacher was a special student and friend of Kenshiro Abbe for twenty years.
I suggested he inform his teacher that Abbe Sensei was only in the UK for nine years.
They walk amongst us and breed.

Respect
Henry Ellis

Co-author of `Positive Aikido`.

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

A very interesting Japanese article on Kenshiro Abbe Sensei translated by Mr Syd Hoare Click here > Kenshiro Abbe Article




Mutsutaro Otani Sensei 1896 - 1977


M Otani Sensei 7th dan Judo - Sensei worked for many years as a swordsmith for the `Wilkinson Sword Company` London. I recieved the photo on the right from a member of the Wilkinson family. Sensei is actually making the sword used by Kirk Douglas in the film Spartacus. Kirk Douglas visited the Wilkinson factory where Otani Sensei presented the sword to the actor.


Kenshiro Abbe sensei
From the memoires of Bill Stopps Sensei aide to Otani Sensei from 1947.

O ne further example of this remarkable man’s approach to life was during the first time Kenshiro Abbe came to this country and devastated the best of our dan grades in the country. People who remember him taking on black belts at the Royal Albert Hall display in 1963 still speak of it with reverence. However, on returning to our dojo Mr Otani announced that his own Judo was now old fashioned and obsolete and we must now learn Mr Abbe’s method and in this he included himself.
T o me it was shattering, here was a man who could calmly throw away a lifetimse work and start again at the beginning without turning a hair. At this moment my esteem for my instructor crystallized and I knew whatever happened in the future, that incident would cancel anything. Mr Otani began to study these new techniques but fortunately Mr Abbe spotted what was happening and pointed out that the style and method of Mr Otani was now so rare that he must keep teaching it to preserve such a unique skill and knowledge.

Judo expands and so does the problems
T ime passed and other clubs began to spring up, new members joined and suddenly the Jubilee Club seemed to be torn with bickering and argument. One Sunday morning we were about to practice when Mr Otani called us together and demanded to know what the grievances were about. After one or two minor complaints one of the new members boldly suggested the reason for the trouble was that one of the committee members was coloured (this member was missing that morning) Many of the old members including myself were dumfounded and it was then that I saw another side of Mr Otani’s character

He said angrily “ You forget I am also a yellow colour , Judo is for all, let nobody here forget that,”! This was one of the very few occasions I saw my teacher furious. Shortly afterwards that complaining person and his faction left and a harmonious period again resumed






Saturday, 26 September 2015

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






                                                      
AIKIWEB - 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`.






Henry Ellis - 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






Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - A Victim of Too Many Myths


Scroll Down Right Column for More Myths


Left: Click photo to enlarge: - The Kenshiro Abbe Memorial Event May 14th 2005. Fully booked with 425 students and 700 spectators. There was not one `friend` of Abbe Sensei in sight - Not one single god-child - Not one Kyushindo expert - Just privileged direct students and their students.

This site was intended as a memorial site to our teacher Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
It is sad that we have to spend so much time and effort protecting the good name of Abbe Sensei from the growing number of unscrupulous plastic samurai,people who shamelessly use Abbe Sensei's name in an attempt to add some credibility to their sad lives.

In a recent Judo article in an Australian Martial Arts magazine,there were several crass claims, the most bizarre being; "After the war my teachers mother brought Abbe Sensei to England to teach her son Judo - Aikido - Kendo. Abbe Sensei lived at Moorehouse Sensei's home for several years". (This one registers high on the BSometer)

Here is a another "My teacher was taught by Abbe Sensei in 1950 in Germany"

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei came directly to the UK from Japan in 1955 under contract to the London Judo Society `LJS`.

Although it is not possible to keep up with the increasing crap from these people, we will highlight the myths when ever possible. Take a look down the right hand column to read some of the more popular myths.

Henry Ellis


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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.


`The Aikido Controversy`


Admin - Henry Ellis


Co-author of Positive Aikido`


http://britishaikido.blogspot.com/   



Tuesday, 6 March 2012




A very interesting Japanese article on Kenshiro Abbe Sensei

 translated by Mr Syd Hoare Click here > Kenshiro Abbe Article

Left:Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 1956 - Click Photos - Abbe Sensei arrived in the UK in 1955 at the invitation of the London Judo Society - LJS - These are some of the earliest newspaper cuttings.
Demonstrating Karate and Judo at a display in Chiswick London. Photo from the Chiswick Press.(For the benefit of the many crass abusers of the KyuShinDo name - This is not KyuShinDo Karate !!)Photo Right: 1978 -Kenshiro Abbe Sensei with his sister Izumi who is highly regarded as the finest lady exponent of the Naginata in Japan. This photo taken at the Tokushima Shinto Temple, one of the last few photos of Abbe Sensei before his death.


Left:Brentford & Chiswick Times Nov 9th 1956.
Kenshiro Abbe with Bill Woods


Right: Kenshiro Abbe Sensei at his home in Japan.
Photo courtsey of John Goldman Sensei.


Tuesday, 3 January 2012

K Abbe Sensei & The `BullShit Hall of Fame`

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei

&

The Bullshit Hall of Fame


When you hear or read the following items scrub your shoes and sniff the BS.

1- "Abbe Sensei changed his religion to become a Christian" - "Totally untrue" = BS"

2 - Several claims of "Abbe Sensei was the godfather to my child" = BS
How could a man with Abbe Sensei's religion and lifestyle take on the Christian responsibilities of a god parent?"
3 - "Abbe Sensei lived at my teachers home,teaching him all the budo arts" = BS
"Shortly after Abbe Sensei arrived in the UK he lived permanently with Matsutro Otani Sensei at 10 Stuart Rd, Acton London."

4 - "Abbe Sensei lived at my teachers home because he loved his mothers cooking" = BS
Untrue but comical. Abbe Sensei was the head of an organisation of some 35,000 members - I can just imagine Sensei saying " Forget the BJC! pass me another piece of pie".
5 - There are now so many claims "My teacher was taught JuJitsu (of one kind or another) by Abbe Sensei " = BS - Abbe Sensei was never known to have taught JuJitsu in the UK.
`Genuine` students of Abbe Sensei will tell you that Sensei never taught `any` form of JuJutsu.
6 - To claim that "Abbe Sensei left KyuShinDo in my Care"  or any other part of his Budo in some person or others care is pure un-adulteratedBS
7 - Abbe Sensei had a ``one off `` meeting with two brothers as they waited outside the dojo in the rain to speak to him, which would lead to a claim that Abbe Sensei taught them some form of JuJitsu. more BS
8 - My teacher was taught by Kenshiro Abbe in Germany in 1950 before he came to the UK - More BS - Abbe Sensei came directly from Japan to the UK in 1955 at the request of the London Judo Society.
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Many more to add. ( I can't keep up with the BS )

Monday, 2 January 2012

`Positive Aikido` a true Traditional Story






Techniques - History - Lineage - Anecdotes covering 55 years of Traditional Aikido.

For more information on the book `Positive Aikido` visit ->Positive Aikido the Book


Order a signed copy direct from Henry Ellis Sensei - Email - Henry Ellis Email


Henry Ellis & Derek Eastman 6th dan AikiKai-diplomas signed by: Osensei Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Masahilo Nakazono - TK Chiba - The Doshu Moriterue Ueshiba.

Item Two
Front and back covers.

About the Authors:
Henry Ellis & Derek Eastman 6th dan AikiKai Hombu - Diplomas signed by Osensei Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Mikoto Nakazono - TK Chiba Shihan - Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba..They are the last two pioneers of K Abbe Sensei from the inception of British Aikido from 1955..To purchase the book `Positive Aikido`. Order direct - please contact Dave Rogers Sensei (USA) the books main author. Please email Dave Rogers Email For price and postage.


Book also available on Amazon UK £10-95 free p&p & Amazon USA. $18.


For an in-depth review of "Positive Aikido" click here>Positive Aikido


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Thursday, 22 July 2010

K Abbe 50th Memorial Slide-Show




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Click photo to enlarge - Left: Derek Eastman Sensei teaching at the Kenshiro Abbe Memorial Event May 2005 the event was fully sold out...It was a spectacular day of Budo...Right: Derek Eastman and Henry Ellis the last two survivors from the inception of Aikido with Kenshiro Abbe Sensei in the 1950s.

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.



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

This movie slide-show offers an indepth look at this very special day of Budo.




Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 1950s Rare Photo Collection

Sincere Thanks go to Mrs Teresa Reeve the widow of Bill Reeve Sensei for sharing her treasured Photo Album with us all.
These photos are the personal property of Mrs Teresa Reeve who has kindly allowed me to share them with all of you...Please do not take any copies without express permission...This also applies to the followers of the Great Chief George Mayo ...
This photo album of previously unseen photos of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Bill Reeve Sensei ~ Bill Woods Sensei ~ A very young Tomio Otani Sensei & many other Judoka from the 1950s. Leave a message if you recognise any of these early Judoka.


Please visit the " British Aikido History Gallery " this one link gives you four old photo galleries Click here ~ British Aikido Photo Galleries




British Aikido Origins from 1955 - Narration & Movie Slide-Show by Henry Ellis ~ The Arrival of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Development of Budo in the UK.





The Golden Age of British Budo

1955 ~ 2011

In the UK there are few benefits from reaching the age of 75 years, except perhaps for no longer having to pay a small fortune for a TV license. For me it has more, much more.It means that I was privileged to study with Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. The 1950s was a time whether you were with Abbe Sensei or another group. It was a time of value. It was a time when grades were ``earned `` and titles were only on the cover of books. You trained hard for achievment. there were no false grades or titles.
It has has all gone wrong, but I really don't where. Henry Ellis






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"Kenshiro Abbe Sensei Memorial Site".
Articles ~ 4 Large Photo Galleries ->. Click here


See the new " Photo Slide Show " below ~ photos provided by Mrs Teresa Reeve the widow of William `Bill` Reeve Sensei.



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Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Joe Robinson.. 27 yrs of age and 17 stone (238 pounds ) publicly challenged Abbe Sensei who was retired from competitive Judo now aged 42 yrs and weighing just 12 stone ( 168 pounds )..It is clear that Abbe Sensei is the winner.. At this time Joe Robinson claimed to be world Judo champion.





Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 1950's historic videos . Click here

Click ~ Kenshiro Abbe film of a master technician

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Kenshiro Abbe in hakama at Aylesford Judo Club 1962. Dave Delderfield far left taking part in Kendo demo with Abbe Sensei.










Visit the KyuShinDo Blog

Read the new article "The Golden Age of British Budo "~ Click-> `` Click here
In 1955 Kenshiro Abbe Sensei introduced his theory of KyuShinDo as applicable to Judo movement. I never met any of the genuine students who truly understood Sensei's philosophy..KyuShinDo has become so many things to so many people. The name is added to everything but a Corn Flakes packet. Visit the KyuShinDo Blog to read our expose of the likes of George Mayo and his followers.






( 1963 ) Letter from Shohei Hamano, 9th dan.


The following letter has been received by the General Secretary of the British Judo Council. It has been translated from the original Japanese. Mr Hamano was an honoured guest of Mr Abbe during his visit to London this year and spent some time with members of the BJC at the now nationally famous Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell, Essex.


" In his youth Mr Abbe ranked among the cream of the best Judoka; In time he became a teacher and a fine leader. On seeing him in London after all this time, and watching him teach, I was delighted to find - just as I had expected - while on one hand following his own personal theory he is enthusiastic and strict, at the same time he is considerate and correct.
I was also happy to see his students practising seriously and keenly and above all, with a regard for etiquette.
I hope they will continue to study hard and penetrate further into the mystereries of Judo.
Shohei Hamano
9th dan Kodokan "








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K Abbe Sensei:~ Insult " KyuShinDo Karate Abbe Ryu "



The Blogs `KyuShinDo` & `Kenshiro Abbe` are fully supported by several surviving ``genuine `` original students of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei from 1955.
Take a look at this video example of the MayoShinDo group....KyuShinDo Karate - Using the names KyuShinDo and Abbe Ryu is an attempt to con the public into believing they have an association or lineage with Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
Click link to hear Mr Mayo 10th dan play " Old MacShinDo " on the Bagpipes
Click ~ Abbe Ryu - " Old MacShinDo " On the Bagpipes
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New article " KyuShinDo is not a Martial Art "
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We reluctantly accept that we cannot stem the growing abuse of the term KyuShinDo and the name of our legendary teacher Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. We can, and will, advise by all means possible to make all genuine students of today and of the future aware of the truth amongst the fog of myths and ponies. There are so few genuine students of Abbe Sensei left, it is sickening to think what will happen when they are gone.




The ``Myths & Mayo Porkie Files ``


Exposes some of the daft and utterly ridiculous stories that surround the life of this great Budo Master.
Porkie/s is a London Cockney rhyming slang term for lie/s ( Pork pie = lie )
Pony is rhyming slang for Pony Trap = Crap.

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Setting the Record Straight !



W `Bill` Woods Sensei - Reply to Alf Bates.

Bill Woods Sensei aide to K Abbe Sensei displays his anger at the claims of one Alf Bates and his claims to be the custodian of the Butokukwai and his suspect grades.


In answer to the nonsense printed about the Butokukwai and sent to me by a colleague, I am now setting out the truth of events.
I have in the past been very tolerant of Mr. Bates' wild claims which are probably made to justify his so-called grades. But by trying to invoke the name and attributes of the Butokukwai I have drawn the line. Let Mr. Bates tell the truth or keep quiet.


Signed W.S.Wood. 14.01.01 Clck here for this important article







Derek Eastman ~ Bill Woods ~ Henry Ellis 2002.
It was always most enjoyable to visit Bill and sit in awe at his vast amount of memorbilia. We miss you Bill.



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