" It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty, and how few by deceit " - Noel Coward
If you or your teacher claim to have been friends of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei ? You are not welcome here
Kenshiro Abbe's Sensei'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.
Kyu Shin Do
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 1915 ~ 1985
8th dan Judo -Aikido 6th dan - Karate 6th dan - Kendo 6th dan - Jukendo 6th dan.
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei article -> "Trying to Catch the Wind "
Left Site Admin; Henry Ellis Shihan
Grading diploma's signed by Osensei M Ueshiba (2) - Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - M asahilo Nakazono Sensei - TK Chiba Sensei - Miteru Ueshiba Doshu.
L to R: W Woods Sensei - Hamano Sensei 9th dan - K Abbe Sensei 8th dan. - 1963
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei's ` Kyu Shin Do ` was his creation of the theory and perfection of Judo circular movement.
Yet over the years it has become so many different things to so many disreputable martial artists.
Direct students of Abbe Sensei such as the late Bill Woods sensei and my good friend Gerry Gyngel - Ray Twitchen and others including myself, found it difficulty to grasp the depth of Sensei's teaching.
It is amazing that so many that have never met Abbe Sensei presume to know more about KSD than Sensei himself.
It is with sadness and disbelief that I see people are actually grading each other to dan grade in KSD - how the L do you get a dan grade in a theory ? - I am told there is one guy who claims to be sixth dan KSD - now that is a lot of theory.
Henry Ellis Shihan - Admin.
MayoShinDo Discussion on Bullshido
" " " Outside of Japan the Tokushima Budo Council of Europe is the only authorized guardian of Kenshiro’s legacy of Kyushindo Theory study and practice " " ".
[ The above incredulous statement by the TBC who refer to Sensei disrespectfully as ``Kenshiro's `` ]
Photo left: The late -W `Bill `Woods, 8th dan - Right:: The late Alf Bates Kancho 10th dan (?)
Bill Woods Sensei offers his concerns of the claims of the Tokushima Budo Council.
W `Bill` Woods Public Response to the Claims of Mr Alf Bates
14th January 2001
Left : Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
I was the only person to stay with Abbe Sensei throughout his first stay in England. From being a `special student `at the LJS in 1955 until his departure in 1964 for the Tokyo Olympic Games. ( I was LJS Champion in 1954 )
ai Nippon Butokukwai was closed by General MacArthur after the last war ( when judo and other martial arts were banned, and it was never reopened. Former graduates of the Busen ( The Teachers Training College ) included Abbe Kenshiro and Michigami Haku.
Would Mr Bates also please give details of his certificates from Japan ? If he cannot then credence should be given to the fact that this resurgence started in America, with all that this implies. Concerning " The Dream of Abbe Sensie ". He never gave the B.J.C. to Mr Bates.
Left: Matsutaro Otani Sensei.
I was Chief Instructor for Abbe Sensei from the time he left the L.J.S. until he returned to Japan in 1964.
Mr Bates was not known. I was also the 5th secretary ( after Robin Otani left ). Robin was then only 15 years of age, too young to tell grown men what to do. I said this to Abbe Sensei later on and he agreed with me. When I took over and reorganised the O.K. the membership was just over 3,000. Two years later it was over 13,599. After one year I managed to get an office in Denmark Street, off Charing X road. It was 9` x 6` and cost us £2-50p per week. At least I was away from the Otani house in Acton.
Before Abbe Sensei returned to Japan, he always said he would take me with him, but never did. In 1964 he informed me ` that it is not necessary for me to have a secretary when I am not here, only a committeeto run things in my absence`. My friend Tomio took over and with Miss Smith ( both full time )took over a suite of rooms as an office, with a committee consisting of D Delderfield, G Gyngel, and others under the presidency of Matsutaro Otani. ( this story can be checked with them ). Mr Abbe never put the reins of the B.J.C. in the hands of Mr Bates.
Left: Gerry Gyngell.
Mr S Hamano 9th dan and chairman of the Kodokan Grading Panel was only a 4th dan when he refereed a young Kenshiro Abbein a Tournament and they became good friends.
I met Mr Hamano when he visited the Grange Farm Centre to see Abbe Sensei. I took Mr Hamano, Mr Abbe and Mr Nakazono ( an Aikido teacher 7th dan, who had been 6th dan Kodokan when he was 25 years old. I took them to the Budokwai, Fulham, at John Newman's request in Diggers car. ( Digger was an Australian 2nd dan.) Later we all had dinner at Mrs Yamada's House in Clapham.
Photo right: Tomio Otani Sensei.
While at the Budokwai, G Koizumi, G Kerr, and others had been invited.
Tomio Otani was the eldest son of Matsutaro Otani and my best friend. We got our Kendo dan grades together on the same day ( 1961 ) from Abbe Sensei, and although my certificate is No 1 and his No2 Tomio was a great Kendo teacher and left me behind when he went forward to 2nd dan and over. ( I stayed at 1st dan ) Among Tomio's pupils was a remarkable John Shaw who was then 1st kyu. I think he is 5th or 6th dan now. Tomio was in the Territorials as a Paratrooper, not in the Army itself, he would not have stood for the `Bull`.
The New Committee that ran the B.J.C. since 1964 could not answer all the mail and soon got into difficulties. When at Abbe Sensei's insistence I took on the job as secretary I informed him that I had no office experience, but that I would do it for £14,00 per week and a £1,00 rise every 1,000 new members. He agreed to this. I finished up selling all my swords.
After some years in Japan, Abbe Sensei returned to England, apparently when he asked Mr Otani for the return of the B.J.C. Mr Otani refused saying it was his. After Abbe Sensei's exhibition at Crystal Palace, at which I was present, Charlie Clark drove Abbe Sensei to my caravan in Radley, near Abingdon,where I was living, Abbe Sensei told me what had gone on and asked me to go back to London with him and `start again`. I told him that I had no money, a job with British Leyland and lived in a caravan with my family.
Abbe Sensei said that I could get a jobin London and work for him in my spare time. I said ` No` I'd had enough. It was the first time I had refused Sensiebut I was feeling bitter. Abbe Sensei then returned to Japan to live. In 1985 he died following a stroke.
Nobby Clarke had told me many years before that the B.J.C. was splitting in two. As I had been instrumental in increasing the membership of the B.J.C. I would have nothing to do with it, however Nobby told me that Matsutaro Otani was going to change the B.J.C. to his way of doing things, and if I wanted to continue with Abbe Sensei's way then I had better become technical advisor, which I accepted. As Tommio, Mr Harada ( The Karate Teacher ) and Nobby have died, the above can be verfied by Robin and Henry Otani, Martin and Norman Clake, Miss Smith and D Delderfield.
When Abbe Sensei left the Sandwhich Street Dojo ( Euston ) he gave the dojo called the " Busen " to Sam Collinham and me. I took Judo and Sam the Karate. When I left the dojo later I gave my half to Sam. I always called my Dojo's Busen, when some time later I was contacted I agreed with Robin Otani that he use the Abbe family Mon ( badge ) and I use the Butokukwai Mon.
I have in the past been very tolerent of Mr Bates's 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.
A Privileged Student.
Photo right: Derek Eastman - Bill Woods - Henry Ellis - 2002 - It was good to spend time with my old friend Bill Woods at his home which was like a small museum of Budo. I have known Bill from the 1950s. I said to Bill " There are so many people who claim to have been Abbe Sensei's friend - perhaps you Bill are the only one that could honestly make that claim ?" - Bill replied " Harry I was never Sensei's friend, but I was a very privileged student ".
L to R: Bill Woods - S Hamano - K Abbe.
I was at the 1963 Grange Farm Summer School with Bill when Shoji Hamano Sensei 9th dan Kodokan came to pay his respects to Abbe Sensei.