Tuesday, 9 January 2018

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

" 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

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

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 1915 - 1985

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 in 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.


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.

Abbe Sensei's most Famous Fight

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.  
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. 

Kyu Shin Do 
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei's philosophy, theory and principal of movement - not a Martial Art

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

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

This old photo is of the original ` British Judo Council ` badge - The emblem is Abbe Sensei's family crest of the butterfly. The BJC was formed in 1958 - Initially it was the body for Judo - Kendo - Karate - Aikido. Later each would have its own organizing council under the umbrella of the BJC .

Aikido - 1955 - 2016 - For those that studied with Sensei's  Kenshiro Abbe - Tadashi Abe - Masahilo Nakazono - TK Chiba Sensei in those early days will remember their Judo and Aikido being true Budo, something that very few will ever see or feel again.

For the declining numbers of surviving direct students of the UK early Japanese teachers, we are still saddened by their loss, our sadness is tinged with anger at the amount of  shameless people who will use the names of the deceased Japanese masters in a pathetic attempt to give themselves some form of credibility to their otherwise uneventful life in the martial arts.  

30/9/15 - I have just read of an 8th dan ( same grade as Abbe Sensei :-)  who claims to have trained with Abbe Sensei in the 1970s [ Abbe Sensei was no longer in the UK - he also trained at Chigwell summer schools in the 1970s with Abbe Sensei [ summer schools ended mid 60s ] he also trained with Nokiano [ Is that a mobile phone ? ] which I assume is Nakazono Sensei who had moved to NM USA :-)

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

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.

It is the intention of the few surviving direct students from the 1950s of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, friends sharing a common bond who still remain in contact with each other, to continue to protect the proud history and legacy for present and future generations of genuine Budoka who will one day want to filter the truth from the depths of the ever increasing cess pit of bullshit .We will continue to protect Sensei's name and legacy from those that would abuse his name for their own devious ends and purposes.

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 `` ]

A Public Reply by William `Bill` Woods - LJS Judo Champion 1954 - Personal Aide and Secretary to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 1955 - 1969
Replies to
``Kancho``  Alf Bates of the ` Tokushima Budo Council

Photo left: The late -W `Bill `Woods, 8th dan  -  Right:: The late  Alf Bates Kancho 10th dan (?) 

Today there are more than ever before increasing numbers of claims to have been personal friends of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - or the really bizarre claims to have been left the Theory of KyuShinDo in their personal care.
There are now so many of these claims, the most prominent offenders are the Mayo Shindo Group.
Bill Woods Sensei offers his concerns of the claims of the Tokushima Budo Council.
Sadly there are many who are too willingly believe - but there is always hope whilst there are genuine students that will seek out the truth.

Please read this open letter from my old friend  William `Bill` Woods Sensei.

W `Bill` Woods Public Response to the Claims of Mr Alf Bates
14th  January  2001

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.

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 )

The uke you do not mention with Abbe Sensei is Mick Surgett.( One of my old 3rd dans ). The D
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.

The awarding of the ranks Doshi - Renshi - Kyoshi and Hanshi etc is the prerogative of the Emperor of Japan. Before the war it was only given by the Butokukwai. Since the war permission had been given to three groups ( only one Judo ) This was to the Kokusai Budoin ( IMAF )  who awarded me the rank of  Kyoshi ( No 5239 )in May 1997.  I was also awarded my 8th dan Judo ( No 146 ) in July 1999, the only foreigner to be awarded this grade by I.M.A.F.
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.
14th - January - 2001.

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 ".

Photo right:
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.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei  &  Kyu Shin Do Judo

Kenshiro Abbe had no association what-so-ever with KyuShinDo Karate - Aikido - JuJitsu.
KyuShinDo is a theory /philosophy of Judo movement created by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - KyuShinDo is ``not`` a martial art - Sooo how do people claim to be graded in KyuShinDo ???- How can you have a dan grade in a theory ???

     Scroll down for KyuShinDo information - Films - Videos - Photos

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British Aikido 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.

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.

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.

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 Fil.

The `BAB` is the Governing Body for Aikido in the UK.

British Aikido Board - Jack Poole Controversy Slide Show

The Betrayal of British Budo

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.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Due to the increasing amount of BS from the MayoShinDo group and many others who make claims to have been associated with Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and KyuShinDo, which is an insult to Sensei's memory.

Kyu Shin Do
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.

This website is dedicated to my teacher Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - the founder of KyuShinDo . It is unfortunate that I ( we) have to also expose the ever increasing amount of BS by people who are seeking some form of credibility by using the name of this great Budoka. 

                G Mayo 10th dan - founder - KyuShinDo or BullShinDo ?

It is sad to see that, despite the facts, the MayoShinDo group still claim on their website Mayo site - Mr Mayo is the ``Founder of KyuShinDo``.

Whilst such crass idiotic claims do little for the memory of Mr Mayo or the integrity of the Mayo group, it is an insult to the memory of our teacher Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 8th dan, a man who was a true budo legend.

The Mayo group make much of a letter acknowledging a one off meeting with Abbe Sensei by Mr Mayo - Mrs Teresa Reeve the widow of Bill Reeve Sensei ( personal aide to Abbe Sensei )states that she clearly recalls that her husband reluctantly typed the letter after advising Abbe Sensei against sending a personal letter to such a man as Mr Mayo. It would appear that Bill Reeve Sensei was a very perceptive man.

Visit the "Aikido Articles Blog"->Aikido ArticlesMr George S. Mayo - Eulogy...
From the MayoShinDo website.

On November 30th 2004 G. S. Mayo, 10th dan, died in his 86th year. Founder of Kyushindo, founding Grand Master of MayoShinDo. The martial arts world lost a great teacher ...

BullShido Investigation into MayoShinDo

Click here -> BullShiDo investigate MayoShinDo KYU-SHIN-DO BAGPIPES ~ PLAYING " Old MacMAYO-SHIN-DO "

The`KyuShinDo Blog` & `Kenshiro Abbe Blog` 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 :-) - The use of both names KyuShinDo and Abbe Ryu is an attempt to con the public into believing there is an association with Kenshiro Abbe Sensei...Click link to hear Mr Mayo 10th dan play " Old MacShinDo " on the Bagpipes. Click here.. Abbe Ryu - Japanese Bagpipes playing " Old MacShinDo " Another insult .. KyuShinDo Karate video using photo of K Abbe Sensei # Sad & Disrespectful # "

Friday, 25 September 2015

Theory-Philosophy of KyuShinDo Judo - NOT - Karate - Aikido or anything else.

Kyushindo was the life's work of my teacher the legendary Budo Master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. Kyushindo can be equated with centripetal force - It is rather sad to see so many who simply have no concept of  the philosophy and application of Kyushindo, who, in their ignorance have high-jacked the name in many cases because it sounds very `Japanesy` - As a direct student of Abbe Sensei I advise that Sensei ``NEVER`` used the name Kyushindo in association with any other martial art than his beloved Judo - It was a theory/philosophy that made him the 5th dan champion of all Japan - he was one of only four people to beat the great Judoka Masahiko Kimura.
There are of course the shameless charlatans who believe that by using the name of Kyushindo will mislead others in to believing they are in some way linked by lineage to this great teacher.
KyuShinDo is a Theory / Philosophy of the application of Judo's circular movement developed by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - We now see people with dan grades in KyuShinDo - HOW CAN YOU HAVE A DAN GRADE IN A THEORY ??

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei only ever applied his theory of KyuShinDo to Judo ~ He never taught KyuShinDo Karate or Kyushindo Aikido.

It is worth noting that M Harada Sensei Shotokai Karate was invited to the UK in 1963 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Harada Sensei began teaching at the Hut Dojo where I personally studied with him for some time - At no time during his years with Abbe Sensei, or after, has Harada Sensei ever referred to Kyushindo in Karate.

Henry Ellis Shihan

Scroll down this page for videos & articles on Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

________AIKIWEB Articles - K Abbe - M Nakazono - M Noro - TK Chiba________


Four Articles - Featuring: - 1st Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 2nd Masahilo Nakazono - 3rd Masamichi Noro - 4th TK Chiba Sensei.

__________________________________________________"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”______
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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`.

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

Henry Ellis speech - 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.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

`Positive Aikido` a True Traditional Story

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

Order a signed copy direct from Henry Ellis Sensei - Email -
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Henry Ellis & Derek Eastman 6th dan AikiKai-diplomas signed by: Osensei Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Masahilo Nakazono - TK Chiba - The Doshu Moriterue Ueshiba.

Front and back covers.
About the Authors:
Henry Ellis & Derek Eastman both 6th dan AikiKai Hombu - Diplomas signed by Osensei Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Mikoto Nakazono - TK Chiba Shihan - Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.. the last two pioneers of K Abbe Sensei from the inception of British Aikido..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

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Kenshiro Abbe 50th Memorial Slide Show of a Great Budo Event

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.Narrated by Henry Ellis.


______________________________________"The Golden age of British Budo"______________________________________________

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei & Bill Reeves Sensei 1960 - Mount Fuji Judo Club - Halifax - Yorks..

NEW !! Kenshiro Abbe Sensei Video


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


Rare collection of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei photos from the private collection of Mrs Teresa Reeve the wife of the late Bill Reeve - The first personal aide to Abbe Sensei.


A time of respect for self and teacher - A time before idiots such as George Mayo graded themselves to 10th dan - A time before Mr Mayo claimed to be the founder of KyuShinDo and his sad befuddled disciples believed him..A time when grades were earned - not handed out like Christmas cards. and just as valuable when Christmas is over..

Protect British Budo History ~ visit the " Aikido Controversy " blog Click for Aikido Controversy Blog

< Admin: Henry Ellis 6th dan International BiranKai ~ AikiKai Hombu.

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 8th dan Judo ~ 6th dan Karate ~ 6th dan Aikido ~ 6th dan Kendo ~ 6th dan KyuDo...The old " Abbe School of Budo " or as it has always been affectionately known as " The Hut Dojo" . This board has hung in the dojo from its humble beginnings, the early dan grades for both Judo and Aikido are named on the board...At the bottom of the board you can see "KyuShinDo". Although this was the " Abbe School of Budo " .Teaching Judo - Aikido - Kendo - Karate.~~ Judo was the only art to involve the theory of KyuShinDo. There are now so many claims to have been a student of Abbe Sensei or to have trained at the Hut Dojo, I often wondered who cleaned the dojo windows.

Henry Ellis admin.

The Golden age of British Budo 1955 ~ 1964

The early sensei's ~ K Abbe ~ M Otani ~ M Nakazono ~ H Michigami ~ T Abe ~ M Noro ~M Harada ~ Shohei Hamano ~ TK Chiba ~ To name a few.
On this site you will find links to a wide selection of Budo articles. Factual stories of the early days of British Budo. This period was often referred to as the ` Golden Age of British Budo ` by Masahilo Nakazono Sensei. Believe me, there was such a time. The 1950s & early 60s ~ It was a time before the invention of Plastic and the clutter of soon to follow ``Plastic Samurai``. It was a time before the internet and the abilty to create your own worthless dan grade certificates. At this time there were other organisations that also had the same very high standards.

No Dishonour.
A time when no one would dishonour or dare to grade themselves. This was a time when students earned their grades, at the same time they were proud of their hard earned achievements. It was a time when students trained hard, the thought of Budo as a quasi religeon was the last thing on their minds.
It was a time that all the Martial Arts shared a healthy mutual respect for each other.
It was also a time before a teacher from another dojo would ~UP ~ your dan grade if you joined their group or association, known as the " Kellogs Syndrome ".

Not a good time for Dancing.
This was a time when there was only `Traditional Aikido` a time when tradition was an integral part of the martial arts. This was a time when only a dan grade wore a Hakama, which was received on his/her graduation to dan grade, a time of values and respect for tradition.

It was a time before Aikido uke's learned to float & fly, a time before `` no touch throws `` and Aikido with coloured ribbons or music, or both. A time before Ki stood for Ki-dology ,a time before Ki was thought of as a form of magic. It was a much better time for Aikido, and Budo in general. It was a time when the best place for dancing was at the London Hammersmith Palais.

When Kids were Kids..
It was a time when kids were allowed to be kids, a time before the idiots graded six year old kids to dan grade, it was a time when kids had a `mon` grading system of stripes and colours,a system which allowed them the time develop,to progress slowly and enjoy themselves. It was a time before the ``odd`` people wore designer gi's and Hakamas. It was a time before those blue Judo gi's and those awful badges.

A Time Before " Friends United "
It was a time before Kenshiro Abbe Sensei had so many friends, Abbe Sensei would have been number one on Face Book. It was a time before Abbe Sensei went from house to house eating `` everyones mums pie & mash ``. It was a time before the wannabee plastic samurai who never knew him, took Abbe Sensei's name in vain and added it to their shame.

When Dan Grades were special.
There was such a time in British Budo,it was a much better time.
It was a time when a 1st dan was special, a 3rd dan was like a super hero.
It was a time when only respected Budo teachers held 6th ~ 7th or 8th dan, Jeeez just look around you now ?? :-( . When I see some of these modern self graded 6 - 7 -8th dans - 10th dans, I just can't help but think ``my god !!, they actually compare themselves with the likes of Sensei's Abbe ~ Otani ~ Nakazono ~ Michigami Kellogs have much to be responsible for...Mr George Mayo attended ``ONE`` class with Abbe Sensei, he requested the usual opportunistic photo, his ``devoted `` followers claim Mr Mayo to be 10th dan KyuShinDo. ( Reminder, I must add a bullshit icon ! )

Plastic Plonkers
It was a time before the Plastic Plonker Samurai who had no concept or understanding of the true philosophy of KyuShinDo, yet, thought the name KyuShinDo sounded really ``Japanesy `` then added it to anything and everything.
There are some that say " There was no such Golden Age of British Budo " How would they know? It was before most of them were born. As a prominent Japanese Shihan said to me " Henry, there are very few martial arts clubs, there are many social clubs ".

Make a dream come true.
It was also a time before Mr Mayo dreamt he was the founder of KyuShinDo and woke up a 10th dan. It was a time before Abbe Sensei developed KyuShin and with the wonderful insight of Mr Mayo added " Do " or was it " Duh !? "

Mr Mayo `10th dan` KyuShin Duh
The students of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei studied with the master for many years, I know it was a dissapointment to Sensei that no student fully grasped the true meaning of his theory / philosopy of KyuShinDo. I have never met one `genuine` student who has claimed to completely understand, even after many years of study. Yet, Mr Mayo 10th dan did, after only one lesson, has spawned a large group of clubs teaching " KyuShinDuh ". Was this the start of the Plastic Samurai era ?. Just a thought, why is it when people grade themselves, they grade 8th and 10th dan, why is it never 9th ???
Just curious?

Mr Jack ( Man of Budo ) Poole.

Just as the followers of the late Mr Mayo have promoted him to 10th dan and laid claim to a non existant lineage to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, along with the name of KyuShinDuh, in association with everything they do.

This is a classic example of what the followers of Mr Jack Poole will do. Despite the proven facts showing his claimed history/ lineage to be a total sham. These people will continue to promote this nonsense long after Mr Poole and I are gone..These people will use and abuse all the names of the deceased Budo masters as our infamous man of Budo has done for so many years, perhaps there will be no one around then to tell the truth, and that sham goes on and on.
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Read the important letters below from Robin Otani Sensei ~ President of the BJC...Also a very important letter from Mrs Teresa Reeve the widow of Bill Reeve Sensei the first personal aide to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.


The`KyuShinDo Blog` & `Kenshiro Abbe Blog` 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 :-) - The use of both names KyuShinDo and Abbe Ryu is an attempt to con the public into believing there is an association with Kenshiro Abbe Sensei...Click link to hear Mr Mayo 10th dan play " Old MacShinDo " on the Bagpipes. Click here.. Abbe Ryu - Japanese Bagpipes playing " Old MacShinDo " Another insult ........... KyuShinDo Karate video using photo of K Abbe Sensei # Sad & Disrespectful # "


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