Wednesday, 7 September 2016

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


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.

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.

See below for 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.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

AIKIDO BOOKS ~ AIKIDO BOOKS ~ BUDO ~ AIKIDO BOOKS ~ AIKIDO BOOKS

Scroll down for books by Minoru Mochizuki Sensei - Tadashi Abe Sensei - Masahilo Nakazono Sensei - Ju-Jitsu Combat  1905.

Aikido Books

Aikido - 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 being true Budo, something that very few will ever see or feel again.






POSITIVE AIKIDO  the Book

This site displays many very old Aikido books owned by Henry Ellis - Books given to him by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and Masahilo Nakazono Sensei - Tadashi Abe Sensei.

Welcome to the Blog of the book ` Positive Aikido `

Available on Amazon

Please scroll down for a preview of the book and the authors.
Henry Ellis Shihan also shares his collection of rare Aikido Books.


Henry Ellis Shihan - Direct student of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei
British Aikido Pioneer.
Henry Ellis & Derek Eastman 6th dan AikiKai Hombu..Diplomas signed by Osensei Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Mikoto Nakazono - TK Chiba Shihan - Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.. 



  Positive Aikido the Book 

                                             Scroll Down for Rare Aikido Books 

Minoru Mochizuki - Masahilo Nakazono - Tadashi Abe


                                                                

                                                                   `Positive Aikido`

                                                      A True Traditional Aikido Story.



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

                                         Authors - Dave Rogers USA - Henry Ellis Shihan UK -               Derek Eastman Shihan UK - Rik Ellis UK - Anita Wilson UK.


Available from Amazon UK - Amazon USA - Budo Videos.


Techniques - History - Lineage - Anecdotes covering 55 years of Traditional Aikido.
Order a signed copy direct from Henry Ellis Sensei - Email - ellisaikido at hotmail dot com

Henry Ellis & Derek Eastman 6th dan AikiKai-diplomas signed by: Osensei Ueshiba (349) - Kenshiro Abbe - Masahilo Nakazono - TK Chiba - The Doshu Moriterue Ueshiba.

Positive Aikido Book - 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 Kenshiro Abbe from the inception of British Aikido 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.
Order a signed copy direct from Henry Ellis Sensei - Email - Henry Ellis Email

Read the in-depth review below of the book "POSITIVE AIKIDO"

Visit the "Aikido Articles Blog"->Aikido Articles



H Ellis 6th dan Int BiranKai-AikiKai Hombu ~ D Eastman 6th dan Int BiranKai -AikiKai Hombu. Diplomas signed by O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba cert number 349 ~ K Abbe ~ M Nakazono ~ M Noro ~ TK Chiba ~ Doshu M Ueshiba.






The logo of the "Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido". ``Grace ~ Power ~ Tradition ``

\The authors of ` Positive Aikido ` From L to R: Dave Rogers - Henry Ellis - Derek Eastman


Positive Aikido the Book ~ written by Dave Rogers of Albuquerque New Mexico USA in co-operation with his UK teachers Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman who are two of the last three British Aikido pioneers from the inception of Aikido to the UK by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei in 1955. Ellis and Eastman were both direct students of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.More about the Authors.

Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman are two of the last three pioneers of British Aikido from the 1950s. They were direct students of the legendary Budo Master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. They were the first teachers of Aikido to introduce Aikido to the UK Further Education System in 1963. They have studied with many great names of Aikido, such as, Kenshiro Abbe ~Tadashi Abe ~ Masahilo Nakazono ~ M Noro ~ TK Chiba.
They studied at the famous Hut Dojo, the birthplace of Aikido in the UK. Dave Rogers a USAF service man, began his Aikido at the ESTA dojo in Basingstoke UK in 1985. Rogers Sensei is the USA ESTA rep in the USA. He is a retired service veteran ~ News paper editor ~ reporter.

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POSITIVE AIKIDO

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This book, an in-depth look at Ellis Schools of Tradtional Aikido's special brand of technique, strategy, philosophy as well as unique history, has taken about 15 years to compile, is now offered in print by the world's leading publisher of martial arts material.

Trafford Holdings Ltd; is a privately-held corporation, registered in British Columbia, Canada. There are over 120 shareholders, including many authors and all the permanent employees. It was incorporated in 1991. In late 1995, Trafford opened it's doors and website. They are the first company in the world to offer an "on-demand publishing service," and they are the best.


< Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. - 1915 - 1985.

The production of Positive Aikido has gone through numerous stages. The hand-drawings describing each of the positive techniques in traditional Aikido were begun in 1987 with the intention of providing new students with a reference guide - at the time to be photocopied for students in the USA and later possibly for the UK students as well. That plan however, never took hold as more and more drawings were produced. The drawings of the first four groupings were finished in 1991 and in 1993, the second four groupings were added, along with some transcripts from a recorded conversation between Sensei Ellis and Rogers on a long road trip between Dallas, Texas and Alamogordo, New Mexico. Rogers made his 1st Dan during that trip, and Positive Aikido picked up a lot of its histories and background information. Still, it was no more than a bunch of papers cobbled together from various sources.



< Tadashi Abe Sensei. - 1926 - 1984.

In 1999 however, with the advent of digital photography, Sensei Rogers decided to augment the drawings with some digital photos and possibly put together a proper booklet for students in all the Ellis Schools. The photos however, required some supporting text - and there was a lot of other material which needed to be conveyed as well. The transcripts were re-written and cleaned up and the photos were digitally processed for the first four forms. During another visit to New Mexico, Sensei and his assistant Anita Wilson along with Sensei's son performed the demonstrations needed for the last four forms. Later, the first four forms were re-shot with Sensei Rogers and one of his first USA students, Jeff Glaze of New Mexico. By this time, Positive Aikido was being developed as a book.



< Masahilo Nakazono Sensei - 1918 - 1994

The agent and publishers we first contacted agreed, but the material was still fairly rough. More photos were shot and extensive digital work was done on them to clarify technique. Additional sections were added to describe combat strategy and the philosophy behind "Positive Aikido". Sections on ethics and morals within the arts were developed along with material dealing with the selection of a martial art for beginners, and of course, the history section was strengthened and sharpened.



Masamich Noro Sensei 1935 - 2013

Lastly, a complete re-organisation of the material was accomplished with an addition of a section on pins and control and weapons (jo and sword). The finished work is comprised of more than 1000 photos, 600 hand-drawings and complex explanations and tips to make the techniques of Aikido work properly. It includes detailed writing on the "Positive" mindset as well as complete sections geared to beginners, intermediate students and advanced practitioners.


Although several traditional publishers expressed interest in printing the book, and initial negotiations were entered into with one California-based company, the advent of "print-on-demand" technology and the resulting new publishing market, made for a better alternative.


< TK Chiba Shihan.

Of this book as it stands now, the authors say this - "There are a lot of books on Martial Arts out there, and this one fits into the crowd well - but it also stands alone in the sheer comprehensiveness of the work. It is a nearly complete representation of a single school's technique - it is a historical marker - a book of strategy - an ethical guide - a technical manual - and it is a chart, graph and manifest of all the things which make martial artists as a whole stand together as sisters and brothers with the same warrior spirit."


< Henry Ellis 1960

This letter of recommendation is from William (Bill) Woods Sensei. Sensei Woods was in the 1950's and 60's Aide and personal secretary to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. At that time Sensei Woods was considered the most influential and powerful figure in British Martial Arts. In 1955 he was the British Judo Champion. He was the first person to be graded by Abbe Sensei to 1st dan in Kendo, holding certificate No 1, he was a key figure in the creation of the British Judo Council ( BJC ) and the International Budo Council ( IBC ). There are too many credits to the name of Sensei Woods to be listed here. I am very proud to have known Sensei Woods for almost 50 years. signed: Henry Ellis.


The new book is published by Trafford Publishing and available from all good book shops and on line with Amazon, priced around $18.95 or £10.00. 156 pages : ISBN number 1-4120-4668-8.

There are price differences between Amazon UK and Amazon USA..Due to international economics Trafford have closed their UK office. It is our intention to also make the book available in the near future direct from the authors. date will be advised ASAP.

Henry Ellis Aikido - Life and Times - Click here > Ellis Aikido


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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.

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



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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, 29 September 2015

My book Collection ( New & Updating soon with Photos )

Jiu~Jitsu Combat Tricks published 1905.







1992 - Henry Ellis visited his teacher Mikoto `Masahilo` Nakazono Sensei at his home in Sante Fe New Mexico USA.Nakazono Sensei kindly gave Henry Ellis signed copies of several books he had written.


Henry Ellis is proud to own the following books which were personal gifts from Mikoto Nakazono Sensei. " Inochi " by Mikoto Nakazono Sensei. - "Kototama" by Mikoto Nakazono Sensei - "Kototama"(yellow book) by Mikoto Nakazono Sensei "The Source of the Present Civilization" by Mikoto Nakazono Sensei - "Kototama Principals" by Mikoto Nakazono Sensei "The Real Sense of Natural Therapy" by Mikoto Nakazono Sensei - "Kototama" (red book) by Mikoto Nakazono Sensei.


















 
"Aikido" (green book) Tadashi Abe Sensei - Books one and two have identical green hard back covers 1950s."L'Aikido" by Tadashi Abe 1950s. Two paper back books given to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei by Tadashi Abe Sensei. Kenshiro Abbe Sensei later gave these two books to Henry Ellis.






The green books are also by Tadashi Abe 1955. Books one and two.






















"Yoseikan - My Methode D' Aikido Jiu-Jitsu" - Minoru Mochizuki 10th dan.

(blue book 1950s)"Manuel Complet de Aikido" 1956 - Minoru Mochizuki.
















Masahilo Nakazono Sensei was one of the most revered teachers of Aikido ever to visit Britain.



Blue book: Kototama Principal by Masahilo
Nakazono Sensei.

Book right: My Past Way of Budo. by Masahilo Nakazono.














Saturday, 26 September 2015

SCROLL DOWN for a COLLECTION of AIKIDO BOOKS




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.

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 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 Demonstraion Film

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

British Aikido Board - Jack Poole Controversy

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.