" If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything " - Mark Twain
BRITISH AIKIDO HISTORY1955 - 2014
" You have to know the past, to understand the present " - Carl Sagan
Sensei Williams was based at the once famous `Abbe School of Budo` [Hut Dojo] he was the first dan grade from the inception of Aikido to the UK, - Henry Ellis was the personal assistant to Williams sensei from 1957 to 1967.
Right: Mutsuro `Masahilo` Nakazono Sensei - The first official teacher invited to the UK by K Abbe Sensei 1960.
The ` Abbe School of Budo` affectionately known in the early days as the `Hut Dojo` .
These were the first Aikido dan grades in the whole of the UK.
D Williams - E Dollimore - H Foster - H Ellis - L Ballard - P Dowden - D Eastman - J Caldwell.
Williams Sensei and the team of eight were the true pioneers of British Aikido.
Front centre: K Abbe Sensei - left of Sensei is Haydn Foster junior - right of Sensei K William - Back row - second from right Henry Ellis - Back row third from left Haydn Foster Senior -