Sunday, 30 August 2009

6th dan Aikido Promotions by TK Chiba Shihan

Wednesday 26th of August. TK Chiba Sensei met the three remaining pioneers from the 1950s of British Aikido at the now Famous Hut Dojo in Hillingdon, London. After lunch in the Hut Pub adjacent to the Dojo, Chiba Sensei presented Sensei's Haydn Foster ~ Henry Ellis ~ Derek Eastman with their AikiKai recognised 6th dan through the ` International BiranKai `.

It was a great atmosphere to stand in the old Hut Dojo where 50 years ago they had all received their Shodan certificates signed by OSensei Morihei Ueshiba, and on this day to receive their 6th dan certificat from TK Chiba Chihan who was a uchi deshi to OSensei in the 1950s & 1960s.

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The British Aikido Lineage Tree

The British Aikido Lineage Tree
British Aikido Lineage comes directly from OSensei Ueshiba by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei to the UK in 1955..Photos in decending order are: OSensei ~ Kenshiro Abbe ~ K Williams ~ L- E Dollimore. R- D Williams- below - L- H Ellis -R - H Foster..below L to R - L Ballard - P Dowden -D Eastman - T Jones - R Reynolds...below the first Japanese teachers in order - M Nakazono - T Abe - M Noro - TK Chiba..The Lineage tree shows all the early teachers both British and Japanese. Click ~ British Aikido History site.

Aikido in the UK " The Beginning !!"

This article by Henry Ellis tells of the very early days of Aikido in the UK at the now famous " Hut Dojo " In those early days It was known as the " Hell Dojo ".
Aikido in the UK - The Beginning !

Video 1963 First UK Aikido Film ? Henry Ellis & Derek Eastman also other Ellis Aikido Videos.