Henry Ellis Sensei

 

 

       
 

 

 

 

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Henry Ellis Sensei

Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido

 

 

 

Ellis Sensei began his Aikido & Judo training by accident. He went along to the Hut Dojo in Hillingdon with a friend who was interested in practicing Judo. Eventually the friend dropped out, but he stayed. The Hut Dojo at that time was run by Kenneth Williams Sensei. Kenshiro Abbe Sensei was already teaching Judo in the Hut Dojo, he was also teaching Aikido to a select few people as well.

 

By the time Chiba Sensei had been sent over from Hombu Dojo in the mid 1960's, Ellis Sensei had already broken away from the Hut Dojo. He had many Dojo's scattered around the London and Bracknell area. Some of which he gave to Chiba Sensei. By this time, Williams Sensei, had moved to the South Wales area. It was not too long before he made his permanent home in Ton Pentre.

 

Eastman Sensei formed the Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido, to foster the traditional values of the Aikido he had originally learnt from Abbe Sensei. Today, the ESTA continues to flourish with Dojo's in the UK & the USA. Ellis Sensei & Eastman Sensei are also able to show the different characteristics of each visiting Japanese Sensei who visited the Hut Dojo in the 1950's & 60's. The list of Japanese Sensei, who Ellis Sensei has trained under is a who's who of the Aikido World. Abbe Sensei, Tadashi Abe Sensei, Nakazono Sensei, Tada Sensei, Tamura Sensei, Chiba Sensei, Noro Sensei. Ichimura Sensei, to name but a few!

 

During the recent Nakazono Aikido Memorial Event. Ellis Sensei was presented with a hand made Tanto, which was crafted by David Rogers Sensei. Rogers Sensei is the USA representative of the Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido. He is also a very talented craftsman, and journalist. Many secret emails, and huddled meetings took place, to keep the surprise presentation from Ellis Sensei. This was by no means an easy feat, as it's very difficult to keep such things as quiet as we did! I know Sensei was very touched by everyone's generosity. It's a very rare occasion to see Ellis Sensei lost for words. I'm sure he would like to thank everyone who was connected in the surprise presentation. I personally would like to thank Tamura Shihan, and Williams Sensei for taking the time and trouble to pass on their good wishes. Both Sensei, are incredibly busy people, and we all thank them for their contributions.

 

Below is a small collection of old and rare photographs of Ellis Sensei throughout the last 50 years.

 

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Grange Farm Course. 1963. Ellis Sensei far left.

 

 

 

 

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Tanto, plus presentation stand. Photo: D. Rogers.