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Come here for the latest news and updates from the Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido.

BBC Radio Broadcast

News & Updates Posted on Tue, October 22, 2013 11:49:22

Thur 17/10/2013

Andy Lyon appeared on the Paul Ross radio show and gave a brief introduction to Aikido
during Radio Berkshire’s visit to the Jennetts Park development as part of the BBC Radio Berkshires Big Tour.

Shihan Awards

News & Updates Posted on Thu, August 09, 2012 10:36:50

Dear friends
Friday 3rd August 2012 – The Hut Dojo – London.

Derek Eastman and Henry Ellis met TK Chiba Shihan the official AikiKai Hombu representative to Great Britain.

TK Chiba Shihan presented Eastman Sensei and Ellis Sensei with the promotion to ` Aikido Shihan` – certification from AikiKai Hombu – Tokyo Japan.

The certificates were signed by the Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.

Ellis and Eastman Sensei’s have taught Aikido in the UK – Europe – USA and Australia during their 55 years from being early pioneers of British Aikido from the 1950s.

This honour justifies all their efforts over recent years to protect the proud history and lineage of British Aikido from its inception by the legendry Budo Master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei in 1955.

Their teachers were all direct students of Osensei Morihei Ueshiba – we are proud to have our grades recognised by legends of Aikido.
Diplomas from the 1950s have been signed by –
OSensei Morihei Ueshiba ( numbers 349 & 363 ) – Kenshiro Abbe Sensei – Masahilo Nakazono Sensei – Masamichi Noro Sensei – TK Chiba Sensei – Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba – The final accolade is the promotion to `Shihan`.

It does get much better than that!

With thanks to all our students for their support which makes teaching Aikido for so many years worthwhile.

Haydn Foster Sensei

Obituaries Posted on Sat, March 19, 2011 23:26:09

Haydn Foster Sensei – 1927 to 2011 – British Aikido Pioneer.

Sadly the UK lost one of the founders of British Aikido on

Sunday 13th Feb 2011, when Haydn Foster, one of the original British

Aikido Black Belts passed away.

Foster Sensei began Aikido training at the ‘Hut’ dojo. The birthplace

of British Aikido in 1957, first studying under the legendary Budo Master

Kenshiro abbe, the first teacher to bring Aikido to the UK.

Awarded one of the first Dan grades in the UK in 1960 from Abbe Sensei.

Foster Sensei went on to study and gain Dan grades under some of the finest of O’Sensei’s Uchi-Deshi to visit the UK.

This included Matsuharu Nakazono Sensei, Tadashi Abe Sensei, Masamichi Noro Sensei, and TK Chiba Sensei.

Foster Sensei was a regular senior instructor at Aikido seminars around the country and appeared in some of its most important. This including the 2005 – 50 year anniversary of the birth of British Aikido dedicated to Kenshiro Abbe.

In 2009, Foster Sensei was honoured by Chiba Sensei with a 6th Dan Birankai award, and later a 6th Dan Aiki-Kai award from the Doshu himself.

Foster Sensei will be remembered as not only a superb and well loved teacher, but also as the founder of the ‘Institute of Aikido’ and the teacher who kept the original ‘Hut’ Dojo running.

He actively taught the art right to the end of his life.

He never stopped passing on his knowledge, and in the true Aikido spirit, always knew he had so much more to learn from this infinite art.

Always considered by those who knew him well as a Gentleman, he will be sadly missed by not just his family and friends; but also the British Aikido community, who recognise his enormous influence and contribution to the development of Aikido in the UK.

Truly an inspiration to us all.

Doshu visit to UK

News & Updates Posted on Thu, July 29, 2010 21:57:28

The Last Three British Aikido Pioneers Meet the Doshu – Fri June 18th 2010.

Some months before, Sensei’s Haydn Foster, Henry Ellis, and Derek Eastman were advised by TK Chiba Shihan that the Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba had requested a meeting with the last three pioneers of British Aikido at the Cardiff Seminar to be held at Sofia Gdns Sports Centre.

The meeting was held in the Doshu’s Executive suite. It was anticipated that the meeting would be brief, It was quite the opposite, the meeting was very cordial and openly welcoming, the Doshu was happy to accommodate all photo requests, he asked many questions on the early days and the teachers.

The Doshu honoured Sensei’s Foster, Ellis & Eastman with their 6th dan AikiKai Hombu certificates and membership books.

Later in the evening Ellis Sensei presented the Doshu with the brochures of the 2005 `Kenshiro Abbe Memorial Event` and the brochure of the 2007

`Masahilo Nakazono Memorial Event` and the Doshu appeared pleased with these historic items.

The members of the AikiKai Joint Council ( JAC ) were very friendly and welcoming at the social buffet during the evening.

The British BiranKai members were excellent hosts and could not do enough to make our weekend complete, we thank them for that.

6th Dan Awards

News & Updates Posted on Fri, August 28, 2009 22:55:38

Sensei’s Hayden Foster, Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman met with Sensei TK Chiba, one of the worlds most respected Aikido teachers.

The meeting was at the Hut Dojo near Hillingdon, The birthplace of British Aikido, on 26th August 2009.

At the meeting all 3 of these Aikido teachers, instrumental in the beginnings of Aikido in the UK were honoured by Chiba Sensei with the award of 6th Dan grading certificates and the knowledge that these will be ratified by the Aiki Kai the world headquarters of Aikido.

Chiba Sensei congratulates Sensei’s Ellis, Foster and Eastman.

Basingstoke Place to be Proud of Awards

News & Updates Posted on Thu, July 02, 2009 21:14:39

Great News.
On Sunday Evening 28/06/2009, Derek Eastman was awarded with the Winner of the individual Education award, for his work in teaching Aikido.
The award was presented by TV/Radio personality Debbie McGee.

A great result, and a truly deserved one on Derek’s 50th year of Aikido.

See the following websites below for more information:

In 1955, Aikido, a Japanese martial art was introduced to the United Kingdom by Kenshiro Abbe, one of Japan’s finest martial artists and a legend in his own country.
Abbe started teaching this art exclusively at the ‘Hut’ dojo in Middlesex.
Most martial arts remain a mystery to the majority of the general public. Today, Aikido is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world, and Basingstoke has one of the earliest British teachers of this art, Derek Eastman, who was also one of the first to study at ‘The Hut’ and also to tour and teach Aikido around Britain.
It is thanks to him and a handful of others, that Aikido has spread in this way.
I have studied and taught this art myself for 28 years, starting at the Basingstoke Aikido club, and although I have also learned from other instructors, none have taught it with such dedication and passion.

Since the 1960’s, Derek Eastman has been teaching and demonstrating Aikido to thousands of people. He is one of the very few people in the country to hold a black belt certificate signed by the founder of Aikido himself, O’Sensei Morehei Uyeshiba.
In 1968 he set up and started the Basingstoke Aikido Club, a club still running and now based at the Oakridge Community Centre hall, making last year the 40th year of the Basingstoke Aikido Club.
As well as Kenshiro Abbe, he studied Aikido and Kendo under some of the best instructors to ever visit Britain’s shores, giving him one of the widest range of skills and techniques of any instructor in the UK.
He has, in the past decades, tirelessly taught Aikido to the most exacting standards. He has kept traditional technique alive and relevant.
He is perhaps the only instructor in the UK who can explain and teach the various different styles of the original teachers of Aikido.
Most of all he has run his club as a modest club, keeping fees low for students, enough to cover costs and valuing the effort the student puts into his practice above all else.

2009 is particularly significant, as this is the 50th year that this man has been practicing Aikido.
He still actively teaches, and has been a principal instructor at national events such as the 2007 Nakazono Memorial Event, and more notably the Kenshiro Abbe Celebration of 50 Years of Aikido in the UK at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in 2005.
As one of the original Aikido teachers in the UK (there are only 4 left who are actively teaching) Basingstoke has, from a martial arts perspective, a national treasure.