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.