Friday, 26 March 2010

Aikido ~ The Good ~ The Bad and the Ugly

Item: 21

Mr Jack Poole the pride of the British Aikido Board and the blight on the true history of British Aikido.... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Whilst I am prepared to admit that Mr Poole was a beginner with me in 1968, I totally deny teaching him the magic lamp...

Below is an email recently received from a student who was also a beginner with Mr Poole in 1968....
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 6:47 PM
Subject: History From Slough And Bracknell Dojos
Attention: Sensei Henry Ellis

Sensei –
My name is Gilmartin, I was one of your students at Slough and Bracknell Sports Centre dojos. I was Mr. Goodwin’s assistant, while John Berloth was yours.
I have just become aware of the bewildering tale of Jack Poole. Your account of the facts tally’s precisely with my memory of that period. I can only conclude that poor Jack has suffered a mental breakdown of some nature and lives in a delusion.
Congratulations on your success, my years as a student of yours count among the best of my life.
Roger Gilmartin 3rd Kyu.


Not so much a new article, rather a collection of brief true stories, some are `good` and other are totally `Bad` and others are downright `Ugly` then there are the `deluded` and the `bizarre`. Some are very `funny` but all are true.
There is the Sensei who teaches students how to breath through their toes ~ The Sensei who askes at a seminar if the assembled students think he should promote himself to 7th dan ~ The guy who projects his Ki through a distraught young childs head ~ The strong guy who poooops himself as a show of strength. The student who gets knocked unconcious with a wooden leg and much more.
The Good ~ The Bad ~ The Ugly ~ The Crass ~ The Liars ~ The Charlatans ~ The Bizarre ~ The Funny ~ The Odd ~ The Frauds ~ The Deluded.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Great New Aikido Information Sites

Item: 22

British Aikido History Site
Read the amazing article on the British Aikido Board " British Aikido Board Exposed "
Ex Executive officer of the BAB apologises to Henry Ellis Sensei, not only for his part in a hate campaingn at Ellis Sensei, a man who's only crime was the protection of British Aikido History. Ellis was handed a large batch of BAB executive emails exchanged between the BAB chairman and other members. What a load of tossers they really are !.

Aikido Articles
Aikido Articles
There are many articles of interest on this new Aikido article site. Many articles relating to the true documented history and lineage of British Aikido from its inception in 1955 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. There is the very popular and widely read " Is Aikido a Martial Art ? " with several articles on Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
5 Photo Galleries
There are 5 photo galleries with many old British Aikido photos, there is also a gallery with many rare photos of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.

Aikido Ellis Video Channel

Aikido Ellis Video Channel

Visit the Aikido Ellis Video Channel for a rare collection of old Aikido films, there are several rare films of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. Early British Aikido 8mm film...I have added a few videos that are not related to British Aikido and Judo history that are worth watching for their entertainment value..I have reluctantly added a few Ki Aikido videos ...