Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Kenshiro Abbe Sensei ( 1915 - 1985 )
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 50th Celebration Seminar
14th May 2005 Crystal Palace Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London,
This event is to celebrate the arrival of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei to the shores of Britain in 1955 and the inception of Aikido for the very first time to the UK.
Abbe Sensei 8th dan Judo, had been invited to the UK to teach Judo, his credentials were very impressive, the youngest ever 5th dan in Japan at the age of 18 yrs, the youngest ever All Japan Judo Champion at the age of 18 yrs, the oldest ever All Japan Judo Champion at the age of 33 yrs.
His arrival had a tremendous impact on British Martial Arts in general. Abbe Sensei was also graded in other martial arts, 6th dan Aikido - 6th dan Karate - 6th dan Kyudo - 6th dan Kendo he was also graded in the bayonet arts.
Shortly after his arrival, Abbe Sensei received a letter of authority from OSensei Morihei Uyeshiba himself. allowing Abbe Sensei to teach Aikido to his students in Britain. This was the first time that Aikido had ever been seen in Britain, his first student was Sensei K Williams who is still teaching today.
There are four students left from the 1950's, Sensei's H Foster - H Ellis - R Reynolds - D Eastman. They will all be teaching at this seminar.
Abbe Sensei was a man of Budo, we will honour the arts of Aikido - Judo - Kendo - Karate - Kyudo - Iaido with a small demonstration of each of these disciplines
during an extended break during the days events, each of the arts will be demonstrated by the most prominent of teachers in their respective arts.
Nine Circles Budo Supplies have very generously donated a valuable sword which will be raffled at the end of the event, some lucky student will be going home with
this superb prize. Sensei Dave Rogers has presented a beautifully hand made tanto which will be the second prize.
Mr Don Bayney the UK's leading expert on Japanese armour and swords, will display many of his personal items from his ancient Japanese arts collection, swords - a suit of armour - naginata - yari - and many other items.
There is a very impressive guest list of who's who in British Martial Arts including Pierre Chassang Sensei who is 85 yrs of age, the first student of Tadashi Abbe sensei in Paris France in 1952. Other invited guests are the Mayor of London, The UK Japanese Ambassador.
There has never been an event of this kind in the UK since Kenshiro Abbe's British Judo Council held its National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in 1963,
in which the above named Aikido teachers all took part with legends such as Matsutaro Otani Sensei 8th dan Judo - Mitsuki Harada 5th dan Karate - Mikoto Nakazono 7th dan Aikido - Masamichi Noro 6th dan Aikido - Tadashi Abbe 6th dan Aikido.
It is the dedicated intention of this organising committee that this event will even eclipse that event.
All the latest information on this event can be found on the dedicated websites at.
www.aikido-database.co.uk
www.geocities.com/britishaikido
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