Sunday, April 02, 2006

Eulogy to

Bill Woods Sensei 1930 – 2006

With the sad passing of William Woods Sensei 8th Dan Judo, on the 31st March 2006. British Martial Arts has lost one of its most celebrated figures in the history of British Budo.

Woods Sensei was the London Judo Society LJS Judo Champion when the legendary Budo master Kenshiro Abbe first arrived in Britain in 1955. Abbe Sensie would soon select Woods Sensei as a special student. This was the beginning of a long and successful relationship. Abbe Sensei became disillusioned with the LJS and left to join with Matsutaro Otani Sensei taking Bill Woods Sensie with him. Bill later became secretary and personal aide to Abbe Sensei.

Bill Woods Sensei helped to create the British Judo Council BJC – British Kendo Council BKC – British Karate Council BKC – British Aikido Council BAC. The various organisations grew to a membership internationally of over 35,000 members.

Bill was the first person to be graded to 1st dan Kendo by Abbe Sensei receiving certificate No 1 with Tomio Otani receiving certificate No 2.

I have known Bill for 50 years and believe that Bill was the most influential figure ever in British Martial Arts other than the master himself.

On the 14th May 2006 the Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 50th Celebration was held at the Crystal Palace Arena London UK. I am so pleased that Bill despite his ill health made a supreme effort to attend the event to pay his respects to his teacher Abbe Sensei.

Sensei William Woods will be sadly missed by all that have been influenced by this incredible man in his 55 years of Martial Arts. I would like to offer my condolences for all those that knew and respected Bill Woods Sensei, to his family , friends and students.

With sincere respects.

Henry Ellis

Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido

Grading Results from New Mexico

Now that everybody is home nursing their wounds, here are the results:
Glen "Rock" Benedict received his 2nd Kyu
Michael Sheetz received his 4th Kyu
Kelly Lynch, although he but forth a good effort, did not receive his 3rd Kyu. Due to a medical condition he could not continue with the grading. Once he gets sorted out we'll try it again. Kelly showed great spirit on the mat up to the point where he had to bow out.
After a brutal hour on the mat, I received my 1rst Dan. It was an honor to just be considered for a Dan grading let alone actually receive it. Thanks to all who helped me in the process of getting there.