Derek Eastman Shihan 6th dan Aikikai Hombu
Right: Kenshiro Abbe Sensei with Ken Williams Sensei at the Hut Dojo.
Right: Mitsusuke Harada Sensei
Right: Henry Ellis - Mitsusuke Harada - Derek Eastman join Harada Sensei at the TK Chiba Celebration in 2006. Harada Sensei was invited to the UK in 1963 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - He held his first classes at the Hut Dojo. Harada had no students to begin with - Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman studied Karate with Harada, he in turn studied Aikido with them - Harada began to incorporate Aikido moves later into his ShotokaiKarate as can be seen in his teachings today.
The site is maintained by AikiKai Shihans Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman - The last two surviving pioneers from that exciting era of the birth of Aikido in the UK at the famous "Hut Dojo"
Ellis & Eastman Sensei's are co-authors of the book `Positive Aikido`- they are proud to have their diplomas signed by legends - Osensei Morihei Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Masahilo Nakazono - Masamichi Noro - TK Chiba - Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.
Click here for the British Aikido History Blog > British Aikido History Site
Earliest known film/video of UK Aikido Demonstration - 1963.
USAF - UK Air Base - European Judo Championships.
Henry Ellis - Derek Eastman - Geoff Goodwin.
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