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March 2nd 2008
11:10:08 AM
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Andrew Cork

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Google

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Berkshire

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Hi,

As a student of what is called "Kyushindo Karate", founded by George Mayo, I am very interested to see the possibility of their being no link between Kenshiro Abbe and George Mayo. I may have a chat with a few of the senior instructors of Kyushindo to see if I can find evidence of the link as this is something that is of particular interest to me. I don't think anything less of the art I have learnt, but I would like to understand the history better!

Andy

Dear Andy
Thank you for your message and interest. I would point out that I have had several students of Mr Mayo's org promise over the years to supply ` evidence ` of a connection with Abbe Sensei and Mr Mayo of which I am assured there is an abundance of such material. To this day the amount received is ZERO. The whole purpose of this site is to honour and promote the good name of Abbe Sensei. We take no pleasure in exposing false claims. Show me the proof and I will feature it.
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January 8th 2008
02:43:48 AM
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Richard Jeffs

How did you find this website?  

Googled Kenshiro Abbe

Where are you from?  

London

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I met Abbe Sensei through Charlie Clark, I have many interesting stories about Abbe. At one point he had me in his back yard he wanted me to throw a tree so he put an inner-tube around the tree and said "must throw tree". Five hours later he checked on me and laughed and said "Must try harder" and went back in.
Does anyone have any photo's of when Abbe held a 1-2 week course at the Crystal Palace in London in the early 70's. Jacks came there on one day he was quite put out that Abbe tied him up in knots. In the Southern Area Championships also in the early 70's I beat Jacks prodigie cant remember his name then Jacks beat me in the final. One good thing the BJA official did come up to me after and said they would recognize my Third Dan with the BJC which previously they would not.
Richard
Thank you for visiting our website. We are always pleased to hear from genuine people. If you have any photos of Abbe Sensei we would be pleased to add them.
Charlie Clark has kindly sent me some photos which are now on the photo gallery.
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Henry Ellis Admin:

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September 16th 2007
07:19:05 PM
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richard bailey

How did you find this website?  

searching for g.mayo

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wiltshire

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hi,read your comments regarding "freindship beetween g.mayo and k.abbe" i was a student of g.mayos'in late 60's for about 3 years.i honestly think the man was a con artist,his judo was totally inneficient,and as for his karate it was nothing short of hilariuos.he had fancy gi with pretty icons denoting his dans,ha ha,who grade him i ask,especially up to 10th dan

Mr Bailey
Thank you for your comments. We have had several communications with the Mayo group, they state they have ``loads `` of proof, after two years we are still waiting, I am in no doubt that your thoughts are most probably correct.
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Henry Ellis Admin:

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September 4th 2007
08:58:06 AM
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Matt Williams

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google

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Devon

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A very informative site. Thank you.

I feel honored to own a black belt that was given to Pat Butler (founder of the AJA, instrumental in the BJA and in post war British Judo) by Abbe Sensei and in turn passed to my Sensei and onto myself. It is much battered and only used on special occasions, but never the less a treasured possession I in turn wish to pass on one day.

Hi Matt
I know how proud you feel about your belt, as I still have mine from 1st dan, and like me it is starting to get a little worn.
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Henry Ellis Admin:

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August 22nd 2007
11:23:21 AM
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Neil Jones

How did you find this website?  

answears.com

Where are you from?  

Brighton

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It great to see a site dedicated to a great man. Though it has rasied questions in my mind if what i do is truly kyushindo Judo.

Neil
I do understand your concerns,unfortunately am unable to answer your question. It is amazing how many people who are now teaching what they call `KyuShinDo` Judo - Karate - Aikido - Budo. Kenshiro Abbe Sensei never taught KyuShinDo Karate or Aikido. He only ever spoke of his theory in relation to Judo.
Respects
Henry Ellis Admin:

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May 25th 2007
05:10:29 AM
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Monica Bielke Pollard

How did you find this website?  

through answers.com

Where are you from?  

Boise, ID, via Basingstoke, Hants., UK

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It's wonderful to see this informative site about Abbe Sensei, as he doesn't seem as well known as O'Sensei's other students outside the UK.
Greetings to all of my former training partners at the Basingstoke dojo! The things you taught me have served me well.

Monica

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April 11th 2007
06:40:27 PM
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John Ebbs

How did you find this website?  

searchin for Ken Cottier

Where are you from?  

Merseyside

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I was delighted to read details about Abbe sensei and see the names of olde friends and colleagues on the site. Ken Cottier and I were both members of the same judo club in Eastham (prior to Ken going to Japan to watch the olympics in '64(?). He, Brian Mowll and Fred Wainwright went out there (also to see Abbe Sensei who had returned to Kyushu); unfortunately I couldn't go because I'd only recently been married (you have to make some sacrifices).
Keep up the good work and the best of luck to all of those who continue to follow the Kyu-Shin-Do spirit.

John Ebbs
Mr Ebbs
Thank you for your message and memories.
I remember Ken Cottier as a beginner at the Kelivinator Club when I was teaching there with Ken Williams Sensei. Fred Wainwright was one of the best and a sad loss. Good people and good times.
Henry Ellis admin.

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April 6th 2007
11:43:33 PM
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Mark Evans

How did you find this website?  

Goole: searching for Kenshiro Abe

Where are you from?  

Wales

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The Kenshiro Abe day was a great day at Crystal Palace. It is great to see a site like the Kenshiro Abe Memorial Site.
Thanks for your efforts.

Hi Mark

Hope to see you at the Nakazono Event - Oct 27th -2007

Regards
Henry Ellis Admi:

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February 4th 2007
01:25:14 AM
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Georges Stobbaerts

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By a friend

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Portugal

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The time I lived in Morocco, I taught Budo at the “Budo club du Maroc”, but it was in Belgium that I first met Master Kenshiro Abbe. Since then, I had the occasion to meet him several times, and of following his teaching. I think he was an exceptional Budoka; he influenced my Judo and it was from him that I received my fourth Dan in this art. It was also Kenshiro Abbe who showed me for the first time the circular principles of Aikido.

It’s been forty years since I quit practicing Judo. I dedicated myself to Aikido, Kendo and Iaido, but the memories of Master Abbe will forever live in my heart. Presently I teach at the TenChi International association – www.tenchi-international.com - and I hold the 8th Dan rank from Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (Japan).

Every friend of Kenshiro Abbe, even if not practicing Aikido, will be welcome at our Honbu Dojo in Portugal.

Mr Stobbaerts
Thank you for your kind message and interest.

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Henry Ellis Admin:

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January 6th 2007
04:04:30 PM
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Tony Wagstaffe

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Been looking at the sight on and off for some time now when time allows and have found it very interesting to say the least! Found it by accident!

Where are you from?  

Winchester

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I did send an email to Mr Ellis a little while back echoing his thoughts on the state of the way that aikido seems to be practised these days! I think he is absolutely spot on in his critism of aikido today.

Mr Wagstaffe

Thank you for your message and I am aware of your support for the traditional values of Aikido.
Regards

Henry Ellis Admi:

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December 20th 2006
07:43:46 PM
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Oliver Garwood

How did you find this website?  

Google

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Norfolk, UK

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Just wanted to say what a fantastic Abbe Sensei resource you have provided. My Sensei (and also my Father!) Trained with Vince Williams Sensei, who i believe trained with Abbe Sensei. Also I have had the pleasure of training with Chris Cook who i believe trained with Sensei's Ellis and Eastman.

Mr Garwood
Thank you for your message. Yes Chris Cook did train with the ESTA at the Basingstoke dojo.

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December 8th 2006
09:22:02 PM
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John Lacey-Smith

How did you find this website?  

google

Where are you from?  

Enfield Kyushindo Karate

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I was a student of Karate,and when i came to London,i was looking for a Karate club.I joined the Highgate club run by George Mayo.At the time he was a 7th Dan,and had founded the K.I.A.I have noticed that Sensei Mayo is never mentioned on any website i have come accross,in regard to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.Mayo Sensei,who was known to our particular association as "The Chief" sadly passed away a few years ago.It is good to know that the organisation that Kenshiro Abbe founded is still alive and well.Sadly,i never met Kenshiro Abbe,but i wish i had.

Yours in Kyushindo

John Lacey-Smith

Admin response:

Mr Lacey-Smith. Thank you for your valued comments. You ask a question regarding a Mr G Mayo that I feel obliged to respectfully answer. The subject of Mr Mayo has been seriously researched by all the old surviving direct student of Kenshiro Abbe Sensie including the late Bill Woods Sensei personal aide/ secretary to Abbe Sensie.
No one has any knowledge of Mr George Mayo perhaps that would explain why he is not mentioned. I am aware of a certain letter which only indicates contact with the BJC office. The photos would also suggest a dojo visit and no more. I have read of some of the claims by Mr Mayo and his misguided supporters that are of some serious concern to our our research members.
Respectfully
Henry Ellis. admin.

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November 17th 2006
11:26:47 AM
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David Turton

How did you find this website?  

From the article in MAI Magazine

Where are you from?  

Rotherham South Yorkshire

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I am a former student of John and Gordon Warfield of the Goshinkwai Yawara Ryu in South Wales.
I saw many photos of Kenshiro Abbe and even a short home movie of him with the Warfields.
The respect my former instructors had for Master Abbe was immense.
Nice to see something about him finally and even nicer to see beyond his 'Judo' which sadly most people who have heard of him believe its all he did.
I once also trained with Mary Pybus of the Aikido family and they revered Master Abbe
I am delighted to see this site existing

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November 13th 2006
12:22:48 AM
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Tom Alteen

How did you find this website?  

Bill McDonald Sensei

Where are you from?  

St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

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I am the Chief Instructor at Fudoshin Aikikai

Kevin McDonald Sensei and Bill McDonald Sensei were original students of Graham Burt Sensei (http://www.judonl.ca/graham.htm#Graham%20Burt%20Main%20Page), who brought Aikido to Canada.

It is my understanding from Bill McDonald Sensei that Burt Sensei was a student of Abbe Sensei.

While I regret that I never knew Abbe Sensei or Burt Sensei, I can sincerely say that I am very grateful for their Aikido legacy.

Mr Alteen
Thank you for your message. I knew Graham Burt personally, a good man in so many ways.

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Henry Ellis Admin:

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October 25th 2006
07:05:46 PM
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Kevin McDonald

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referred

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St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

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Fantastic. A job well done. I have just finished looking at your DVD and it is quite reminiscent of days gone by. Best of luck to all.

Mr McDonald

Thank you for your kind words. Give my respects to your brothers. You are another extension of the famous Hut Dojo.

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Henry Ellis Admin:

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September 19th 2006
08:28:06 PM
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Rob Peck

How did you find this website?  

Informed

Where are you from?  

Wokingham, Royal Berkshire, U.K.

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Most unexpectedly to me I had the privalage of serving on the Kenshiro Abbe Sensei jubilee organising committee. Then, just as great a privalage, the oppurtunity of actually practicing with so many senior aikidoka on the day of the very successful event.
From inception of the jubilee day to it,s fruition took an extremely long time. During this period I learnt much about Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and the true history of Aikido in the U.K. first hand from senior practitioners who were actually there at the beginning in the late 1950s.
May this site remain as a firm tribute to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, the first Aikido disciple to the U.K. whilst, at the same time, be a true record of U.K. Aikido history.

Mr Peck
Thank you for your kind words and enthusism.

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Henry Ellis Admin:

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September 19th 2006
07:04:17 PM
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Bill McDonald

How did you find this website?  

reference

Where are you from?  

Newfoundland, Canada

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Congratulations to those of you instrumental in the delivery of this web site. It pays tribute to a man so highly-regarded internationally, but most especially in the UK. My own Sensei of years past, the late Graham C. Burt of Devizes, England was a student of Abbe Sensei under whom he studied Judo and through whom he was initially introduced to Aikido. Graham came to Newfoundland in the mid-sixties from the Devizes Dojo in England after he had received his shodan from Nakazono Sensei. He was instrumental in being the first to introduce Aikido to Canada. He would regularly remind us of his martial arts origins in terms of Abbe Sensei especially and Nakazono Sensei also, as well as other Japanese Masters. This is a wonderful site and has, indeed, significance for those of us who knew Abbe Sensei and Nakazono Sensei vicariously, through Sensei Burt. Again, congratulations to those of you who undertook the construction of the site.

Mr McDonald
I knew Graham Burt wel in those early days, I with K Williams attended the first ever UK Aikido seminar/course which took place at Burt Sensei dojo in 1959.

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Henry Ellis Admin:

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September 16th 2006
08:35:59 AM
What is your name?  

George McMaster

How did you find this website?  

A participant on the day and via H. Ellis Sensei

Where are you from?  

Zenshin Kokoro Aikido Kai, Hull, East Yorkshire

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The day of the Kenshiro Abbe Sensei Jubilee Seminar, Saturday 14th May 2005 at the Crystal Palace Sports Arena. A day that some of the rare past, and present of Aikido and Budo in the UK came together. It made for a spectacular and memorable event. To the organisers and to all who took part.. Thank you.
An historic day.

Mr McMaster
Thank you for your message. It was good to meet you on such a special day.
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September 16th 2006
03:06:04 AM
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Jiro Nakazono

How did you find this website?  

Through Ellis Sensei

Where are you from?  

New York, NY

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Abbe Sensei was my father Masahilo M. Nakazono's Hero Martial Artist, along with Michigami Sensei. With Michigami Sensei Abbe Kenshiro Sensei was one the mightiest Judoka of Japan's Greatest Martial Arts School called the BUSEN [short for Budo Senmon Gakko], in fact they were called "The Four Emperors Of Busen" and much feared by all Budo men of their time.
Thank you for upkeeping the memory of a great hero through this wonderful site.
Jiro Nakazono.

Dear Nakazono Sensei
Thank you for visiting our website, this w/s is a small token of the wonderful memories we have of Kenshiro Abbe Sensie.
Respects
Henry Ellis Admin:

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September 16th 2006
12:15:28 AM
What is your name?  

Al Montemar

How did you find this website?  

Thru my Sensei, Henry Ellis.

Where are you from?  

Plano TX, US

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An excellent Tribute Website!

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