"The Aikido I knew and learned with Osensei was Budo. Since my return to Japan, I realize that what we teach today has nothing to do with this martial art.
What remains of this art inherited from Samurai, which was formed by the founder for men. Today, it is a sport of women ! " Tadashi Abe Sensei
Tadashi Abe Sensei began his Aikido study with Osensei in 1942, he was the first official AikiKai representative to Europe.
Right: Tadashi Abe Sensei and Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
Tadashi Abe Sensei visited the UK in 1958 at the invitation of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, he would make several visits before the arrival of Mutsuro Nakazono Sensei in 1961 and Masamichi Noro Sensei in 1962.
If only Tadashi Abe Sensei could see senior Aikidoka today - throwing with a nod of the head - no touch throws - breathing through their toes - Aikido Ribbon Dancing - Freezing students - Music in the Dojo - Ki Blasts / Rest in Peace - Tadashi Abe Sensei.
Abe Sensei was a hard man in every way, he was small but powerful and dynamic. During the second world war he had trained and qualified as a one man suicide pilot of a ` Kaiten ` ( Return to the Sky ) submarine, which in reality was a glorified torpedo. TK Chiba Sensei personally told me that Abe Sensei was his hero and he told me how Abe Sensei was in preparation to go into action with the Kaiten when the war suddenly ended - Chiba Sensei said that Abe Sensei felt to the day he died that fate had cheated him of his destiny to die for his Emperor and Japan.
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1959/60 - Kenshiro Abbe Sensei would often call in to the Hut Dojo in his suit, kick off his shoes and come on the mat to teach. Here he is teaching irimi, he would insist that you do not just `enter` your opponent - you walk through them - Henry Ellis centre of group - Henry again with uke Derek Eastman. In those early days there were no names for the many techniques, Abbe Sensei would simply say "necessary this action " , to be honest this worked just fine,
Abbe Sensei often taught with the use of a Shinai, a tap on the offending body part was a clear indication where the problem was. Abbe Sensei would say " my English not good, Shinai speak fluently ".