Thursday, 24 September 2015

Tadashi Abe Sensei ~ 1926 ~ 1984

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" L'Aiki-Do " published in the 1950s by Tadashi Abe .
Photo right..T Abe & K Abbe Stage Nimes France. ..K Abe Sensei gave two copies to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei who later gave them to me..(Henry Ellis)...There are a couple of pages from the books added further down this page..It is interesting to see the various push-ups on the back of the wrists as taught by both T Abe and K Abbe..See the video demo by a member of `E.S.T.A` doing these push-ups..

French | 1958 | ISBN-10: n/a | PDF | 132 Pages | 17.7 MO

Tadashi Abe Sensei - France - 1952.


British Aikido Origins from 1955 - Narration & Movie Slide-Show by Henry Ellis ~ The Arrival of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Development of Budo in the UK.


Tadasi Abe Sensei
A student of OSensei Morihei Ueshiba in 1942..Minoru Mochizuki Sensei ( right ) visited France in 1952, he later invited Tadashi Abe to become the first resident Aikido teacher to France later that same year of 1952..Abe Sensei taught a no nonsense style of Aikido, he believed Aikido to be a martial art. In later years he would be very critical of Aikido..Abe Sensei on his last visit to the AikiKai Hombu in 1967, he stepped forward getting everyones attention, he spoke out aloud """ I apologise to the ladies present, this is not Aikido I see being taught here, this is Aikido for women !!... He felt it had lost its roots and had become effeminate; it was no longer the budo he studied under Morihei Ueshiba..
He then threw his diploma's on the mat and stormed out.."""...

A comment on Aikiweb
Forums from Professor Peter Goldsbury really amused me.

Quote] The 'final incident' involving Tadashi Abe took place in 1967, right? Which was two years before O Sensei passed away and Kisshomaru became the second Doshu. If he were to appear now, in 2010, Mr Abe would probably burn the place down. Of course, he would be dismissed as an unfortunate relic of the past. [Unquote.

Koichi Tohei Sensei and T Abe had been friends from the 1940s when they were students of OSensei. This friendship lasted until May 1974 when Tohei resigned from the AikiKai. Abe Sensei a devoted student felt that Tohei had betrayed OSensei, he is known to have made some serious threats to Tohei. That was the end of their friendship. 

Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 1918 ~ 1985.

K Abbe Sensei was a great personal friend of T Abe Sensei who had arrived in France in 1952. K Abbe arrived in the UK in 1955. They renewed their friendship. This friendship was a wonderful gift for the Budo students of both France and the UK. There were many exchange invitations. Aikido had only just been introduced to the UK 1n 1955. At this time there were very few students of Aikido in the UK. One can imagine our excitement at the visits from Tadashi Abe Sensei.

TK Chiba Shihan describes Tadashi Abe Sensei as " My Hero "...I told Sensei that we the early 1950s dan grades would agree with that seal of approval.. Chiba Sensei as with his ` hero` teaches Aikido as a martial art.The plastic Samurai accuse Chiba Sensei and Abe Sensei of being too hard, or even brutal..I have never seen that with either teacher...Then again my Aikido was never one with music and dopey ribbons in the dojo. Tadashi Abe Sensei was a sad loss to the true spirit of Aikido......Chiba Sensei said " Henry, these people call their dojo a martial arts dojo, in truth, it is no more than a social club "..Chiba Sensei then added " Aikido is now so watered down !",I replied " No Sensei, I don't agree, It was watered down, now it is vaporised "..
I had never seen Chiba Sensei laugh so loudly.....
Visit the sites below for ~ Aikiweb Forum ~ Rare Films ~ Articles.

A:... There is a very interesting thread on "AikiWeb" on this great Budo master " Tadashi Abe ". Click for thread..Tadashi Abe Sensei

B:... There is also a very interesting article thanks to ` Aikido Journal ` from the " Reminisences of Minoru Mochizuki Sensei" and his first meeting with Tadashi Abe...Click here.. Click here

C:... Interesting Bio of Y Yamada Sensei a cousin of Tadashi Abe Sensei. Click here.. Yamada Sensei cousin of Tadashi Abe Sensei

D:... 1952 Film ~ K Ueshiba ~ K Tohei ~ T Abe 1952 Film ~ K Ueshiba ~ K Tohei ~ T Abe

E:...Rare 1950s film. Tadashi Abe Rare 1950s Film

F:... 1952 Film ~ AikiKai..O-Sensei..Tadashi Abe third from right in line.. Click Here

G:... H Kobayashi remembers Tadashi Abe Sensei..Click Here

H:.. Aikido Journal ~ Andre Nocquet and Tadashi Abe Click -> Tadashi Abe 

The Kaiten suicide submarine........................T Abe trained as a suicide pilot ->

Emperor Hirohito -->

Tadashi Abe Sensei was an officer in the Japanese Imperial Army during the second world war. Nearing the desperate end to the war for Japan, Abe had trained as a one man suicide submarine / torpedo pilot for the ` Kaiten` a floating bomb 1.6tonnes of expolsives, he had completed his training, he was on standby to commit his life for his Emperor and country, as a true Samurai should, when suddenly the war ended for both Japan and Tadashi Abe.. TK Chiba Shihan told me that Abe Sensei felt he had been cheated out of his destiny, a feeling that stayed with him until his death in 1984.
CLICK PHOTOS to ENLARGE ~~ Tadashi Abe & Kenshiro Abbe ~ 1950s

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