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Ronnie Smith
05-10-2015, 09:10 AM
Here is a great chance to see a video of parts of a course with Sensei Kenneth Williams, pioneer of AIkido in the UK and founder of the Ki Federation of Great Britain.

The organisation I am part of was founded by one of his top students Sensei William Andrew (also seen in this video).

I did not film this video or own it in any way. It has been shared on Youtube and I thought there may be many people here that would like to see it.

Please feel free to contact me personally: ronnieavoidsjunk@hotmail.com

https://youtu.be/E3qPRJtYnvY?t=7s

Sojourner
05-18-2015, 11:57 PM
Thank you for unearthing that one Ronnie!

graham butt
06-13-2015, 06:05 PM
Hi.

Does anyone know the whereabouts of sensei Ken Williams? He taught my dad, 40years ago.

He would like to know where is nowadays.

Thanks in advance.

Sojourner
06-13-2015, 09:23 PM
Hi Graham, Sensei Williams still teaches at the Ki Federation,

http://kifederationofgreatbritain.co.uk/

Hellis
06-14-2015, 03:34 AM
I understand that Williams Sensei is still till teaching with his ` Ki Federation GB ` he is aged about 84 yrs now. I was assistant to Williams Sensei from 1957 to 1966 until the arrival of Chiba Sensei, I joined with Chiba Sensei in 1967. Williams Sensei had a brother David who went to Australia and taught Aiki Budo - I think that was in Melbourne Aus ?? ( he is not the David Williams 10th dan Ki ) I was wondering if David Williams was still active ??

Henry Ellis
Co-author ` Positive Aikido`
http://kazuo-chiba-sensei.blogspot.com/
http://britishaikido.blogspot.com/
http://rik-ellis.blogspot.com/

graham butt
06-14-2015, 03:31 PM
Hi Ben,

Is he located in GB?

Sojourner
06-14-2015, 06:34 PM
As far as I know Graham, my Sensei told me that he teaches with his wife at the headquarters of the Ki Fed!

Hellis
06-15-2015, 01:50 AM
Hi Ben,

Is he located in GB?

Hope this helps.

Ki Federation of GB
The Causeway
Mark
Somerset
TA9 4PZ
Tel: 01278 641166
http://www.kifederation.co.uk/

Henry Ellis
Co-author ` Positive Aikido`
http://kazuo-chiba-sensei.blogspot.com/
http://britishaikido.blogspot.com/
http://rik-ellis.blogspot.com/

graham butt
06-15-2015, 04:53 PM
Brilliant... Thank you very much folks. The info is very appreciated.

mathewjgano
06-15-2015, 05:55 PM
Here is a great chance to see a video of parts of a course with Sensei Kenneth Williams, pioneer of AIkido in the UK and founder of the Ki Federation of Great Britain.

The organisation I am part of was founded by one of his top students Sensei William Andrew (also seen in this video).

I did not film this video or own it in any way. It has been shared on Youtube and I thought there may be many people here that would like to see it.

Please feel free to contact me personally: ronnieavoidsjunk@hotmail.com

https://youtu.be/E3qPRJtYnvY?t=7s

Very cool! Thank you for sharing it!

mathewjgano
06-17-2015, 12:07 PM
Can anyone familiar describe more about what is happening around the 30 minute mark, where Williams Sensei does technique and has a second person come up and push on him?

Ronnie Smith
06-22-2015, 05:55 PM
Thank you for unearthing that one Ronnie!

Courtesy of Angus Lyall who is still practising in Alness.

Ronnie Smith
06-22-2015, 05:59 PM
Can anyone familiar describe more about what is happening around the 30 minute mark, where Williams Sensei does technique and has a second person come up and push on him?

He is being tested for co-ordination, balance, centredness. A common part of the Ki Aikido style is these "Ki Tests", created by Koichi Tohei as exercises often for the teacher or a higher grade to test a student's level of development by testing their level of relaxation and co-ordination before, during and after a technique. It is a test of the mind and body.

Ronnie Smith
06-22-2015, 06:02 PM
Hope this helps.

Ki Federation of GB
The Causeway
Mark
Somerset
TA9 4PZ
Tel: 01278 641166
http://www.kifederation.co.uk/

Henry Ellis
Co-author ` Positive Aikido`
http://kazuo-chiba-sensei.blogspot.com/
http://britishaikido.blogspot.com/
http://rik-ellis.blogspot.com/

Sensei,

Thank you for your contribution. I am well aware of the large part you played in spreading Aikido in the UK and it is an honour that you would contribute to the post and a reflection of your commitment in spreading light and knowledge on the history of Aikido.

Thank you,

Ronnie Smith

emile.swain@gmail.com
08-06-2016, 05:03 AM
Awesome, thanks for the link. I believe my teacher is one of the uke.

gezznz
11-11-2019, 02:20 PM
One of the only videos I can find of him. He was my teacher in the 80s and 90s, and he was a charismatic man and brilliant instructor. Now that I have started practising again, his words come flooding back to me. Likewise, he used to tell us that the words of his teacher, Kenshiro Abbe, still came to him, words that he may not have understood when they were uttered. The big strapping uke you see was Paul MecKechan, his assistant of 10 years. Their flow together was a marvel to experience.