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Old 06-17-2014, 04:44 PM   #34
Dojo: Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido
Location: Bracknell
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 641
Re: The History of Aikido in Australia?

There were two teachers from the famous `Hut Dojo` in the UK that emigrated to Australia in the 1960s - David ( Dave ) Williams the brother of Ken Williams the very first student of Aikido in the UK, assistant to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - David held dan grades in Aikido - Judo - Karate .

The other was John Caldwell a pioneer dan grade in Aikido from the Hut Dojo and a talented boxer who was a sparring partner to the then world champ Terry Downs.

Sadly I lost touch with both of them - If they are still teaching they would have been a great asset to the promotion of early Budo in Oz.

Henry Ellis
Co-author ` Positive Aikido `
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