Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 1915 - 1975
This story by Henry Ellis is told in the Aikiweb ``Columns number 15``.
It is a part of the group of stories in " It Had to Be Felt " - where direct students are invited to tell of their experiences with some of the legends of Budo.
Henry Ellis, one of the first of five black-belts for Aikido in the in the UK in the 1950s, recalls his teacher Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, a man that taught Aikido as a Martial Art, without a no touch throw or multi coloured ribbons in sight. Breathing through ones toes was a fantasy yet to be experienced.