Tuesday, 5 June 2018

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British Aikido Board & Jack Poole Exposed

Mr Poole is a beacon of light which dazzled the BAB

For the Full factual documented investigation in to the collusion of the BAB and Mr Jack Poole
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British Aikido Board - EXPOSED !

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies` -  Alexis de Tocqueville. 

A Letter from an EX British Aikido Board Executive that will forever shame the BAB 

Dear Henry,
I write this email to once and for all state that I am truly sorry for all of the distress caused to you by my email correspondence which contained information I now know to be complete lies and fabrications.
The basis for the lies came from various members of the then BAB Exec team. 
These meeting were held in both Solihull and Slough at the home of the BAB Secretary, Shirley Timm’s. 
None of the information discussed at these meeting was minuted in any detail with regard to you. 

It became apparent very quickly they were trying to recover themselves from a huge mistake they had made with regard to awarding Jack Poole an award for time in Aikido when he clearly had not been in Aikido this long. People turned against you in these meetings and started to bad mouth your good name and character with utter rubbish and fabrication.
 Shirley Timm’s was the basis and the main instigator in these lies with Tony Davis also adding false anecdotes and recounting tales which now quite clearly never occurred. Sadly, I listened to these and believed them. I know now they are completely false.
With Regard,
The (ex) BAB Communication Officer ( name with-held for legal reasons ) -

 ( Note: Henry Ellis did not even have a motoring offence against his good name. )

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

" It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty,and how few by deceit " - Noel Coward

The Content published on this site is 100% factual - legally filed and documented

The Book ` Positive Aikido ` available on Amazon.

" If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything " - Mark Twain

British Aikido Board Exposed

An incredible true story of the BAB and Mr Jack Poole

 A true story of a group of devious people on the then BAB executive governing body,  this group colluded together to promote one mans  ( Mr Poole ) fabricated super Budo ego, with the sole intent to alter the proud history and lineage of  UK Aikido forever, dating from  its inception in 1955 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei .
This devious group were thwarted by UK Aikido pioneer Heney Ellis's long fight to protect the true history for future generations.

L to R: Ms S Timms - Jack Poole - Toni Davis - Mr Sumpter

Ms S Timms - Secretary to the BAB -  long time member of the ` Hut Dojo` the birthplace of UK Aikido - the question has been asked, and is still unanswered - " why oh why " would Ms Timms support the fraudulent claims of Mr Poole ?  did her friendship with the Poole's take priority over her position as BAB secretary ?
Mr Jack Poole - a beginner in 1986 -  re-invented himself a man of Budo from 1951/2 - using the names of the deceased masters - Osensei Morihei Ueshiba - Tadashi Abe - Masutaro Otani - Tomio Otani and others - the BAB knew this was a total fabrication - yet, the BAB presented Mr Poole with a Samurai statue to celebrate being a pioneer of UK Aikido. - what kind of people would group together and collude so deceitfully ??
Mr Toni Davies - then the BAB chairman - when the documented facts were offered to him, he declined, publicly stating " The BAB are not the custodians of UK Aikido History and therefore have no interest in the same " what more can you say about a man like him.
Mr Vincent Sumpter - The then ` new ` BAB chairman - It was hoped that he would resolve the issues that would one day see the BAB self destruct, sadly nothing changed, eventually resulting with the loss of more than 50% of  the BAB membership. 

Aikido - 1955 - 2016- For those that studied with Sensei's  Kenshiro Abbe - Tadashi Abe - Masahilo Nakazono - TK Chiba Sensei in those early days, they will remember their Aikido being true Budo, something that very few will ever see or feel again. - This was a time before you could grade yourself, or by your own students, then order the dan grade of your choice online from the British Aikido Board - Then claim " BAB Approved "

" You have to know the past to understand the present " - Carl Sagan

The Aikido Controversy 

British Aikido Board the UK governing body for Aikido (irony) colluded with one Jack Poole to alter the documented history and lineage of UK. Aikido History, which included slandering H Ellis's character to support Mr Poole.
Jack Poole - beginner in 1968 - used several names of deceased Budo masters, to re-invent himself dating back to 1952 - which would, if not contested, discredit and change the history of UK Aikido - Kendo - Karate. 
Henry Ellis Sensei, direct studdient of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - pioneer of British Aikido - protecting the proud history and lineage of British Aikido from its inception to the UK by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei in 1955.

" No matter your pretense you are what you are, nothing more " - Kenshiro Abbe Sensei

British Aikido Board  [ BAB ]website makes the following statement.

"  The British Aikido Board  Represents the majority of bona fide ( legitimate ) organisations practicing aikido in the United Kingdom "
This is simply untrue ! , the two largest ``bona fide``groups associated with Japan have resigned. reducing the BAB membership by some 50% / 60% 

Bona Fide - Law:  Without intention to deceive.

How does grading oneself from 1st to 9th dan - then ordering an online BAB ```approved ``` dan grade certificate make one ` bone fide ` ???
Bona Fide: Authentic - genuine - real - true - actual - sterling - sound - legal - legitimate - lawful - valid - unadulterated - unalloyed - proper - straight.

Read the following letters of resignation 
Joint AikiKai Newsletter ( resignation) -   .BAA Open Letter to its Members

The Controversy

Left: `` The British Aikido Lineage Tree `` -  The collusion of the BAB and Mr Poole was intended to replace the photo of Osensei at the top of the lineage tree with one of Mr Poole.

[ Top down then left to right:  Osensei Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Ken Williams - Eric Dollimore - Dave Williams - Henry Ellis - Haydn Foster - Len Ballard - Peter Dowden - Derek Eastman - Trevor Jones - Ralph Reynolds - Masahilo Nakazono - Tadashi Abe - Masamichi Noro - TK Chiba ]

Mr Poole was an immediate beginner in martial arts in 1968 at the Slough UK dojo of Henry Ellis Sensei. 

This site contains documented attendance records - photos - witness statements - 8mm film converted to video.- Wriiten apology from an ex-BAB executive for his part in the BAB defamation of Henry Ellis's good name and character. 
There are now so many teachers making false claims to lineage, titles and grades, and the BAB offering their ` approved ` dan grade certificates online making the ideal Christmas gift for so many. 

 If the above had simply been the case with Mr Poole, this would be nothing more than just another wanna-be Budo man.
This case is very different, Mr Poole acting in deceitful  collusion with the so called governing body for British Aikido, the BAB - Mr Poole decided to totally re-invent himself - his origins, history and lineage, which was in total contrast to that of Henry Ellis and the genuine pioneer students of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei from the 1950s. 

To ignore these fraudulent claims would have totally changed the true history and lineage of British Aikido from its inception in 1955 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and Ken Williams Sensei. 

 The content of this site is only important if you value truth and integrity - history and lineage - If you are self graded and have no interest in history and lineage, then I can fully understand why this site and its factual content would offend your sense of values.

" If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything " - Mark Twain

Please note:  All the teachers named in Mr Poole's bio were all sadly, but conveniently,  were deceased

Item ONE - Mr Poole claimed to have studied in France with Tadashi Abbe Sensei in 1951/2 - a documented proven lie. confirmed at a meeting between Henry Ellis - Derek Eastman and Pierre Chasang Sensei first  personal assistant to Tadashi Abe Sensei. 
 Item TWO - Mr Poole claimed to have studied Kendo with Tomio Otani Sensei in 1954 - Tomio was then a 14 yr old schoolboy.    

 Item THREE - Mr Poole claimed dan grades in Shotokan Karate - 16 years before it was introduced to the UK by Vernon Bell and Shigeru Egami Sensei in 1966.

Item FOUR  - Mr Poole claimed to be a 3rd dan Judo with Matsutaro  Otani Sensei 1954 - Denied as fiction by R Otani Sensei president of the BJC. 

Item FIVE - Mr Poole claimed to have represented the British Judo Council in International competition 1954 - several years before the BJC was created -  The first BJC international competition was in 1966. once again ridiculed by R Otani president of the BJC.

Henry Ellis with Tomio Otani at 1963 Grange Farm Summer School

Mr Poole and the BAB executive have never apologised for their fraudulent conduct to the public - Henry Ellis, or  much more importantly to their own trusting students.

It now states on Mr Poole's website " Sensei Poole has trained to black belt standard in many martial arts" - Not good enough Mr Poole - you are either a genuine dan grade or full of BS.

They say ` you couldn't make it up ` - Jack Poole and the BAB did just that.

British Aikido Board Exposed

"  If you tell the truth, you  don't have to remember anything "  Mark Twain

May 14th 2005
The Kenshiro Abbe Memorial Event - Crystal Palace - London
Britain greatest Budo Event - Organised by surviving direct students of K Abbe Sensei. 

Two Men in Sharp Contrast to Each Other

1 -William `Bill` Woods Sensei

2 - Vincent Sumpter ( Below ). 

Left & Right:  Sensei William `Bill` Woods 

W Woods Sensei R.I.P. 
1953 LJS Judo Champion - 1955 personal aide to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
We, the organizers of the Kenshiro Abbe Memorial Event  asked Woods Sensei for a letter to be read on his behalf, knowing he had just months left to live, Bill bravely insisted on attending the event in a wheelchair as an honored guest at the Kenshiro Abbe Memorial Budo Event 2005.
Bill said he wanted to be there in person to pay his final respects to his teacher Abbe Sensei - Bill's son and daughter supported their father as he insisted he wanted to stand and bow when his name was announced - Bill's courage, honour and respect brought a tear to many eyes including my own.

Bill Woods Sensei was my friend for almost 50 years and my inspiration in those early days. - Henry Ellis

Henry Ellis and the event organizing committee officially invited the BAB chairman Mr V Sumpter as an honored gust to represent the BAB membership.

Woods Sensei's honour and respect was in total contrast to the conduct of the British Aikido Board Chairman Vincent Sumpter ( photo left ) who was also invited to attend as an honoured guest to represent the BAB membership - Mr Sumpter refused to attend  -- he stated to his British Aikido Board executives  " If you insist I attend this event, I will resign as chairman ".

Mr Sumpters executives did not insist, and Mr Sumpter stayed at home.

Despite the crass conduct of the BAB Chairman - Secretary - executives, there were many BAB members involved in this memorable event.

The event was sold out to its maximum capacity of 440 active students - 730 spectators - This was despite the disgusting conduct of  the BAB executive Dominic Foster.  who was placed outside the entrance doors before opening time, he was attempting to turn people away from entering the event - witnesses statements available.


Jack Poole and the British Aikido Board 
fully documented.

"  If you tell the truth, you  don't have to remember anything "  Mark Twain

All information contained on this site is Legally - Factual - Honest and Truthfully Documented  - Available on Hard Copy. 
Direct witness statements - Photos - Old 8mm Film - Video - Actual attendence records from disputed times - 

Left: BAB Chairman Mr V Sumpter - Right: BAB Secretary Ms S Timms.




 The Shameful story of the ` British Aikido Board 
( UK Aikido governing body )

BAB - Appalling Statement. 
"We the British Aikido Board are not the custodians of British Aikido History - we therefore have no interest in the same ".

" Follow your daydreams - now carefully look behind you before claiming your daydreams are reality "
Henry Ellis

The deluded Mr Poole claims he began Aikido 1952 - Photo - complete beginner - at the  "Slough dojo" of Henry Ellis 1968 - witness statements.

The BAB can, and will, turn all of your daydreams in to reality - They will accept any and all credentials without verification, issue BAB certificates for a fee  - history - lineage -high grades - approving sham titles .

BAB Arrogance.

Henry Ellis was rebuffed by the BAB chairman Mr Sumpter, as Ellis attempted to avoid a public controversy with the BAB and Mr Poole, regarding the false and fraudulent claims of Mr Poole, a man who's outrageous  claims if uncontested would alter the true history and lineage of British Aikido forever, claims which unbelievably were fully supported by the British Aikido Boards chief executives, a group who collectively agreed to ignore the factual irrefutable historic evidence, and proceeded to promote the myths that would make Jack Poole the first British student of Aikido. 

The coveted and devalued  Samurai Statue.

Photo right:  Mr Poole poses proudly with the same Samurai statue as Henry Ellis his first Aikido teacher -  `Why` and how, could the BAB create an ordinary student in to a pioneer of British Aikido ?

It is unfortunate for Mr Poole, he will never be remembered as the first British student of Aikido, he will however, be long remembered as the man who in collusion with the BAB executives, brought this once creditable organisation for UK Aikido in to ridicule - disrepute, and self destruction,  the BAB membership has now decreased by approx  60% with the reputable JAC and the BAA both UK  associated Japanese organisations resigning.

Statement from Pierre Chasang Sensei.

The BAB were fully aware that  Mr Jack Poole   was a total beginner in 1968 with UK Aikido pioneer Henry Ellis at the  `` Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido ``  dojo in Slough UK..
Aikido was introduced to the UK by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei  in 1955 - Yet, unbelievably, Mr Poole claimed to have started Aikido in France in 1952 with Tadashi Abe Sensei - Pierre Chasang the first personal aide to Tadashi Abe Sensei in France 1952,  stated  " Mr Poole never  studied with Tadashi Abe Sensei in France - there were no English students during the 1950s "

The true instigators.

 Henry Ellis requested a private meeting between himself - Jack Poole and the BAB. 

 Mr V Sumpter, replied  to Henry Ellis's request with a blunt ` NO ',  stating,  he would `facilitate` a meeting between `Ellis and Poole` with the BAB sitting safely in the background as `` observers `` - Ellis refused as he considered the BAB  the main instigator and promoters of the ` British Aikido History Fraud.`

The Shameless Aikidoka

Not only should the BAB executives hang their heads in shame - so should the British Aikidoka that openly supported the BAB and  Mr Poole. I have a written statement that BAB members close to Mr Poole, sat with him and using the names of many deceased respected teachers created a history and lineage to defend his bizarre claims.

Sports England meeting between Henry Ellis and Mr Vincent Sumpter Chairman of the BAB
 Sport England concluded "...that in allowing the matter to remain unresolved, the BAB have undoubtedly damaged its own reputation, particularly in terms of its perceived ability to openly and decisively deal with grievances in line with their Constitution." The Chairman of the BAB was instructed to extend a full apology to Ellis in respect of the non-action to his complaint of some four years earlier.

Henry Ellis



All information contained on this site is Legally - Factual - Honest and Truthfully Documented  - Available on Hard Copy. 


" If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything " - Mark Twain

" No matter your pretence, you are what you are, nothing more "
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 1915 - 1985

BRITISH AIKIDO BOARD and the Betrayal of British Budo

" Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure "  -  Sophocles

L to R; The Z Team  - Secretary Ms Shirley Timms - Ex Chairman Toni Davis - Chairman Vincent  Sumpter - Jack Poole.

Take a look at the crass ex-chairman Toni Davis, when questioned about the fraudulent corruption of British Aikido - he stated to a `General Meeting `.

" We the British Aikido Board are not the custodians of British Aikido History - we therefore have no interest in the same "

As with the disastrous  Costa Concordia the BAB Captain jumped first.

News  Up-Date

British Aikido Board [BAB] 

BAB = Bad at Budo

" Of course its the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story " - Hon Margaret Thatcher.

  • Represent the majority of bona fide organisations practicing aikido in the United Kingdom

 These two large reputable Aikido organisations have resigned from the BAB as from the 1st Feb 2014.

The `Joint Aikikai Council ` [ JAC ]  and the `British Aikido Association ` [BAA] are both large Aikido groups affiliated with their respective organisations in Japan.

 Please read the JAC  chairman's open news letter on the UKA website. 

 Click >  Joint AikiKai Council Newsletter

Please read the BAA excellently documented .BAA Open Letter to its Members

Personally, I fully agree with all the reasons as stated by both the JAC and the BAA for leaving the BAB

The British Aikido Board is a Governing Body incapable of Mediation. 

All of the JAC and BAA reasons for resigning have long been highlighted on this site for several years, such as, the BAB not listening to its members concerns - providing online certificates, authorizing any, and all grades, ranging from students grading their own teachers, to self grading, and self promoting titles of Shihan - Soke - Hanshi.- Professor.

I do believe the BAB even have its very own `Grand master ` ?

It is very misleading for Sports UK and the general public, including the whole UK Aikido community, when students grade their own teachers, as so many do, they then have the audacity to publicly claim  " Blogs Sensei is ``British Aikido Board approved.`` - Blogs Sensei now has a certificate of authentication, stamped  - signed - sealed by the British Aikido Board.

I take no satisfaction in seeing the discredited BAB in decline.

From the 1970s - Derek Eastman and I, with many others. all of  whom were formally members of the creditable and highly respected  `Martial Arts Commission `
[ MAC - original umbrella organisation for all UK martial arts ].

The whole purpose for this blog was to try [unsuccessfully ] to make the BAB accountable to its members.

 During those early days as we the members created the BAB, we honestly believed we were creating an Aikido organisation worthy of its members, with the strength and cohesion for the future of British Aikido,
 which it was for several years.

As the BAB began to grow in strength and numbers, it also grew to become overly bureaucratic, it no longer listened or cared for its core members. If a senior member legitimately  made an official complaint, as I did - The BAB totally ignored all my correspondence for four years. The BAB secretary Ms Shirley Timms refused to forward to me even the bog standard BAB communications - The BAB Chairman Mr V Sumpter only acknowledged my complaint after four years on the direct orders  and demand of Sports England.

Henry Ellis in consultation with Sport England ( Sports UK ) dragged the BAB chairman Vincent Sumpter to a meeting at their head office in London. Sports England demanded that Mr Sumpter issue Henry Ellis with an apology for the appalling conduct of the BAB . See below.

Sports England meeting between Henry Ellis and Mr Vincent Sumpter Chairman of the BAB
 Sport England concluded "...that in allowing the matter to remain unresolved, the BAB have undoubtedly damaged its own reputation, particularly in terms of its perceived ability to openly and decisively deal with grievances in line with their Constitution." The Chairman of the BAB was instructed to extend a full apology to Ellis in respect of the non-action to his complaint of some four years earlier.
I have in my possession an email from the BAB chairman advising all executives " Ignore Henry Ellis and he will eventually go away " - How mistaken they were. 

Rather than deal with my complaint, I was ignored and vilified by the BAB secretary Ms Shirley Timms who was ably assisted by her then chairman Toni Davis. and the then executive team, nothing changed with the arrival of the new chairman in 2002 of Mr Vincent Sumpter. The BAB continued to spread serious libelous and totally unfounded rumours about me, this was fully exposed in a letter of sincere apology from a respected senior ` ex ` BAB executive.( name withheld for legal reasons )

Full expose below.

News up-date by Henry Ellis. - 16th - October - 2014

Monday, 11 April 2016


The book ` Positive Aikido ` - began life as a dojo information booklet a project by Dave Rogers Sensei of N M - USA,
Rogers Sensei a news paper editor and 3rd dan USA representative of the ` Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido `. Rogers Sensei began collecting all the background knowledge - history and lineage of both Henry Ellis Shihan and Derek Eastman Shihan, who were both direct students of the legendary Budo Master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei from the 1950s and the birth of UK Aikido with K Williams Sensei at the famous `Hut Dojo`.  Over a period of 15 years Rogers Sensei had collected so much information he asked Ellis and Eastman Sensei's for permission to turn all those pages in to a book - and ` Positive Aikido ` was born.

Visit ` Aikido Books `for ` Positive Aikido ` and a great selection of other books - Aikido Books -
See the collection of books from 1905 and books by Minoru Mochizuki from 1956 - books by Tadashi Abe Sensei - ` My Past Way of Budo ` by Masahilo Nakazono Sensei, including his books on Kototama and Inochi.

Ellis and Eastman's diploma's are signed by Aikido legends - Morihei Ueshiba - Moriteru Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Mutsuro Nakazono - Masamichi Noro - TK Chiba.

The book is a down to earth approach to Aikido as a Traditional Martial Art.
Take note of the  warning in the books introduction pages, advising student to keep their money in their purse if they are looking for fantasy Aikido, or floating around the universe. or other such bizarre modern Aikido Kidology this book is not for you.

Ellis and Eastman studied with many Aikido legends, such as Kenshiro Abbe - Tadashi Abe - M Nakazono - J Nakazono - M Noro - H Tada - N Tamura - T Ishimura - H Kobayashi - T Otani - M Harada - TK Chiba.
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei taught Aikido as Budo and so did Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman.
The book is available on Amazon UK £10-95 - Amazon US $ 15-45.

Monday, 21 September 2015

British Aikido Board - Blog - Members FAQ - Your Questions Answered

The British Aikido Board Blog - Members FAQ -

Henry Ellis Admin

Q: I was surprised the BAB chairman Mr Sumpter was not at the "K Abbe 50th Memorial Event".
A: Mr Sumpter was invited as a `honoured` guest; Mr Sumpter advised his executive members - if they insist he attends this event - he would resign. What can be said about such a man ?

Q: Are the BAB an honest and open organisation ?
A: No - here is an example:- I once stood up at a BAB general meeting in Birmingham.I wanted to raise a question regarding the honesty and integrity of the BAB. The meeting was abruptly closed to prevent me speaking - the chairman claimed another non-existent group were waiting to use the room - this was a blatant lie - later confirmed by the facility centre manager - he confirmed there were no other bookings that day; - other than the BAB.(details recorded)

Ms Shirley Timms the BAB secretary had the crass contempt to confirm and perpetuate this lie in a letter to me following the meeting.
Extract from letter below. -

Att: Henry Ellis:
20th March 2000
Mr Ellis ( not Dear)
It was unfortunate that the meeting had to be curtailed so abruptly,but the time allocated for the BAB to use the meeting room had run out and there was another meeting scheduled to start at 1-15pm.
Ms Shirley Timms BAB Secretary.
Full letter available on file..

Q: Why is the controversy with the BAB and Jack Poole still on-going?
A: I am still waiting for Ms Timms the BAB secretary to apologise for supporting the deception of Mr Poole - including the content of the above letter - also the defamation of my good name by Ms Timms as exposed by the ex Bab executive - `see below` - I should remind everyone that Mr Poole has not apologised for his fraudulent attempt to corrupt the history of British Budo.

Q: I understand the BAB have way over £100,000 banked.- What do the B A B do with their members money ?
A; The BAB is a Non-Profit org :-)- They do many things,including an honorarium of approx £1000 for each of the 10 executives each year.- You will have difficulty discovering this important item on the BAB website - This sum may very well now have increased ?.It is unbelievable that the `honorarium` share out of £10,000 is the same amount as the BAB 2012 annual budget - see below.
Child Protection £2500
Website Development £2500
Media & Marketing £1250
Coaching £2500
Clubmark £ 250
Membership £ 500
Equity & Equality £ 500 (Total: £10000)

Q: Do I really need to be a member of The discredited British Aikido Board to obtain martial arts insurance ?.
A: NO! - Martins` (acronym)provide martial arts insurance for instructors - individuals - small groups.--email:- Martins.

Q: As a member of the British Aikido Board, does one get the strength and support as one would in a union?.
A: NO! The British Aikido Board place membership money first,principles are secondary.

Q: Do I need to be a member of the BAB to hire a local govt dojo facility/ local community centre ?
A: NO ! - no facility manager is interested if you are with the BAB or not.- Most, if not all, have never heard of the B A B.

Q: If my Auntie Elsie gives me a 5th dan in Aikido for my birthday,will the British Aikido Board recognise it?.
A: The British Aikido Board accept and recognise all grades & titles without question.- Why not add Shihan or Hanshi as many do.

Q: Do I need to demonstrate my skill to the British Aikido Board for a dan grade certificate ?
A: Once accepted, just go to the BAB website and download the grade certificate of your choice for a fee.

Q: Will the British Aikido Board accept my grade if my students gave me 7th dan Aikido for Christmas?
A: This is normal within the B A B - Ms Timms may well place you on the next National Course as a 7th dan - I am sure Mr Sumpter will fully support you.

Q: What happens if I offend Ms Shirley Timms the BAB secretary ?.
A: OMG - It will be necessary for you to leave the country in the back of a lorry.

Q: Has the British Aikido Board been known to turn anyone away ?
A: Not to my knowledge.The B A B share the Salvation Army motto "Never known to turn anyone away".If you pay the required fees you are most welcome.

Q: What does the acronym B A B stand for ?
A: Many believe it is `Bad at Budo`?

Q: I am a teenager - One day I would like to be a pioneer of Aikido, or even a Budo pioneer, is this possible ?.
A: Why wait? Just let Ms Timms the BAB Secretary know your details and a bronze Samurai Statue could well be on its way.

Q: If I grade myself to 8th dan and call myself Shihan,will the BAB allow that ?
A: Yes, and you could well be invited to become an Executive,Oh! and don't forget the £1000 plus honorarium.

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Monday, 24 August 2015

" Man who builds his dojo of bullshit must also remember to stand clear of the fan " - Henry Ellis

All information contained on this site is Legally - Factual - Honest and Truthfully Documented and Available on Hard Copy.


Photo below: 1968 - Henry Ellis with uke Geoff Goodwin 
Sitting and day dreaming Mr Jack Poole the now BAB 7th dan approved Aikido pioneer.

The British Aikido Board - can - and will - make all your bizarre day dreams come true.

Visit the ` British Aikido History ` Blog

British Aikido Board General meeting - 2nd November 2013.

It was stated the present chairman Mr Vincent Sumpter would retire, due to recent surgery, and ill health, we wish Mr Sumpter well in the future. ( at this time we were unaware that the JAC and the BAA were leaving the BAB )

We offer a warm welcome to the new British Aikido Board chairman Mr Keith Holland.
Mr Holland has all the qualities to make a fine BAB Chairman following in the footsteps of his predecessors Toni Davis and Vincent Sumpter.
Mr Holland once stated,
" Henry Ellis is envious of all the that Mr Poole has achieved  " ( and so everyone :-) 

 BAB Ludicrous claim to - " Monitor Standards of UK Aikido "

Left: The new BAB  chairman Mr Keith Holland .

The BAB - Mr Poole and his misguided followers have always promoted Mr Poole as a pioneer of British Budo/Aikido. 

Yet, in a statement below Mr Holland refers to Mr Poole " as a student of Henry Ellis " J  This is the first time a BAB chairman has admitted this, despite all the photos - videos, as this would contradict the BAB presentation of the Aikido pioneer award to Mr Poole.

It is worthy of note, the late Mr Simon Deering stated, Mr Holland had actually helped ``create `` Mr Jack Poole's  bizarre biography.J

Mr Holland is well remembered for his letter to the `National Aikido Database ` in defense of Mr Poole and the biography they had created together.

Mr Holland wrote, and I quote.

" Whilst in some small way I can understand the apparent obsession of Mr Ellis, perhaps because he has seen one of his students ( Mr Poole ) achieve greater respect than himself. " 

So, the new chairman's knew that Mr Poole was a beginner with Henry Ellis in 1968 - So, Mr Holland's idea of Mr Poole's ` great respect ` is using the names of several deceased Budo masters which they used in Mr Poole's false lineage - namely - Osensei Ueshiba - Musutaro Otani - Tadashi Abe - Tomio Otani - The British Judo Council - Claiming to be a dan grade in Shotokan Karate [11 years before it was introduced to the UK .]

Les White Sensei stated that Mr Poole stood in front of a class of students and asked " What do you all think if I grade myself to 7th dan ? " - and like magic he became 7th dan - and your grade Mr Chairman is now ?

[ The claim to have trained with Osensei was made by Mr Poole in person to a London Metropolitan Police Detective - on file ]

 The following BAB standards, are condoned and promoted as listed below. ( all BAB approved )

The BAB condone, recognize and reward - False Lineage - Self grading - Students grading their own teachers - Self awarded grandiose titles -  One can Down-load the grade of their choice from the BAB website.- Self graded teachers awarding others with high grades and titles such as - Shihan - Hanshi - Soke 

Despite Mr Poole’s damage to the credibility and the public image of the British Aikido Board, it would appear the BAB are now actually morphing into “ The British Shinwakai Aikido Board “ .
In the year 2000 - Mr Jack Poole of `UKShinwakai Aikido`, brought the now discredited British Aikido Board  to national ridicule and disrepute, a situation from which it has never recovered.
Ms S Timms:
Ms Timms the BAB secretary and the then chairman, set out on a mission to create a new British Aikido pioneer. They knew full well they were misleading the BAB membership and the general public. Together they betrayed the trust placed in them as a governing body by `Sports England` ( now UK Sports ).

The Clique.
The BAB is now headed by Mr Poole’s number one supporter, Mr Keith Holland, the new BAB chairman - including the ever faithful BAB secretary, Ms Shirley Timms who was shamelessly instrumental in promoting the Jack Poole myths at the 2000 National Course.

Mr Holland as stated above - Ms Timms, a very close friend of both Mr and Mrs Poole. -  Mrs M Poole, the wife of Jack Poole is also a member of the BAB board, -  and yet, we also have another very close associate of Mr Poole in Mr Frank Burlingham the BAB coaching officer.

J “ The British Shinwakai Aikido Board monitor standards of UK Aikido  J
Henry Ellis admin.

The True Story of the Betrayal of British Budo by the British Aikido Board.

   The British Aikido Board can make your day dreams a reality,  as they did for Mr Jack Poole.           


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British Aikido Board / Jack Poole / Henry Ellis 

It Only Takes the Good Aikidoka to stand Quietly by - For the Fraudulent Plastic Samurai to Succeed.

    See Video of actual factual documentation and photos.


The information contained on this site is Legally - Factual - Honest and Truthfully Documented.
Ms Shirley Timms - BAB Secretary.

The British Aikido Board Event Presentation Programme
Reads ( pause at 7m 14sec )

" This year is a particular special event because we will be honouring 5 ( FIVE ) instructors who have served over 40  ( FORTY )  continuous years teaching Aikido in the UK. "

They are:  H Ellis ~ H Foster ~ R Reynolds ~ W Smith - D Eastman.

NOW look at the presentation group photo and the named 5 ( FIVE ) has mysteriously become 6  ( SIX ) 

"No matter you pretence - you are what you are - nothing more ! " Kenshiro Abbe Sensei

              UK Aikido Governing Body Conspired to change the history of UK Aikido.

The `British Aikido Board Controversy` has unfortunately become a part of UK Aikido history - as distasteful as this is, it serves as a warning to advise others that such crass conduct will not be tolerated, and you will be exposed.

Henry Ellis is in possession of a large number of damning emails of correspondence between the BAB Chairman - Secretary and other Executives.

The previous BAB Chairman Mr Toni Davis - when questioned on the BAB - Jack Poole - Henry Ellis Controversy
Publicly shamelessly stated at a `General Meeting`

" We the British Aikido Board are not the custodians of British Aikido History - and therefore have no interest in the same " - Toni Davis   

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 The Betrayal of British Budo

This factually documented Blog tells the true appalling story of the governing body for Aikido in the UK.

The then Chairman (  Mr Toni Davies ) and Secretary ( Ms Shirley Timms ) detailing events as the BAB attempted to change the proud history and lineage of Aikido in the UK  from its inception in 1955 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
The BAB  fully supported the spurious grades and lineage claims of one Mr Jack Poole.

Mr Poole had claimed to have multiple grades in Judo - Aikido - Karate - Kendo. - Mr Poole's now revised website amusingly reads .

" Sensei Jack  Poole has trained to black belt standard in several martial arts "

2000 - H Foster - H Ellis - D Eastman were three surviving direct students of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, they were also founder members of the BAB.

The three Aikido pioneers held a special meeting with Ms Timms the BAB secretary, to discuss Mr Jack Poole, the meeting took place at the Hut Pub. 
This was a pointless exercise and a total waste of time, Ms Timms totally ignored the important points of the meeting in favour of Mr Poole.

The BAB deliberately ignored the joint statement from these three pioneers, the BAB then shamelessly went ahead and promoted Mr Jack Poole's claims to its full membership -  the public and Sports England [ now Sports UK ].
The BAB then proudly paraded Mr Poole to the members and the public at the 2000 National Seminar as the first UK student of Aikido.

Read the letter of apology offered ( accepted ) to Henry Ellis from one ex- BAB executive, a decent man, a man who was disgusted at the conduct of his fellow  BAB executives, he tells of the ``private `` executive meetings - he exposes the defamation of the good name of Henry Ellis Shihan,  as the BAB were desperately trying to cover up their disgraceful conduct. [ Letter on File]

Is this Also Illegal ?

 The chairman ( Mr V Sumpter ) advises all executive members not to mention the discussions of this important damaging situation in any of the meeting minutes. [ Email on File ]

Sooo - The meeting minutes are not a true account of any of those meetings - Is that illegal ? as it does not pertain to the constitution.`

The BAB chairman has stated at the end of each meeting " The chairman was authorised to sign the minutes as a true record of the meeting ".

From the chairman's own email correspondence, we now know that statement to be false.

 The BAB will never learn from that old saying " when you are neck deep in a cess pit - its time to stop digging and get a bucket
" - believe me - they are still digging......

Ms Timms the BAB Secretary, was livid that Mr Ellis had dared to question her crass conduct, and that of her fellow BAB executives regarding Mr Poole.

Ms Timms would both write - and reply to Henry Ellis letters, and as a sign of her contempt -  her letters, including the every day bog standard BAB general correspondence - by sending each and every single one of her responses untitled and unsigned .

How un-professional for the secretary of a so-called `governing body` - to correspond with the head of a member organisation in such a manner - there are many such letters, [ all available on file.]

              Ms Shirley Timms  BAB Secretary

             The Martial Arts Encyclopedia

The `Martial Arts Encyclopedia with over 20,000 views/reads to date ` has officially archived the whole of the documented files of this controversy .
 Including the meeting with `Sports England `  ( Sports UK ).

" The Jack Poole Proven Spurious Biography  "

Jack claimed to be a dan grade in every martial art ( a true man of Budo )  since being exposed - he has change this claim on his website to read " Jack Poole Sensei has trained to black belt standard in many martial arts "  and the BAB support this bullshit.

 Full BAB - Jack Poole Story archived by "Martial Arts Encyclopedia" CLICK > BAB - Jack Poole - Investigation.

The Lies


BAB - General Meeting 2000.

 Henry Ellis, waited, and rose to his feet at the end of the meeting at the final point of ` Any Other Business `- intending to raise the question of the  Jack Poole - BAB collusion / misconduct,  before Mr Ellis could speak one word - the then chairman ( Toni Davies ) and secretary ( Ms Shirley Timms ) abruptly closed the meeting, claiming there was another group waiting to use the hall,  at a glance there were no other group, or individuals, in fact there was not even a single person in sight.

 As there was no activity outside the main hall - Henry Ellis went immediately to the reception desk and spoke with the facility duty manager, who confirmed the British Aikido Board were the ONLY BOOKING for that facility that day. [ on file ]

 Ms Timms and the chairman  Toni Davies - not only lied to Henry Ellis - they also lied to all the 60 + senior members attending the general meeting that day .


Ms Shirley Timms to my utter disbelief and satisfaction, actually wrote to me (Henry Ellis) after the said meeting,  reiterating `` THE LIE`` in print - [letter on file.]

Ms Timms wrote;

" It was unfortunate that the meeting had to be curtailed so abruptly, but the time allocated for the BAB to use the room had run out and there was another meeting scheduled to start at 1 - 15 pm. " [ On file ]


Henry Ellis, was an important  volunteer witness in a police investigation / prosecution case - Ellis asked the BAB secretary Ms Timms for a character witness letter in his good name, as suggested by the police to strengthen their case and the integrity of their witness.

Ms Timms provided Henry Ellis with an excellent Character Reference  [ on file ].

As the BAB continued its crass conduct with its full support, and promotion of Jack Poole - Ms Timms now began advising BAB members that the said character witness letter, was now totally changed, It had now become a letter of support for Henry Ellis, who she now stated publicly, Ellis had now been charged with `GBH` `grievous bodily harm` ( GBH ) a charge which is second only to murder in the UK - GBH can carry a life prison sentence, this evil gross defamation of Henry Ellis's character  was exposed by one of the BAB's own ex- communications executive officers.

It should be noted that Henry Ellis did not even have a motoring offence against his good name and character. To this day, neither the BAB or Ms Timms have ever had the decency to offer an apology for this disgraceful conduct.


Scroll down to read of the extraordinary lengths the now Ex - British Aikido Board Chairman ( Mr Toni Davis ) and the BAB secretary Ms Shirley Timms were prepared to take in their support of the false claims of Mr Jack Poole - This support is continued to this day with the present chairman Mr Vincent Sumpter.
British Aikido Board Statement
""" The Board seeks to further the advancement of all styles of aikido and to establish and monitor standards of safety and behaviour for practitioners of aikido  """.


The above statement " Monitor Standards " is a mockery - The BAB will fully support any false and misleading claims to grades or titles - No grades are ever challenged - questioned or verified - all grades and titles either self graded or given by ones own students are accepted and promoted without question.

BAB members can now go on the BAB website and order the BAB dan grade certificate of their choice - Rather than state that the applicant has either graded themselves / or graded by their own students - The proud recipient can now mislead the public by claiming to be
"" Approved by the BAB ""
Believe me !! - many do.

Henry Ellis Shihan - Ex founder member of the BAB - grades signed by - OSensei Ueshiba No 349 ( 1 of 2 ) - Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Masahilo Nakazono Sensei - TK Chiba Sensei - Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu.

The British Aikido Board Controversy Slide-Show.

See the cowardly `Blackmail Email Threats` and the `Slanderous Website` Prepared by Associates of Mr Poole, rather than simply offering proof and facts of his bizarre claims, to this day the BAB nor Mr Poole have ever offered one single item of proof to justify his bizarre claims.


British Aikido Origins
The Video the British Aikido Board Does not Want its Members to See.
Narrated Slide Show by Henry Ellis Shihan