Early evening - 16th December 2015 - The first anniversary of the passing of my beloved son` Richard -Rik - Ellis.
Henry and friends light a series of ` Sky Lanterns ` in memory of `Rik` - Henry's thoughts were of all the people that loved Rik, and those that were dear to him.
This was a truly beautiful and memorable sight to remember a loved one by, as the lanterns soared high in to the night sky they appeared to join in harmony with the brightest of stars.
I know my father will always be in my corner
Jay `the prodigy ` Dods - Ellis
Don Bayney Japanese Swords
Right: Rik Ellis - UK1 MMA Light Heavyweight Champion 2012
Memorable comment from Chiba Shihan during lunch " Most Dojo's ( martial arts clubs ) are now no more than social clubs, Aikido is now so watered down it is vaporized ".
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21st-July-2102 - Rik `hammer` Ellis wins the UK1 MMA Light Heavyweight Title in 46 seconds of the first round against Kriston `hulk` Buxey.
Academy of Hard Knocks
Rik Ellis was very proud of his association and voluntary work supporting underprivileged youngsters with the AHK
` The Academy of Hard Knocks `
Visit the AHK website - contact CEO Sam Rowe to support this great cause or to seek help.
Rik would be smiling down on you if you could make a small donation to AHK - Thank you.
Endorsed by Sir Gerald Howarth MP.
Rest in Peace My Beloved Son
Richard ` Rik` Ellis - R.I.P. - 10th 3rd 1973 - - 16th December 2014.
I am totally devastated and heartbroken to report the passing of my beloved son Richard on the 16th of December 2014.
From childhood until his death Rik always said his father was his hero, I always replied that the roles were now reversed - he had become ` my hero ` he was a totally fearless ` gladiator `
`Rik's` many friends and supporters from around the world are constantly kept updated on Rik's good friend's facebook site - Nick ` headhunter` Chapmans MMA Fight Science Facebook page.
The pain I feel cannot be expressed in simple words alone - Rik was so deeply loved by his father Henry Ellis Shihan - sister Doctor Julie Anne Elphick and his son `Jay- The Prodigy ` Dods - Ellis
We apologies for any delay in answering the large volume of calls - messages - it is so difficult to deal with the grief and the endless pain at this time.
Read by David Wilson Jnr on behalf of his Uncle Henry.
Henry entered the cage to congratulate his son – Henry hugged Rik and said “ Son, this fight was like watching a ` Gladiatorial Contest ` Henry doesn’t even know to this day if Gladiatorial is a real word or not ? but it was a word he has used so many times from that day on.
Rik `hammer` Ellis Photo Slide Show - a selection of photos.
Rik `hammer` Ellis training / rolling with Niall - a young MMA prospect at the Fight Science Gym Aldershot.
FIGHT SCIENCE TEAM GYM ALDERSHOT
Nick has never done any Aikido before.
Rik Ellis is the son of Henry Ellis 6th dan AikiKai; a direct student of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei from 1957.
Rule:ix.Small joint manipulation = fingers - toes - is illegal.
Nykko - Sankyo - Kotegaesh are not small joint manipulations,they are wrist control techniques and therefore legal and applicable.Video - Rik Ellis - Nick Chapman demonstrate Aikido / MMA techniques.
After a tough work-out Rik Ellis always finds the time to help the up n coming youngsters like 16 yr old Niall.
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These are some of the Aikido techniques that I consider transferable to MMA.I want to show how Aikido can be adapted for MMA in the cage and the street, if, and when needed.
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Rik Ellis with his good friend Nick headhunter Chapman the UK1 light heavy-weight champion and CEO of `Fight Science Gym Aldershot`
Left: Applied Sankyo - Right: Taking Ikkyo from clinch to the ground.
From clinch; irimi with elbow in to face,keeping body tight turn and take into kotegaesh.
The Aikido that my father taught me was Traditional Aikido as taught by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. Aikido was a `martial art. To many the word `martial` is irrelevant and the word `art` appeals more to the tree huggers.
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