Wednesday, 19 June 2019


Richard ` Rik ` Ellis

10/3/1973 - 16/12/2014

UK1 - MMA  Light Heavy Weight Champion 2012
The Calm before the Storm

 Rik ` the hammer` Ellis  -  Memorial Site

The UK1 MMA Light Heavy Weight Champion 2012
21st July 2012 - Rik `hammer`Ellis vs Kriston `hulk`Buxey - Rik won in 46th sec of the first round

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.

16th Decemeber 2016
The second anniversary
Please think of our son, brother and many beloved friends of Rik on this day of all days.
Rik, we miss you every single day, the pain of your loss never eases.

Rik Ellis

10th - 3rd - 1973 - - - 16th - December - 2014

Tuesday March 10th
Thinking of Rik on what would have been his birthday.

Scroll Down for Rik's Fight Video's & Articles.

" I will train and fight to fulfill my fathers dream that I will one day make it to the UFC. "
I know my father will always be in my corner
Jay `the prodigy ` Dods - Ellis

Don Bayney Japanese Swords

" Learning is the gift, when pain is your teacher "  -  Rik Ellis

Left: 2011 Henry Ellis Aikikai Shihan and son Rik at the Hut Dojo before having lunch with TK Chiba Shihan.

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 ".

To read Rik Ellis's views on modern Aikido - Visit  Aikido in MMA

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

      A Tribute by Henry Ellis  

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.

A Tribute to Richard my beloved friend and son  

To all those that knew Richard, he was known simply as  `Rik` 

Richard was an intelligent and articulate young man, a man who would be most unhappy if we were to make sweet flowery statements about him and his life. He would often say about everything  “ Just tell it as it is “
Rik read extensively on the origins of life, he sincerely believed there  was a better after life, many of Rik’s friends had their cauliflower ears bent for hours listening to his sincere beliefs in the next world.

To his father Henry,  Rik was many things, `` The Good – The Bad – and The Handsome.
Rik would tell his father each and every day that he loved him, in fact, his final words to his father were  ““Dad - I really do love you ! ””

To Henry, Rik was a `Gladiator ` - Henry recalled watching Rik win his first professional fight,
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.
As children, Richard and his sister Julie who were aged respectively 4 and 5 - began their education at a prestigious private school.
On the first day of school  Henry instructed Richard to take good care of his little sister Julie.
It wasn’t long before  Henry was called to a meeting  before  the school principal.
Richard had been playing on a small hill overlooking the school playing field -  he looked down to see his sister Julie being pushed back and forth by four young boys who were in the year above Richard.
At four years of age Richard did then what he has always done to this day, he went down that hill like a steam train, knocking all the bully boys over – the Principal spoke sternly of Richard’s possible expulsion.
 Henry asked Richard  “ Son - Why did you attack all those boys ? “  Richard simply replied  “ Dad – you told me to look after my little sister – so  I did “. 

Yet, there is one story Henry will never forget - Richard would then have been in his late twenty’s

A lady came up to Henry at a car boot sale at the Bracknell Judo Club.

The lady asked Henry directly  “ are you Richard Ellis’s father ? “
 Henry immediately thought  “” OH – OH - WHAT NOW “” 

The lady then told Henry that her son Simon had died at the age of 23 years after a short life time of illness – she told how she had cried each and every day that she dropped her son off at the senior school gates, because her son Simon was physically weak he was  bullied every single day  – until one day, for the first time ever, Simon came home with a beaming smile on his face, he told his mother he had made a new friend at school named Richard Ellis, and his new friend was the “ Cock of the School “  Simon told his mother that Richard Ellis had spread the word that no one should ever upset his new friend Simon “” OR ELSE ! “”
The lady then said “ from that day, to the end of Simon’s school days, she never had to worry ever again, stating
 “ I will always be grateful to Richard for his protection of Simon and my peace of mind.

Read by David Wilson Jnr on behalf of his Uncle Henry.

Richard began Aikido at the age of 5 years with his father Henry Ellis Shihan - then Henry was Richards Hero never realizing that one day he would become his fathers hero.

RIK `the hammer `Ellis - Videos

This was Rik's last video before his sad loss.

Rik often trained at his good friend Vik Hothi's `IMAS`  gym in Slough.
413 Montrose Ave Slough Berks - SL1 4TJ

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.

the future of `Academy of Hard Knocks ` and its success with local youths. The system is based on strict discipline with a total no nonsense approach.


Click - Fight Science Gym -> - Fight Science Gym - Here Rik `hammer` Ellis with Nick `headhunter`Chapman. Rik demonstrates his method of aikido transference techniques on Nick Chapman the UK1 MMA L/H champion.
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.
Visit the "Aikido Articles Blog"->Aikido Articles

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.


Rik Ellis's views - Aikido/MMA - VISIT " Aikido in MMA " CLICK HERE Click for " Aikido in MMA _________________________________________________________________________________

Monday, 28 September 2015

Rik `Hammer` Ellis - Aikido - MMA - BJJ


                            Visit "Aikido Books " Positive Aikido the Book

 VISIT - ` AIKIDO STORIES ` Click >  True Aikido Stories

 It Only Takes the Good Aikidoka to Stand Quietly By - For the Fraudulent Plastic Samurai to Succeed.

 Rik Ellis recommends the book `Positive Aikido

  Aikido in MMA  

                                                                A mystery - why is Ki Aikido only effective on other Ki students ?

If there were `real` competition in Aikido, where a man puts his technique to the test, as there is in Judo and MMA, it would eliminate a lot of the bs dancers who have little or no true fighting spirit from hiding behind  the protective cover of `Aikido is Love `.

                                               AIKIDO TECHNIQUES TRANSFERABLE / APPLICABLE in MMA Video Below                                                


                                          Visit - Aikido Books - for `Positive Aikido`

Rik `hammer` Ellis is proud to have been involved in the creation and publication of the book ``Positive Aikido`` whilst visiting NM USA.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

UK1 MMA - Rik`hammer` Ellis - Wins UK1 MMA Light Heavyweight Title - Belt

Rik Ellis the son of Henry Ellis Shihan - Aikikai Hombu, a student of Aikido from the age of five years. Rik continues to enjoy his Aikido as taught to him by his father a direct student of the legendary Budo master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
Rik follows his fathers teaching that, whilst Aikido can be practised in harmony in the dojo - it is totally unsuitable for application in `the street`in a time of need.
Teachers should teach students how to adapt their Aikido to meet any, and all hostile situations - The problem is - many teachers are unable to adapt.
Rik believes in `Positive Aikido` - If threatened - take a positive approach - deflect your opponents attack - enter - finish. no time to talk of aiki love and floating around the universe - no time to breath through your toes or slap your attacker with a coloured ribbon. - This would be a good time to test your `no touch` throws, or perhaps try a `Ki Blast` ( reality check ) - Good luck.
Rik Ellis
Visit the "Aikido in MMA " Blog -> Visit the " Aikido in MMA " Blog     

 July 21st - UK1 MMA Fight Night - Fight Science Arena - Aldershot UK
Rik Ellis - Aikido MMA - wins the Light Heavy weight title in 46 seconds of the first round.

UK1 MMA - Fight Science Arena - Aldershot - Hampshire UK - 21st - July - 2012 - Rik Ellis wins in 46 sec 1st Round.

Rik Ellis with his father Henry Ellis being presented with the UK1 MMA title belt by Grant Waterman.

                                                Rik `hammer`Ellis - vs - Kriston `hulk` Buxey

                                                                    The Fight in Brief.

Kriston Buxey really brought it on with a great opening shot that spurred Rik in to action in a fight he was just as determined to win as was Buxey. After the opening shot from Buxey Rik allowed his 18 pounds heavier opponent to push him back into the cage wall where Rik made a very effective tight `Tenkan` turn off the cage wall taking his opponent down into  a punishing `ground n pound` finishing with a rear naked choke in the 46th second of the first round.

The 46 second win should not undermine what was a battle from the bell to the end.
Rik Ellis Aikido - MMA wins in 46 seconds of the first round.

Professional photos and video to be added as soon as available

Rik `hammer` Ellis fought Kriston`hulk`Buxey for the UK1 MMA light heavyweight title and championship belt. Rik won with a RNC in a hard fought 46 seconds.

Jay Dods Ellis unbeaten in 5 straight MMA fights.

18 yr old Jay Dods Ellis made it 5 straight wins as a semi-pro MMA fighter by beating 30yr old Polish fighter Pavel Famel in 56 seconds of the first round to take the UK1 MMA Light weight semi-pro title with a KO.
It was a great night for Henry Ellis as he watched his son and grandson demonstrate the Ellis family fighting spirit.

Saturday, 26 September 2015


                                  RIK ELLIS  AIKIDO - MMA BLOG 

                                            Articles - Videos - Photos.

                    SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLES AND VIDEOS by Rik Ellis
British Aikido History
1955 - 2012

BRITISH AIKIDO HISTORY BLOG - Is dedicated to the true history of Aikido in the UK from its inception in 1955 by the legendary Budo Master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.

Right: Kenshiro Abbe Sensei with Ken Williams Sensei at the Hut Dojo.

The site is maintained by AikiKai Shihans Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman -  The last two surviving pioneers from that exciting era of the birth of Aikido in the UK at the famous "Hut Dojo"

Ellis & Eastman Sensei's are co-authors of the book `Positive Aikido`- they are proud to have their diplomas signed by legends - Osensei Morihei Ueshiba - Kenshiro Abbe - Masahilo Nakazono - Masamichi Noro - TK Chiba - Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.

Right: Mitsusuke Harada SenseiRight: Henry Ellis - Mitsusuke Harada - Derek Eastman join Harada Sensei at the TK Chiba Celebration in 2006. Harada Sensei was invited to the UK in 1963 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - He held his first classes at the Hut Dojo. Harada had no students to begin with - Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman studied Karate with Harada, he in turn studied Aikido with them - Harada began to incorporate Aikido moves into his Shotokai Karate as can be seen in his teachings today.

Click here for the British Aikido History Blog > British Aikido History Site

Friday, 25 September 2015

______Aikiweb Articles - K Abbe - M Nakazono - M Noro - TK Chiba____

                                                                                "THE BUDO MASTERS"

_____________________Kenshiro Abbe ~ ~ Masahilo Nakazono ~ ~ Masamichi Noro ~ ~ Kazuo Chiba _____________________

Henry Ellis 6th dan AikiKai Hombu - Co-author of "Positive Aikido". Relates stories of training with the early Budo Masters.
_______4 Articles - featuring 1st Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - 2nd Masahilo Nakazono - 3rd Masamichi Noro - 4th TK Chiba_______

________________________________________CLICK the ARTICLE of YOUR CHOICE________________________

1st - Article: Kenshiro Abbe Sensei   _____“Trying to Catch the Wind”_____
Click Here - AikiWeB Article - "It Had to be Felt".~ Kenshiro Abbe - "Trying to Catch the Wind".

2nd - Article: Masahilo Nakazono Sensei______”A Man of Peace and Pieces”______
.Visit Aikiweb Click here >- Aikiweb - Nakazono Sensei Article

3rd - Article: Masamichi Noro Sensei______The White Tornado__
Visit Aikiweb - Click Here - "The White Tornado"

4th - Article: Kazuo Chiba Sensei ______Two Handsome Young Men___Click here - "Two Handsome Young Men"

Henry Ellis a direct student of the legendary Budo master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei from 1957. "AikiWeb" has published 4 articles to add to their popular Ellis Amdur article collection of "It Had to be Felt" `IHTBF`.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Welcome to theFight Science Gym Aldershot

Fight Science Gym - New members welcome - Nick`headhunter`Chapman makes his dream a reality."Fitness Training"~"Fitness Conditioning"~"MMA/Cage"~ "All Martial Arts".We want to see you there.

The new " Fight Science Gym " Is now open to the public. This gym will be the largest and the best equipped gym in the UK.We are here for you whether it is fitness or Training the complete combat athlete with all that one can possibly need or imagine. Large Judo mat area for all training and martial arts. Large cage for training and getting the feel of the real atmosphere of MMA - Cage Fighting.Large car park for members with a massive gym to match.
For membership information contact Nick Chapman.
Tel: 07833 512960 - Visit the

Fight Science - Hospital Road/Queens Avenue - Aldershot GU11 2BT

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Rik Ellis 62 secs 1st Round Win - Oct 15th

Click Enlarge.Rik Ellis UK1 MMA Cage Event Oct 15th
Main Event Rik hammer Ellis vs Arunas Klivcus
A Grant Waterman Promotions UK1 MMA Event

Rik Ellis Pre-Fight training >

UK1 MMA Fight Night - Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth UK October 15th 2011UK1 MMA Cage Fight Night October 15th
Rik `hammer` Ellis MMA / Aikido
wins in 62 seconds first round.

Rik Ellis fighting out of ` Prize Fighters Gym ` Farnborough and ` Fight Science Gym ` Guildford.

17 yr old Jay Dods Ellis MMA / Aikido fighting a 30 yr old Polish Fighter wins in the first round giving Jay a 4 - 0 record to date - Not bad for a college kid studying sports science.
Click here for Jay Fight and Blog >Jay Dods Video

Rik Ellis Aikido / MMA vs Chris Head MMA - 27 sec win

Rik Ellis brief TV interview with Nick-headhunter-Chapman before his 27 sec win in the 1st round ~ Some Aikidoka say " I don't see Aikido " what do you want for 27 secs an Aiki Ribbon Dance ?.


" FIGHTERS ONLY MAGAZINE " Steven Seagal ~ Rik Ellis.
Click Pages to Enlarge

" Fighters Only Mag "

Steven Seagal Article plus Rik Ellis contribution...The worlds leading international fighters magazine discusses Seagals involvement in MMA...... Rik Ellis offers his view of the application and transference of Aikido techniques / movement to MMA...



MMA PROSPECTS UK interviews Rik Ellis talks to Dan Beazley of MMA PROSPECTS UK ~ interviews ~ RIK ELLIS

Visit ` MMA Prospects UK ` for a new interview article by Rik Ellis on his adaptation of Aikido in to his MMA..There is also an interview with Rik's father Henry Ellis on his thoughts on MMA..Click for interview ->MMA Prospects UK

MMA Prospects UK interviews three generations of the family of Henry Ellis with his son Rik and his 17 yr old grandson Jay who has a 3 wins - 0 losses record as a semi pro MMA Cage Fighter.

Rare Aikido & Judo Video Collection

Scroll down for Fight Videos also NEW " Origins of British Aikido "..

The Kenshiro Abbe 50th Memorial Event May 14th 2005.

This movie slide-show offers an in depth look at this very special day of Budo.Narrated by Henry Ellis....I was pleased to be involved in this event with my father ~ Rik Ellis.

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Henry Ellis with Rik Ellis at the Kenshiro Abbe 50th Memorial Event 2005.....Crystal Palace Sports Arena - London....Henry Ellis a direct student of Abbe Sensei from 1957 - was one of 5 senior teachers at this great sold out event.


Seen above: Rik Ellis as a 13 & 14 yr old school boy studying with his father Henry Ellis 6th AikiKai Hombu from the age of 5 yrs. Rik followed his fathers ``Positive `` approach to Traditional Aikido...No Aikido to music - or breathing through your toes - or Aikido with ribbons ..Just strong effective Aikido that can be transferable to MMA if needed....


AIKIDO in MMA - Scroll down to Item 17 for the article " Aikido in MMA ".


If you don't see Aikido in my videos? avoid stress,just try to relax by breathing through your toes - or put on some music and get out your coloured ribbons and have a relaxing Aiki dance. or perhaps extend your Ki to the Aikiweb forums.

For my father and I - Aikido is a traditional martial art, I believe that it should maintain these classical roots, whilst doing so, It should also move into the 21st century by teaching a more self - defence applicable form of Aikido for the modern era..Unlike most martial arts and sports generally, there is no competition in Aikido ( please do not refer me to Tomiki competition ) If there were to be competition in Aikido there would be a lot of so called `masters` high grades tucking up their Hakama's and running for the hills clutching their Kellog grades...In particular the self graded who devalue the good name of Aikido by spawning more of their ilk, complete with self awarded pompous titles - Kenshiro Abbe Sensei often said " No matter your pretense - you are what you are - nothing more ..


Rik Ellis MMA / Aikido ~ Cardio Training at " Fight Science " gym Guildford with Nick - headhunter - Chapman..


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My good pal and Cardio Coach ` Nick - Headhunter - Chapman ` ~ Nick runs the Guildford gym of " Fight Science " Leading the way for MMA / Cage Fighters to train with all the physical and mental science available for the successful combat athlete.."VISIT ~ Complete Conditioning for the Combat Athlete"
Click -> Fight Science

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Rik Ellis ~ Aikido / MMA ~ Pre-Fight TV interview by Mark Carling featuring Nick ` Headhunter` Chapman & Rik Ellis ~ Followed by Rik's 27 seconds Fight win Footage from UK1 MMA on " WarTime TV " Click here Click for Fight Footage

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The Calm before the Storm ~ Click photos to enlarge.

November 20th 2010 " Fight Night " at the South Parade Pier Portsmouth UK.

Rik ` Hammer` Ellis vs Chris Head ~ Rik Ellis wins with a KO in 27 seconds of the first round....Beating his previous first round win of 46 seconds.....

Left: Nick Chapman MMA ~ Right: Rik Ellis Aikido MMA...Nick Chapman the new Light Heavyweight Champion prospect is also the`` Fight Science `` Cardio Coach for Rik Ellis.
Below: The article " Aikido in MMA " by Rik Ellis. Rik is a long time student of Aikido from the age of five with his father Henry Ellis a pioneer of Traditional Aikido from 1957 and a direct student of the legendary Budo Master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.

Protect British Budo History ~ visit the " Aikido Controversy " blog Click for Aikido Controversy Blog
British Aikido Origins from 1955 - Narrated Slide-Show by Henry Ellis

Full Contact Fight Night

Full Contact Fight Night
Click photo for YouTube Fight Video ~ ~ ~ L to R = Alex Reid of Frimley Budokan ~ Rik Ellis - Suleman Raja of PrizeFighters......Article below......... " Aikido in MMA " just my personal thoughts on this often discussed subject...Rik Ellis.... Visit the Ellis Aikido articles blog at Click here Articles site ..Scroll down for the article " Aikido in MMA "......... Rik Ellis Fight Video

2 - Rik ( Hammer ) Ellis Aikido / MMA

2 - Rik ( Hammer ) Ellis Aikido / MMA
Rik Ellis getting his point across !!..... ...Listen !! no-touch throws do not work !!.......Click Photo for YouTube Video.

3- Rik ( Hammer ) Ellis Aikido-MMA high traditional aikido kick

3- Rik ( Hammer ) Ellis Aikido-MMA high traditional aikido kick
Yes there is kicking and punching in Aikido.....In the 1950s/60s all Kenshiro Abbe Sensei's Aikido classes began with 30mins hard kicking and punching exercises. and 200 pushups on the back of the wrists. - Click ~ Push-ups on back of wrists

4 - Rik ( Hammer ) Ellis Aikido -MMA ground & pound .

4 - Rik ( Hammer )  Ellis Aikido -MMA ground & pound .
Rik Ellis takes his opponent to the ground after turning his opponent off the cage wall with a tight body controlled irmi tenkan.