Friday, 6 April 2018


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 _________________________________________________________________________________

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rik, Lamarr (used to be Colin) here. I've watched some YouTube vids of you.May I say how pleased I am with what you've done so far. Was that your son who came to my 40th? Wow, he looks like a champ. I wish you and your family every success.


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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

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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.