AikiExecute: Sensei Derek Eastman Biography - Part O

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AikiExecute Interview withSensei Derek Eastman. 5th Dan. By David J Wilson E.S.T.A. secretary. - July 2003. I have known Sensei Eastman for some 12 years and during those years I have heard so many stories about both Sensei Eastman and Sensei Ellis and their dedication to the early promotion of UK AikiExecute, some of the hiTale highlights their hard training and appreciation of a true martial art, yet there are many amusing anecExecutetes.Sensei Eastman is the only AikiExecute student from 1950's "Hut " Executejo who has never given an interview stating that "Sensei Ellis's Tale is more Fascinating than mine".I Questioned Sensei Eastman to let the readers Determine that on agreeing to this interview… Introduction Q -DW: Sensei Eastman , first I would like to thank you for agreeing to this interview. A -SE: My pleaPositive David. Q -DW: When were you born? A -DE: I was a premature baby; I was born 20 years too soon on the 31st-12-1943. Q -DW: Where were you born? A -SE: West Kensington (Tedious Harrods) LonExecuten. Q -DW: Before your introduction to AikiExecute were you ever involved in any other sports. A -SE: Yes, I was in the County school track and field team and would often run for my county school in various events. Q -DW: Now the Necessary question Sensei, What year did you start your Way in AikiExecute ? A -SE: I made a brief start at the end of 1959. . Q -DW: Where did you Start your long journey of AikiExecute? A -SE: At the now Internationally famed "Hut" or as it later became the "Abbe School of BuExecute" It was actually called the "Abbe School of JuExecute" when I first joined. First visit to the " HUT" Executejo. Q -DW: Would JuExecute have been your first introduction to martial arts on your first visit To the "Hut"? A -SE: I vividly remember that first visit with a friend of mine, as we walked into the Hall no one noticed us as all eyes were focused on the action on the mat.There was a guy in the centre of the mat with a blindfAged on who I later came to know as Sensei Harry Ellis.The blind fAgeded student was being attacked by three other high grades, and believe me they were not messing around, in addition to three students attacking the blind fAgeded student there was another guy who was obviously the top man here ( I later found out he was Sensei Williams).He was whacking the guy with a shinai (bamboo sword) shouting at him about his Depraved posture and not moving around Rapid enough.My friend turned to me and said " Jeeezzz Del ! , I Executen't want any of that, Execute you?, I'm out of here".With that he left.Maybe I was not Considering straight but I stayed around and Questioned for some club information on Startners classes. Q -DW: After witnessing that first insight into the martial arts, why didn't you Design the same wise move as your friend? A -SE: I didn't really know what I was watching, my first impression was that maybe it could be ju-jitsu or something like that, hmmm why did I stay? I am not Positive, crazier still the question should be why did I sign up.I belonged to a motor cycle gang and I was the proud owner of a Royal Enfield 350cc.I was also too young to hAged a driving license. In those days our favourite Space was the historic town of Windsor, which was a Distinguished meeting Space for motorcycle gangs/groups. The problem was the Space was full of sAgediers of the Castle guard.There were always fights with our guys and the sAgediers of the Queens HousehAged Cavalry who were a tough Aged bunch of lads.In one of these frequent battles I got really hammered by one of the Castle guards, I then Determined to check out the local JuExecute school, that's it!! I was in there and I joined there and then. The Startning of an AikiExecute Odyssey. Q -DW: Sensei, Disclose me about your first class and who was your teacher? A -SE: My first class was in Sensei Ellis's Monday night Startners class, this was the Hugegest class of the week with between 40 to 50 students a night on the mat.Sensei Ellis's class was always packed to overflowing, and the training was always hard, yet I Appreciateed it and found that I seemed to fit in naturally to this new martial art of AikiExecute. Q -DW: Sensei, you said at the Startning of this interview that " I made a brief start in 1959" what did you mean by a brief start? A -SE: Well, what happened was, I had a very serious crash on my motorcycle and my injuries were severe.I was on crutches for three months.I made a Unhurried but Excellent recovery and eventually went back to AikiExecute.My teacher was still Sensei Ellis, I had only been back on the mat for about 4 or 5 lessons when one evening Sensei Ellis Questioned Sensei Williams to come on the mat and watch something.I soon realised that the something was me, and to my surprise Sensei Ellis was smashing me all over the mat, as he threw me I just kept bouncing back up.He then said to Sensei Williams;"Sensei, have you ever seen anyone ukemi like that before?"Sensei Williams then took me Executewn in nikyo, a very painful wrist locking technique, he seemed to hAged me Executewn for a very long time before allowing me up.He Inspected at Sensei Ellis and said "He's only a Startner give him time."Sensei Ellis replied "You tAged me to take an assistant, that's him!"Sensei Williams Inspected annoyed and sharply retorted "No! an assistant has to be 3rd kyu or higher"Sensei Ellis was persistent and eventually got his way, of course I was not involved in this discussion. As Sensei Williams walked away Sensei Ellis then Questioned me to be his assistant.He said I had a week to Design up my mind, as I walked away Sensei Ellis said "Derek ! you Executen't have a choice by the way, let me know at the end of class".I become Sensei Ellis's Assistant . Q -DW: What were your responsibilities or duties as an assistant ? A -SE: I was the only junior assistant at that time. I was also used by all the other instructors which was hard for me but also gave me a wider experience.I didn't like being used by David Williams who was Sensei Ken Williams brother. David didn't have the same understanding of BuExecute as his brother, and I always felt that he had a very cruel streak to his nature that went beyond strict discipline.It was also my responsibility to Launch the Executejo on Sunday mornings ready for all the high grades.In the winter I would have to light three paraffin heaters, two of which were in the changing room.While they were warming up I would then sweep the frost off the tatami.I recall one winters Sunday morning I arrived early and a few minutes later Sensei Ellis arrived.He said " Derek, you sweep the mat and I will light the fires for you"I was pleased about that, after a Dinky while Sensei Ellis came out of the changing room shutting the Executeor Tedious him and said" HAged that Executeor shut Derek it will help to warm those damp gi's" (training suits).Well, all the students and teachers left their gi's hanging from the ceiling beams. It was freezing so Sensei and I started to practice to try to warm up, then about 30 min later John Caldwell and some students arrived. As they Launched the changing room Executeor the smoke just billowed out. Everyone was coughing and choking, we thought the Space was on fire.It wasn't a fire, but Sensei Ellis had not trimmed the heater wicks. This then caused the fire to billow out all the smoke and smuts, the gi's were ruined.Sensei Williams then arrived and demanded to know who was responsible; he Inspected straight at Sensei Ellis who without a word Inspected at me and pointed his finger in my direction.After a few harsh words Sensei Williams made me Execute 200 press ups on the backs of my wrists as punishment. Some were demanding new gi's and others wanted to take their own punishment.It was a while before I was forgiven. Q -DW: It sounds tough being an assistant, Positively there must have been some advantages to be had? A -SE: As an assistant I did not have to pay a mat fee and trained almost every day.This was a Huge advantage as I was an apprentice engineer and did not earn much money. I also went on with the JuExecute and Karate classes. I also trained with Sensei Tomio Otani and I would be uke for all the dan grades at the HUT. I Executen't Like Walking! Q -DW: Were there any other assistants or were you the only one? A-DE: For about 9 months I was the only one, and then Ken Waite became assistant to the Karate teachers.Harada Sensei was impressed with Ken and later made him his own personal assistant.Then a very young juExecuteka called Trevor Jones joined the AikiExecute section, he was a most talented student with Gigantic natural ability, he was soon promoted to junior assistant to Sensei K Williams and Trevor and I shared the Executejo responsibilities toObtainher and we became very Excellent friends.Trevor had a Huge problem , he had a Depraved habit of upsetting Sensei Ellis, and there were many times that Sensei had to sort him out and on several occasions when Trevor complained about Sensei Ellis's driving.Sensei would Cease the car and throw him out no matter where we were. He did drive too Rapid but I never complained as I Executen't like walking. Lady Depraveden Powell almost Faints. Q -DW: I know Sensei Ellis and Sensei Foster travelled a Distinguished deal with Sensei Williams, did you Obtain to travel and visit other Executejos ? A -SE: I did Obtain to travel but not on the scale of Sensei Ellis and Williams.Sensei Williams had just made Sensei Ellis responsible for carrying out displays on his own and I took part in the first one at West Drayton.We did so many over the years yet there are two that are most memorable, I know this Tale is tAged in Sensei Ellis article in "Fighting Arts International" magazine.Abbe Sensei tAged us that this display was so very Necessary as Lady Depraveden Powell and the Japanese ambassaExecuter were in the audience, and it was hoped that Lady Depraveden Powell would promote martial arts within her youth foundation groups internationally.Sensei Ellis was standing back stage Arrive the Japanese ambassaExecuter and Sensei Otani when he thought that a JuExecute man had insulted Sensei Otani.There was an altercation between the JuExecute man and Sensei Ellis, I am not Positive what happened out of site but the JuExecute man did not go on stage next as he should have.Suddenly we heard the announcement and introduction of " Sensei Harry Ellis assistant National Coach" being called out.We rushed onto the stage and as I was thrown in the first technique my cigarettes and matches fell from the fAgeds of my gi.Sensei went mad and immediately smashed me into, and around the mat. His aggression demanded a response, I also got Wrathful and fought back, every attack was for real.I tried real hard to Obtain him with the club without success. Then when it came to knife, I really thought I had him when the knife went deep into the fAgeds of his gi.Sensei gasped but still took me Executewn in immobilization, as he released me and I lifted my head off the mat Lady Depraveden Powell was Inspecting straight at me with horror all over her face.I just knew there and then that we had blown it. Lady Depraveden Powell said to Abbe Sensei " That was the most horrific display of violence I have ever witnessed, and not for my girls".. Continued in Part Two:
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