Aikido is the study of the harmony within all movement.
in two basic ways ...
Straight lines and circles.
Circles and straight lines.
This makes Aikido very scientific and precise. It is based on
the principles of connection, angle, leverage and gravity, the Aikidoist's tools for compassionate conflict resolution.
It doesn't matter if you are young or old, big or small, athletic or non-athletic. Anyone can experience the health, balance, protection, confidence and fun that comes from the practice.
I started practicing martial arts in the early 1970's when I began to study Yang style Tai Chi with the Wu's in Palo Alto, Ca. This clearly set the stage for when I began my study of Aikido in 1987 when I met my main teacher, Frank Doran Shihan 7th dan, chief instructor of Aikido West in Redwood City, California.
Since then I have trained with many of the leading teachers in the US, Europe and Japan, and have a 4th Dan in Aikido (4th degree black belt). Through Doran Sensei I am part of the lineage that can be traced back to Aikido World Headquarters and Hombu Dojo in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, and to the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba.
I have also trained with Julio Toribio Kancho in Monterey, and I am a black belt and founding member of Seibukan Jujutsu.