This will be an incredible year with Inagaki Shihan from the Iwama Dojo in Japan. He is one of Saito Morihiro Sensei’s most senior students and came with Sensei in 1974 when Saito Sensei came to America for the first time. His techniques are clean, precise and dynamic. He is a great teacher. I encourage everyone to come for his special visit.
Frank Doran, the founder and chief instructor of Aikido West, has a long and varied background in the martial arts that began with his enrollment in a judo dojo in 1955.
A former United States Marine hand-to-hand combat instructor and police defensive tactics instructor, he has studied a variety of martial arts.
In 1959 he began formal aikido training, and has since trained and continues to train under many of Japan's shihan (master teachers). Aikido is his primary discipline and way of life.
An internationally known and respected teacher, Doran Sensei is a frequent guest instructor at training seminars throughout the United States and abroad. He has taught at four colleges and universities including Stanford University where he taught daily for 26 years. As Chief Instructor, assisted by a talented staff of senior instructors, he teaches regularly at his home dojo, Aikido West in Redwood City, California.
Stressing that aikido is budo – a way of life that seeks to polish the self through a blend of rigorous physical training and spiritual discipline – his classes emphasize a balance between effective technique and the ethical and philosophical aspects of aikido.
His current rank of 8th dan was awarded in January 2017 by Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba (grandson of the founder of aikido) at the Hombu Dojo, World Aikido Headquarters, Tokyo.