“The history of Aikido in America has had much to do with Robert Frager’s ground breaking work teaching, promoting and nurturing the art. Frager, a student of the Founder of Aikido, O Sensei, lived in Japan with the Master where he was able to observe and train with his teacher on a day to day basis. Upon returning to the States, he invited Robert Nadeau, Shihan, to teach classes with him at Esalen. Nadeau is a fellow-American he trained with in Japan. In 1968 he founded the Cal Aikido Club with Stan Pranin, another long time practitioner of Akido and publisher of Aikido Journal.”
Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.