“The Improbable Launch of My Career as an Aikido Historian,” by Stanley Pranin

“A Long Journey Begins with the First Step…”

The veterans among visitors to our websites will know something about the history of Aikido Journal, and its predecessor, Aiki News. Here and there I have described our beginnings, but let me flesh out the story a bit more for you now. The trigger for the research that began this long journey took place during the 1968-69 academic year at the University of California at Berkeley. I was a graduate student at that time and assisted Dr. Robert Frager of the Psychology Department with the instruction of the school’s aikido club. Dr. Frager who had spent several years in Japan had among his papers photocopies of newspaper clippings of a serialized biography of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. 17 articles of this series were published by a sports newspaper in Tokyo, although I didn’t know this at the time…

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