Frank Doran 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 college/universities including Stanford University. His primary dojo is Aikido West in Redwood City, California. Aikido West is a non-profit educational corporation.
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 philosophical, ethical and spiritual aspects of Aikido. His current rank of 7th Dan (Shichidan) was awarded in January 2001 by Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba (grandson of the founder of Aikido) - Hombu Dojo, World Aikido Headquarters, Tokyo.
Frank Doran, 7th Dan, Chief Instructor