I started practicing in 1980 with John Smartt Sensei in his garage with a few other die-hard Aikidoists. I received my Shodan rank from him in 1986.
I spent about 2 years practicing with Robert Nadeau Sensei in Mt. View, CA where I was awarded the rank of Nidan in 1995.
After moving to Oregon, I have been practicing with Fred Phillips Sensei at OGI Aikido in Hillsboro, OR.