started his martial arts training in the 1950's, studying Judo, Karate,
and defensive tactics as a police officer in California, and in the US
Marine Corps. He also studied yoga and bodybuilding.
studying Aikido in San Francisco with Bob Tan around 1960, a
practice that related mind and body in a way not found in other
One of Robert's family met a fantastic
psychic, so he went to see this lady, and they got on really
well. She said without any prompting...
“ You’re going to the Orient to meet a little old man with a white beard who is very powerful. He’s going to teach you many things "
In 1962 he left police work and moved to Japan to study with Morihei Ueshiba. He once asked O'Sensei a philosophical question, which he must have liked, because he...
invited him to come and talk any time.
years in Japan he received personal instruction from the founder in the
spiritual, philosophical and energy aspects of Aikido.
Hombu Dojo he trained with all of the teachers and many students
including O'Sensei and Sensei's... Ueshiba, Yamaguchi, Arikawa, Osawa,
Tohei, Tada, Yamada, Kurita, Sugano, Kanai, Saotome, Chiba, Ichihashi,
Tamura, Sasaki, Saito etc.
Robert Nadeau took private lessons from Koichi Tohei that would often turn into small group classes with Seiichi Sugano joining in and Frank Doran when he was visiting.
He also spent some time with Donn Draeger, Terry Dobson, and a famous tai chi teacher named Wang Shu-Chin.
Morihei Ueshiba developed Aikido from his combat studies of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu with Sokaku Takeda, and his spiritual studies with the Omoto Kyo and Onisaburi Deguchi.
Aikido focuses on harmony and non-resistance, leading to Success
Robert Nadeau returned to America in 1964 to teach in Mountain View, California, and also founded schools in San Francisco and San Jose.
He made return trips to Japan in 1966 and 1967, and a planned a trip in 1969 was cancelled when O'Sensei died.
In the 1970's his work brought Aikido concepts into the fields of psychology, bodywork, business, sports, art and many other areas.
Included numerous seminars at the Esalen Institute and other personal growth centers across the country and abroad. His work is featured in 12+ books by well-known authors including... Michael Murphy (founder of Esalen), George Leonard and Dan Millman.
On a further trip to Hombu dojo, Japan in 1998, Robert Nadeau was recognized by the founder's son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, for his contribution to the spiritual focus of Aikido.
He has trained or influenced several generations of Aikido teachers in America, Europe, Russia, Israel and New Zealand. His approach to martial arts training transcends technique which gives students useful tools to aid in self-transformation.
He is particularly interested in the spiritual aspects of the art, using Aikido as a...
process of expanding consciousness.
Robert Nadeau Shihan co-founded the Aikido Association of Northern California (AANC) and the California Aikido Association (CAA), which is affiliated with the Hombu Dojo, World Aikido Headquarters, Tokyo.
He is currently ranked 7th dan and was awarded the title of Shihan (master teacher) by Moriteru Ueshiba, Grandson of the Founder. He teaches at City Aikido of San Francisco, Aikido of Mountain View and Aikido of San Jose. He also teaches around the world. More