Aikido Comes to America

A Brief History of the Art’s American Pioneers and
Their Journey to the Present

“A very well-documented biography of Aikido and its founder/nurturers in the United States. No one has done this before in this manner and it’s a worthwhile read. The book also brought back a lot of good memories and I learned things about some of my ‘cohorts’ I had never known before.” – George Kirby, Founder of Budoshin Jujitsu

Book Specs: 97″ x 9″ Paperback | 203 Pages | 56 Images | Black & White on Cream Paper | Pub Date: Sept. 01, 2020 |  ISBN: 978-1-943155-33-0

$24.95 Print | $9.99 Kindle

About Antonio Aloia

 Antonio Aloia is an American historian with a focus in Martial Arts History, spending the better part of his graduate career at West Chester University of Pennsylvania researching aikido’s history and growth throughout America and other aspects of martial arts in the country. In addition to working on his next book, Antonio writes for Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (MAYTT) and works with Aikido Journal. Antonio is a lifelong martial arts practitioner, training in a mixture of aikido, judo, and jujutsu, among other Japanese forms. For Tambuli Media, he is the author of Aikido Comes to America.

About The Book

Drawing from personally conducted interviews by the author, Antonio Aloia, as well as secondary sources, Aikido Comes to America places several early US practitioners in the context of the art’s arrival and dissemination amidst American popular culture, spanning from the Beat Movement of the 1950s to the Japanese film craze of the 1980s and early 1990s. This book discusses aikido pioneers including Rodney Grantham, Thomas “Doc” Walker, Sam Combes, Steven Seagal, Lisa Tomoleoni, and George Kennedy among others.

Aikido Comes to America also compares additional prominent American martial artists of the time, including Jujitsu’s George Kirby, American Kenpo Karate founder Edmund Parker, Bruce Lee, and Robert Trias of Shuri-ryu Karate, giving a broader picture of how martial arts were developing during the time frame.

Rave Reviews

“Compiling a history and record of the beginning of Aikido in the U.S. is an incredible complicated task. Antonio Aloia has done a remarkable job in researching names and data from those early days. The book gives an overall history of Aikido in Japan and the early years in the U.S. and makes for interesting reading. I congratulate Antonio on his gigantic effort to bring some order into the various beginning stories of Aikido and highly recommend it to all Budo practitioners.” – Walther von Krenner, Chief Instructor of Aikido Kenkyu Dantai

“A very well-documented biography of Aikido and its founder/nurturers in the United States. No one has done this before in this manner and it’s a worthwhile read. The book also brought back a lot of good memories and I learned things about some of my ‘cohorts’ I had never known before.” – George Kirby, Founder of Budoshin Jujitsu