Aikido of Santa Cruz

True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

Aikido of Santa Cruz
306 Mission Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 423-8326
fax: (831) 423-6156
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2017 Summer Retreat Instructors

Motomichi Anno Sensei
Mary Heiny Sensei
Linda Holiday Sensei

Special Guests

Motomichi Anno Shihan, 8th Dan

Anno Sensei began his study of Aikido 63 years ago at the Kumano Juku Dojo in Shingu, Japan. He is a treasured member of the rapidly passing first generation of Aikido teachers who learned directly from O-Sensei, studying under him in Kumano during the last 15 years of the founder’s life. Anno Sensei succeeded the late Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei as Chief Instructor of the Kumano Juku Dojo in 2004, and served in that capacity until 2013. Anno Sensei’s flowing movement, impeccable posture, and emphasis on O-Sensei’s message of harmony and love through budo have made him an influential teacher of many Western Aikidoists. With heart and humility, he invites us closer to O-Sensei's art and spiritual path.  Anno Sensei’s teachings are featured in the recently published book, Journey to the Heart of Aikido: The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei.


...An important note about Anno Sensei’s participation:

“Anno Sensei looks forward to being here for the Retreat, but at 86 years of age, he wants to be sure everyone knows it is health permitting. Please pray for his health, and join us at the Retreat!” –Linda Holiday


Anno Sensei

“It was O-Sensei’s ideal that Aikido would be helpful in bringing about a more peaceful world.  …  It was his hope that through making a deep study of the principles of Aikido and spreading them widely, we could stop war.  I believe it is most important to convey the philosophy of Aikido: the necessity for people to live in harmony with nature and with each other.  The spirit of Aikido is one of harmony and love – not a small love, but a great love, including the love of Great Nature.”

“The mission of Aikido is to spread the awareness that we need to be concerned about everyone’s welfare and happiness … We must learn to think of everyone.  To spread the teachings of Aikido widely, and to think about the whole.”

-- Motomichi Anno Sensei, from Journey to the Heart of Aikido


Mary Heiny Sensei, 6th Dan

Mary Heiny started on a journey of physical and spiritual inspiration as a student of Aikido in 1965 after watching O-Sensei teach a class at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. After studying in Tokyo and in Shingu from 1968 to 1973, Mary Sensei returned to the United States and began to teach as one of the pioneering Aikido instructors in America. Based in Seattle, she frequently teaches Aikido seminars in the United States, Canada, and abroad.

Mary Sensei’s teaching is dynamic, eloquent, and accessible. She brings to every seminar not only her years of Aikido training and teaching, but also her extensive study of Japanese culture, language, and Shinto and Buddhist philosophies. She communicates the beauty and challenge of O-Sensei's desire that we use Aikido to become empowered as creative, compassionate beings and learn to appreciate each other as members of one human family.

"Through Aikido we may examine the nature of power, engage in uncompromising self-scrutiny, and realize our potential as powerful, compassionate, self-aware human beings."
-- Mary Heiny Sensei


Linda Holiday Sensei, 6th Dan

Linda Holiday is the chief instructor of Aikido of Santa Cruz, California. She began her Aikido training 47 years ago and trained intensively in Japan for several years in the 1970’s. Linda Sensei has been teaching since 1976, devoting herself to the founding and development of Aikido of Santa Cruz, as well as leading seminars in the US and Europe. Her classes are known for their energetic movement, misogi purification, and inclusive community spirit. Linda Sensei’s book Journey to the Heart of Aikido: The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei was released in 2013.

Linda Holiday Sensei


“Aikido training is a way of taking off the layers that cover up what is inside.  If each of us could shed those layers, we would all shine with the same light.   … If you keep training, you will shine.” 
-- Motomichi Anno Sensei, from Journey to the Heart of Aikido


Journey to the Heart of Aikido presents the teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei as well as a rich tapestry of stories that bring Aikido history alive—including author-translator Linda Holiday’s experiences training in the Kumano Juku Dojo, Japan, in the 1970's.

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(Available for purchase and signing at the Summer Retreat)

“This book is a treasure of wisdom from the heart of a true peacemaker.”
--Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master, author of Peace is Every Step

Journey to the Heart of Aikido


“Just as a single beam of light can disperse the darkness, we should train and train intently to acquire such a quality.”
--Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei


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