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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2019 Summer Retreat Instructors

Mary Heiny Sensei, 7th Dan
Linda Holiday Sensei, 6th Dan

With special guest instructors

Kayla Feder Sensei, 6th Dan
Michael Friedl Sensei, 7th Dan
Richard Strozzi-Heckler Sensei, 7th Dan
Jack Wada Sensei, 7th Dan

 

Mary Heiny Sensei, 7th 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 in Santa Cruz in 1970, under Senseis Frank Doran and Robert Frager.  In 1973 she moved to Japan for several years to receive instruction from the generation of Japanese Aikido teachers who had studied directly with the founder of Aikido. Linda Sensei was one of the first Westerners to live in the remote Kumano area of Japan and undertake rigorous physical and spiritual practice at the Kumano Juku Dojo.  She is a close student and interpreter of Motomichi Anno Sensei, and her book Journey to the Heart of Aikido: The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei has inspired Aikidoists worldwide.  She holds a master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.  Linda Sensei has been teaching Aikido fulltime 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.

 

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.

See www.journeytoaikido.com for more information.

(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

 

Guest instructors

Kayla Feder Sensei, 6th Dan

Chief Instructor, Aikido of Berkeley, California

Kayla Feder Kayla Feder began her Aikido training in 1973 at the age of 9. She studied directly under Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan, in Iwama, Japan in 1980. Kayla Sensei has trained with a number of other Shihan who trained under the founder, and has been strongly influenced by Doran Sensei, Nadeau Sensei, Saotome Sensei, and Ikeda Sensei. She is the chief instructor of Aikido of Berkeley and has taught seminars throughout the US, Europe, and Israel.


Michael Friedl Sensei, 7th Dan

Chief Instructor, Aikido of Ashland, Oregon

Michael Friedl began his Aikido training in 1972 under Clyde Takeguchi Sensei, and has served as uchi deshi for both Takeguchi Sensei and for Saito Sensei in Iwama, Japan. Since 1979, he has been a student of Frank Doran Sensei, 8th dan. Michael Sensei has been Chief Instructor of Aikido of Ashland since its opening in 1995, and is currently Head of Division II of the California Aikido Association.

 

  Danielle Smith Sensei

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, 7th Dan

Chief Instructor, Two Rock Aikido, Petaluma, California

Richard Strozzi-Heckler began Aikido in 1972 and is a student of Mitsugi Saotome Sensei and Frank Doran Sensei. He is the chief instructor of Two Rock Aikido, and he is the co-founder of Training Across Borders and the MidEast Aikido Project. He serves on the board of the Aikido Ethiopia Project and is a founding member of the board of directors for Aikido for Veterans and Families. An author and public speaker, he has published eight books, including The Leadership Dojo. Richard Sensei was also instrumental in the design and implementation of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), which is pivotal in their leadership training.


Jack Wada Sensei, 7th Dan

Chief Instructor, Aikido of San Jose, California

Jack Wada started his Aikido training in 1969 under Robert Frager Sensei and Robert Nadeau Sensei. He trained intensively for several years in Kumano, Japan, and has maintained close ties with Motomichi Anno Sensei. Jack Sensei has been teaching Aikido since 1974. The chief instructor of Aikido of San Jose since the late 1970's, he has also taught at UC Santa Cruz, Aikido of San Jose, San Jose State University, and West Valley Community College in Saratoga, California. He is also a teacher of T'ai Chi.

Danielle Smith Sensei

 

“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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