From the Author

"My own motivations in writing Journey to the Heart of Aikido are simple ones: gratitude and service. I believe the best way to repay the generosity of Motomichi Anno Sensei, and all of the Aikido teachers who have shared their inspiration with me, is to pass it on. I dedicate Journey to the Heart of Aikido to the hope that the integrated spiritual practice of Aikido will play a positive role in the evolving future of humankind.

Step forward with us on the Journey to the Heart of Aikido. It is a work of love, an offering of the heart.”

– from the Introduction by Linda Holiday

Aikido 6th dan • Chief Instructor and Executive Director of Aikido of Santa Cruz, a non-profit, educational organization since 1982.    

Founder of Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba, O-Sensei, established Aikido as an art of peace to bring harmony to humankind.

Motomichi Anno Sensei

The teachings of Aikido have guided the life of Motomichi Anno Sensei.

Following the Path

People around the globe have been touched by Anno Sensei's teachings and peaceful practice.