Journey to the Heart of Aikido presents the teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei, one of the vital few remaining direct students of Morihei Ueshiba, the legendary founder of Aikido. After a life-time of practice and teaching in Japan, the US, and Europe, Anno Sensei conveys through his teachings Aikido’s crucial spirit of love, harmony, gratitude, and purification with simple authenticity and eloquence. Creator and translator Linda Holiday–herself a senior instructor of Aikido–brings to life the intimacy of this communication through translated discourses on the deep practice of Aikido and candid dialogues between Anno sensei and Western students.
Journey to the Heart of Aikido includes Linda Holiday’s vivid account of her adventure as a young woman studying Aikido within the mystical region of Kumano, Japan, within the 1970s, and a poignant telling of Anno sensei’s life and his first-hand experience of training with Aikido’s founder. An crucial resource for the global Aikido community, Journey to the Heart of Aikido also offers spiritual teachings relevant to all recent seekers, touching quite a lot of themes such as the meaning of martial arts, the integration of body and spirit, the truth of interconnectedness, and the practice of peace, offering all readers insight into the profound spiritual questions on the heart of life.