There is a mysterious and indescribable beauty at the heart of the practice of Aikido, and Aikido no Kokoro: The Heart of Aikido embodies this heart. While you will see plenty of technique in this 91 minute program, the deeper value of The Heart of Aikido lies beyond technique. Aikido no Kokoro features Motomichi Anno Shihan, 8th degree black belt and head instructor at the Kumano Juku Dojo in Shingu, Japan. He is treasured as one of the few remaining Aikido teachers who studied directly with the founder of Aikido (Morihei Ueshiba Osensei).
Anno Sensei expresses the deep teachings of Osensei with heart, humor, and humility, offering to all a powerful model and a message that will continue to inspire long after your first viewing. Aikido no Kokoro also features three other inspiring Aikido instructors, all 6th degree black belts who have been devoted to teaching Aikido in the West since the 1970’s: Mary Heiny Sensei of Seattle, Washington, Jack Wada Sensei of Aikido of San Jose, and Linda Holiday Sensei of Aikido of Santa Cruz.
Each instructor highlights the beauty and power of Aikido in a unique way that complements the others. Interviews with these instructors add a personal touch to the inspiration of The Heart of Aikido. In addition, this DVD includes excerpts of formal demonstrations by 14 senior Aikido teachers, celebrating the diversity and depth of Aikido.
Filmed in July 2007 at the 14th annual Aikido Summer Retreat in Santa Cruz, California, Aikido no Kokoro: The Heart of Aikido has been edited down from over 22 hours of footage into a very rich 91 minute experience. This product is a professionally mastered and replicated DVD, packaged in an elegant and eco-friendly Digipack made from recycled stock. Produced by Aikido of Santa Cruz, a non-profit educational organization, Aikido no Kokoro is a labor of love--a resource that will continue to inspire your practice for years to come.
Length: 1 hours and 31 minutes