Linda Holiday Sensei (Rokudan)
Executive Director and Chief Instructor,
Aikido of Santa Cruz
Linda Holiday began her study of Aikido in 1970 as a first
year student at the University of California, Santa Cruz,
under Robert Frager Sensei and Frank Doran Sensei. This was
during the first years of Aikido in America At that time the
Aikido group in Santa Cruz was one of only four dojos in northern
California. In 1972 Linda took a leave of absence from her
university studies in art and music, in order to focus on Aikido.
In 1973 she journeyed to Japan with fellow Aikidoist Richard Revoir.
After they trained at Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Mary Heiny
introduced them to the Kumano Juku Dojo in Shingu, Wakayama
Prefecture, which was headed by Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei, 10th dan.
Linda, Richard Revoir, and Jack Wada (now chief instructor of Aikido
of San Jose) then moved from Tokyo to Shingu and became the first
foreign Aikido students to live there and train intensively at the
Kumano Juku Dojo. That first year of shugyo (intensive training)
in Japan was transformative for Linda. She was inspired to dedicate
her life to the martial art and spiritual discipline of Aikido.
Glen Kimoto Sensei (Godan)
Senior Instructor, Aikido of Santa Cruz
"I started Aikido in 1969 with Robert Frager Sensei and Frank Doran Sensei in Santa Cruz. Delightfully, they have continued to be my teachers and my source of inspiration. Along the way I have been very fortunate to receive instruction from Stan Pranin Sensei, Jack Wada Sensei, Mary Heiny Sensei and Motomichi Anno Sensei. Anno Sensei has made many visits to the Santa Cruz Summer Retreat and has been a major influence on my aikido and my personal growth.
At the beginning of my Aikido journey, I was motivated solely by a desire to become proficient in the physical art. That attitude was an outgrowth of previous training as well as my personal mindset. Fortunately, after a few years of Aikdo, it became very clear that "true victory" was not physical. My journey along the Path continues."