The following articles were submitted by Linda Holiday Sensei of Aikido of Santa Cruz:
On January 12, 2009, at the Budokan in Tokyo, Motomichi Anno Sensei was given the Japan Martial Arts Distinguished Service Award for Aikido. Anno Sensei, 8th dan, is the current chief instructor of the Kumano Juku Dojo in Shingu, Japan, succeeding the late Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei. Anno Sensei began his study of Aikido in 1954 and received direct instruction from the founder of Aikido during Osensei’s frequent visits to the Kumano area. Anno Sensei has traveled many times to teach Aikido in the US and Europe; he is well appreciated for his emphasis on the heart and spirit of the art.