In this interview, I talk to the remarkable Mary Heiny Sensei. We talked at the June 2009 Aiki Retreat in Atherton, California. Heiny Sensei talks about her early years in aikido and the benefits of aikido. In particular, Heiny Sensei discusses how anyone can get the benefits of aikido, no matter your physical condition.
Heiny Sensei has devoted her life to aikido since 1965 when she saw the founder of aikido — Morihei Ueshiba — teach a class. She lived in Japan from 1968 – 1973, studying at Hombu Dojo (aikido world headquarters in Tokyo) and with Hikitsuchi Sensei (10th dan black belt) in the town of Shingu. She has been teaching ever since.
I was really thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with Heiny Sensei. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.
The photo is by Alex Kolbasov. You can see more of Alex’s photos of Mary Sensei at the Atherton Retreat here.