2019 Uchideshi 30 Day Challenge

2019 UCHIDESHI 30 Day Challenge
August 1 – August 31, 2019


For Aikidoists who cannot take a month off, click here!

The word uchideshi translates in English to mean “live-in student.” A student who joins this intensive 30 day uchideshi program lives at the dojo not only to train—every part of his or her daily life becomes part of the training as well. Traditionally in Japan, this kind of training the martial arts has been available only to those students who were committed to dedicating their time for very serious practice.

Nippon Kan’s 2019 Uchideshi Challenge is a physically and mentally demanding 30 day program. Uchideshi students by definition live at the Nippon Kan dojo and practice Aikido daily—usually three to four classes per day plus physical training and special practices. Uchideshi training does not end on the mat, and live-in students also participate daily in various duties from dojo maintenance (including cooking and cleaning) to assisting in dojo operations and special projects.

Joining the 2019 Uchideshi 30 Day Challenge Intensive program is a commitment that must be made by the individual. Accepting this responsibility leads to valuable development through training that is useful for a lifetime. Over 350 students from all over the world have participated in Nippon Kan’s uchideshi program throughout the years.


• Both men and women are eligible.
• Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age.
• Healthy physical condition and the ability to train daily.
• Individual health insurance in good standing.
• Financial capability to support oneself for the length of the designated term.
• Aikido practice level of 3rd kyu or above.
• Affiliation is not a criteria-all affiliations or non affiliated students are welcome
• Minimum education- high-school diploma (or native country equivalent) required.
• Religious and other lifestyle preferences are private and should be kept to yourself.
• Meals- must be able to eat meals prepared (exceptions for religious reasons)
• At Nippon Kan we value and appreciate the fact that all members reflect a great level of diversity.
As a result, all members are expected to respect these differences and not act in any manner which might cause discomfort or offence to other members.

Nippon Kan reserves the right to refuse anyone from participating at the dojo in the interest of safety and welfare of other students and regular members.

Nippon Kan does not act as a sponsor for visa applications. Uchideshi applicants must obtain their own visas (if required) for their intended stay in the United States. All uchideshi at Nippon Kan must be in full legal status within US Immigration regulations.
For all overseas visitors to the United States it is illegal to work without a proper work visas granted by the United States Government. Any uchideshi accepted into the program that seeks work of any kind, or commits a crime, will be asked to leave for non-compliance and Immigration authorities will be notified immediately.

Location: Nippon Kan General Headquarters,

1365 Osage Street Denver, Colorado USA

Dates: 2019 Uchideshi 30 Day Challenge Summer Intensive Program will be held August 1st to August 31st , 2019.This one-month intensive instructed daily by Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho and senior instructors. A marathon of practice and activities attended by Nippon Kan members and uchideshi students from around the world!
Purpose: International exchange and communication in a team Aikido practice-living environment. Nippon Kan General Headquarter dojo also has regular students of all ages and backgrounds which provides a rich environment for learning about many aspects of life in Denver.
Training Focus: Intensive Aikido bokken and jo to taijustsu relationship training and physical training.

A study of criteria and programs for successful independent dojo operations, including how to encourage growth and stability in your home dojo through community involvement and support.

1st hand testimony on the history of Aikido from the time just before the passing of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba to present day by Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho and analysis of Aikido in our world today from his experience teaching in over 50 countries world-wide.

Benefits Provided By
Nippon Kan:
All lodging and boarding : included

Meals-lunch and dinner (except for Sundays): included

All class and instructional  fees: included

Tuition and

Student Responsibilities:

Uchideshi 30 Day Practice Challenge August 1st to August 31st, 2019.

$300.00 non-refundable.

Personal daily hygiene and miscellaneous expenses. Round trip travel expenses (passport, visas, airline or ground travel tickets, insurance etc.)

How to apply: Submit resume by email, including photo and short explanation Aikido experience and  why you want to join this challenge to:


Subject line:  2019 Uchideshi Intensive Program Enrollment

OR send your application, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, to: Nippon Kan- 2019 Uchideshi Challenge

1365 Osage Street Denver, Colorado 80201 USA

Deadline for submission: July 15, 2019
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