Aiki Shrine Grand Ceremony

April 29, 2017

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April 29, 2017, Iwama Japan, Founder of the Nippon Kan, Gaku Homma sensei’s Visit to Japan I paid homage again to AIKI Shrine in Iwama, Japan, and to the Iwama Dojo during AIKI Shrine’s annual Grand Ceremony. The Iwama Dojo is the alma mater dojo of mine. After having paid homage to the Founder of Aikido, I visited the Dojo of …

Message of Appreciation

April 20, 2017

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It was very nice to see so many friends from near, far and overseas attended Emily Busch’s “Celebration of Life (Shinobu-kai)” event held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Nippon-kan and Domo. I wish to extend my appreciation to all who came to pay their respect. I am certain that Emily would have been quite happy with the turn out. …

Nepal Report – Joint Activity by AHAN Nippon Kan and Kobayashi Dojo March31 – April 5, 2017

April 1, 2017

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On April 1st in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Aikido Wahei Kan Inauguration Ceremony was held at the Ranger Battalion headquarters ANTC facility. In attendance from Nippon Kan were Gaku Homma Kancho, Bryon Hays Sensei, Nippon Kan instructors Jason Breitzman and Josh Baker, along with Jerry Kishiyama, Nippon Kan President and his wife, Carol. In addition, Hiroaki Kobayashi Shihan, Aikikai 7th Dan …

Nepal –The Next Generation; Sharing the Gift of Caring

February 3, 2017

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Nepal Ranger WWY Meal Service Project Kathmandu February 3rd, 2017 On February 3rd, 2017, the Nepal Ranger AHAN WWY (We’re with You) project held a meal service for senior citizens housed at the Pashupatinath Briddhashram in Kathmandu. Nepal Ranger Commanding Officers, Ranger Instructors and the children of the Ranger WWY program prepared and served the meal to elders in need …

Aikido Nippon Kan –Starting off the New Year 2017 with a Bang!

January 12, 2017

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Photos capture the spirit of the New Year at Nippon Kan General Headquarters, Denver, Colorado USA Keiko Osame –Last Practice of the Year Dec 30th, 2016 Keiko Hajime-First Practice of the Year January 4th, 2017 First Beginning Aikido Classes of 2017 January 9th, 2017 Aikido Nippon Kan offers 18 sessions of Beginning Classes per year. Off to a good start, …

Nippon Kan Homeless Meal Service

December 18, 2016

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8 Degrees Fahrenheit As some of our Nippon Kan homeless meal services have been done in blistering heat, this meal service was frigid cold. The temperature in the alley behind the St Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Auraria Campus hovered around 8 degrees Fahrenheit. Even in these bitter cold conditions over 200 guests were served outside with ample portions of …

Appreciation from Asia-Photo Journey

December 17, 2016

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AHAN Nippon Kan and Domo Japanese Country Foods Restaurant 2016 blossomed with an outpouring of support by so many Nippon Kan Members, family and friends, Domo customers and the elementary and middle school students and teachers who participated in Nippon Kan/Domo cultural field trip programs. 100% of all AHAN contributions have always been and always will be used for direct …

Aikido Nippon Kan Keiko Soran

December 10, 2016

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Homma Kancho led a practice review clinic on December 10th, 2016 for select Nippon Kan students eligible for promotion in the New Year. It was a full day of practice with students of all levels working together under Homma Kancho’s watchful eye. Homma Kancho demonstrated his adept understanding of technique and foundational weapons relationships were also explored. Gaku Homma, Nippon …

AHAN Mindanao Medical Mission Projects, Mindanao, Philippines

December 4, 2016

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On the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, resurgence in civilian violence has erupted as a war rages between rebel factions and drug lords and government forces struggle for control of the area. In the middle of this conflict is AHAN Mindanao Learning Center, located in Illigan City, Mindanao. In the middle of all of this conflict and violence, the …

Volunteer School Clean-up Project in Kathmandu

November 25, 2016

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On November 25th, 2016, 50 of our Nepal Ranger ANTC and RUC Instructor volunteers along with 40 of our WWY (Were’ With You) Youth Program members conducted our 14th volunteer project since the WWY was formed in 2015. This time, our team did a clean-up project around the Halchok School which has been an AHAN and ANTC supported project since …

Magnificent Buddhist Architecture Homma Kancho at the Thailand-Laos Border

October 29, 2016

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After days of travel I found myself deep in the mountains near the Thailand-Laotian border. What I witnessed there impressed me deeply. I came upon a site where rock boulders, the size of RV trailers were being gathered and stacked high into the sky…all by winch and by hand. The local Buddhist priests of this area were painstakingly carving a …

Nepal Ranger ANTC Instructor Cadet Annual Fall Evaluation (Soran) Gaku Homma Nippon Kan Kancho’s Review

October 27, 2016

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The 8th class of 40 Nepal Ranger Aikido Instructor Cadets participated in training review with Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho who visited Nepal October 25th-27th, 2016 for this Fall Evaluation Review. This is the 8th class of Nepal Ranger Instructors who have graduated from the Ranger ANTC Instructor level training courses. On October 26th, the Ranger Instructor Cadets and members …

Nepal Army Ranger ANTC Aikido and AHAN WWY Demonstrations for Embassy of Japan and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in Nepal

October 26, 2016

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Mr, Yadomi Toshio First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Nepal, Mr, Masafumi Inoue, Volunteer Coordinator and Mr, Sushil Bhattachan, Chief Advisor for JICA.(Japan International Cooperation Agency) in Nepal, visited the Nepal Ranger AHAN Nepal Training Center, on October 26th, 2016. The purpose of this visit, coordinated by Gaku Homma Kancho, Founder of Aikido Nippon Kan and Chief Instructor …

Homma Kancho Checking in at AHAN Bilay House Orphanage Ta Ko Lang Thailand

October 19, 2016

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AHAN Nippon Kan offers sympathy and condolences for all the people of Thailand for the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Homma Kancho paid a visit to AHAN Bilay House Orphanage in Ta Ko Lang, Thailand, to check in on Pastor Bilay and the children of Bilay House. The purpose of the visit was to see what current needs the orphanage …

Nippon Kan October Homeless Meal Service

October 16, 2016

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It was a HOT one! A beautiful October day with temperatures in the 80’s. Over 300 meals served by Nippon Kan volunteers including special guests Denver Councilwoman Debbie Ortega and her family. Nippon Kan meals for the homeless are served behind the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Auraria college campus in downtown Denver. Homma Kancho and Nippon Kan have …