Aikido and Physical Training

September 29, 2017

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A video clip of Aikido demonstrations by Hiromi Matsuoka, who has been featured in this Facebook page, has been accessed and viewed over 17,000 times in just 2 months, and the number of access continues to grow.  Hiromi Matsuoka started to practice Aikido when she was 8 under Yasuo Kobayashi Shihan of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo, and she holds the 4th …

Nepalese Army Instructor Candidates Activity Report

September 1, 2017

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Summer Uchideshi training! August 2017 Approximately 10,000 female soldiers currently serve in the Nepali Army, which plans to train and qualify approximately 50 female Aikido instructors to implement a mandatory Aikido training to all the female soldiers. The three female soldiers who were dispatched to Nippon Kan this summer will be responsible for training those instructor candidates. Nepali Army Aikido …

K9 Training Center, Emily Dojo

August 31, 2017

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During the Welcome Party hosted by Nippon Kan and its advisors and executive members, the Nepali Army Rangers Colonel Anup Thapa announced that a Dojo, funded and donated personally by Homma Kancho and established 4 years ago for the purpose of training Nepali Army’s K9 battalions, was recently renamed to be “K9 Training Center, Emily Dojo”. The Training Center has …

Rigorous Keiko, Joyful Days

August 30, 2017

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Comrades who endured the same long term training… They all went back home as the summer came to an end. Although they had free time after the morning keiko (practice) sessions on Saturdays and Sundays, they didn’t go out much but mostly rested to recuperate for another round of rigorous keiko endeavors that was sure to begin again on the …

Nepalese Army – Devoted the Most to putting Nippon Kan’s AHAN Credo into Practice

August 30, 2017

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There can be many appearances of Aikido, as it should, in my opinion.  Just like gathering with fellow Aikidoka (Aikidoists ) after practice (keiko) to have a good time with a few drinks and “sake” can be a good aspect of Aikido to foster a sense of camaraderie among fellow Aikidoka, not only to promote a healthy sense of self-esteem …

The Summer Marathon Practice (Keiko) Seminar of 2017 was completed on August 28th

August 28, 2017

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Over 800 participants were involved in the Marathon Keiko Seminar, and over $7500 in donations was collected during the Seminar. All the donations will be disbursed by AHAN Nippon Kan to aid humanitarian projects that AHAN Nippon Kan supports in various countries in Asia. Among 72 Nippon Kan students registered for the Marathon Keiko Seminar, 32 of them achieved their …

Beyond Generations – Joko Ninomiya and Koichi Ninomiya

August 25, 2017

J M

There is a great Karate Shihan (Karate Master) in Denver, who is well known and respected throughout the world.  The shihan is Joko Ninomiya sensei, the founder of Enshin Karate.  Our first encounter with each other goes back over 40 years, and ever since then we have developed a deep and mutually respectful friendship while respecting each other as a …

A visit to Nippon Kan by Nepal’s High-Ranking Military Officers

August 25, 2017

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Nepali Army Rangers Colonel Anup Thapa and Lt. Colonel Sameer Rana came to visit Nippon Kan to attend the Completion Ceremony of the 30-day long Marathon Keiko Seminar to witness the Nepali soldiers’ accomplishments. Nippon Kan and its advisors and executive members hosted a welcome party for the honorable guests during which Nippon Kan Headquarters presented to them a commemorative …

Many helping hands at AHAN Meals Service Project

August 20, 2017

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The group of delegates from the Higashi Naruse village and the group of soldiers from the Nepal Army, a total of 16 helpers between the two groups, participated in the August’s Meals Service Project.  The project has been supported by Homma Kancho’s leadership and his individual monetary contributions and many Nippon Kan volunteers for the past 27 years to have …

A visit to Nippon Kan by a group of delegates from Higashi Naruse Village, Japan

August 16, 2017

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It’s been 27 years since the Higashi Naruse village and Nippon Kan formed an alliance to facilitate cultural exchange programs.  Nippon Kan welcomed 5 high school students and 3 village staffs this year.  The group of delegates from the village not only visited a few public elementary schools, a local farm, but experienced American lifestyles through a short-term home-stay program.  …

A Report from AHAN Nippon Kan in Myanmar

August 5, 2017

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Reported by Nilar Than, AHAN Nippon Kan Myanmar Coordinator In 2009, Homma Kancho initiated AHAN efforts to establish AHAN Nippon Kan Myanmar Learning Center.  Please witness how the school and the students are doing today! AHAN Nippon Kan Myanmar Learning Center was founded as a private school to help educate young boys and girls from rural areas who wish to …

A Report on Madrasah Orphanage from AHAN Nippon Kan Bangladesh

August 5, 2017

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Maji Al Sarka AHAN Nippon Kan Bangladesh Coordinator Do you know a Pakistani human rights activist Ms. Malala Yousafzai? Although she was gunned down by an extremist, who was against education of girls and women, and was critically injured when she was 15 years old, she was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her efforts and contributions …

Update from Bilay House

August 5, 2017

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A jubilant letter from the Bilay House in Thailand AHAN Nippon Kan Coordinator, Thailand Reported by Hom Potha Dear Homma Sensei, How are you? Hope you are doing great. We are doing great over here. All the kids say hello. They are hoping to see you soon. Best Regards, Bilay Children at the Bilay House in Thailand are doing well …

Recent International Activities

August 5, 2017

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Rich Heart: After having driven through the middle of nowhere (literally!) for a couple of hours or so, the village suddenly appeared in a valley. There we met an Afghan farmer who said he has been working away from home for about 2 years.  He says he has a wife and 8 children back home.  Although he is 42 years …

Nepal Army Ranger Nippon-kan Aikido Report

May 30, 2017

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Nepal Army Rangers perform the central and vital role in teaching Nippon Kan Aikido within the entire Nepali Army. Approximately 60~80 instructor candidates train at AHAN Nippon Kan Training Center (ANTC). Over 7,500 Army soldiers are trained by experienced instructors every year. Elite Nepal Army Rangers with the Gurkhas lineage and traditions are not only tough and strong as elite …