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 …

Sympathy and Condolences from Nippon Kan for the Passing of Mrs. Sata Saito; wife of the Late Morihiro Saito Shihan

October 15, 2016

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Services were held Saturday, October 15th for Sata Saito, the wife of the Late Morihiro Saito Shihan who passed away this week at the age of 89 in Iwama, Japan. Mrs. Sata Saito along with her husband, Morhirio Saito Shihan were long time care takers to the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. Soon after Sata’s marriage to Morihiro Saito Shihan, …

Nippon Kan’s 26th Annual Fall Volunteer Project Putting the Beds to Bed at Civic Center Park

October 8, 2016

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1 hour and 55 minutes to finish the project…breaking our record from last year! Nippon Kan youth and adult students, families and friends spent the morning at Denver’s Civic Center Park by the State Capital in downtown Denver this morning, “Putting the Beds to Bed”. Nippon Kan has been working with the Denver Parks Department for the last 26 consecutive …

Aikikai Kobayashi Dojo, Yasuo Kobayashi Soshihan 80th Birthday Celebration

September 24, 2016

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Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan  Kancho and Anees Khadka, Representative of the Nepal Aikido Organization in Nepal, attended the Aikikai Aikido Kobayashi Dojo, Yasuo Kobayashi Soshihan’s 80th Birthday Celebration and Seminar in Japan, Sept 24th-25th, 2016. Over270 guests attended the event from over 30 countries. When Homma Kancho was a young man, serving as the last uchideshi to the Founder, Morihei …

AHAN Nippon Kan Milestone; 80,000 Meals Served to the Homeless in Denver

September 18, 2016

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For 26 years, every third Sunday of the month, Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho and hundreds of volunteers have quietly been building a legacy of service in Denver. This August, a new milestone was reached with 80,000 meals served to the homeless in Denver. All meals have been funded, prepared and served by Homma Kancho with Nippon Kan members, Domo …