October 9th-14th, 2007
After the AHAN seminar in Korea had drawn to a successful close, Homma Kancho, Stephanie Yap Sensei and the Nippon Kan AHAN entourage flew from Seoul to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. The purpose of this visit to Mongolia was to attend a Nippon Kan General Headquarters-sponsored Mongolia Aikido Seminar and to work on a variety of AHAN Humanitarian projects.
The Mongolia Aikido Seminar was held at the Mongolia Japan Center and attended by students from two Aikido organizations in Ulaanbaatar who joined together for this special event. Stephanie Yap Sensei was the featured instructor, teaching morning and afternoon classes on October 13th, 2007 for all attending students.
Like Korea, this was the first visit from a professional woman Aikido Instructor to teach in Mongolia and all attending students and instructors were enthusiastic about Stephanie Yap Sensei’s energy and powerful teaching technique.
Homma Kancho’s demonstration.
On this short but busy visit to Mongolia, we were able to visit many people thanks to Homma Kancho’s long-standing relationships and network of connections built over the years.
On the day before the seminar, Homma Kancho had an afternoon meeting with hotel and resort mogul and Member of Parliament, Khaltmaa Battulga. Mr. Battulga is also the President of the Mongolia Judo Federation and an avid supporter of the martial arts in Mongolia. Homma Kancho and Mr. Battulga discussed future plans to implement an Aikido program in Judo dojos in Ulaanbaatar and other parts of Mongolia.
Later in the afternoon, Homma Kancho and the Nippon Kan AHAN tour entourage went to Parliament for a meeting with Dr. Sanjusuren Oyun, a Member of Parliament and the Founder of the Zorig Foundation, a prominent humanitarian support organization in Mongolia. We also visited the Zorig Foundation Headquarters to discuss current and future support projects with AHAN. The Zorig Foundation was founded by Mr. Zorig who was a hero involved in the democratizing of Mongolia. On October 2, 1998 Mr. Zorig was assassinated, and his sister, Dr. Oyun took over the administration of the Zorig Foundation. Today, the Zorig Foundation has grown to be one of the most outstanding humanitarian aid organizations in Mongolia with sponsors in many countries including Japan and the United States. AHAN has supported the work of the Zorig Foundation with computer donations, cross cultural exchange student support activities and other projects. More information on AHAN activities in Mongolia can be found in the AHAN section of the website under Mongolia.