Thomas Dammen Sensei
Youth Program Director
Dec 16th, 2006
Youth program promotions are held bi-annually at Nippon Kan. In many dojos, fees for examinations and promotions are a typical source of income, especially in children’s classes. At Nippon Kan there are no examinations or any fees charged for promotion which has been a tradition at Nippon Kan since its inception. Education and community project participation are the main goals at Nippon Kan and the philosophies of AHAN (Aikido Humanitarian Active Network) form the foundation for all of our Youth Program Classes.
Classes are held every Saturday for our Youth Program members. There is a general class held first for younger members, followed by an advanced class and a weapons relations training class for our more senior Youth Program students. Monthly membership dues for the Nippon Kan Youth Program are $25.00 per month. Contracts, initiation fees or long term commitments are not required by any member at Nippon Kan whether they participate in the Youth Program or the adult classes offered.
On December 16th, 2006 fifty two promotions were awarded to Youth program members. The day was filled with excitement as family members and friends gathered to watch demonstrations performed by advanced youth program members and Nippon Kan instructor staff.
Today the Nippon Kan Youth Program has over eighty students, and we would like to sincerely thank all of the family members who have showed so much support for this program.