The Legacy of Mr. Stanley Pranin

March 20, 2018

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     Nowadays, all kinds of information are accessible from our hand-held mobile devices.  Information related to Aikido is no exception.  A wide spectrum of information, from texts, still images and video clips is available.  And even in a category of videos alone, there are hard-core & flamboyant styles of Aikido on one side and ‘no-touch’ styles of Aikido on …

What are you looking for…???

March 20, 2018

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AHAN Nippon Kan has been serving free Homeless Meals once a month since 1990.  Following the monthly, members of Aikido Nippon Kan and DOMO restaurant volunteer staffs helped serve this month’s free meals to the homeless, and 220 meals were served.  The total number of meals served to date is now 85,244. While we serve hundreds of meals every month, …

Nippon Kan Aikido Seminars to commemorate Nepal’s Army Day

March 12, 2018

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Aikido Nippon Kan’s Homma Kancho visits 4 regiments. Nepali Army Rangers’ ANTC (Aikido Nippon Kan Training Center), de-facto standard Nepali Army’s Aikido Headquarter, led by Dan Gurung, Nepali Army’s Chief Aikido Instructor & an Aikido instructor acknowledged by Aikido Nippon Kan U.S. Headquarters, train 100+ Aikido instructor-candidates annually through a training regimen of 6 hours of training per day for …

Memorable Photos of Morihiro Saito Shihan in 1995

March 11, 2018

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      We just finished an Aikido Seminar with much success the day before, and late MorihiroSaito Shihan (“Morihiro Shihan”, hereafter) and we were going to leave for a hot spring in the Rocky Mountains in the morning. ​Morihiro Shihan woke up at 7:00AM as usual, showed up in the living room and came into the kitchen…  He grabbed …

Nippon Kan Aikido’s Guidance on “Suwari Waza” & “Break-fall Ukemi”

February 9, 2018

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Let me state the conclusion first: Practicing “suwari waza座り技” is hard on the knees, and it can be abusive to the structure and normal functions of knees.  Therefore, Nippon Kan stopped the practice of “suwari waza” about 25 years ago.  Aikido Nippon Kan does not promote or encourage practicing “break-fall ukemi離れ飛び受け身”, either. Wearing joint support sleeves in the locker room …

AIKIDO NIPPON KAN AHAN ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS – Asia’s children

January 26, 2018

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AHAN NIPPON KAN has been not only supporting children in different regions in Asia but also supporting & encouraging young women for their progress in society. ​Monthly membership dues from AHAN Nippon Kan Aikido Children’s Classes (aka Youth Program) are used to fund various humanitarian support activities, such as the provisions of free meals, educational materials and medical supplies, for …

Where should Children be Guided To?

January 23, 2018

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Photos from a field trip. ​Aikido Nippon Kan had visited almost all the elementary and middle schools in the Greater Denver area about 40 years ago to do Aikido demonstrations and to offer school children an educational opportunity about Japanese cultures and a Budo of Aikido from Japan, when even the word “Aikido” was not commonly recognized.  On a busy …

The First Meal Service in 2018

January 21, 2018

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On a snowy day, a rainy day or an extremely hot day…, Or, on a day we feel exhausted and hopeless, devastated by a natural disaster…, Or, on a day when bullets fly over our heads…, Or, on a normal day after having done a day’s work…, We All Get Hungry. Hearty meals give us hope and a sense of …

Still Forging Ahead at over 60!

January 20, 2018

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The “MOO Club” at Nippon Kan Dojo is comprised of Aikido Nippon Kan Dojo members who are at or over the age of 60, and the average age of the club members is currently 67! Mr. Gaku Homma, Founder & Kancho of Nippon Kan, in front of the drawing of 騎牛帰家 (Kigyukika) in the lobby of Nippon Kan The MOO …

Keeping it in the Sheath

January 9, 2018

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A reproduction of how the two Japanese swords were kept in the “tokonoma = 床の間 (alcove)” in the room. Iwama is the place where late Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, had spent his late years.  His house had been built next to the Dojo which was right next to the Aiki Shrine on its property.  And in the “tokonoma …

KEIKO HAJIME at Nippon Kan

January 9, 2018

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https://www.facebook.com/nkdojo22/videos/1232551900223045/ KEIKO HAJIME,稽古始め i.e. the First KEIKO of the Year, was held at Aikido Nippon Kan. The DOJO was decorated in a traditional fashion, and the KEIKO HAJIME was led by Gaku Homma Kancho, the Founder of Nippon Kan, solemnly and warmly. https://www.facebook.com/nkdojo22/videos/1232555716889330/ The KEIKO HAJIME started with a recital of the Amatsu Norito 天津祝詞prayer dedicated to the Founder of …

Welcoming to the Year 2018! from Nepalese Army Rangers’ Nippon Kan Aikido Team

January 5, 2018

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With their wishes for everyone’s good health and peaceful days in 2018, a team of Nepalese Army Rangers’ Nippon Kan Aikido Instructor Candidates completed the KEIKO OSAME (the last keiko of the year) while wishing for a good fortune for everyone in the New Year. https://www.facebook.com/nkdojo22/videos/1230879767056925/ Training for 30 female soldiers has begun at the Nepalese Army K9 Emily Dojo. …

稽古納め KEIKO OSAME= Last Practice of the Year 2017

December 31, 2017

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The KEIKO OSAME= Last Practice session for the year 2017 was held at Aikido Nippon Kan with the preparations to welcome the New Year Decoration in place! The First Class of the Year (Keiko hajime 稽古始め) starts at 6:00PM (sign-in begins at 5:00PM) on January 4, 2018.  Don’t be late!

A Report of the Recent Visit to Japan ~ 1 of 3 ~

December 25, 2017

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Yasuo Kobayashi Sensei Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Soshihan, Aikikai 8th Dan http://www.kobayashi-dojo.com/ DO (道) means “a road”, and Jyo or Jo (場) “a place”.  The literal translation of the Japanese word of “道場” (Dojo, also spelled as Dojyo) is “A Place of the Road”.  Simply stated, it’s a place like rest spots / areas along highways where there are gas stations, …