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, …

A Report of the Recent Visit to Japan ~ 2 of 3 ~

December 25, 2017

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Hitohira Saito Jukucho Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai http://iwamashinshinaikido.com/ja/ Iwama is not only the place where late Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, had spent his late years, or where Morihiro Saito Shihan had served the Founder of Aikido both publicly and privately for the longest time as his uchideshi and passed away in 2004, but also the very place Hitohira …

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

December 25, 2017

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A Reunion among Former Denver Residents & Nippon Kan comrades on the 2nd floor of a small Eel Eatery It’s been over 43 years since I moved to Denver.  I have met and crossed the paths of many people, and I have treated each encounter as a precious one, given the saying, “一期一会 = Treasure every meeting, for it will …

Philippines AHAN Mindanao Activity Report #3

December 17, 2017

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~ What is sought after in Aikido in Conflict Areas ~ From Mindanao AHAN Education Center In May of 2017, what will be known as the Battle of Marawi erupted in the city of Marawi, Mindanao, Philippines.  The battle between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including the Maute …

To Everyone in support of AHAN Bilay House

December 17, 2017

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Every one of us at Bilay House wishes you a joyous Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year! Homma Kancho was invited to a nearby city this year again! People, including children, of the Karen ethnicity from Myanmar live on the other side of border in Thailand for many different reasons, and …

AIKIDO NIPPON KAN MOST VIEWED VIDEO CLIPS of 2017 ~ HIROMI MATSUOKA Sensei ~

December 12, 2017

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Hiromi Matsuoka’s fluid motion and Aikido movements to execute a series of Aikido techniques are backed by her dedication to basic physical training by which she has been able to maintain her strong legs and core muscles to keep a low center of gravity for stability, strength and flexibility. Many people have viewed and shown keen interest in the video …

Philippine AHAN Mindanao Report #1

December 10, 2017

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Aikido Seminar for Mindanao AHAN Staff lligan city & Marawi city region, Mindanao, Philippine The seminar was conducted by Homma Kancho at “Mindanao AHAN Education Centre”

Philippine AHAN Mindanao Report #2

December 9, 2017

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New Life Centre’s Meals Support for the Badjao Tribe on a regular basis ~ Mindanao AHAN Education Centre’s Volunteers ~ Support for the Badjao Tribe, known as the Sea Gypsies, goes back more than 10 years, and today humanitarian support for the Tribe is offered on a regular basis with continued support from volunteers from Mindanao AHAN Education Centre (aka …

AHAN Meal Services at 3 different places: Kathmandu, Nepal; Yangon, Myanmar; Denver, CO, U.S.A.

November 25, 2017

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AHAN Meal Support Service Activities are a class of humanitarian activity that Aikido Nippon Kan Students and AHAN-supported School staffs & students voluntarily provide. The photo was taken on November 18 during an AHAN humanitarian activity by the Nepalese Army Rangers at a historic nursing home in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Young soldiers and AHAN Nepal’s WWY (We are With You) children …