A Visit to the city of Pyin Oo Lwin in Myanmar

February 13, 2019

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Homma Kancho traveled to a mountain region in the city Pyin Oo Lwin in the northern Myanmar region to visit the Myanmar Aikikai New Organization’s dojo led by U Mya Sein Sensei.  As there are several military bases, including the Army Academy, in the same are, there are quite a number of military persons at the dojo, and Dan Gurung …

In Yangon, Myanmar

February 13, 2019

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We visited AHAN Myanmar Learning Center that has been self-sufficient in running its programs after AHAN had provided financial support and management consultations. Ms. Nilar Than, AHAN Myanmar Coordinator, and her family opened the learning center with support from AHAN 7 years ago, and many students at the learning center live together at the center’s dormitory and almost 100% of …

Aikido in Ho Chi Minh City

February 12, 2019

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Homma Kancho and the accompanying travelers had an opportunity to practice Aikido with Aikidoists of a wide range of generations from the Vietnam Military Budo Club Dojo and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City.  Special Thanks goes to the leaders of 9 different dojos for having given us the opportunity to join them.

The Opening Ceremony of a New Church at Bilay House

February 10, 2019

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 Bilay House is located in a mountainous area in Tako Lang in the province of Ratchaburi, about 4-hour drive from Bangkok, Thailand, close to the border with Myanmar.  It’s been 9 years since the founding and the opening of the orphanage by support from AHAN.~~~~~~~   Bilay House has been a haven for children of the Karen People who have …

December 24, 2018

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  This is to acknowledge all the Nepalese Army Nippon Kan Aikido Instructors for their efforts, dedications and contributions toward peacekeeping activities while dispatched as members of the United Nations Peacekeeping operations to various regions of conflicts in the world.  It is our sincere wish for all of you to return home safely after the deployment. The photos were taken …

A Report on Bilay House:

December 1, 2018

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Bilay House, an orphanage & a youth support facility for children and youngsters of the Karen people in Myanmar, has been supported by AHAN Nippon Kan, and currently the 3rd phase of construction of additional building, funded by AHAN Nippon Kan, is happening, and it’s going well. AHAN Nippon Kan funded the constructions of a school/dormitory and of a learning …

Aikido Nippon Kan’s AHAN Active Team’s visit in Thailand

October 30, 2018

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  Bilay House, established by the support from AHAN, is located in  Thailand, about 4-hour drive from  to the north  east Bangkok.  AHAN staffs visit Bilay House on a regular basis (twice a year), and we checked on the status on the construction of the 3rd support facility building during this visit.  For the support operations, AHAN staffs conducted interviews with …

Aikido Nippon Kan’s AHAN Active Team’s visit in Nepal

October 30, 2018

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AHAN Active Team members paid a visit to Down Syndrome Society of Nepal (DSSN) located at Kapurdhara, Kathmandu (President: Shila Thapa) as part of planning purposes for 2019 support operations.  Helping DSSN is part of support activities by AHAN’s WWY (We are With You) Support Initiatives in Nepal, and various WWY projects are supported by members of the Nepalese Army …

A Visit to the Nepalese Army Aikido Instructor Training Unit

October 30, 2018

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During their visit in Nepal for AHAN related purposes, AHAN staffs, led by Homma Kancho, visited two Nepalese Army Aikido Instructor Training facilities to witness the current status of their ongoing Aikido instructor training programme.   One of the training locations is “K-9 Emily Memorial Dojo”, located in the K-9 training squadron base, where elite female soldiers selected from 19 …

Aikido Nippon Kan’s AHAN Active Team’s visit in Vietnam

October 29, 2018

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AHAN Active Team members traveled to the city of Huế in Vietnam, a fierce battle ground during the Vietnam War, for a follow-up visit to a support facility for the victims of the use of defoliant.  Many Thanks to all the local coordinators who are mostly retired teachers who were teachers during the wartime!  We very much look forward to …

Aikido practice in the city of Huế in Vietnam

October 29, 2018

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Every time we come to Huế, we join this local Aikido group for practice.  Although I still don’t know clearly what the name of their dojo is, they are always welcoming, and they are good-natured fellow Aikidoists.   Practicing at this dojo reminds me of the days from 40-some years ago when I started a dojo in Denver with such …

Home Alone and Holding Down the Fort!

October 24, 2018

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Aikido Nippon Kan’s Annual Fall Volunteer Event has been held at this time of the year for the past 27 years, and this year’s volunteer event was held on October 13. Aikido Nippon members and their families & friends gathered in Civic Center Park in the heart of downtown Denver again this year to turn the flowerbeds to “put the …

A Visit to Japan by Aikido Nippon Kan Representatives

October 20, 2018

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12 representatives, including Bryon Hays, Vice President of AHAN Nippon Kan, Hien Pham, the Secretary of AHAN Nippon Kan and 4 senior instructors, from AHAN Nippon Kan, a non-profit organization with its headquarters in Denver, CO, U.S.A, traveled to Japan to discuss with AHAN staffs in Japan to firm up a plan to establish AHAN Nippon Kan’s Japan Branch Office as …

Aikido Nippon Kan – Summer of 2018

September 26, 2018

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  Thank you and ‘Gokurosama Deshita’ to all who participated in Nippon Kan’s Marathon Seminar. To date, over 1,800 Aikidoists took on the challenge to participate in Nippon Kan’s Marathon Seminars, and a wide range of members participated in this year’s seminar, from members of Nippon Kan’s Moo Club, which only those who are 60 and older can join among …