Aikido practice in the city of Huế in Vietnam

October 29, 2018


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


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


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


  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 …

A mysterious 7-year long journey of a weapons bag

September 10, 2018


Here’s the story of how I got Frank Gordon’s weapons told by Nippon-kan Weapons Instructor Chris A. My friend, who lives across the street from City Park had seen the a blue bag lying on the sidewalk next to the street, which he thought might have camping gear in it, so he left it there assuming someone would eventually come …


July 19, 2018


  On the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day in 2018, ‘Heritage Run’ was organized, and Aikido team members from the Nepalese Army Rangers swept up trophies among over 250 athletes in the inaugural Heritage Run.  A team from the WWY (We are With You) initiative, which was founded in 2015 through a collaboration between AHAN Nippon Kan and …

Nepal Ranger Aikido Nippon-kan Training Center

May 25, 2018


Huge  Aikido Training Conducting in ANTC (Ranger Aikido Dojo) through Nepal Army. Only here (82 Different Unit and Sub-Unit of NA Total 123 Soldiers (Students) practicing together Nippon-kan Aikido

With My Precious Black Belt Students at Bilay House in Thailand

May 15, 2018


There is no Bokken or Jo; no Keiko-gi to practice in, and of course no Dojo… But they have shovels, hoes and sickles and worn-out T-shirts as well as the vast & generous mother nature. 38 children from different backgrounds are living at Bilay House for different reasons, and 12 high schoolers welcomed me with their bright smiles that day.  …

A Long Whispering at the age of 68…

May 11, 2018


When  Nippon  Kan  was  founded,  it  was  just  me  and  a  few  others.    It’s  been  43  years  since  then,  and  it’s  been  quite  some  time  since  Nippon  Kan  was  no  longer  a  small  Aikido  group  in  a  town.    Unlike  a  business  entity,  a  Dojo  does  not  pay  wages  but  collects  monthly  dues  from  its  students.    However,  a  …

Saito Shihan’s 17th Anniversary Memorial Service

May 4, 2018


  Morihiro Saito Shihan’s 17th Anniversary Memorial Service Late MORIHIRO SAITO SHIHAN March 3, 1928 ~ May 13, 2002 The 17th Anniversary Memorial Service May 6, 2018 Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai Dojo Iwama-Town, Kasama-city, Ibaraki-prefecture, Japan Hitohira Jukucho, the eldest son of Morihiro Shihan, putting a finishing touch in the preparation of a “kagezen (a meal for an absent person or …

Nepalese Army Rangers – The Top Trophy Award Presented to the Winning Team!

May 3, 2018


The winning team was announced and a trophy was award to the winning team for Aikido Skills Demonstration Tournament among Nepalese Army Rangers! The main purpose of this tournament is to encourage Nepalese Army Rangers members to continue their training commitment in Aikido, and different Aikido teams from different Army Rangers Bases participated in this tournament.  And the winning team …

Catastrophes Have a Way to Haunt Us When We Least Expect Them.

April 25, 2018


On April 25, 2015, Nepal earthquake of 2015, also called Gorkha earthquake, which registered a moment magnitude of 7.8, struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal.  The death toll from the catastrophe reached over 8,500 with over 20,000 people injured.  Many World Heritage sites in the region sustained various degrees of damages as well. Since Aikido Nippon Kan …

Congratulations! for the 30th Year Anniversary for International Enshin Karate!

April 22, 2018


  A jubilant and energetic anniversary celebration event was held to commemorate the 30th year milestone since the founding of International Enshin Karate by Joko Ninomiya Kancho. A celebratory reception was held at DOMO Japanese Country Foods Restaurant with over 100 people from all over the world in attendance to respect and celebrate the Enshin Karate founder, Joko Ninomiya Kancho’s …