Dojo Remodeling

June 20, 2005

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June 20-27th, 2005 Nippon Kan office takes on a more simple and clean look. The Nippon Kan office went through a transformation the week of June 20th-27th. Since the dojo’s new facility opened over nine years ago, all of the facility construction had been completed except for the Nippon Kan office. There have been so many new projects and activities …

Summer Soran

June 20, 2005

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June 20th-July 5th, 2005 Under Homma Kancho’s guidance, a two week concentrated intensive series of practices were held June 20th-July 5th. This intensive two week challenge was held at the Nippon Kan dojo. Homma Kancho is aware that students have many responsibilities outside of the dojo with their families and careers, so this intensive was held during regular evening class …

Consul General of Japan Mr. Yuzo Ota serves the 40,000th meal

June 19, 2005

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June 19th, 2005 Written by Gaku Homma Nippon Kan Kancho Nippon Kan has been serving monthly meals to the homeless at the Denver Rescue Mission since 1991. On July 19th, 2005 a milestone was reached with the 40,000th meal served. To mark this special occasion, Nippon Kan volunteers were joined at the Mission by honored guests, Consul General of Japan, …

Nippon Kan Office Topics

June 18, 2005

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Answering the Mail June 18th, 2005 Written by So Yoda Nippon Kan and Homma Kancho receive many letters, phone calls and emails every week. Most are questions about Aikido such as; When do beginners’ classes start?, Where can I buy a keiko gi (practice uniform)?, What is a kototama?, How do I learn ukemi?, or my personal favorite; How long …

Nippon Kan in the News!

June 9, 2005

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June 9th, 2005 On June 9th, 2005, Nippon Kan was in the news with a five-page center-section article written about Homma Kancho, Nippon Kan, Domo Restaurant and the Nippon Kan uchideshi (live-in student) program in Denver’s Westword Newspaper. The article seemed to have received a positive reaction with the Denver community, as the attendance in our recent beginning classes was …

2nd Shipment of Thirty Computers Arrive Safely in Mongolia

June 4, 2005

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June 4th, 2005 Written by Emily Busch Nippon Kan Vice President   The shipment of thirty computers that were shipped to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia last April arrived safely on June 4th. Fifteen computers in this shipment went to the Gandan Temple in Ulaanbaatar to be used in the temple’s educational facilities. Ten more computers were also donated to the Zorig Foundation, …

Cold Weather and Warm Hearts

June 1, 2005

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June 1st, 2005 By Chris Abeyta Nippon Kan Student Nippon-Kan is more than a martial arts dojo. When I began my practice, I never would have guessed I would learn so much off the mat. As a participant in Nippon-Kan’s cross cultural exchange program, I spent three months in a Japanese village called Higashi Naruse. For the first time in …

Japan Cross-Cultural Exchange Report

June 1, 2005

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June 1st, 2005 Cold Weather and Warm Hearts Written by Chris Abeyta Nippon Kan student Nippon Kan student Chris Abeyta has returned from a successful extended four month study over the New Year in AHAN’s cross-cultural program in Higashi Naruse Village of Northern Honshu, Japan. Since 1990 Nippon Kan has sent special students to participate in this long-term live-in study …

Homma Kancho Attends the Aiki Expo 2005

May 27, 2005

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May 27-29, 2005 Written by Rick Thompson Nippon Kan Instructor, Yama Dojo Homma Kancho attended the Aikido Journal sponsored Aiki Expo 2005 this past May 27-29th, 2005 as an instructor accompanied by Nippon Kan Instructor Rick Thompson and Assistant Instructor Michael Barerra. Homma Kancho and assistants introduced Nippon Kan’s method of teaching to attending Aikidoka at the Expo held this …

AHAN Nepal Report

May 25, 2005

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May 25th, 2005 Written by Puja Rai AHAN Nepal staff coordinator Puja Rai sent us word that the school supplies donated by Homma Kancho on his visit to Nepal in January of this year had been distributed to the Drubgon Jangchup Choeling Monastery. The supplies were received by Senne Missi Lama who sent a personal thank you letter, receipt and …

A Friend for Life; Women I met in Morocco

April 2, 2005

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By Kazumi Yoshimura April 2nd, 2005 Why do people want to travel? To visit spectacular places? Enjoy exotic cuisine? Escape their own reality? Everyone can agree that these are legitimate reasons and I would like to add one more of my own; to immerse oneself in an unfamiliar surrounding. Doing this definitely forces us to think about our own lives …

Aikido, a New Wind in Morocco; a Woman’s Perspective.

March 27, 2005

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By Emily Busch AHAN President March 27th, 2005 The town of Fez, has a history of over 1000 years. Today the hustle and bustle of life in Fez remains a living testament to its long and colorful past. Fez, the Arabic name for “the town of profits”, is divided into sections, the oldest of which are the medinas or walled …

Nippon Kan Vice President, AHAN President Visits Morocco

March 15, 2005

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March 15-21, 2005 Written by Kazumi Yoshimura Nippon Kan staff Emily Busch, President of AHAN and I traveled to North Africa this past March for a cross-cultural visit to learn about women and Aikido in Morocco. The trip was short, but in one weeks time we were able to visit the cities of Fez, Rabat and Casablanca. We met up …

Homma Kancho Visits Nepal and Mongolia January 26th February 12th, 2005

January 26, 2005

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Nepal Report Written by Nepal coordinator Puja Rai After finishing up the busy New Year’s schedule of events at Nippon Kan headquarters in Denver, Homma Kancho took off for his first visit abroad for 2005. This trip was to take Homma Kancho to Nepal to do preliminary research for AHAN project development through Nippon Kan. The trip, January 26th-Feb 3rd, …

Nippon Kan AHAN Mongolia

June 22, 2004

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New Project Begins A new project has taken shape in Mongolia for Nippon Kan and AHAN with Homma Kancho’s visit. For the past three years, AHAN has been supporting an orphanage in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Upon recent evaluation, it has been determined that the Mongolian government and other foreign aid agencies have been able to provide enough support for the orphanage …