First Aikido Nippon Kan A.H.A.N.Costa Rica International Seminar

October 8, 2005

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Thanks to Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho and the Nippon Kan AHAN (Aikido Humanitarian Active Network www.nippon-kan.org ) organization, we held our first Aikido A.H.A.N. Nippon Kan Costa Rica International Seminar this past October. Costa Rica is a small and beautiful country in the middle of the Central America Continent, and as a Central American country it is a young …

AHAN Costa Rica Orphaned Children Support Seminar

October 7, 2005

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Oct 7-9, 2005 With the support of Nippon Kan AHAN General Headquarters in Denver, AHAN Costa Rica held their first official seminar hosted by Aikido Zanshin Dojo’s AHAN Costa Rica coordinator Marcos Gonzales. The seminar was instructed by AHAN Central America Headquarters, IISA Instructor Fernando Roman Sensei of AHAN Mexico Aikido Takemusu Aiki www.mexicoaikido.com.mx. Nippon Kan AHAN General Headquarters supported this …

A.H.A.N./Nippon Kan: Armando Lopez Nicaragua Project

October 1, 2005

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Written by Dr. Ray Howe My recent travel to Nicaragua, October 2005, while brief, was an inspirational experience. Stepping off the plane in Managua, I immediately felt a difference in the atmosphere as compared to other Central and South American countries I have traveled in; one much more relaxed than I had anticipated for a country so recently ravaged by …

Activity Reports from AHAN Mongolia and AHAN Nepal

September 28, 2005

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A critical principle of AHAN is to nurture seeds once they have been planted. It is a goal of AHAN Headquarters in Denver to support local leaders in independent AHAN projects of their own choosing. Financial support is sometimes provided, but more often advice, encouragement and step by step project planning is offered to any AHAN leader who requests it. …

Republic of Azerbaijan National Police Academy Aikido Demonstration Seminar

September 28, 2005

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Sept 28-29th, 2005 written by Nejef Hasanov Azerbaijan Television After his visit to Turkey had come to an end, Homma Kancho and Ali San Sensei left for the neighboring Republic of Azerbaijan. They had been invited to come to Azerbaijan by a local television station in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capitol. The station was interested in putting together an hour and a …

Turkey Kidney Foundation Support Seminar

September 24, 2005

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Sept 24th-25th, 2005 Written by Seha Iscan International Ali San Dojo Federation (Aikikai) in Istanbul, Turkey sponsored this seminar held September 24th-25th in support of the Turkey Kidney Foundation. As a member of AHAN, as an IISA Instructor Ali San Uludag Sensei, Founder and Chief Instructor of Ali San Dojo Federation asked Homma Kancho to instruct at this special event. …

Homma Sensei Visits Shushinkan Dojo in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

September 16, 2005

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On the weekend of September 16-18, Shushinkan Dojo was honored to have the presence of Gaku Homma Sensei in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. His visit was truly a remarkable experience and I hope to share some thoughts on the countless knowledge Homma Sensei shared with us. Homma Sensei’s approach to Aikido sets it very clear how taijutsu (open hand techniques) andsuburi …

Puerto Rico Children’s Hospital Support Seminar

September 15, 2005

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Sept 15-18th 2005   Nippon Kan AHAN General Headquarter IISA (Instructors in Support of AHAN) Instructor, Bolivar Ramirez Sensei of Shushinkan Dojo hosted this AHAN seminar in support of Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. The seminar was held at the Puerto Rico University Mayaguez Campus Gymnasium. This was Homma Kancho’s second visit to Puerto Rico, and he was accompanied on this trip …

Nippon Kan Official 2005 t-shirts Sell Out!

June 30, 2005

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June 30th, 2005 Nippon Kan and AHAN sponsored a fund-raising t-shirt drive to raise funds for a very worthy cause this year. Funds raised by this year’s official Nippon Kan T-shirts sale have been pledged to support a very special member of AHAN Nicaragua; Armando who is battling cancer at the young age of 19. The shirts sold for $22.00 …

International Instructor Seminar Series 2005

June 27, 2005

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Featuring; Ali San Uludag Sensei President of the International Uludag Foundation Aikikai From Istanbul, Turkey June 27-July 5th, 2005 Written by Emily Busch Nippon Kan Vice President Ali San Sensei teaching at Nippon Kan. (photo album at end of article) Ali San Uludag Sensei, President of the International Uludag Foundation Aikikai, headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, visited Nippon Kan Headquarters in …

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 …