Japanese Consul Mitsui Returns to Japan

October 13, 2012


October 13th, 2012 Consul Koji Mitsui of the Consulate General of Japan at Denver was reassigned in October to Consulate General Headquarters in Japan after 4 years of duty in Denver. Consul Mitsui served the community well during his years in Denver, participating through action in front line projects all over the metro area. His service was admirable as he …

Nippon Kan Fall Volunteer Project: Putting the Beds to Bed

October 13, 2012


October 13th, 2012 This Nippon Kan Volunteer Project has been a continued tradition for 22 years. Every fall Nippon Kan’s volunteer “army” joins the Denver Parks Department in this city-wide project to turn the flower beds in the Denver City Parks for winter. Removing the plants that are not perennials is a part of the gardening cycle and important for …

Nippon Kan Youth Program Overnight Dojo Practice

August 18, 2012


August 18th-19th, 2012 Another Summer Marathon event focused on our younger members with the Youth Overnight Dojo Practice. Nippon Kan has about 100 Youth Program members however this event was open only to our older Youth Program members who qualified for this 24 hour uchideshi practice, overnight and cultural activities event. Watch a video of this Nippon Kan Youth Program …

Nippon Kan General Headquarters Special Guest Speaker Aikido Journal Editor, Mr. Stanley Pranin

August 11, 2012


August 11th, 2012 Nippon Kan hosted a special guest lecture by Aikido Journal Editor, Mr. Stanley Pranin as one of the Summer Marathon special events on August 11th, 2012. In attendance were special guests Consul Mitsui and Judge Kerry Hada along with senior Nippon Kan staff advisors, board members, students and friends. Mr. Pranin focused his 2 hour lecture on …

Summer Marathon Intensive Training 2012

August 8, 2012


August 8th-September 6th, 2012 The Aikido Nippon Kan Summer Marathon 2012 was a 30 day intensive marathon practice instructed by Homma Kancho. Homma Kancho travels abroad extensively for AHAN about six months a year but August is a month of concentrated practice for Nippon Kan members and international uchideshi students with Homma Kancho in the lead. Uchideshi students from different …

Dojo News

July 23, 2012


July 23rd, 2012 New Future Uchideshi? It has been a good year for new babies at Nippon Kan and for the New Year we received photos of several of the newest additions to our extended Nippon Kan family. Two of our newest members belonged to Nippon Kan Certified Instructor, Cihan Karaogluol of AHAN Nippon Kan Izmir in Turkey and AHAN …

Homma Kancho Visits Yadanapon Temple Orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar

July 20, 2012


July 20th, 2012 Homma Kancho visited the Yadanapon Temple in Yangon, Myanmar; which serves as home for hundreds of orphaned boys. AHAN has been supporting the Yadanapon Temple with monthly rice donations, medical and educational supplies for the last 4 years. AHAN Myanmar Coordinator, Nilar manages the monthly deliveries, and on this visit Homma Kancho supervised the deliveries of rice …

Visiting Mongolia; Five Years Later

July 19, 2012


July 19th-23rd, 2012 Homma Kancho returned to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in July 2012. It had been five years since his last visit to Mongolia and it was a time for a great reunion! Homma Kancho was invited back to Ulaanbaatar by all of us, friends from Mongolia that first met Homma Kancho in Denver. After the democratization of Mongolia in 1990, …

Checking in on AHAN Huaye Park Learning Center Construction Project

July 7, 2012


July 7th 24th-27th, 2012 Homma Kancho made his way to Huaye Park Village, located about one hour from the border of Myanmar in Thailand to check in on the construction of the “Dream of Stars” Community Church being built by the Myanmar Karen tribe. Planning for this project began in March 2012 and construction began in early June. Homma Kancho …

Homma Kancho Visits Bolivia

July 4, 2012


July 4th -11th, 2012   Homma Kancho returned to La Paz, Bolivia to teach a weekend seminar July 4th-11th, 2012. It was an interesting gathering of students from Bolivia and neighboring countries all whom practiced various styles of Aikido. The spirit of the seminar was harmonious however and all who participated enjoyed learning Nippon Kan Aikido originated by Homma Kancho. Homma …

Homma Kancho Visits Sittwe, Myanmar – AHAN Project Marked Urgent

July 2, 2012


July 2nd -31st, 2012 The Rakhine Province is located in western Myanmar near the Bangladesh border. This area has been plagued with tribal wars for a very long time, and skirmishes had begun again near the town of Sittwe in June. Some refugees of these tribal wars, especially children had received shelter at the Buddhist Temples in Sittwe and the …

Editor’s Corner

July 1, 2012


It has been very hot in Denver this year. Even though it is only the end of June, it has been over 40 degrees centigrade here for days at a time. Denver however has low humidity so the shaded areas are comfortable even with these high temperatures. On the good side, an uchideshi’s heavy keiko-gi dries in an hour in …

From Myanmar

June 16, 2012


June 16, 2012 AHAN Myanmar students at the AHAN Jangon Community Center construction site The AHAN Myanmar Learning Center in Yangon has about 50 students this year.  Many students come to the AHAN Myanmar Learning Center from the countryside that normally would not have the means or opportunity to come to Yangon to study. This facility provides room and board …

Enshin Karate Verses Aikido Nippon Kan

June 10, 2012


June 10th, 2012      We lost. It was the 17th year Nippon Kan has held a tournament with Enshin Karate, and this year we lost. In 17 years, Nippon Kan has won this tournament 11 years and Enshin has won 6 years. This annual tournament between Enshin Karate and Aikido Nippon Kan has been of course, a bowling tournament! In past …

AHAN Thailand Huaye Park Learning Center Construction Begins!

June 5, 2012


June 5th, 2012      Construction began on the new AHAN Thailand Huaye Park Learning Center in Huaye Park, Thailand in the beginning of June. The project will consist of a church and learning center facility for the Karen community living there. This new AHAN project is well supported by the local Huaye Park community of Karen people and with their abundant …