稽古納め KEIKO OSAME= Last Practice of the Year 2017

December 31, 2017

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The KEIKO OSAME= Last Practice session for the year 2017 was held at Aikido Nippon Kan with the preparations to welcome the New Year Decoration in place! The First Class of the Year (Keiko hajime 稽古始め) starts at 6:00PM (sign-in begins at 5:00PM) on January 4, 2018.  Don’t be late!

A Report of the Recent Visit to Japan ~ 1 of 3 ~

December 25, 2017

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Yasuo Kobayashi Sensei Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Soshihan, Aikikai 8th Dan http://www.kobayashi-dojo.com/ DO (道) means “a road”, and Jyo or Jo (場) “a place”.  The literal translation of the Japanese word of “道場” (Dojo, also spelled as Dojyo) is “A Place of the Road”.  Simply stated, it’s a place like rest spots / areas along highways where there are gas stations, …

A Report of the Recent Visit to Japan ~ 2 of 3 ~

December 25, 2017

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Hitohira Saito Jukucho Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai http://iwamashinshinaikido.com/ja/ Iwama is not only the place where late Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, had spent his late years, or where Morihiro Saito Shihan had served the Founder of Aikido both publicly and privately for the longest time as his uchideshi and passed away in 2004, but also the very place Hitohira …

A Report of the Recent Visit to Japan ~ 3 of 3 ~

December 25, 2017

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A Reunion among Former Denver Residents & Nippon Kan comrades on the 2nd floor of a small Eel Eatery It’s been over 43 years since I moved to Denver.  I have met and crossed the paths of many people, and I have treated each encounter as a precious one, given the saying, “一期一会 = Treasure every meeting, for it will …

Philippines AHAN Mindanao Activity Report #3

December 17, 2017

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~ What is sought after in Aikido in Conflict Areas ~ From Mindanao AHAN Education Center In May of 2017, what will be known as the Battle of Marawi erupted in the city of Marawi, Mindanao, Philippines.  The battle between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including the Maute …

To Everyone in support of AHAN Bilay House

December 17, 2017

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Every one of us at Bilay House wishes you a joyous Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year! Homma Kancho was invited to a nearby city this year again! People, including children, of the Karen ethnicity from Myanmar live on the other side of border in Thailand for many different reasons, and …

AIKIDO NIPPON KAN MOST VIEWED VIDEO CLIPS of 2017 ~ HIROMI MATSUOKA Sensei ~

December 12, 2017

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Hiromi Matsuoka’s fluid motion and Aikido movements to execute a series of Aikido techniques are backed by her dedication to basic physical training by which she has been able to maintain her strong legs and core muscles to keep a low center of gravity for stability, strength and flexibility. Many people have viewed and shown keen interest in the video …

Philippine AHAN Mindanao Report #1

December 10, 2017

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Aikido Seminar for Mindanao AHAN Staff lligan city & Marawi city region, Mindanao, Philippine The seminar was conducted by Homma Kancho at “Mindanao AHAN Education Centre”

Philippine AHAN Mindanao Report #2

December 9, 2017

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New Life Centre’s Meals Support for the Badjao Tribe on a regular basis ~ Mindanao AHAN Education Centre’s Volunteers ~ Support for the Badjao Tribe, known as the Sea Gypsies, goes back more than 10 years, and today humanitarian support for the Tribe is offered on a regular basis with continued support from volunteers from Mindanao AHAN Education Centre (aka …

AHAN Meal Services at 3 different places: Kathmandu, Nepal; Yangon, Myanmar; Denver, CO, U.S.A.

November 25, 2017

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AHAN Meal Support Service Activities are a class of humanitarian activity that Aikido Nippon Kan Students and AHAN-supported School staffs & students voluntarily provide. The photo was taken on November 18 during an AHAN humanitarian activity by the Nepalese Army Rangers at a historic nursing home in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Young soldiers and AHAN Nepal’s WWY (We are With You) children …

Fly around the Earth 40+ times for One Million Miler Status

November 20, 2017

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Nippon Kan Founder Homma sensei has recently been awarded One Million Miler Status by United Airlines!  This means he has flown around the Earth more than 40 times for AHAN Humanitarian Support Activities and Nippon Kan Aikido Seminars. Considering the number of countries he has visited and the frequency of his travels in support of various AHAN and Nippon Kan …

2017 Year-End Party Why in November … and what 師走 (Shiwasu) is.

November 17, 2017

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Homma Kancho explained why the Macho Party was held out in the cold: “It feels not right and lonely not to have a Year End Party.  But there are many people in the countries in Asia where AHAN provides humanitarian support activities who are not sure whether they can be blessed with the next meal.  I still struggle to fathom …

The Origin of Nippon Kan as an Independent Dojo

November 15, 2017

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This is the letter written by late Kisshomaru Ueshiba, then Doshu, a son of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, dated on August 11, 1969 and addressed to Homma Kancho when he was still a young man who would not yet have founded Nippon Kan. The letter clearly states Homma Kancho had been an uchideshi of the Founder of Aikido, …

A New Project at Bilay House ~ Organic Farming

November 3, 2017

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In a mountainous area in western Thailand near the border with Myanmar, is where Bilay House stands and operates.  Bilay House adopts and looks after children who have come over and through the mountainous area from Myanmar for various reasons.  Pastor Bilay, the leader at Bilay House, is of the Karen tribe, and he has both legs paralyzed from the …

Visit to a local Aikido Club in Huế

November 1, 2017

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After the research & support tour in the city of Huế, I visited a local Aikido club in the evening, as usual when I’m in the area.  Young people, from middle schooler and college kids, were gathering and talking jubilantly and noisily with their mobile phones, and I found out they were talking about Japan’s Anime.  Some of the kids …