Nippon Kan Aikido’s Guidance on “Suwari Waza” & “Break-fall Ukemi”

February 9, 2018


Let me state the conclusion first: Practicing “suwari waza座り技” is hard on the knees, and it can be abusive to the structure and normal functions of knees.  Therefore, Nippon Kan stopped the practice of “suwari waza” about 25 years ago.  Aikido Nippon Kan does not promote or encourage practicing “break-fall ukemi離れ飛び受け身”, either. Wearing joint support sleeves in the locker room …

Where should Children be Guided To?

January 23, 2018


Photos from a field trip. ​Aikido Nippon Kan had visited almost all the elementary and middle schools in the Greater Denver area about 40 years ago to do Aikido demonstrations and to offer school children an educational opportunity about Japanese cultures and a Budo of Aikido from Japan, when even the word “Aikido” was not commonly recognized.  On a busy …

Still Forging Ahead at over 60!

January 20, 2018


The “MOO Club” at Nippon Kan Dojo is comprised of Aikido Nippon Kan Dojo members who are at or over the age of 60, and the average age of the club members is currently 67! Mr. Gaku Homma, Founder & Kancho of Nippon Kan, in front of the drawing of 騎牛帰家 (Kigyukika) in the lobby of Nippon Kan The MOO …

Keeping it in the Sheath

January 9, 2018


A reproduction of how the two Japanese swords were kept in the “tokonoma = 床の間 (alcove)” in the room. Iwama is the place where late Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, had spent his late years.  His house had been built next to the Dojo which was right next to the Aiki Shrine on its property.  And in the “tokonoma …

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

December 31, 2017


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


Yasuo Kobayashi Sensei Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Soshihan, Aikikai 8th Dan 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


Hitohira Saito Jukucho Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai 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


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 …

To Everyone in support of AHAN Bilay House

December 17, 2017


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 …


December 12, 2017


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 …

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

November 25, 2017


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


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


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


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


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 …