Dento Iwama Ryu, Shin Shin Aiki Shuren Kai Seminar Stephanie Yap Sensei Teaches at Aikido Nippon Kan

August 14, 2015

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Aug 14-16, 2015 This year’s 2015 Summer Seminar included special guest instructor Stephanie Yap Sensei- Dento Iwama Ryu 7th Dan. Stephanie Yap Sensei is a premier USA Official Instructor for Dento Iwama Ryu under Nihe Saito Jukucho http://iwamashinshinaikido.com/. With permission and recommendation by Nihe Saito Jukucho, Yap Sensei came to Aikido Nippon Kan Headquarters in Denver to teach a three …

2015 Aikido Nippon Kan 30- Day Summer Seminar (Video)

July 31, 2015

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July 31st -August  31st, 2015   The Aikido Nippon Kan General Headquarters Summer Seminar is unique in many ways. One of the most challenging and beneficial aspect of this seminar is that it held for a period of 30 days of continuous practice. This dynamic seminar is not designed as some Aikido seminars are as an expensive vacation weekend retreat …

Tradition and Roots; Beginner’s Class Enrollment Blooms in Summer

July 1, 2015

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July-Aug 2015 This year, enrollment in our Nippon Kan beginning Aikido classes has gone up. The number of graduating beginners that have gone on to become regular members has also been on the rise. Why the increase in students? We have been running a beginning class ½ price special this year, but I don’t think that is the reason. It …

Nippon Kan Cross-Cultural Field Trip Studies

June 1, 2015

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June-Aug 2015 In most years, March through May are the months when most of our school cultural fieldtrips are scheduled. This year however we had requests for fieldtrips throughout the summer. The fieldtrips are about 2 hours in length and are usually  held from 10:00 am. to about noon.  Since the fieldtrips are held in the mornings during the week, …

Yasuo Kobayashi Soshihan, Founder and Head Shihan of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo’s Visit to Denver (Video)

June 1, 2015

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June 1st-3rd, 2015 Yasuo Kobayashi Soshihan, Aikikai Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Head Shihan (http://www.kobayashi-dojo.com/english/ ) stopped by Aikido Nippon Kan General Headquarters on his way to teach a seminar in Omaha, Nebraska June 1st-3rd, 2015. In 2014 direct flights from Tokyo to Denver were added by the airlines which made Denver a transition stop in Kobayashi Soshihan’s travel itinerary. Kobayashi Shihan …

Nippon Kan Logo Change

April 1, 2014

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April 1st, 2014         Nippon Kan has changed its logo, officially adding AHAN to its name to become AHAN Nippon Kan. Please link here to read about the meaning of the new logo characters and more about AHAN Nippon Kan.

Flying the Japanese Flag at Half-Mast

March 11, 2014

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March 11th, 2014 Nippon Kan is a US Federal and State Non Profit organization (501(c)3) and all of the Nippon Kan Board Members are American. Therefore, since the beginning, we have flown the American flag in the Nippon Kan gardens every day. Every day that is with two exceptions. The Japanese flag is flown on December 23rd in honor of …

Nippon Kan General Headquarters Uchideshi

August 1, 2013

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Spring-Summer 2013 Ms. Ava Yancha From Illigan City, Mindanao Island Philippines, Ava Yancha is the AHAN Mindanao Coordinator. Ava attended the summer marathon this August on scholarship as her third term in the Nippon Kan Uchideshi Program. Ava holds the Nippon Kan rank of second degree black belt. Mr. Arturo Alvarez From La Paz, Bolivia, Arturo is a practicing lawyer …

Bukko? (The Light of Buddha) Shines on Yonta

May 27, 2013

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May 27th, 2013 In the early morning hours, Homma Kancho found Yonta, the dojo dog, standing in front of the Buddha statue in the newly constructed Musubi Do area. This photo seeming has captured the rainbow light of the Buddha shining down on little Yonta. Hard to say exactly what it really was; the light of the Buddha? Or, was …

Homma Kancho’s Birthday Party

May 12, 2013

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May 12th, 2013 Homma Kancho’s 63rd birthday party was a grand event! Before his birthday, Homma Kancho had been working on the new Musubi Do area of the Nippon Kan gardens since April from morning till late in to the night. Concerned staff questioned his long hours, but Homma Kancho only replied “This is part of my training until my …

Musubi Do Completion Ceremony in the Nippon Kan Gardens

May 12, 2013

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May 12th, 2013    Homma Kancho working on the construction of the Musubi Do. The completion ceremony for the new Musubi Do, which roughly translates as “a place of togetherness” in the Nippon Kan Gardens was held on May 12th, 2013. The new Musubi Do area was designed and built by Homma Kancho in amazingly only a month’s time. AHAN Nippon …

Merry “Ping Pong” comes to Nippon Kan

May 5, 2013

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May 5th, 2013 To celebrate the closing performance of the musical “Merry Poppins” at Denver’s premier Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the performers and staff came to Nippon Kan’s Domo Restaurant for dinner. Homma Kancho prepared a great feast for them and said, “Acting has the same challenges as the martial arts; for actors, it is to face your …

Visitors to Nippon Kan; Supporters from the Early Days

May 1, 2013

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Mrs. Patricia Sexton Patricia was the first woman Aikido student at Nippon Kan General Headquarters over 32 years ago. Patricia is now 89 years old. After she stopped driving, Patricia could no longer attend practice, but she has remained a faithful student and friend throughout the many years. In the early days, I used to lead tours of students to …

Homma Kancho’s Visits to Japan- 2012

December 27, 2012

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December 27th, 2012 Homma Kancho met with Nippon Kan Alumni staff and supporters for a meeting in Tokyo, Japan. December 26th, 2012 Homma Kancho traveled to Nagoya, Japan to meet with Shuji Maruyama Sensei, Founder of Kokikai Aikido. Maruyama Sensei was Homma Kancho’s first Aikido instructor as a young boy. November 13th 2012 Homma Kancho traveled to Iwama Ibaraki, Japan …

Nippon Kan Youth Program Overnight Dojo Practice

August 18, 2012

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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 …