2016 Aikido Nippon Kan 30-Day Challenge Seminar

August 28, 2016

J M

Every year at Nippon Kan Headquarters in Denver, Colorado USA, over 1500 practice hours are logged at the annual Nippon Kan 30 day summer practice challenge instructed by Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho. The main focus of this seminar is on the foreign live-in students (uchideshi) who have traveled from their home countries to participate in this annual event. This …

Nepal Army Rangers Instructor Team Graduate with Honors-Aikido Nippon Kan Intensive 30-Day Training Marathon 2016

August 28, 2016

J M

The Nepal Army Rangers were sent this year by the Nepalese Army to attend Aikido Nippon Kan’s 30-day summer training marathon 2016. This intensive training was instructed by Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho at Nippon Kan Headquarters in Denver and attended by students from Nippon Kan Denver, around the USA and over 5 countries internationally. The Nepal Rangers excelled in …

Mya Sein Sensei- Myanmar Aikikai New Organization – Myanmar Visit to Aikido Nippon Kan General Headquarters, August 18-24, 2016

August 18, 2016

J M

The first Myanmar Aikido Instructor to Teach in the USA Chief Instructor of the Myanmar Aikikai New Organization, Mya Sein Sensei was a special guest at Nippon Kan Headquarters this past week, Aug 18-24 2016. Sein Sensei instructed classes for Nippon Kan students and international uchideshi in Denver for the Nippon Kan Summer Marathon practice 2016. Also visiting from Myanmar, …

Nippon Kan Youth Program Mid-Term Promotions, Demonstrations -Family Day

July 23, 2016

J M

The Nippon Kan Youth Program promotions reflect the philosophy of Aikido as taught at Nippon Kan. There is no testing or no fees. Promotions are based on attendance, participation and personal growth and development. Mid-term promotions were attended by family and friends as general class for all students and demonstrations by Nippon Kan Instructors and Youth program senior students were …

Richarde Leon Hayes – Always Treasured Never Forgotten

June 15, 2016

J M

AHAN Nippon Kan Senior Advisor Richarde Leon Hayes 1944-2016 AHAN Nippon Kan mourns the passing of long time student, advisor and friend, Richarde Hayes. Dick was a valued member of Nippon Kan and served as senior advisor to Nippon Kan Board of Directors and staff. Dick earned his 5th degree black belt in the year 2000 and was a major …

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

August 14, 2015

J M

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

J M

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

J M

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

J M

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

J M

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

J M

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

J M

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

J M

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 …