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 …

Spring Soran (Ranking Evaluation Marathon)

May 21, 2012


May 21st –June 4th, 2012 Spring Soran was held this year with two weeks of intensive training. The word Soran in Japanese is a term used to describe a period of practice where  student’s level of technical comprehension, understanding of dojo etiquette and safety and the understanding of Homma Kancho’s and Nippon Kan’s philosophy is reviewed. After the two week …

Nippon Kan General Headquarter Youth Program Promotions

December 10, 2010


Dec 18th 2010 Youth Program Instructor Noel Camp and Assistant Instructors Jeff Legwold and Roger Failor are in charge of our growing Nippon Kan Youth Program for our youngest members. In 2010 we saw a dramatic increase in the number of students enrolled in this program with the number of active members rising to over 80. This increase is due …

Sempai Return to the Dojo

August 1, 2010


About seven years ago, Jeremy Olive Sensei served as Technical  Instructor for Nippon Kan along with Rudy Landry Sensei. Jeremy took a leave of absence to attend to his training at the Denver Police Academy, start a family and then to embark on a new career as a Denver Policeman. Currently Olive Sensei’s daughter attends Youth Program classes at Nippon …

Enshin Karate Sabaki Challenge World Tournament Fighters at Nippon Kan

April 22, 2010


April 22-25, 2010 Denver, Colorado is also home to Enshin Karate World Headquarters, led by Kancho Joko Ninomiya. Many young Japanese people have traveled from Japan over the years to study at Enshin Headquarter as uchideshi live-in students. The most promising and talented have returned to Japan to open their own dojos, settle down and raise their own families. Every …

15th Annual Nippon Kan vs Enshin Karate Tournament

April 11, 2010


April 11th 2010 This year too, Nippon Kan came out the winner in this annual tournament with Enshin Karate. Over 150 students turned out to participate in this 15th annual tournament…BOWLING tournament that is! Who wins and who loses is not the point. What is important is that this event has brought students and Enshin Karate Kancho, Joko Ninomiya and …

Youth Class Membership Explodes!

April 10, 2010


April 10, 2010 Membership in Nippon Kan General Headquarter Youth Program has exploded this year. Currently we have over 70 youth program members in classes organized by Instructor Noel Camp and assisted by Mr. Jeff Legwold and Mr. Roger Failor and other adult Aikido class members. Instructor Noel Camp has a background in military rescue and Jeff Legwold is a …

Nepal Army Ranger Captain Anees Khadka visits Nippon Kan Headquarters

April 9, 2010


April 9th-11th, 2010 Captain Anees Khadka, commander in charge of the Nepal Army Ranger Aikido training program in Nepal came to Nippon Kan Headquarters in Denver for a weekend visit this past April. Captain Anees, in the United States for training and for personal reasons, was able to take a few days from his busy schedule to meet with Homma …

Homma Kancho Visits Japan

March 11, 2010


March 11-15, 2010 After teaching in the Philippines and Morocco and visiting Myanmar, Homma Kancho stopped by Japan to meet with the Nippon Kan Japan Branch staff and to pay a visit to Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shuren Kai no Nihe Saito (Hitohiro Saito). Homma Kancho traveled to Iwama to deliver a mourning gift from Sein Mae Sensei of the …

Nippon Kan on Facebook.

January 15, 2010


January 15th, 2010 Nippon Kan is now on Face book! Check it out! Aikido Nippon Kan

Youth Class Keiko Osame

December 19, 2009


December 19th, 2009 Just before Christmas, Keiko Osame (End-of Year Closing Class) was held for Nippon Kan Youth Program members. Parents, family and friends were invited to attend this special class to watch practice, demonstrations and promotion announcements. Homma Kancho joined the festivities and spoke to youth program members and their families. “The purpose of practicing aikido is not about …

Homma Kancho Visits Japan

December 12, 2009


Dec 12-17th, 2009 After concluding his teaching with the Nepal Army Rangers in Nepal, Homma Kancho stopped by Japan on his way back to the United States. He made this trip to Japan to pay his end-of-year respects to high ranking instructors and to join the Matsukawa Kyougaku Taiko Drummers for a victory celebration in Matsukawa after their return from …

Kancho’s Clinic Graduation Party

September 22, 2009


October 22, 2009 At Nippon Kan Headquarters, a special practice is held every Monday evening for members ranking 3rd kyu and above. This year, Homma Kancho scheduled a special “Kancho’s Clinic” during this practice time, and attendance was limited to the top 40 members with the highest attendance records. The purpose of this clinic was to improve any inconsistency in …

Nippon Kan Seminar

July 29, 2009


July 29th to August 4th, 2009 Aikido Kobayashi Dojo in Tokyo, Japan ( sent Instructor Shunichiro Koyanagi Sensei from their Instructor Division to teach a three-day seminar at Nippon Kan Headquarters in Denver. This opportunity was arranged by Yasuo Kobayashi Shihan and his son Hiroaki Kobayashi Sensei. About 100 students were in attendance over the three day event that was …

Homma Kancho Visits Japan

April 27, 2009


April 27-May 2nd, 2009 I went for a quick trip to Japan this past April to attend the annual AHAN Nippon Kan Japan Branch Association meeting scheduled in Tokyo. While in Japan, I traveled to Iwama to visit Dento Iwama Ryu no Hitohiro Saito Jukucho to pay my respects at the memorial commemoration for his father, the late Morihiro Saito …