Aikido Nippon Kan’s 2019 Summer Uchideshis Training ~ Nepalese Army pre-selected Instructor Candidates

September 30, 2019

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Maj. Gen. Shashi Chandra & Staff Officer Maj. Madhu Thapa of the Nepali Army Headquarters were invited by Major General Mike Loh for a tour of Colorado National Guard Headquarters, during which they received an overview of the organization structure of the National Guard and its various activities within the state of Colorado, within the U.S.A. and outside of the …

Aikido Nippon Kan’s 2019 Summer Uchideshis Training ~ Nepalese Army pre-selected Instructor Candidates

September 4, 2019

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  Maj. Gen. Shashi Chandra & Staff Officer Maj. Madhu Thapa from Nepali Army Headquarters came to inspect the progress of our Summer Training. Maj. Gen. Shashi Chandra was very positive, energetic and amicable in interacting with not only the military persons from the Nepali Army, but also with Nippon Kan staffs & Nippon Kan members, and the 7 days …

Aikido Nippon Kan’s 2019 Summer Uchideshis Training ~ Nepalese Army pre-selected Instructor Candidates

August 26, 2019

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  We invited Koichi Ninomiya Sensei of Enshin Karate as a guest instructor this year as well to have a workshop on Enshin Karate. Enshin Karate was founded by Koichi Sensei’s father, Joko Ninomiya Shihan, and Enshin Karate is practiced throughout the world. Koichi Sensei’s teaching style keeps a good tempo that bodes well with a young generation of trainees, …

In the morning of the day of a visit by Big Bosses…

August 25, 2019

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Today, Maj Gen Shashi Chandra & Staff Officer Maj. Madhu Thapa will come to inspect the progress of the Summer Training. Everyone has to look sharp by having haircuts done, and they also have to perform sharp and well with a high level of attention to details for the next 7 days.

Aikido Nippon Kan’s 2019 Summer Uchideshis Training ~ Nepalese Army pre-selected Instructor Candidates A Seminar on the KOGA Method, aka the KOGA Jutsu

August 24, 2019

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A seminar on the KOGA Method (aka KOGA Jutsu) was held by retired Lt. Don Black, senior instructor of the KOGA Jutsu, who not only served as a member of the U.S. Army Ranger in Vietnam but also served and retired from the Aurora, Colorado Police Department after 32 years of service out of a total of 37 years of …

Aikido Nippon Kan – 2019 Summer Uchideshis Training ~ Nepalese Army pre-selected Instructor Candidates

August 23, 2019

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Uchideshis have to be strong. Aikidoists are athletes.  And they have to undergo basic training not only to build their strong core but to nurture strengths in their muscles around their knees and waist so that they will endure suwariwaza and koshi-nage. Anyone who tends to repeat taking flamboyant ukemi, including the kind of ukemi that falls on one’s back, …

Thoughts on being a Uchideshi…

August 19, 2019

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Every time I visit the Iwama, I cannot help but pay my respect to a notice that is reminiscent of the uchideshis from the past who endured their days of hard training. When I stand in front of this notice, I can hear the loud yet clear voice of late Morihiro Saito Shihan echoing in my mind.  Uchideshis from overseas …

Congratulation to the 301st Monthly Meal Service! December 1991 ~ May 2019 for more than 88,749 meals served!

May 22, 2019

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          At Nippon Kan, we don’t finish muscle training at the count of 10.  We shout, “ONE More!”, and we finish at the count of 11.  We add “One More” to make sure we do the job right.  And this is the Nippon Kan’s way of basic training & muscle training.           The 300th milestone was reached last month, and the …

Happy Easter!

April 21, 2019

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AHAN Meals Service Project: Total of 88,562 meals served! 300th Anniversary of the Monthly Project after 28 years since 1991 So many people have helped in many different ways over the years to hit this anniversary milestone!           Much Thank You to each and every one of all the volunteers! AHAN Meals Service Project has been supported by donations of …

A Small Snowman

February 27, 2019

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修行路は 耐えて忍んでこそ 武人なり A path of ‘Shugyo’ Is a path of enduring and perseverance For every Samurai 春光浴びれば 流れ去るのみ When Spring sunshine shines upon it, Only its departure is imminent and inevitable, like the water in a flowing river and evaporating mist in the air   —————————————————————————————-   Following the usual path, en route to a ‘keiko’ in the morning, …

Home Alone and Holding Down the Fort!

October 24, 2018

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Aikido Nippon Kan’s Annual Fall Volunteer Event has been held at this time of the year for the past 27 years, and this year’s volunteer event was held on October 13. Aikido Nippon members and their families & friends gathered in Civic Center Park in the heart of downtown Denver again this year to turn the flowerbeds to “put the …