Where should Children be Guided To?

January 23, 2018

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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 …

The First Meal Service in 2018

January 21, 2018

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On a snowy day, a rainy day or an extremely hot day…, Or, on a day we feel exhausted and hopeless, devastated by a natural disaster…, Or, on a day when bullets fly over our heads…, Or, on a normal day after having done a day’s work…, We All Get Hungry. Hearty meals give us hope and a sense of …

KEIKO HAJIME at Nippon Kan

January 9, 2018

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https://www.facebook.com/nkdojo22/videos/1232551900223045/ KEIKO HAJIME,稽古始め i.e. the First KEIKO of the Year, was held at Aikido Nippon Kan. The DOJO was decorated in a traditional fashion, and the KEIKO HAJIME was led by Gaku Homma Kancho, the Founder of Nippon Kan, solemnly and warmly. https://www.facebook.com/nkdojo22/videos/1232555716889330/ The KEIKO HAJIME started with a recital of the Amatsu Norito 天津祝詞prayer dedicated to the Founder of …

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

December 31, 2017

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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!

AIKIDO NIPPON KAN MOST VIEWED VIDEO CLIPS of 2017 ~ HIROMI MATSUOKA Sensei ~

December 12, 2017

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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

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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 …

2017 Year-End Party Why in November … and what 師走 (Shiwasu) is.

November 17, 2017

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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 …

A Shovel for a Bokken

October 20, 2017

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 Aikido Nippon Kan’s Annual Autumn Community Service celebrated its 26th Anniversary in Denver’s landmark, Civic Center Park.   “Engaged Budoism ( http://www.nippon-kan.org/writings/engaged-budoism/ )”, one of Nippon Kan’s most important Aikido Philosophies, is one of the teachings by Homma Kancho.  That is, we must not be trapped in an illusion that we can master the art of Aikido only practicing it …

Hiromi Matsuoka Sensei – Dispatched to the Dojo of Stephanie Yap Shihan in Florida

September 30, 2017

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Morihiro Saito Shihan: if you are an Aikido instructor and don’t claim to recognize the name, you must either be a novice instructor with shallow and lackluster experience or intentionally ignoring him for some inconvenient reasons. Morihiro sensei  and  Yap sensei He is the one and only “late Morihiro Saito Shihan of Iwama” who passed away in May of 2002.  …

Beyond Generations – Joko Ninomiya and Koichi Ninomiya

September 22, 2017

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 There is a great Karate Shihan (Karate Master) in Denver, who is well known and respected throughout the world.  The shihan is Joko Ninomiya sensei, the founder of Enshin Karate.  Our first encounter with each other goes back over 40 years, and ever since then we have developed a deep and mutually respectful friendship while respecting each other as a …

A visit to Nippon Kan by Nepal’s High-Ranking Military Officers

September 13, 2017

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 Nepali Army Rangers Colonel Anup Thapa and Lt. Colonel Sameer Rana came to visit Nippon Kan to attend the Completion Ceremony of the 30-day long Marathon Keiko Seminar to witness the Nepali soldiers’ accomplishments.  Nippon Kan and its advisors and executive members hosted a welcome party for the honorable guests during which Nippon Kan Headquarters presented to them a commemorative …

A visit to Nippon Kan by a group of delegates from Higashi Naruse Village, Japan

September 12, 2017

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 It’s been 27 years since the Higashi Naruse village and Nippon Kan formed an alliance to facilitate cultural exchange programs.  Nippon Kan welcomed 5 high school students and 3 village staff members this year.  The group of delegates from the village not only visited a few public elementary schools, a local farm, but experienced American lifestyle through a short-term home-stay …

Many helping hands at AHAN Meals Service Project

September 12, 2017

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 The group of delegates from the Higashi Naruse village and the group of soldiers from the Nepal Army, a total of 16 helpers between the two groups, participated in the August’s Meals Service Project.  The project has been supported by Homma Kancho’s leadership and his individual monetary contributions and many Nippon Kan volunteers for the past 27 years to have …

Nepalese Army Instructor Candidates Activity Report

September 1, 2017

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Summer Uchideshi training! August 2017 Approximately 10,000 female soldiers currently serve in the Nepali Army, which plans to train and qualify approximately 50 female Aikido instructors to implement a mandatory Aikido training to all the female soldiers. The three female soldiers who were dispatched to Nippon Kan this summer will be responsible for training those instructor candidates. Nepali Army Aikido …

Many helping hands at AHAN Meals Service Project

August 20, 2017

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The group of delegates from the Higashi Naruse village and the group of soldiers from the Nepal Army, a total of 16 helpers between the two groups, participated in the August’s Meals Service Project.  The project has been supported by Homma Kancho’s leadership and his individual monetary contributions and many Nippon Kan volunteers for the past 27 years to have …