A Report on Bilay House:

December 1, 2018

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Bilay House, an orphanage & a youth support facility for children and youngsters of the Karen people in Myanmar, has been supported by AHAN Nippon Kan, and currently the 3rd phase of construction of additional building, funded by AHAN Nippon Kan, is happening, and it’s going well. AHAN Nippon Kan funded the constructions of a school/dormitory and of a learning …

Aikido Nippon Kan’s AHAN Active Team’s visit in Thailand

October 30, 2018

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  Bilay House, established by the support from AHAN, is located in  Thailand, about 4-hour drive from  to the north  east Bangkok.  AHAN staffs visit Bilay House on a regular basis (twice a year), and we checked on the status on the construction of the 3rd support facility building during this visit.  For the support operations, AHAN staffs conducted interviews with …

Aikido Nippon Kan’s AHAN Active Team’s visit in Nepal

October 30, 2018

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AHAN Active Team members paid a visit to Down Syndrome Society of Nepal (DSSN) located at Kapurdhara, Kathmandu (President: Shila Thapa) as part of planning purposes for 2019 support operations.  Helping DSSN is part of support activities by AHAN’s WWY (We are With You) Support Initiatives in Nepal, and various WWY projects are supported by members of the Nepalese Army …

A Visit to the Nepalese Army Aikido Instructor Training Unit

October 30, 2018

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During their visit in Nepal for AHAN related purposes, AHAN staffs, led by Homma Kancho, visited two Nepalese Army Aikido Instructor Training facilities to witness the current status of their ongoing Aikido instructor training programme.   One of the training locations is “K-9 Emily Memorial Dojo”, located in the K-9 training squadron base, where elite female soldiers selected from 19 …

Aikido Nippon Kan’s AHAN Active Team’s visit in Vietnam

October 29, 2018

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AHAN Active Team members traveled to the city of Huế in Vietnam, a fierce battle ground during the Vietnam War, for a follow-up visit to a support facility for the victims of the use of defoliant.  Many Thanks to all the local coordinators who are mostly retired teachers who were teachers during the wartime!  We very much look forward to …

Aikido practice in the city of Huế in Vietnam

October 29, 2018

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Every time we come to Huế, we join this local Aikido group for practice.  Although I still don’t know clearly what the name of their dojo is, they are always welcoming, and they are good-natured fellow Aikidoists.   Practicing at this dojo reminds me of the days from 40-some years ago when I started a dojo in Denver with such …

A Visit to Japan by Aikido Nippon Kan Representatives

October 20, 2018

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12 representatives, including Bryon Hays, Vice President of AHAN Nippon Kan, Hien Pham, the Secretary of AHAN Nippon Kan and 4 senior instructors, from AHAN Nippon Kan, a non-profit organization with its headquarters in Denver, CO, U.S.A, traveled to Japan to discuss with AHAN staffs in Japan to firm up a plan to establish AHAN Nippon Kan’s Japan Branch Office as …

YES! WE DID IT!

July 19, 2018

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  On the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day in 2018, ‘Heritage Run’ was organized, and Aikido team members from the Nepalese Army Rangers swept up trophies among over 250 athletes in the inaugural Heritage Run.  A team from the WWY (We are With You) initiative, which was founded in 2015 through a collaboration between AHAN Nippon Kan and …

Nepal Ranger Aikido Nippon-kan Training Center

May 25, 2018

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Huge  Aikido Training Conducting in ANTC (Ranger Aikido Dojo) through Nepal Army. Only here (82 Different Unit and Sub-Unit of NA Total 123 Soldiers (Students) practicing together Nippon-kan Aikido

With My Precious Black Belt Students at Bilay House in Thailand

May 15, 2018

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There is no Bokken or Jo; no Keiko-gi to practice in, and of course no Dojo… But they have shovels, hoes and sickles and worn-out T-shirts as well as the vast & generous mother nature. 38 children from different backgrounds are living at Bilay House for different reasons, and 12 high schoolers welcomed me with their bright smiles that day.  …

A Long Whispering at the age of 68…

May 11, 2018

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When  Nippon  Kan  was  founded,  it  was  just  me  and  a  few  others.    It’s  been  43  years  since  then,  and  it’s  been  quite  some  time  since  Nippon  Kan  was  no  longer  a  small  Aikido  group  in  a  town.    Unlike  a  business  entity,  a  Dojo  does  not  pay  wages  but  collects  monthly  dues  from  its  students.    However,  a  …

Saito Shihan’s 17th Anniversary Memorial Service

May 4, 2018

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  Morihiro Saito Shihan’s 17th Anniversary Memorial Service Late MORIHIRO SAITO SHIHAN March 3, 1928 ~ May 13, 2002 The 17th Anniversary Memorial Service May 6, 2018 Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai Dojo Iwama-Town, Kasama-city, Ibaraki-prefecture, Japan Hitohira Jukucho, the eldest son of Morihiro Shihan, putting a finishing touch in the preparation of a “kagezen (a meal for an absent person or …

Nepalese Army Rangers – The Top Trophy Award Presented to the Winning Team!

May 3, 2018

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The winning team was announced and a trophy was award to the winning team for Aikido Skills Demonstration Tournament among Nepalese Army Rangers! The main purpose of this tournament is to encourage Nepalese Army Rangers members to continue their training commitment in Aikido, and different Aikido teams from different Army Rangers Bases participated in this tournament.  And the winning team …