Nepal Aikido Spring Seminar

March 14, 2008


March 14th-19th, 2008 It has only been three years since Aikido was first introduced by Homma Kancho in Nepal in 2005, and practice has grown greatly in that time. At this seminar held at the Nepal Budokan (Nepal Multiple Martial arts Hall) the Nepal Minister of Education and Culture, The Nepal Olympic Secretary General, Mr. Jeevan Shrestha and other dignitaries …

Homma Kancho Returns to East Timor

February 5, 2008


February 5th-11th, 2008 After leaving the Philippines, Homma Kancho flew to East Timor for his second visit in the past year. Homma Kancho’s first visit was last November, 2007. The purpose of this visit was to teach and practice Aikido, but also for Homma Kancho to compete his research into the Bujustu Fighting Gangs and martial art wars in East …

Homma Kancho Returns to Malawi City, Mindanao Island Philippines.

February 2, 2008


February 2nd-3rd, 2008 After teaching at MSU IIT and the Illigan National City High School, we left to visit Malawi City. I first visited Malawi City in February 2007 and was looking forward to this return visit. During WWII, Malawi City was occupied by the Japanese military and support personnel who at the time made Malawi a peaceful and prosperous …

Homma Kancho Second Visit to Mindanao Island, Philippines

January 30, 2008


January 30th-February 4th, 2008 Mindanao State University (MSU IIT) Officially Adds Aikido to its Curriculum. January 31st, 2008 MSU IIT has been the State University in Illigan City, Mindanao Island, Philippines since 1938 and has a student population of about 5000. This semester, Aikido was officially added to the curriculum due in large part to the efforts of Instructor Ava …

Gaku Homma Nippon Kan Kancho Visits East Timor

November 17, 2007


Nov 17-22, 2007 North of Australia and east of Indonesia lies the worlds newest independent nation of East Timor. Last November I had the opportunity to visit the capitol city of the island country of East Timor for five days. I came at the invitation of Sung Ju-hwan Sensei to teach Aikido to Aikidoka practicing there and at the UNPOL …

AHAN Heart Realized in Life in Bangladesh

October 1, 2007


Oct 1-3, 2007 Nippon Kan Kancho Gaku Homma visited Bangladesh for the second time this year in response to emergency conditions there. Massive flooding occurred over the summer in Bangladesh and on August 26th, 2007, Nippon Kan instructors and students held a marathon fundraising seminar to raise funds for flood relief. To ensure that the funds raised were used the …

The “Other” Martial Artist Instructor

August 6, 2007


Homma Sensei’s visit to Budapest When some of my friends and I decided to publish one of Homma Sensei’s many books, we did not know that we embarked on a long journey. The high point of the road, was Homma’s Sensei’s visit to Hungary. Instead of going through the days hour by hour, I would like to give a general …

Nepal Report

July 15, 2007


Written by John Grotrian July 15, 2007 On February 26th, 2007 Homma Kancho arrived in Katmandu where Scott Olson Sensei, the Nepal Aikido Club and I met him at the airport. The enthusiastic group had prepared a warm welcome complete with a banner and flower garlands called malas. A few hours earlier, Scott Sensei and I had been met by …

Nippon Kan Instructor Returns from Nepal

May 2, 2007


May 2nd, 2007 From March to May of 2007, Nippon Kan Assistant Instructor and graduate uchideshi John Grotrian was sent to Kathmandu, Nepal to teach beginning Aikido to students in the newly formed Nepal Aikido Club. On May 2nd, John returned to Nippon Kan Headquarters in Denver for a rest, training, and to discuss future plans for the Nepal Aikido …

Emily Busch, Nippon Kan Vice President “Checks in” in Japan

April 26, 2007


April 26th-May 5th, 2007 In late April and early May, I flew to Japan to attend a series of meetings with AHAN Nippon Kan Japan Branch Coordinator Chrys Kikuchi, Japan Branch Assistant Coordinator Yoshi Shishikura and Senior Advisor Mr. Taka Suzuki. On this trip, I was able to travel to Iwama to attend the Ibaraki Tai Sai Festival (annual ceremony …

AHAN Nippon Kan Central America; Children with Cancer Support Seminar in Nicaragua.

March 23, 2007


March 23-24-25, 2007 Written by Susan Kinne In Managua, Nicaragua, AHAN Nippon Kan Nicaragua hosted a fundraising seminar for children with cancer this past March 23-25th, 2007. This project was coordinated by AHAN Nippon Kan Nicaragua coordinator, Armando Lopez Espinoza and guest instructed by AHAN Nippon Kan Central America Coordinator, and Chief Instructor of Mexico Aikido, Take Musu Aiki; Fernando …

Bangladesh Report

March 22, 2007


By Brian Grabowski March 22, 2007 For those of you who don’t know (I had to look it up), Bangladesh is a small country of almost 55,600 square miles (smaller than Illinois or Iowa) surrounded on 3 sides by India. Located at the eastern end of India, it shares a short border with Myanmar, and it’s southern shore is on …

AHAN Bangladesh Rice Donation Program; New Goals of One Ton per Month

March 4, 2007


March 4-8, 2007 Written by AHAN Nippon Kan Bangladesh Coordinator Maji Sarkar In support of current AHAN Nippon Kan Bangladesh activities, Homma Kancho traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh accompanied by Nippon Kan project staff member Brian Grabowski. The purpose of this visit was to check on the status of the 50 computers shipped to Bangladesh in December from AHAN Headquarters in …

Homma Kancho visits Mindanao Island in the Philippines

February 18, 2007


Feb 18-21, 2007 Written by Ava Yancho AHAN Nippon Kan Mindanao Region 10 Coordinator Homma Kancho visited the Philippines this past February on a fact-finding mission for AHAN and to teach Aikido. Homma Kancho had the rare opportunity to be the first Japanese citizen to join a joint U.S. Army and Philippine Army military medical mission in a predominantly Muslim …

AHAN Nippon Kan Mongolia Organizes High School Community Service Challenge

February 15, 2007


Feb 15th, 2007 Written by Alimo AHAN Nippon Kan Mongolia Coordinator A new goal and direct has been set by Homma Kancho and AHAN Headquarters for 2007; to focus on the support of authorized, independent activities organized by local AHAN leaders in their own countries and communities. Within the guidelines of this new directive, the AHAN Mongolia staff took the …