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 …

Catastrophes Have a Way to Haunt Us When We Least Expect Them.

April 25, 2018

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On April 25, 2015, Nepal earthquake of 2015, also called Gorkha earthquake, which registered a moment magnitude of 7.8, struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal.  The death toll from the catastrophe reached over 8,500 with over 20,000 people injured.  Many World Heritage sites in the region sustained various degrees of damages as well. Since Aikido Nippon Kan …

For this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8: Girls Mentorship and Awareness Workshop

March 21, 2018

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​Nepalese Army Aikido members (led by ANTC Aikido Nippon Kan Training Center (ANTC) Dan Gurung Head Instructor of Nepalese Army Rangers) are getting involved with various AHAN activities on top of and in-between regularly scheduled hard practices. ​The photo(s) are from when they held “Girls Mentorship and Awareness Workshop” to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day. ​Nepalese Army Rangers ANTC …

Nippon Kan Aikido Seminars to commemorate Nepal’s Army Day

March 12, 2018

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Aikido Nippon Kan’s Homma Kancho visits 4 regiments. Nepali Army Rangers’ ANTC (Aikido Nippon Kan Training Center), de-facto standard Nepali Army’s Aikido Headquarter, led by Dan Gurung, Nepali Army’s Chief Aikido Instructor & an Aikido instructor acknowledged by Aikido Nippon Kan U.S. Headquarters, train 100+ Aikido instructor-candidates annually through a training regimen of 6 hours of training per day for …

Memorable Photos of Morihiro Saito Shihan in 1995

March 11, 2018

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      We just finished an Aikido Seminar with much success the day before, and late MorihiroSaito Shihan (“Morihiro Shihan”, hereafter) and we were going to leave for a hot spring in the Rocky Mountains in the morning. ​Morihiro Shihan woke up at 7:00AM as usual, showed up in the living room and came into the kitchen…  He grabbed …

AIKIDO NIPPON KAN AHAN ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS – Asia’s children

January 26, 2018

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AHAN NIPPON KAN has been not only supporting children in different regions in Asia but also supporting & encouraging young women for their progress in society. ​Monthly membership dues from AHAN Nippon Kan Aikido Children’s Classes (aka Youth Program) are used to fund various humanitarian support activities, such as the provisions of free meals, educational materials and medical supplies, for …

Welcoming to the Year 2018! from Nepalese Army Rangers’ Nippon Kan Aikido Team

January 5, 2018

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With their wishes for everyone’s good health and peaceful days in 2018, a team of Nepalese Army Rangers’ Nippon Kan Aikido Instructor Candidates completed the KEIKO OSAME (the last keiko of the year) while wishing for a good fortune for everyone in the New Year. https://www.facebook.com/nkdojo22/videos/1230879767056925/ Training for 30 female soldiers has begun at the Nepalese Army K9 Emily Dojo. …

A Report of the Recent Visit to Japan ~ 1 of 3 ~

December 25, 2017

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Yasuo Kobayashi Sensei Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Soshihan, Aikikai 8th Dan http://www.kobayashi-dojo.com/ DO (道) means “a road”, and Jyo or Jo (場) “a place”.  The literal translation of the Japanese word of “道場” (Dojo, also spelled as Dojyo) is “A Place of the Road”.  Simply stated, it’s a place like rest spots / areas along highways where there are gas stations, …

A Report of the Recent Visit to Japan ~ 2 of 3 ~

December 25, 2017

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Hitohira Saito Jukucho Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai http://iwamashinshinaikido.com/ja/ Iwama is not only the place where late Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, had spent his late years, or where Morihiro Saito Shihan had served the Founder of Aikido both publicly and privately for the longest time as his uchideshi and passed away in 2004, but also the very place Hitohira …

A Report of the Recent Visit to Japan ~ 3 of 3 ~

December 25, 2017

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A Reunion among Former Denver Residents & Nippon Kan comrades on the 2nd floor of a small Eel Eatery It’s been over 43 years since I moved to Denver.  I have met and crossed the paths of many people, and I have treated each encounter as a precious one, given the saying, “一期一会 = Treasure every meeting, for it will …

Philippines AHAN Mindanao Activity Report #3

December 17, 2017

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~ What is sought after in Aikido in Conflict Areas ~ From Mindanao AHAN Education Center In May of 2017, what will be known as the Battle of Marawi erupted in the city of Marawi, Mindanao, Philippines.  The battle between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including the Maute …