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 …

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 …

Welcome to Denver! ​How many Aikido techniques can you come up with from looking at the Sculpture???

March 23, 2018

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“Irimi Nage”, “Shiho Nage”, “Kote Gaeshi”, “Ushiro Tekubi Tori”, and probably many, many more…   Aikido Nippon Kan is only less than a mile to the southwest from where the sculpturein the photo stands. A well-known Japanese Country Food Restaurant DOMO is also located on the same property. Please come check us out whenever you are in the greater Denver …

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 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 …

The Origin of Nippon Kan as an Independent Dojo

November 15, 2017

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This is the letter written by late Kisshomaru Ueshiba, then Doshu, a son of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, dated on August 11, 1969 and addressed to Homma Kancho when he was still a young man who would not yet have founded Nippon Kan. The letter clearly states Homma Kancho had been an uchideshi of the Founder of Aikido, …

2015 Summer Uchideshi Graduates (Video)

August 1, 2015

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NOTES FROM EDITOR: In March Homma Kancho and Nippon Kan students visited Nepal. Less than a month after their return, Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake on April 25th, 2015. Since that fateful day, AHAN Nepal emergency supply and long term support projects have taken the highest priority at AHAN Nippon Kan General Headquarters in Denver. The recovery from …

New 2015 Uchideshi at Nippon Kan

April 1, 2015

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April-June 2015 Miki Tsuchiya Miki is a university student from Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan came to study at Nippon Kan as an uchideshi student at the recommendation of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo this year. Miki showed an admirable initiative and was well liked for her positive practice, independence and self motivation. Miki assisted the office staff on many projects and made a …

Uchideshi News

August 30, 2014

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For the uchideshi (live-in students) who graduated from the 2014 Nippon Kan Summer Marathon or their 3-month summer uchideshi program, life was not easy. All of these uchideshi graduates practiced for up to 7 hours a day, 6 days a week. Dealing with jetlag, different foods, living conditions, customs and a variety of ages and physical conditions added to this …