Classes

Beginners Classes and Info (Click Here)

Class & Instructor Schedule:

Day of the Week Time Class Eligibility Instructor(s)
Mondays 5:45PM ~ 7:00PM General White-, Yellow- & Green-belt students 

Brown-belt Hakama students

Black-belt Hakama students

Joshua Baker Sensei
7:00PM ~ 8:15PM Hakama Kai Hakama members only Gaku Homma Kancho
Tuesdays 5:45PM ~ 7:00PM Aikido Fundamentals Beginning students, White-, Yellow- & Green-belt students 

Brown-belt Hakama students

Jason Breitzman Sensei
7:00PM ~ 8:15PM General White-, Yellow- & Green-belt students 

Brown-belt Hakama students

Black-belt Hakama students

Madalyn Shalkey Sensei
Wednesdays 5:45PM ~ 7:45PM Weapons Fundamentals Beginning students, White-, Yellow- & Green-belt students Chris Abeyta Sensei
7:45PM ~ 9:00PM “Benkyokai” By Invitation Only As appointed by 

Gaku Homma Kancho

Thursdays 5:45PM ~ 7:00PM Aikido Fundamentals Beginning students, White-, Yellow- & Green-belt students 

Brown-belt Hakama students

Jason Breitzman Sensei
7:00PM ~ 8:15PM General White-, Yellow- & Green-belt students 

Brown-belt Hakama students

Black-belt Hakama students

Gaku Homma Kancho
Fridays 5:45PM ~ 7:00PM Weapons White-, Yellow-, Green-belt students 

Brown-belt Hakama

Black-belt Hakama students

Chris Abeyta Sensei
Saturdays 8:30AM ~ 9:45AM Aikido Fundamentals Beginning students, White-, Yellow- & Green-belt students 

Brown-belt Hakama students

Gaku Homma Kancho 

Bryon Hays Sensei

10:00AM ~ 11:00AM Youth Class Youth Class students Eric Cravens Sensei
11:00AM ~ 12:00PM Advanced Youth Class Advanced Youth Class students
Sundays 8:30AM ~ 9:45AM Aikido Fundamentals Beginning students, White-, Yellow- & Green-belt students 

Brown-belt Hakama students

Gaku Homma Kancho 

Bryon Hays Sensei

Notes: 

·         All instructors are volunteers, and the Instructor Schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

·         “Benkyoukai” is a study forum led by Gaku Homma Kancho on topical items such as instructional methods and how to lead novice students effectively.

 

General Classes

Once you have finished your beginners’ class you are eligible to join as a regular Nippon Kan member. Nippon Kan offers general classes for regular members throughout the week. Our general instructor staff is highly trained and experienced, offering a variety of teaching style. Advanced classes and weapons class are also offered on a qualified basis. Transfer students are always welcome.

Nippon Kan Youth Program

Classes are held every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. for our younger members from 7 to 15 years of age.

The Advanced Youth Program is held every Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Youth Program students who practice in the advanced class have been personally evaluated and approved by the instructor.

Uniforms are not required for Nippon Kan’s Youth Program classes. Like the adult classes, there are no contracts or initiation fees. Monthly Youth Program membership dues are $25.00 per month. More…

Returning Students, Welcome Back!

One of the principles of I have maintained as the Founder of Nippon Kan is not to contact any student or not to have anyone reach out to fellow Aikidoist if he or she suddenly stops coming to practice, and Nippon Kan has adhered to this policy and has not contacted anyone officially to solicit coming back. It’s simply because I understand that we all strive for living our livens the best we can, and our lives often get in the way of what we really want to do. In short, I know that students are not a full-time professional in the art of Aikido like myself, while I always wish for their return someday. Raising kids, working hard for one’s career and/or family, nurturing an intimate relationship or leaving such a relationship behind…, whatever life throws at us, our life is a dojo, a place of learning and growth. Whatever life stage we are in our lives, we are doing our best to deal with the cards we are dealt with. And it’s my hope that more of them who had to take a break from Aikido will come back when they are able to do so.

And rightfully so, many of former students often come back to Nippon Kan when their kid(s) have grown older and/or when their work schedule has shifted to allow them more time to pursue their interests.

When you are ready to return, simply come to the dojo office and tell us that you wish to return with your student number handy. You will only need to pay the monthly due for the month when you are returning to the Dojo and you can resume with the same belt rank that you held before your intermission from the practice of Aikido to start practicing Aikido again with the familiar faces you will see and new faces you will meet.

We look forward to your coming back!

Transfer Students

Aikido students new to the area are welcome to join Nippon Kan as a transfer student. There are no limitations or restrictions based on former style or affiliation. If a transferring student is interested in transferring rank, please report your current rank to office personnel. Because rank is not determined by testing at Nippon Kan, we ask transfer students to attend general and beginning classes to become familiar with Nippon Kan style, philosophy and rules of etiquette. After a period of observation, rank transfers can be granted. In accordance with Japanese martial art tradition, students may not transfer into Nippon Kan if the applicant was not in good standing at their previous dojo. Students over the rank of 3rd kyu need to have a letter of recommendation from their previous instructor.

To All Visiting Aikidoists…

All out-of-town guests are welcome to practice at Nippon Kan. Mat fees for one class are $7.00 ($12.00 for two consecutive classes). Long-term live-in study programs are also available. Please contact Nippon Kan or click here for information about the Uchideshi Program.

Nippon Kan is conveniently located near downtown Denver and is easily accessible. Nippon Kan has many visitors every year. Visitors are our guests and we welcome you to practice with us. We do ask that visitors refrain from teaching their own style and comply with Nippon Kan rules of courtesy.

Observers Welcome

Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Our office staff will be happy to answer any questions for you upon request.

Map and Directions

Click here for a map and directions to our facility.