Anyone Who Opens their Own Dojo is Crazy; Words of the Founder III

June 26, 2015

Prologue: This article is the third in this series, “Words of the Founder”. This series of articles detail lessons I learned from the Founder and my experiences as the last uchideshi and otomo to the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba. The first two articles: This Old Man Doesn’t Need it Anymore; Words of the Founder I Do Not Teach Budo if You …

This Old Man Does Not Need It Any More- Words of the Founder

April 21, 2015

The last years in Iwama… In the last years of his life, the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba lived at the Aiki Shrine dojo in Iwama, Japan. He lived in Iwama until the end of his life when he was moved to Hombu dojo in Tokyo for more intensive medical treatment for liver ailments. During those last years, the Founder …

Farewell to the Consul General of Japan at Denver; Failure in Bureaucracy

April 10, 2015

The Present April 10th, 2015 Surprising…shocking actually… are the only words to describe how I felt about what happened shortly before noon on March 24th, 2015. Having just completed his duties as Consul General of Japan in Denver, Mr. Ikuhiko Ono, paid a surprise visit to see me on his last day in Denver before returning to Japan. During his …

Do Not Teach Budo, If You Are Worried About Your Komebitsu: Words of the Founder II

May 28, 2014

You won’t find these words of the Founder in the books and biography written about him. Many of the words spoken by the Founder more privately have not been published. Instead, what is most commonly written about Aikido and the Founders teaching are words of “love, harmony and peace” which in my personal experience with the Founder do not reflect …

Aikido Without [Shu] and [Ha]

February 2, 2014

Shuhari roughly translates to “first learn, then detach, and finally transcend.” shu (守) “protect”, “obey” — traditional wisdom  — learning fundamentals, techniques, heuristics, proverbs ha (破)”detach”, “digress” — breaking with tradition  — detachment from the illusions of self ri (離) “leave”, “separate” — transcendence — there are no techniques or proverbs, all moves are natural, becoming one with spirit alone …

Kashari-Fukashari

December 14, 2013

Out of the Dojo but Still in the Dojo In the past twenty years I have been to many places in the world that have been considered dangerous. I did not go to these places because there was alleged danger; I went because there were people in these places that needed support. This past summer I visited Illigan City on …

We Can’t Forget “Arigatou” ConcertTour

January 30, 2012

We Can’t Forget… Reflections on the Upcoming Kyougaku Taiko Drummer “Arigatou” ConcertTour 2012 The survivors today of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami are living through their second winter since the disaster. This year there has been a particularly harsh winter with deep snows and severe blizzards. The people of Japan stand together and day by day continue to …

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami…100 days after in Denver, Colorado USA.

June 18, 2011

The following article was published by Nippon Kan General Headquarters in Japanese and English for tbe Nippon Kan General Headquarters and AHAN International websites. This article was written by Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho, from the perspective of an international humanitarian activist and a Japanese National living in the United States for nearly forty years. *** On March 11th, 2011, …

A Responsibility of Culture

July 31, 2010

At the end of every seminar, a large stack of student passports are brought to me for signing. These passports contain a student’s identification and a record of a student’s ranking history and seminar attendance. The passports are brought to me to sign to document attendance at my seminars. The passports are issued by this federation or that association and …

Who Are the Real False Profiteers?

April 29, 2010

Translator note: The following article has been reconstructed from Homma Kancho’s Japanese article “Nisegane Tsukuri wa Dochira Ka” and edited for English comprehension. Who Are the Real False Profiteers? I have heard people that say, “Practicing Aikido will change your life”, or “If you practice Aikido all of your problems will magically disappear”. I am sorry, but I don’t think …

From the Homeless Shelter

December 24, 2009

Written by Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho The homeless meal service on December 20th, 2009 marks the end of our 19th year of service to the homeless at the Denver Rescue Mission. This coming January we will begin again for our 20th year. When we began this project I was only 40 years old; still young, strong and powerful. I …

Thoughts on Shrimp, Aikido and Facilitating Conflict Resolution

August 15, 2009

by Gaku Homma I created a new phrase the other day, “Hinso Kaiketsu” in Japanese. For me it describes the heart of the challenge of facilitating true conflict resolution. I will go into more depth on the meaning ofHinso Kaiketsu, but first I would like to tell you about some of my other experiences and how they relate to Aikido …

The Beginning Times of Nippon Kan

April 1, 2009

Preface by Nippon Kan Founder Gaku Homma A few days ago I passed a milestone as I moved from my fifties into a new decade of life; at least by the Japanese way of counting birthdays. It was almost 20 years ago that I decided that I no longer wanted to celebrate my birthday with big parties or a lot …

Engaged Budoism

December 8, 2008

Reflections on the Year 2008 Every country has its own language defines words differently depending on their culture. For example, every country and culture has a word for God, yet there are as many definitions and descriptions of the term God as there are words that name him. It is ironic that the concept of God is prevalent in most …