Emily M. Busch

Dear Friends of Nippon-Kan,

It is with heavy heart that I must share with you the heartbreaking news of Nippon-Kan Vice President Emily Busch’s death. After several years of managing asthma with exercise and physical activity, she passed away early in the morning of February 25, 2017 due to an acute asthma attack.

She has given both myself and Nippon Kan priceless support for 32 beautiful years. As Vice-President of Nippon Kan and the International Coordinator of Aikido Humanitarian Active Network (AHAN) she devoted so much of her time and energy to the humanitarian work nearby and around the world. For Aikido Nippon Kan she was the central figure in working with Aikido groups around the world. Because of that amazing work, we enjoy numerous associations with Aikido dojo’s and their students around the world and count many of them as our friends.

I feel that now I must carry on with the activities of AHAN. This is what she would have wanted.

I sincerely appreciate all the kind words of condolence. They are very important to me. From this support I would like to move forward and bravely continue her work. I wish, from the bottom of my heart, that you understand and accept my decision to “Move forward in her Memory.”

As a successful custom jewelry maker for many years in the Denver area, she had many personal contacts and connections with so many.

In addition, her professional commitment and support for AHAN and Nippon Kan has opened the world. For an example of one of her activities, please follow the link below.
Because They are There; Travels with AHAN in Thailand and Myanmar 亜範支援施設タイ、ミヤンマー巡回訪問 「貴方たちがそこにいるから」 – YouTube


    Celebration of Emily’s Life

Shinobu  Kai

Will be Saturday April 15,  from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM at

Domo Japanese Country Food Restaurant
1365 Osage St.
Denver CO 80204


To everyone touched by Emily,

Emily was full of energy and spirit; she feared nothing and was always open to challenges of all sorts.  She was always in pursuit of lively and cheerful moments with her life and with us all.  Let us gather, celebrate and remember her life while enjoying a hearty meal together for her!

Although there won’t be a limit set on the maximum number of people allowed to attend the occasion, everyone is highly encouraged to pre-register so we can prepare appropriately.

If you are attending, please download, print and fill out the form to make registering on the day of the event more smoothly.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!


SHINOBU KAI – Schedule:

11:30AM – Registration

12:00PM – The Commencement of the Event

1:00PM – Registration Closes

3:00PM – The Finale of SHINOBU KAI


AHAN / Nippon Kan will NOT be responsible for the loss of personal belongings or any consequence of adverse personal conduct resulting from consuming alcoholic beverages.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations in Emily’s honor be made to continue support of AHAN Nippon-Kan (a 501(c)(3) Cross-Cultural Federal Non-Profit Organization). In memoriam donations can be made to: AHAN

Donations can be delivered at Shinobu Kai or can be mailed c/o: Nippon Kan; 1365 Osage Street; Denver, CO 80204

If you are not attending and wish to send a message of condolence, please download and fill out the form and send to info@nippon-kan.org.


Aikido Nippon-Kan
Emily Busch Sensei Memorial Seminar
Special guest instructor

Stephanie  Yap  Sensei   7th DAN  Aikido  Iwamaryu
Aikido South Florida

Hisako Saito Sensei
Aikido Iwamaryu Headquarters
Iwama  Japan
Will be Sunday April 16,  from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at
Aikido Nippon-Kan Dojo
1365 Osage St.
Denver CO 80204
All Aikido enthusiasts regardless of their affiliations / lineages are welcome.  No entry fee required.
Nippon Kan members should pre-register at the front office, please.
Walk-ins of Aikido enthusiasts from other Dojos are also welcome.


Again, Thank you for your concern and kind words,





Gaku Homma, Founder of Nippon-Kan