Aikido Nippon-Kan center


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Aikido Nippon-Kan center, 1365 Osage ST. Denver, CO 80204 Map


5:15pm-9:00 pm
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First time 10$
month training 60$


Aikido Nippon-Kan is the premier Aikido martial arts dojo in the Rocky Mountain region. Founded by Gaku Homma, the founder's last uchideshi in Iwama, Japan, Nippon-Kan welcomes all who are interested in Aikido and humanitarian efforts.

Nippon Kan, located at 1365 Osage Street, Denver, CO., is the largest Aikido martial arts dojo in the Rocky Mountain region. The school was founded in 1978 by Gaku Homma Sensei, who was a student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, as well as other high-ranking instructors, at the Iwama dojo in Japan. Homma Sensei was the last official uchideshi (live-in student) at Iwama dojo and is the best testimonial to the founder’s private life at Iwama during the last years of his life. After the founder’s death, Homma Sensei moved to the United States and opened his independent dojo. Homma Sensei is the creator of Nippon Kan’s unique teaching method that combines kenjutsu (sword techniques) and jojutsu (staff techniques) with taijitsu (open hand techniques). Since the school’s inception, more than 10,500 students have attended Nippon Kan’s beginner’s Aikido classes, and today more than 250 continuing students practice at this traditional-style dojo. Homma Sensei’s teaching style combines his extensive Aikido background with his knowledge of other martial arts as well as his knowledge of Japanese and American cultures.


Gaku Homma Kancho has been awarded the Minoru Yasui Community Service Award, National Philanthropy Day Volunteer of the Year Award, Channel 7 Every Day Hero Award, The Mayor’s Design Award, and many more in a lifetime of service.


My name is Gaku Homma. I first came to the United States from Japan about 40 years ago. Since my arrival I have been teaching the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Including my studies in Japan, I have been practicing Aikido for more than 50 years. I would like to give you a bit of history about Aikido as I have experienced it during my lifetime.The practice of Aikido, founded by Morihei Ueshiba 1883-1969 (commonly referred to as “O’Sensei”) has spread from Japan to all corners of the globe.

At Nippon Kan General Headquarters, over 25,000 students have attended our beginner classes in over 40 years of practice. Aikido Nippon Kan offers 16 classes a week, instructed by myself or and my highly trained staff. All instruction is given under close supervision and is delivered with patience, kindness and humor. All students are trained to help each other, focusing on cooperation as a successful tool for learning. Beginning classes are tailored to the brand new student’s level, with great consideration given the student’s feelings and capabilities. This unique teaching method has been developed by myself and is outlined in my books: The Structure of Aikido, Vol. 1; Aikido for Life; Aikido Sketch Diary—Dojo 365 Days; Children and the Martial Arts: An Aikido Point of View; and The Folk Art of Japanese Country Cooking.

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