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									                                                                                A Japanese Martial Arts School


	1365	Osage	Street	•	Denver,	Colorado	80204			•		303.595.8256	•	fax:	303.623.0838		•		e-mail		info@nippon-kan.org		•		www.nippon-kan.org
                                           Nippon Kan is a Federal Cross-Cultural 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization




Aikido Nippon Kan’s Beginners Classes—
                                                                                 Especially for you!

                                                                                                                      Thank you for your interest
                                                                                                                         in Aikido Nippon Kan,
                                                                                                                      the largest, most traditional
                                                                                                                        and professional Aikido
                                                                                                                         training facility in the
                                                                                                                        Rocky Mountain Region.




Our specially designed classes
for beginning students are:
•	taught	by	a	highly	trained	staff	of	
	 instructors	under	the	guidance	of		
	 Gaku	Homma	Sensei,	the	founder	
	 of	Nippon	Kan;
•	assisted	by	friendly	Nippon	Kan	
	 members	for	extra	one-on-one	
	 training;
•	not	associated	with	contracts,	
	 initiation	fees,	or	other	hidden	
	 charges;
•	not	reliant	on	the	purchase	of	a	
	 uniform	or	equipment.



                               Please see our Beginners Class registration information on page 11.
                                                            until after World War                                  Founder. Aikido Nippon Kan is the result of my
          An Introduction to                                II. While I was a kid                                  40 years of practice.
            NIPPON KAN                                      studying Judo, there
                                                            were many TV heroes
                                                                                                                       Although Aikido Nippon Kan remains an
                                                                                                                   independent organization, my loyalty will always
    My name is Gaku Homma. I first came to the              who practiced Judo                                     remain with the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, and
    United States from Japan about 30 years ago.            and wore a hakama                                      I do maintain a close relationship with Aikikai’s
    Since my arrival I have been teaching the               (the outer garment                                     Hombu dojo and Iwama’s Aiki shrine dojo. Both
    Japanese martial art of Aikido. Including my            worn as part of an                                     are part of the heritage of my youth.
    studies in Japan, I have been practicing Aikido         Aikido uniform). I                                         In the years since the Founder’s passing,
    for more than 40 years. I would like to give you a      was inspired by                                        Morihiro Saito, 9th degree black belt, has
    bit of history about Aikido as I have experienced       these TV heroes in                                     become a world-renowned Aikikai Shihan
    it during my lifetime.                                  much the same way               Morihei Ueshiba        (master instructor) and also the chief instructor
        The practice of Aikido, founded by Morihei          as Americans might             Founder of Aikido       (dojo cho) of the Aikishrine Dojo in Iwama. He
    Ueshiba (1883-1969), has spread from Japan to           have been watching                                     has spoken many times both in public and
    all corners of the globe. This martial art, as any      a Rocky movie when they were younger. In that          in private of the early days at Iwama and my
    sophisticated art, was not created by magic.            way, my start in the world of the martial arts         relationship to the Founder at that time. He has
    The art of Aikido was developed by the founder          was probably not much different than yours!            also attested that I am the last official uchideshi,
                                and others over many            I was trained by many high-ranking                 or live-in student, of the Founder and the only
                                years of intense            Japanese instructors, some who have since              person in the United States who can testify so
                                training and research       passed away. I finally had the good fortune to         personally about the Founder’s final years. He
                                in other traditional        become a student of Founder, Morihei Ueshiba,          is now a special advisor to Aikido Nippon Kan
                                martial arts and            and was his last live-in student (uchideshi)           and in recent years has visited regularly. Also, a
                                is still evolving to        until his death in 1969.                               special advisor to Nippon Kan is Shigeru Kawabe
                                this day. Before the            Before the end of World War II, the Founder        Kancho, 7th degree black belt and chairman of
                                conception of the           moved from Tokyo to the town of Iwama, which           Aikikai Aikido North East Region.
                                Aikido organization         is two hours northeast of Tokyo. There he built            Because Aikido Nippon Kan is an indepen-
                                founded by Morihei          the Aikijinja (Aiki shrine), and lived the rest of     dent organization, the ranking certificates given
                                Ueshiba, there were         his life dedicated to the development of the art       for kyu (beginning through brown belt levels) and
                                other schools that          of Aikido. During this time, Hombu dojo, located       black belt levels are signed by myself as Nippon
       Gaku Homma Sensei
                                were also studying          in Shinjuku in Tokyo was run by the Founder’s          Kan’s founder. To acknowledge especially hard-
       Nippon Kan Founder
                                and       developing        son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba. The Founder visited           working or gifted students, ranking from Aikikai
    techniques that became the foundation of the            Hombu dojo about once a month, spending                Hombu dojo may also be issued. Nippon Kan is
    Aikido we practice today. Aiki Jujitsu and Daito        most of his time at the Iwama Aiki shrine. In          independent, but its roots are the closest to the
    Ryu Jujitsu were two such organizations. Today          his final years, the Founder received very few         Founder’s of any dojo in the United States. More
    the organization founded by Morihei Ueshiba             visitors at Iwama, keeping company mainly with         than 9,500 beginners have gone through our
    is called Zaidan Hojin Aikikai, or the Aikido           his wife, Hatsu, and Morihiro Saito (now a 9th         Beginners Classes, and we currently have more
    Foundation whose headquarters is Hombu Dojo.            degree black belt Aikikai instructor). The Founder     than 250 regular student members. In April of
    Names such as Aikikai Aikido, Hombu Aikido and          became somewhat isolated with only myself and          1996, Nippon Kan moved it’s headquarters to its
    Ueshiba Aikido are all references to this same          the maid, Kikuno, in attendance. I was 16 years        current location. It is the largest Aikido-related
    organization. In the United States, the highest         old at the time and Kikuno was 18. For the last        Japanese culture center complex of its kind in
    percentage of dojos (martial art schools) are           year of his life, the Founder was moved to Tokyo,      the United States.
    affiliated with Aikikai Hombu Dojo. The United          where he stayed until his death in 1969. Common            Aikido Nippon Kan offers 18 classes a week
    States Aikido Federation (USAF) is the largest of       to organizations throughout history, there have        instructed by myself and my highly-trained
    these Aikikai federations in the United States. In      always been major changes after the passing            staff of senior instructors. All instruction is given
    the years after Morihei Ueshiba founded Aikikai         of a strong leader. This was also true during the      under close supervision and is delivered with
    and shortly after his death a few students of           period in Aikikai’s history after the passing of the   patience, kindness, and humor. All students
    O’Sensei did break from the Aikikai Foundation          Founder. Many who were his students while he           are trained to help each other, focusing on
    and formed their own organizations, such as             was young and strong began to go their separate        cooperation as a successful tool for learning.
    Tomiki Aikido, Yoshinkan Aikido, and Ki Aikido.         ways, forming their own organizations.                 Beginning classes are tailored to the brand
        Before I began practicing Aikido, I, like most          It has been my belief that all Aikido              new student’s level, with great consideration
    boys my age in Japan, studied Judo in elementary        organizations are part of the same family under        given to his or her feelings and capabilities. This
    school. At that time in Japan, studying Judo            the Founder. After his death, I was not able to        unique teaching method has been developed
    or Kendo in school was as popular as playing            choose one organization over another. Instead, I       by myself and is outlined in my books: The
    baseball and basketball is in the United States.        began my study of Aikido independently.                Structure of Aikido, Vol. 1; Aikido for Life; Aikido
    Aikido was then a new martial art. In fact, before          I founded Aikido Nippon Kan in 1978 as an          Sketch Diary—Dojo 365 Days; Children and the
    World War II the practice of Aikido was re-stricted     independent dojo. It was my purpose then, as           Martial Arts: An Aikido Point of View; and The
    to the elite and practiced by high-ranking mil-         it is now, to use this independence to create          Folk Art of Japanese Country Cooking. n
    itary personnel, imperial dignitaries, and              and develop my own system of study based
    executives. It did not become generally popular         on what I learned studying directly under the


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2                NIPPON KAN • 1365 Osage Street • Denver, Colorado 80204 • Call: (303) 595-8256 • Fax: (303) 623-0838
                          e-mail: info@www.nippon-kan.org • or visit our Web site: www.nippon-kan.org
                                    Martial Arts as an Educational Tool
                                        for Human Development
                                                    by Gaku Homma Sensei
                                     Martial Arts Federation for World Peace Conference
                                              March 23, 1997—Washington, D.C.



Over 400 martial artists from around                      As these stars and their action movies have        The fighting style in the movies of that era
the world gathered together in Washington,            become popular, phones at dojos around the             was completely different than that of today.
D.C. for the Martial Arts Federation for              country keep ringing. Many parents inspired by         Cowboys took off their coats, rolled up their
World Peace Conference in March 1997.                 seeing Pat Morita transform a problem kid into         sleeves and swung at each other a couple
This event was unprecedented in its scope             a champion of youth in a two-hour movie drag           of times. They never used round kicks, jump
and attendance. The third day of this                 their kids in droves to the nearest dojo. Never        kicks, or finished off an opponent by stepping
event included panel discussions on topics            mind that Pat Morita, at his own confession,           on his face. In the old cowboy days, a fight
concerning martial arts and education.                practiced Karate only eight hours during the           ended with both parties picking up their hats,
Homma Sensei, founder of Nippon Kan                   production of his movies, never practicing before      dusting them off and leaving with dignity.
Culture Center in Denver, Colorado was                or since. Parents are overlooking something                Today’s movies are different. You can see
asked to speak as a panelist. All speeches and        important here. They are hoping that what they         martial arts techniques in any fighting scene, not
discussions were translated simultaneously            see in the movies is reality, and that there is some   only in martial arts movies. As Hollywood movies
into English, Russian, Chinese, Spanish,              possibility that impossible things can be realized.    have developed over the years, so has their level
and Japanese to accommodate conference                    Steven Seagal performs acts of violence in         of violence, and it has had a detrimental effect
attendees. The following is the English               the name of righteousness. His performances            on the public’s sense of common decency. The
translation of Homma Sensei’s speech.                 have nothing to do with the teachings and              America that existed in the times of John Wayne
    Thank you very much. First of all, I would        techniques of Aikido. After the release of             does not exist anymore.
like to express my deepest gratitude to the           Steven Seagal’s latest film, young men with                Before we talk about martial arts, education,
staff members who have given me this                  ponytails emulating him line up in front of            and human development in America, we need
opportunity. I am very honored to have the            my dojo. These students want to learn how              to recognize the social ramification of martial
chance to meet the many martial artists who           to perform acts of violence like those they see        arts in America. We as martial artists need to
have gathered here today.                             Steven Seagal perform in his movies. They do           reflect on our personal responsibilities in this
    The theme which I have been asked                 not wish to learn Aikido.                              area. If we ignore this aspect, the true spirit of
to speak on today is “Martial arts as an                  These kind of movies have had an even              martial arts will disappear, as value changes
educational tool for human development.” I            more fearful effect on the martial arts world          in modern-day America have become like
would like to share with you my views on this         in America. Martial art instructors themselves         castles built of sand. Martial arts education
subject. Please bear with me.                         have begun to teach students techniques                should contain a deep and lasting quality and
    First of all, what do you think motivates         that replicate the actions seen in movies.             philosophy. We should draw a line between
American people to contact your dojo, namely,         Under this kind of influence, these instructors        Hollywood and martial arts education.
what motivates them to be interested in               have lost the origin of their arts. I am very              People who teach martial arts and people
the martial arts for the first time? Movies…          disappointed in this phenomenon.                       who practice them are human beings first.
Hollywood’s version of “martial arts” movies.             Today’s American dojos display currently           People make martial arts, martial arts do not
Fictional action movies that make heroes even out     popular movie posters and advertise the                make people. People improve martial arts,
of turtles by adding a bit of mustard and ketchup     teaching of “Ninja” or “Power Ranger”                  martial arts do not improve people.
to them for American flavor, yet wrapping them        techniques — something they have never                     Throughout history, the martial arts have
in seaweed in an attempt to keep them Oriental.       taught before, but which entice parents                changed and evolved in accord with the
Stars emerge from these movies and a line of          to bring in their kids. Dojo philosophy has            changes in values, morals and ethics of the
products soon appear on the market.                   become a philosophy of business marketing,             people who practice them. In any given society,
    These American-styled martial arts have           none of which has anything to do with                  these changes are all linked intrinsically to
become popular in the United States. They             original martial art philosophy.                       the historical, political, religious, and social
have become accepted in the public’s mind                 It is not an exaggeration to say that the          backdrop of the times.
as authentic forms of martial art training.           headquarters for martial arts in America                   “Japanese spirit” and “Kamikaze thought”
Movie stars such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan,           today is Hollywood, and that the primary               during World War II in Japan is a typical example
Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, Pat Morita, and           philosophy for “Hollywood martial arts” is             of how martial arts education can be twisted to
Steven Seagal have all become accepted as             nothing but thinly masked violence—martial             support a calculated purpose. As a result, a
true martial artists. I apologize if you are fond     arts only in name.                                     lot of people were pushed towards their own
of these people.                                          One night while changing television                deaths, and many people from neighboring
                                                      channels, I came across a John Wayne movie.            countries were sacrificed, as well.
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    (continued from page 3)
        This reinforces the theory that martial            to seek, but to have a mind that does not            experience many facets of life, share with
    arts do not necessarily raise up human                 have anything to seek for. This is the way of        many people to deepen our understanding of
    beings— human beings have the power to                 practicing misogi.                                   the human condition. We must fulfill our role
    make martial art training good or bad.                     I tell my beginning students on their first      as exemplary members of society, not only
        We have to realize that the study of the           day of training, “Thank you for making the           as martial artists. We need to train ourselves
    martial arts is actually a study of ourselves.         effort to come here. I am very happy to see you.     to become leader for others without being
    We have many martial artists here today with           You do not need self-discipline, self-confidence     distracted by temporal desires.
    different background so I will not go into             and self defense. You are fine just the way you          All of us as human beings have been
    specifics relating to other martial arts. Because      are. The fact that you came here after a long        nurtured by nature to become who we are.
    my background training is in the art of Aikido,        and busy day in order to improve yourself            Having people use the skills and powers given
    I would like to focus on martial art theory and        is enough. A dojo should not be a place that         to us to compete and fight each other is not the
    philosophy from an Aikido point of view.               tries to reform human beings with incentives         purpose of martial arts. It is not just a teaching
        Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido has         of constant advancement, but a place where           which trains a person searching for answers
    said that training in the martial arts is based on     people who are struggling are relieved of these      to develop a fighting spirit and prepares one
    love and misogi waza. Misogi waza translates as        burdens. The training in the actual techniques       to fight with ones fists. I believe that how
    training to rid oneself of jyaki, a concept that       in martial arts is nothing but the means             to share, understand, help, trust, forgive, and
    has been passed down from ancient times in             to reach this. Through repetition and hard           learn from each other is the original education
    Japan. Jyaki translates as “a negative mind            training, you will realize your own limitation       ideal for the martial arts.
    which pursues material desires, the desire for         as part of Nature. This realization alone allows         The martial arts have been called a “sword
    fame resulting in hatred, jealousy, etc.”              one to rejoice in being alive and liberates one      with a two-sided blade.” (A double edged
        All of us living in this modern society            from all kinds of jyaki. This liberation allows      sword). Because the effect of the educational
    possess various degrees of jyaki. People are           for a world of unlimited possibilities to open       philosophy of the martial arts has such a big
    searching, suffering, and struggling, trying to        up. From that place one can find ones original       impact, we need to give cautious instruction
    rely on things outside of themselves to heal           self, beyond self discipline, self confidence and    and be diligent teachers.
    their minds. Many people begin their study             self defense. I believe this and continue to train       I think we need to first to reflect within
    of the martial arts in order to try to overcome        myself on a daily basis.”                            ourselves to gain the presence of mind to
    their struggles through a pursuit of self-                 We are standing on threshold of the              pursue the development of the martial arts as
    discipline, self-confidence, and self-defense          21st century, and as social life and human           an educational tool for human development.
    etc. People desperately search for a sense of          relationships increase in complexity, positive       This is part of our mission.
    personal peace and martial arts instructors            education in the martial arts as well as religion
    try to provide this for them. I believe however        is a necessary element for people today.                Thank you very much.
    that as long as a person is trying to search               Many problems however emerge that can
    for an answer to their own confusion, and              not be solved through martial art or religious
    satisfy their own desires, they will never gain        training alone. Martial artists are human
    a lasting peace.                                       beings first, so before we can become leaders           Gaku Homma
        According to the original principles for           we must increase our knowledge in many                  Nippon Kan Founder
    martial art education, one should not need             areas. We must study the truth of history,




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                             e-mail: info@www.nippon-kan.org • or visit our Web site: www.nippon-kan.org
                            Annual American Seminar


                                                            What We Practice
At	Nippon	Kan,	we	practice	the	martial	art	of	Aikido.	In	this	place	we	
call	the	dojo,	we	work	and	train	together,	developing	ourselves.	Our	
                                                                                           Martial arts came to the United States from the Orient.
                                                                                           Somewhere over Hollywood, martial arts became filled
dojo	is	a	special	place,	but	not	because	we	try	to	learn	deadly	forms	                     with flashy special effects and violence performed by
of	self-defense	or	practice	super-cosmic	meditation.	Special	powers	                       stunt crews. Something we all know but tend to forget
training	is	not	found	here.	Day	by	day	we	practice,	utilizing	motion	                      is the fact that movies aren’t reality. Months of filming
and	sweat	to	discover	and	develop	ourselves.	Practice,	just	practice.                      and meticulous editing turns massive amounts of movie
    “The	 practice	 of	 Aikido	 techniques	 is	 only	 one	 of	 many	 ways	 to	             footage into a two­hour final product that, through
discover	and	establish	oneself,”	stresses	Gaku	Homma	Sensei,	Nippon	                       publicity and popularity, can have a powerful influence
Kan’s	Founder.	“Everywhere	in	the	daily	life	around	us	we	can	find	                        on its viewers.
hints	 about	 our	 true	 nature.”	 He	 speaks	 of	 one	 such	 hint	 in	 his	
elephant	story,	a	parable	he	tells	in	his	Aikido	classes	for	beginners.	                   It is possible that we’ve created a ‘martial arts elephant’
                                                                                           in our heads based on what we have seen in the movies.
By	 relating	 Homma	 Sensei’s	 elephant	 story	 to	 you,	 I	 hope	 I	 can	
                                                                                           Aikido, along with any traditional martial art, cannot be
explain	one	of	the	founding	principles	of	Nippon	Kan’s	philosophy.
                                                                                           understood based on a foundation of misconceptions.
     “About two hours north of Tokyo by train lies the town                                If you seek to learn a martial art only as a means
                                                                                           of self­defense, or to achieve some sense of cosmic
       of Nikko, nestled deep in the mountains. Nikko is the site
                                                                                           enlightenment outside of yourself, you haven’t quite
       of a vast temple complex that houses the burial grounds
                                                                                           gotten the ‘martial art elephant’ out of your head.
       of the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa. Build
                                                                                           Instructors who teach these concepts, guaranteeing easy
       amidst the ornate and elaborate temples and shrines
                                                                                           mastery, are not for real.
       is an ancient treasury house. Under the eaves of the
       building hangs a very curious woodcarving of an animal.                             Nippon Kan is built around people who do not need self­
       Its nose is shaped like that of a pig. The feet are those                           defense—a society that does not need self­defense. That
       of a cow. Its body is like a hippo, and it has enormous                             one does not need to be armed with techniques or reach for
       ears. What on earth could this be?…It’s an elephant!…The                            some super­power outside oneself for strength in dealing
       woodcarving was done in 1635, a time when an elephant                               with everyday life is a main principle at Nippon Kan.”
       had never been seen on the islands of Japan. Reports from
       travelers to the greater Asian continent were filled with                         As	 individuals,	 we	 have	 created	 many	 “elephants”	 in	 our	 own	
       wild stories about this strange animal. The woodcarver,                      minds,	not	only	concerning	Aikido.	They	tend	to	weigh	us	down	with	
       listening to these accounts, used his own imagination to                     anxiety	and	fear,	even	though	they	exist	only	in	our	imagination.	At	
       create a very interesting carving of an ‘elephant.’                          Nippon	Kan,	we	try	to	rid	ourselves	of	stubborn	personal	“elephants”	
       Don’t we all formulate images based on outside influ­                        by	practicing	the	Japanese	martial	art	of	Aikido	through	motion	and	
       ences in our life, just as the woodcarver did? It is natural                 sweat.	In	this	way,	we	can	discover	the	strength	of	our	more	natural,	
       that our beliefs about martial arts are based on our                         original	selves.	This	is	an	main	principle	behind	our	practice	here.
       exposure to them. Think about yourself—what was your                              So	please	grab	that	“martial	arts	elephant”	by	the	tail	and	remove	
       first exposure to martial arts? What kind of “martial arts                   it	from	your	head.	Misconceptions	take	up	valuable	room	that	can	be	
       elephant” are you carrying in your mind?                                     filled	with	Aikido	practice.

                                                                                    Too	many	elephants	in	your	life?	Come join us!

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                                                                                                          Denver Rescue Mission — Gaku Homma Sensei and volunteers have served more than
                                                                                                          14,500 meals at the mission since 1991. This and other projects earned Homma Sensei the
                                                                                                          Minori Yasui award for volunteer service in 1996.


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                A BRIDGE TO jAPAN



                                                                         friendly people…
                                                                                   …enriching activities


                                                                                                       — NIPPON KAN —
                                                                                                       East Naruse Village
                                                                                                   Cultural Exchange Program
                                                                                                   Nestled	 deep	 in	 the	 mountains	 of	
                                                                                                   Northern	 Japan	 lies	 the	 village	 of	 	
                                                                                                   East	 Naruse.	 It	 is	 this	 village,	 whose	
                                                                                                   traditions	 have	 barely	 been	 touched	
                                                                                                   by	 time,	 that	 is	 now	 home	 to	 Nippon	
                                                                                                   Kan	 exchange	 students	 and	 visitors.	
                                                                                                   The	 focus	 of	 this	 program	 is	 hands-on	
                                                                                                   communication,	 where	 participants	
                                                                                                   experience	traditional	Japanese	life	first-
                                                                                                   hand	on	a	daily	basis.	These	internships	
                                                                                                   range	 in	 length	 from	 six	 months	 to	
                                                                                                   one	 year.	 Each	 participant	 is	 not	 only	
                                                                                                   provided	 with	 accommodations,	 but	
                                                                                                   is	 also	 granted	 $1,200	 per	 month	 for	
                                                                                                   living	 expenses.	 Many	 students	 from	
                                                                                                   East	 Naruse	 have	 also	 come	 to	 stay	
                                                                                                   with	 us	 here	 at	 Nippon	 Kan.	 This	 is	 a	
                           COMMU                                                                   wonderful	 opportunity	 for	 us	 to	 share	
                                 N   ICATION
                                               & FU N !                                            our	cultural	backgrounds.


Other Nippon Kan Activities…
•	   Annual	Tours	to	Japan
•	   Cultural	Classes	and	Lectures
•	   Public	School	Field	Trip	Program
•	   Minority	Youth	Leadership	Training	
     Programs
•	   Denver	School	Cultural	Museum	Program
•	   Third-World	Martial	Art	Support	and	
	    Development	Programs
•	   Mongolian	Homeless	Children’s	Project
•	   Full-Time	In-House	Scholarship	Program
•	   Outstanding	High	School	Scholarship	
	    “Visit	Japan”	Program
•	   Young	Adult	Long-Term	Japanese	Scholarship	
                                                                                          PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS
     Cross-Cultural	Exchange	Program

                                 Please see our Beginners Class registration information on page 11.
          NIPPON KAN • 1365 Osage Street • Denver, Colorado 80204 • Call: (303) 595-8256 • Fax: (303) 623-0838                                      7
                   e-mail: info@www.nippon-kan.org • or visit our Web site: www.nippon-kan.org
                                              Welcome to Aikido Nippon Kan
                                                      Our Members Share a Few Words with You




                                                                                     Emily Busch, g.g.
                                                                                     5th degree black belt
                                                                                     Jewelry Designer/
                                                                                     Graduate Gemologist

                             john Pestotnik                 “Practicing Aikido at Nippon Kan is a journey
                             5th degree black belt          filled with discovery, not only of the world of                                San Ong
                             Entrepreneur/ Plumber          traditional Japanese culture and martial arts                                  3rd degree black belt
                                                            but of oneself.”                                                               Business Consultant
    “Sweat and Motion continues to reveal and
    demonstrate the Path of Fullness that this life                                                              “It’s a terrific form of exercise: playful, mentally
    offers. Just Aiki ‘Do’ it!!”                                                                                 engaging and physically invigorating. I never get
                                                                                                                 bored practicing Aikido.”

                                                                                     jack McGarry, d.p.m.
                                                                                     4th degree black belt
                                                                                     Director of Podiatric
                                                                                     Residency at P/SL
                                                                                     Hospital
                             john Cruise
                             5th degree black belt          “Aikido is a great work out for the body and mind.                             Tracy Olive
                             Writer                         the best form of stress relief I have ever known.”                             3rd degree black belt
                                                                                                                                           Graphic Designer
    “Practicing Aikido at Nippon Kan offers students
    the opportunity to learn, to teach, to develop bod-                                                          “Nippon Kan offers many avenues for personal
    ies and spirits and to grow in a friendly, support-                                                          growth. Aikido challenges physically and mentally
    ive environment. For me Aikido is about learning                                                             while community service and cultural teachings
    to be kind to other people and to appreciate the                                                             offer opportunities for using leadership skills and
    kindness of others.”                                                                                         fostering internal reflection.”
                                                                                     Victor V. Bui
                                                                                     3rd degree black belt
                                                                                     Health Care Manager
                                                            “Gaku Homma Sensei’s Aikido is very
                                                            enlightening to me in both mind and body,
                                                            on or off the mat.”                                                            William H.
                             Doug Kelly                                                                                                    Graham, m.d.
                             4th degree black belt                                                                                         2nd degree black belt
                             Pilot, Instructor                                                                                             Psychiatrist

    “Aikido at Nippon Kan gives you the tools to                                                                 “Aikido at Nippon Kan: surroundings authentic…
    handle many of life’s challenges. This dojo is                                                               exercise terrific…people uniformly friendly,
    an example of the unlimited rewards that are                                                                 cooperative…a way of life that defies verbal
                                                                                     jeremy Olive                description, must be experienced…”
    available to all those who commit to a life of
                                                                                     4th degree black belt
    service to others.”
                                                                                     Police Officer
                                                            “Nippon Kan has allowed me to experience
                                                            Aikido through many different avenues. Through
                                                            training, dedication, community service and
                                                            a cultural exchange opportunity, I have been
                                                            rewred with many life experiences. These life
                                                            experiences are not only invaluable but have
                                                            influenced who I am today.”


                                                  Please see our Beginners Class registration information on page 11.

8                 NIPPON KAN • 1365 Osage Street • Denver, Colorado 80204 • Call: (303) 595-8256 • Fax: (303) 623-0838
                           e-mail: info@www.nippon-kan.org • or visit our Web site: www.nippon-kan.org
                                                           Books by Gaku Homma Sensei
                              Order through your local bookstore, of call Nippon Kan at (303) 595-8256


                                                                                                               What is The Structure of Aikido?
                                                                            In	 this	 remarkable	 interpretation	 of	 the	 foundation	 of	 AIkido	 technique,	 Gaku	 Homma	 focuses	 on	 the	
                                                                            relationship	between	Japanese	swordsmanship	and	open-hand	movement,	uniting	historical	tradition	with	
                                                                            the	 contemporary	 development	 of	 the	 art	 of	 Aikido.	 Although	 the	 study	 of	 Kenjutsu	 and	 Aikido	 have	 long	
                                                                            been	associated,	this	is	the	first	book	in	which	actual	Aikido	techniques	are	related	to	sequences	used	with	the	
                                                                            sword.	Sixteen	hundred	frame-by-frame	photos	mirror	the	movement	shared	by	both	arts.

                                                                               “Many have questioned whether the origin of Aikido movement can be found in the relationship between
                                                                            sword movement and open-hand Aikido technique. Gaku Homma meets this query head-on and shows
                                                                            clearly how the two forms are intrinsically related.”
                                                                                                            — Shigeru Kawabe Kancho, Chairman of Aikikai Aikido
                                                                                                               North East Region: Aiki Shuren Dojo, Aikita, Japan

                                                                                                           8V” x 11”, 186 pages, ISBN#1-883319-55-2
                                                                                                    $22.95 plus tax (or include $1.50 for shipping and handling)



                                                                                                                                              Aikido Sketch Diary— Dojo 365 Days
                 What does Aikido for Life have for you?                                                                Homma	 Sensei	 offers	 a	 unique	 view	 of	 Aikido	
                                                                                                                        that	examines	the	role	that	Aikido	students	and	
                                        A	teacher’s	guide	for	instructing	beginners	of	Aikido—this	                     teachers	 play	 in	 the	 day-to-day	 operation	 of	 a	
                                        book	 appeals	 to	 the	 new	 beginner	 and	 experienced	                        dojo	and	the	role	that	the	dojo	plays	as	a	part	of	
                                        student	alike.                                                                  the	community	at	large.
                                           Nippon	 Kan	 was	 established	 in	 1978	 as	 a	 center	 for	                   Rather	than	focusing	on	martial	art	techniques,	
                                        Denver	 residents	 to	 experience	 Japanese	 culture.	 The	                     this	book	conveys	the	spirit	of	Aikido	as	embodied	
                                        center	 has	 served	 more	 than	 8,500	 students	 with	 its	                    by	 the	 numerous	 classes,	 community	 projects	
                                        variety	of	classes,	but	its	core	is	still	Aikido.                               and	 special	 events	 that	 Nippon	 Kan	 hosts	 and	
                                           Gaku	Homma	is	founder	and	chief	instructor	of	Nippon	                        participates	in	throughout	the	year.
                                        Kan.	He	has	practiced	under	the	founder	of	Aikido,	Morihei	                       One	 of	 the	 underlying	 themes	 of	 the	 book	 is	
                                        Ueshiba—as	well	as	instructors	of	other	styles.	Thousands	                      that	the	essence	of	Aikido	is	not	found	in	martial	
                                        of	 students	 have	 benefited	 from	 his	 dynamic	 form	 of	                    arts	techniques,	but	rather	in	the	actions	of	those	
                                        Aikido.                                                                         who	 teach	 and	 practice	 Aikido.	 Practicing	 Aikido	
                                                                                                                        involves	not	only	working	in	harmony	with	other	
                                         5V” x 8V”, 118 pages, ISBN#1-55643-078-7                                       students—both	 on	 and	 off	 the	 mat—but	 also	
                                                         $12.95 plus tax                                                contributing	to	the	community.
                                         (or include $1.50 for shipping and handling)
                                                                                                                        “This book will prove a useful guide to both students and instructors in ways to improve
                                                                                                                        their own dojos.” —Diane Skoss, Aikido Journal
                                                                                                                                                 73⁄8” x 93⁄8,” 190 pages, ISBN#1-883319-22-6
                                                                                                                                        $12.95 plus tax (or include $1.50 for shipping and handling)
   Children and the Martial Arts: An Aikido Point of View
                                             Children and the Martial Arts: An Aikido Point                                           The Folk Art of Japanese Country Cooking—
                                             of View	 examines	 the	 impact	 of	 martial	 arts	                                          A Traditional Diet for Today’s World
                                             training	 on	 young	 people	 through	 the	 eyes	 of	
                                             Gaku	 Homma,	 a	 made-in-Japan	 Aikido	 instructor	                        Japanese	 foods	 have	 a	 deep	 cultural	 significance	
                                             who	has	been	practicing	and	teaching	martial	arts	                         that	 cannot	 be	 shared	 in	 a	 traditional	 cookbook	
                                             for	 more	 than	 30	 years.	 In	 the	 book’s	 introduction	                format.	In	his	new	book,	Gaku	Homma	presents	an	
                                             Mr.	 Homma,	 the	 founder	 and	 chief	 instructor	 and	                    intriguing	 mixture	 of	 Japanese	 country	 cooking,	
                                             Nippon	 Kan	 (the	 largest	 Aikido	 dojo	 in	 the	 Rocky	                  folk	tradition,	and	his	own	memories	of	growing	
                                             Mountain	 region)	 writes:	 “I	 believe	 that	 martial	                    up	in	Japan.	The	recipes	he	gives	us	are	more	than	
                                             art	 training	 can	 be	 very	 good	 for	 children.	 Martial	               simple	 formulas	 for	 cooking.	 they	 tell	 us	 much	
                                             art	 training	 teaches	 skills	 that	 help	 children	 deal	                about	Japan	and	its	people—the	foundation	upon	
                                             with	 everyday	 situations.	 But	 not	 all	 martial	 arts,	                which	modern	Japanese	culture	is	built.
                                             martial	 art	 teachers,	 and	 martial	 arts	 schools	 are	                    The	 author,	 Gaku	 Homma,	 is	 the	 founder	 and	
                                             created	equal.	How	can	parents	make	an	intelligent	                        chief	instructor	of	Nippon	Kan	Cultural	center	in	
                                             decision?	Get	as	much	information	as	you	can.”                             Denver.	 His	 first	 book,	 Aikido for Life,	 is	 a	 best-
                                               This	 book	 provides	 a	 wealth	 of	 information	 and	                   selling	primer	about	the	Japanese	martial	art	of	
                                             examines	 a	 number	 of	 issues,	 including:	 What	 to	                    Aikido.	 In	 addition	 to	 his	 martial	 arts	 expertise,	 	
                                             look	for	when	choosing	a	martial	art	school	for	your	                      Mr.	 Homma	 is	 an	 accomplished	 chef	 who	
                                             child;	the	impact	of	martial	art	training	on	children;	                    specializes	 in	 traditional	 Japanese	 recipes.	 He	 is	
and	what	differentiates	Aikido	from	other	types	of	martial	arts.	Although	it	is	aimed	primarily	at	                                                          –
                                                                                                                        the	 owner	 and	 head	 chef	 of	 DOMO	 Restaurant,	
parents	who	are	considering	martial	arts	training	for	their	children,	anybody	interested	in	martial	                    which	 has	 garnered	 widespread	 acclaim	 in	 the	
arts—particularly	those	who	are	familiar	with	Aikido—will	find	it	interesting	and	informative.                          media	and	a	region-wide	reputation	for	both	its	
“Blending understanding of children with a deep respect for his own traditional Japanese                                food	and	atmosphere.
instruction (some of which was with O’Sensei), Homma Sensei presents a unique perspective on                            “…an oasis of Japanese civility…specializes in simple, fresh country foods prepared without
the value of martial arts training for young people.”                                                                   preservatives and with a minimum of oil. Moist, zesty and flavorful chicken and shrimp teriyaki.”
                                     —Aikido Today Magazine                                                                                                  —The Rocky Mountain News
                      8” x 10,” 250 pages, ISBN#1-55643-139-2                                                                                    8” x 10,” 276 pages, ISBN#1-55643-098-1
              $20.00 plus tax (or include $1.50 for shipping and handling)                                                             $22.95 plus tax (or include $1.50 for shipping and handling)



                                                              Please see our Beginners Class registration information on page 11.
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                      QUESTIONS & ANSWERS…
                                                                                              just As You Are Naturally
     Q.   What do we study at Aikido Nippon Kan?                                        There	 is	 a	 Zen	 story	 written	 about	 a	 conversation	 between	 a	 roshi		
     A.	 Please	 feel	 free	 to	 stop	 by	 the	 dojo	 and	 observe	 a	 class	 for	
                                                                                 	      (a	Zen	master)	and	an	unsui	(a	priest	in	training).	One	day,	the	unsui
         a	few	minutes.	Our	trained	office	staff	will	be	happy	to	answer	               asked	the	roshi	how	he	attained	enlightenment.	The	roshi	answered:
         any	 questions	 you	 might	 have.	 For	 a	 detailed	 description		                 “For over forty years, I seriously contemplated my koan
         of	 Nippon	 Kan’s	 operations,	 programs	 and	 projects,	 Homma	                   (a riddle for meditation). When I was over 70 years old, one
         Sensei’s	 book,	 Aikido Sketch Diary: Dojo 365 Days,	 is	 highly-                  evening I was taking a walk in the garden. I happened to
         recommended	reading.                                                               trip on a rock and hit my shinbone. At the same moment,
                                                                                            I attained enlightenment.”
     Q.   Martial arts training sounds too intimidating. Do you have                        The	unsui	listened	carefully	to	every	word	the	roshi	told	him.	Later	
          a more moderately paced class for beginners?                                  that	evening,	the	unsui	went	to	the	garden	and	began	pounding	his	
     A.	 Aikido	 Nippon	 Kan	 has	 a	 special	 series	 of	 classes	 every	 other	       shinbone	on	a	rock…This	Zen	parable	is	not	only	an	amusing	story,	but	
         month	designed	especially	for	the	beginning	student.	It	consists	              has	deep	meaning.
         of	 12	 classes	 over	 a	 6-week	 period,	 offered	 in	 four	 different	           At	 Nippon	 Kan,	 over	 500	 students	 a	 year	 participate	 in	 our	
         time	 slots	 for	 your	 convenience.	 These	 beginning	 classes	 are	          beginning	 Aikido	 classes.	 We	 explain	 at	 the	 beginning	 of	 the	
         taught	 by	 Homma	 Sensei	 and	 his	 experienced	 	 instructors.	              program	that	it	is	not	possible	to	try	and	learn	Aikido	the	same	way	
         The	 beginning	 classes	 focus	 on	 teaching	 the	 ABCs	 of	 Aikido	           the	unsui	tried	to	attain	enlightenment.	It	might	be	more	dazzling	if	
         movement	taught	with	kindness,	patience	and	humor.                             we	 put	 on	 flashy	 demonstrations	 to	 impress	 beginner’s	 minds,	 but	
                                                                                        we	purposely	do	not	use	this	approach.	Instead,	we	focus	on	being	
     Q.   After paying my Beginners Class fee, what is the                              just	as	you	are	naturally.
          next step?                                                                        When	they	first	join	class,	all	beginners	come	in	wearing	imaginary	
     A.	 If	you	participated	in	at	least	six	of	your	beginning	classes,	you	            backpacks.	These	backpacks	are	filled	with	big	ideas	and	images	of	the	
         are	eligible	to	join	as	a	regular	member	and	there	are	16	classes	             mysterious	powers	of	martial	arts.	These	ideas	come	from	television,	
         per	week	that	you	are	eligible	to	attend.                                      movies,	 books	 and	 magazines.	 Also	 inside	 this	 backpack	 are	 the	
                                                                                        fantasies	that	beginners	carry	with	them	about	how	martial	arts	will	
     Q.   How much are regular membership fees?                                         change	their	lives.	This	backpack,	filled	to	the	brim	with	images	and	
                                                                                        expectations,	is	a	heavy	weight	to	carry	into	their	first	Aikido	class.
     A.	 Regular	 membership	 monthly	 dues	 are	 $50.00.	 There	 are	 no	
                                                                                            On	 the	 first	 day,	 when	 asked	 what	 they	 want	 to	 learn	 from	 the	
         contracts,	 initiation,	 registration	 fees	 or	 any	 other	 hidden	           class,	most	new	students	say	they	want	to	learn	self-confidence,	self-
         charges.                                                                       discipline,	and	mind	and	body	coordination.	Or,	they	are	interested	in	
                                                                                        self-defense,	and/or	they	would	like	to	get	in	shape.
     Q.   I am not so young and not very athletic…                                          Over	 8,500	 students	 have	 taken	 our	 beginners	 classes,	 and	 it	 is	
     A.	 Many	people	with	the	same	concerns	have	stopped	by	our	dojo,	                  interesting	 to	 note	 that	 the	 new	 students	 with	 the	 biggest	 backpacks	
         and	 guess	 what?	 They	 are	 practicing.	 One	 of	 our	 members,	             are	usually	the	ones	who	quit	during	the	middle	of	the	six-week	session.	
         Morris	 Brown,	 is	79	 years	 old	 and	 has	 been	 practicing	 Aikido	
                                                                              	         The	reason	may	be	because	these	students	have	come	to	class	with	their	
         for	19	years.                                                                  minds	already	made	up	about	what	martial	art	training	is.	Those	who	
                                                                                        have	not	practiced	a	martial	art	before	are	sometimes	disappointed,	or	at	
     Q.   How many students are in the classes?                                         least	surprised,	if	the	class	does	not	immediately	fit	their	expectations.
     A.	 A	Beginners	Class	usually	has	about	15	to	20	beginning	students,	                  The	students	who	do	not	have	specific	expectations	about	what	
         plus	regular	members	to	assist	the	class—usually	totaling	25	to	               the	class	is	supposed	to	be	like	usually	stay	longer.	It	is	like	someone	
         30	people.                                                                     who	packs	their	suitcase	full	before	going	to	a	place	they	have	never	
                                                                                        been	 before.	 Those	 who	 come	 to	 the	 dojo	 with	 a	 head	 full	 of	 ideas	
     Q.   What are the instructors’ qualifications?                                     have	no	more	room	for	learning.
                                                                                            We	all	carry	backpacks	filled	with	ideas	and	preconceptions.	First,	
     A.	 Nippon	 Kan	 has	 about	 ten	 instructors	 who	 have	 been	 trained	
                                                                                        we	need	to	organize	what	we	are	already	carrying.	Usually,	there	are	
         personally	 by	 Gaku	 Homma	 Sensei.	 They	 have	 many	 years	 of	
                                                                                        ideas	 that	 we	 don’t	 need.	 Many	 people’s	 backpacks	 are	 filled	 with	
         experience	teaching	as	senior	instructors.
                                                                                        worry	 over	 thinking	 they	 are	 too	 fat,	 too	 skinny	 or	 weak-spirited.	
                                                                                        Being	 attached	 to	 ideas	 we	 think	 we	 need	 can	 make	 our	 backpacks	
     Q.   What if I’ve practiced Aikido before, or what if I’m a member                 even	heavier.	Wearing	such	a	heavy	pack,	it	would	be	difficult	to	sit	
          of another dojo?                                                              on	the	couch	or	fit	in	your	car,	much	less	practice	Aikido.	Many	of	our	
     A.	 Aikido	 Nippon	 Kan	 welcomes	 students	 of	 any	 Aikido	 style.	              backpacks	are	so	big	they	won’t	even	fit	through	the	door	of	the	dojo!
         Please	observe	a	general	class	for	a	few	minutes	and	choose	a	                     At	Nippon	Kan,	we	teach	simply	to	take	off	your	backpack,	move	
         class	level	you	are	comfortable	with.	Then,	please	join	us!                    naturally	and	coordinate	your	breathing	with	your	movements.	In	this	
                                                                                        way,	your	mind	settles	down.	At	some	martial	art	dojos,	students	are	
     Q.   How about classes for children?                                               taught	stiff	motions	performed	with	clenched	fists	and	tight	shoulders.	
     A.	 You	 and	 your	 child	 are	 welcome	 to	 observe	 our	 Nippon	 Kan	            This	 is	 not	 the	 way	 we	 move	 naturally.	 Respecting	 the	 nature	 of	 our	
         Yourth	 Program	 any	 Saturday	 from	 10:00-11:00	 a.m.	 For	 more	            bodies	 also	 helps	 develop	 our	 minds.	 Through	 continually	 practicing	
         information	of	Nippon	Kan’s	philosophy	on	teaching	children,	                  natural	movements,	Aikido	helps	us	attain	this	goal.
         Homma	Sensei’s	book,	Children and the Martial Arts—An Aikido                                              Just as you are naturally.
         Point of View,	is	highly-recommended	reading.                                                         This is Nippon Kan’s motto.

                                                  Please see our Beginners Class registration information on page 11.

10                NIPPON KAN • 1365 Osage Street • Denver, Colorado 80204 • Call: (303) 595-8256 • Fax: (303) 623-0838
                           e-mail: info@www.nippon-kan.org • or visit our Web site: www.nippon-kan.org
                                 AIKIDO NIPPON KAN OFFERS THE FOLLOWING BEGINNERS CLASS SCHEDULE:

Aikido Beginners Class for Adults:                    sec. 1     Mondays & Wednesdays,6:30–7:45 p.m.                     Next Class Begins: __________________
Minimum requirement: 16 years of age
                                                      sec. 2     Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m.                    Next Class Begins: __________________
                                                      sec. 3     Saturdays & Sundays,             8:30–9:45 a.m.         Next Class Begins: __________________
                                                      sec. 4     Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:45–9:00 p.m.                    Next Class Begins: __________________
The 12 classes of the beginning course focus on and organize concepts of Aikido to help students learn without difficulty. In the six­week practice you will be
introduced to over 40 techniques of movement basic to this art. Your training will not be limited to physical techniques alone. In the style of Aikido Nippon Kan,
instructors will show the applications you can find in daily life for the lessons of Aikido.
After registration, if you cannot attend a class on the regular day for your section, you may make up a class in any of the other sections, up to a total of 12 for six weeks.
FEE: $55 / 6 weeks — REGISTRATION: Before deciding to register, you may wish to observe part of a class (observers are welcome Mon.–Thurs. from 5:15­6:30 p.m.)
Choose a section, then fill out and mail the registration form below with payment to “Nippon Kan.” Or, bring the form and payment with you 15 minutes before the
beginning of the section for which you wish to register.

Nippon Kan Youth Program: Saturdays, 10:00 –11:00 a.m. (on-going)
As detailed Gaku Homma’s book, Children and the Martial Arts—An Aikido Point of View, this class is focused on young people from 7 to 15 years of age. Unlike other martial
arts, in which kicks and punches are taught and competition is emphasized, the distinctive point of Aikido is movement—en (circle) and wa (harmony). As you know, children
are very honest and try to apply what they learn to the society around them. The martial art you choose for your children can become a valuable gift for their future.
FEE: $25 per month — REGISTRATION: Parents are invited to observe a Saturday morning class with their child before deciding to register (please make sure that your
child really wants to join). Bring in your child 15 minutes before class is scheduled.



                              For your comfort and safety, please dress appropriately for class:
                        Wear loose long­sleeved sweatshirt and pants—no jeans, jewelry, shoes or socks.
                        You may wish to bring a handkerchief or small towel to wipe your face and hands.
            OBSERVERS WELCOME: Monday through Thursday, 5:15–6:30 p.m. For more information, call (303) 595-8256



          GENERAL CLASS                         WEAPONS CLASS                           HAKAMA KAI CLASS                             TECHNICAL EXPERT CLASS
      For all regular members                For all regular members                For all Hakama Kai members,                        For all regular members,
             and visitors.                          and visitors.                     and visitors by invitation.                     and visitors by invitation.
       MONDAY–THURSDAY                                 FRIDAY                                  MONDAY                                            WEDNESDAY
         5:15 p.m.–6:30 p.m.                    5:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m.                       7:45 p.m.–9:00 p.m.                              7:45 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
         6:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m.


                      — REGISTRATION —
                 CANCEL, DROP & REFUND POLICY                                                                        AIKIDO NIPPON KAN
•  Registrants must sign a Nippon Kan liability release waiver.                                                       Registration Form
•  Full refunds are made when a class is cancelled by Nippon Kan.
•  Full tuition refunds (payment minus registration fee) are                                Name _____________________________________________ Age _________
   made if:
                                                                                            Address _________________________________________________________
1. You notify Nippon Kan in writing that you are dropping the
   course you are registered for a a full day prior to the first class                      City ____________________________ State ______ Zip _________________
   meeting.
2. You notify Nippon Kan after attending the first hour of the                              Phone (H)_______________________ (W) _____________________________
   class (but not after the end of the class period) if you are in a
   wrong class, or if you are dissatisfied and decide to drop the                           e­mail Address ___________________________________________________
   course. One day seminars are excluded from above.
                                                                                            Course _________________________ sec. _______ Fee $ ________________
• Partial refunds (payments minus registration fees, minus 20%
   of tuition) are made if you notify Nippon Kan in writing that                            Start Date _______________________________________________________
   you will be dropping the course after the first meeting but
   before the second meeting.                                                                                       TOTAL ENCLOSED $ ___________________________
• No refunds are made outside the above indicated conditions.
                                                                                            	                              ❑	CASH ❑	CHECK # _________________
    Mail the registration form with your check payable to:
                         NIPPON KAN

              NIPPON KAN • 1365 Osage Street • Denver, Colorado 80204 • Call: (303) 595-8256 • Fax: (303) 623-0838                                                               11
                       e-mail: info@www.nippon-kan.org • or visit our Web site: www.nippon-kan.org
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                                                                                                                                                                                      PERMIT	NO.	4323


                                                                                           or	Current	Resident
 1365 Osage Street • Denver, Colorado 80204 • USA
           www.nippon­kan.org
 Nippon Kan is a 501(c)(3) Cross­Cultural Federal Non­Profit Organization




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awareness around the world.                                                                              Nippon	 Kan	 is	 conveniently	 located	 east	 of	 	 I-25.	 Take	 the	 Colfax	 East	
                                                                                                         exit	 to	 the	 first	 stoplight	 (Osage),	 then	 one-and-a-half	 blocks	 south.




                      Welcome, Students!
                                                                                                                                                                     Zagat’s 5th Best
         A reminder to former Beginners Class students…                                                                                                              Japanese in the
          If	your	schedule	permits,	you	are	welcome	to	                                                                                                              USA, #1 in decor!
        come	back	any	time	and	join	as	a	regular	member.
                                                                                                                                                                     Westword’s Best
                               Visitors Welcome                                                                                                                     Japanese, last nine
                        The	mat	fee	for	one	class	is	$7.00.                                                                                                         consecutive years!
           Uchideshi (Live-In Student) Program                                                                      303-595-DOMO                                   Monday—Saturday
     One-week	to	three-month	live-in	study	programs		                                                                          •
                                                                                                            1365	Osage	Street	 	Denver,	CO	80204                   11:00	a.m.–2:00	p.m.
   are	available.		Please	call	for	information,	or	go	to	the	                                                    www.domorestaurant.com
                                                                                                                                                                   5:00	p.m.–10:00	p.m.
 uchideschi	section	on	the	website	at	www.nippon-kan.org.



                                                                   Please see our Beginners Class registration information on page 11.
                   NIPPON KAN • 1365 Osage Street • Denver, Colorado 80204 • Call: (303) 595-8256 • Fax: (303) 623-0838
                            e-mail: info@www.nippon-kan.org • or visit our Web site: www.nippon-kan.org

								
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