Aikido Nippon Kan General Headquarters 2012 Summer Uchideshi (live-in student) Program

What is an uchideshi program?

The word uchideshi translates in English to mean “live-in student.” A student who joins in an uchideshi program lives at a dojo not only to train—every part of his or her daily life becomes part of the training as well. Traditionally in Japan, this kind of training the martial arts has been available only to those students who were earnest about dedicating their time for serious practice.

Nippon Kan’s uchideshi program has been in existence since its doors opened in 1978. At Nippon Kan, uchideshi students practice Aikido daily—usually two classes per day plus special practices. Uchideshi training does not end on the mat, however, and live-in students also participate daily in various duties from dojo maintenance (including cooking and cleaning) to assisting in dojo operations and special projects. Presently, there are on-site accommodations to house up to ten uchideshi.

Location: Nippon Kan General Headquarters, Denver, Colorado USA

Dates: August 1st — 31st, 2012


  • Aikido rank of Shodan or above
  • 18-30 years of age
  • Both male and female applicants accepted
  • Affiliation not a criteria-all affiliations or non affiliates welcome (Enrollment is confidential to avoid any association conflicts)

Purpose: International exchange and communication in a team Aikido practice-living environment. Nippon Kan General Headquarter dojo also has regular students of all ages and backgrounds which provides a rich environment for learning about many aspects of life in Denver.

Training Focus: Intensive Aikido bokken and jo to taijustsu relationship training; a training curriculum that you will be able to take back to your home dojo. Study of criteria and programs for successful independent dojo operations, including how to encourage positive interaction between your home dojo and your local community. How to encourage growth and stability in your home dojo through community involvement and support. 1st hand testimony on the history of Aikido from the time just before the passing of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba to present day by Gaku Homma, Nippon Kan Kancho and analysis of Aikido in our world today from his experience teaching in over 50 countries world-wide.

Benefits Provided:
By Nippon Kan:

  • All lodging and boarding
  • free of charge
  • Meals-lunch and dinner (except for Sundays): free of charge
  • All class fees: free of charge

Student Responsibilities:

    • $500.00 deposit that will be refunded upon successful completion of the course.
    • Personal daily hygiene and miscellaneous expenses
    • Round trip travel expenses (passport, visas, airline or ground travel tickets, insurance etc.)

How to apply: Submit resume, including photo and short explanation of why you want to join the program to Subject line: Summer 2012 Uchideshi Intensive Program Enrollment

Deadline for submission: June 30, 2012

Click here for full details and signup information

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