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Seminar: Gaku Homma in Ireland to fund Kirin - Sligo Aikikai Charity Shop
Posted 9/13/2007 8:09am [from Simone Chierchini]

The 2007 Aikido Humanitarian Active Network Irish Seminar will be held on Sat 20th & Sun 21st October 2007 Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 12 under the direction of Gaku Homma Kancho. Gaku Homma was an uchi-deshi at Iwama towards the end of O-Senseiís life. Since 1978 Homma Sensei has been Kancho of the independent Nippon Kan dojo in Denver, Colorado. More recently, he has established the AHAN (2001), an organisation dedicated to promoting community service beyond the dojo, whose activities now extends around the world. All proceeds of the 2007 Irish AHAN Seminar with Gaku Homma Kancho in Dublin will go toward the setting up of "Kirin", the Sligo Aikikai Charity Shop. Kirin will be located within the new Sligo Aikido Dojo, in a large shop unit situated below the dojo itself. It will be managed and run by the Sligo Aikikai members on a voluntary basis. It will provide low price books in English and foreign languages, dvds, music cds, PC games, Childrenísí Toys, clothing, household goods, furniture, etc. It will also comprise of a small coffee shop area for people to socialise after browsing through the shopís goods and an internet point for searching the Net. Kirin wants to be a small village where Aikido students and members of the local community can meet and spend time together exchanging experiences and values.

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