Welcome to the web site of Joensuu Aikikai
Aikido – the art of peace – is an energetic martial art, well suited for men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes. The basic principles of Aikido are defensive, meaning that all attacks are to be blocked without permanently injuring the attacker. Aikido is a versatile martial art, with a variety of different joint locks and throws, which are part of the training repertoire from the very beginning. Weapons training is also a part of Aikido. The weapons used are ken (sword), jo (staff) and tanto (knife).
The dojo (training place) of Joensuu Aikikai is situated at the urheilutalo of Joensuu, near the city centre. Practice is held every day from Monday to Saturday, usually a 90 minute session per day. If you're interested in Aikido in general or want to see it in action, you are more than welcome to come to the dojo and ask questions or watch our training sessions. You can also call or write to us (see contact information below). If you've already got an Aikido background, please feel free to come to the dojo and join our training sessions anytime.
Basic courses for beginners are held twice a year, one in the spring term and another in the fall. They last approximately 3 to 4 months. New courses start in January and September of each year. The cost of the basic course has recently been about 90€ / person. We have a separate junior group for aikidokas (practitioners of Aikido) under the age of 14. Junior practice is held twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays. Most of our juniors are between the ages of 9 and 13.
The best way to experience the essence of Aikido, is to try it! We hope to see you at our dojo!
Asko Hirvonen 050 - 587 5908
Training schedule (in Finnish)