Turku Aikikai is an active and versatile non-profit club of martial arts and fitness. We have much to offer whether you are interested in hard physical exercise or want a more spiritual approach to training. Our experienced instructors have trained many people from basics to black belts.
Our roots go to the Aikido and Iaido groups that trained in Turun Budokwai since the 1970s. To further develop our training, we established Turku Aikikai in 1991. Katori Shinto Ryu was added to our curricula in 1992, and Kettlebell in the 2000s. We do not compete, but rather concentrate on spiritual and physical self-improvement through martial art’s training.
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art. Its non-competitive philosophy emphasises respecting other people and avoiding violent solutions. Aikido training includes throws, locks, pins and weapon techniques, and gives you a chance to face the most difficult of opponents – yourself. We have separate Aikido classes for children (7-14 years) and adults. Aikido head instructor is Petteri Silenius (Shihan, 7th Dan).
Keep-fit Aikido is suited for everybody, which means that you do not need any previous experience. Keep-fit aikido is aimed for adults who want to do Aikido as a physical exercise only. Training sessions focus on stretching and body control, as well as Aikido techniques.
Iaido lets you get in touch with samurai sword techniques. Iaido katas, or sequences of movements, consist of drawing the sword, striking the enemy, and returning the sword to its scabbard. Iaido’s head instructor is Jari Nevalainen, 7th Dan Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido.
Katori Shinto Ryu is an ancient sword training school, where we train with the sword, naginata and bo-staff. We are affiliated with Tetsutaka Sugawara’s branch of Katori Shinto Ryu. Membership is by invitation only. Katori’s head instructor is Petteri Silenius (Kyuoshi).
Kettlebell training gives you a versatile full body workout. You will learn the right technique, the right way to breathe, and, of course, you will get fit. Jura Levkin is charge of the Kettlebell teaching.
We train in our own premises - known as the Shaolin Dojo - together with a karate club, and are members of Finland Aikikai, recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo, and the Finnish Iaido Federation. In addition we have Aikido training groups for adults and children in Kemiönsaari.
If you are considering to start a new hobby, or want to continue your dedication to Budo in a new place, please let send us query. We welcome also visitors from other Dojos.