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Training

Aikido is fun|great|challenging|exhausting

Joy and passion define training in Awase. Classes are also held in safe and pleasant environment. We have also experienced teachers that are the soul and heart of the dojo. The head teachers are supported with inspired and enthusiastic assistant teachers.

All classes are open to the members. some require the knowledge of the basic techniques. You can find short descriptions of the class types below the training schedule.

September - May

Trainings during the fall and winter

WeekdayTimeTypeScopeTeacher
Monday17:30 - 18:30Aikido basicsBeginnersBen Kamras
18:30 - 19:30AikidoAllAntti Pekkarinen
Tuesday17:00 - 18:00Aikido advancedJuniorsArtur Velemzon
18:00 - 19:00 AikidoAllHarri Rautila
19:00 - 19:45BokkenAllHarri Rautila
19:45 - 20:45AikidoMaster classHarri Rautila
Wednesday07:00 - 08:00AikidoAllAntti Pekkarinen
17:00 - 18:00Aikido advancedJuniorsIiris Nikula
18:00 - 19:00Aikido basicsBeginnersHarri Rautila
19:00 - 20:00AikidoAllHarri Rautila
Thursday17:00 - 18:00 Aikidon basicsJuniorsGraziella Wik
18:00 - 19:00AikidoAllMarkku Kuusinen
19:00 - 20:00Jodori, jowasa, tanto-/tachidoriAllMarkku Kuusinen
Friday19:00 - 20:00Free trainingAll
Saturday10:30 - 12:00Aikido graduation techniquesAllArtur Velemzon
14:00 - 16:00Free trainingAll
Sunday14:00 - 16:00Free trainingAll
16:00 - 17:00Family aikidoAllGraziella Wik

Short description

Training types

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Beginner level

These classes are intended for all newcomers and others that wish to strengthen their skills in the Aikido basics. The training consists of dojo ethics, learning basic techniques, poses and movements. Additionally, you will learn how to fall safely i.e. how to perform ukemis both back and forth and how to do turns swiftly. These lessons prepare you to attend to the general classes.

General classes

These classes are intended to all that are able to perform safe ukemis and know the basic poses and movements.

On Mondays, the emphasis is on the cooperation between the partners, uke and nage. Also, the aim is to discover connections between different techniques. These lessons enforce the basics learned and give you more capabilities to learn more complex techniques later on.

On Tuesdays, the techniques done are more complex and demanding compared to those that are introduced in the basic classes. The aim of these lessons is to discover the intricacies in the movements and directions. This is done through learning different variations of the basic and advanced techniques.

On Wednesdays, the lesson follows the learning of Tuesday's training. Usually, the techniques done add more variations or deepen the learning.

On Thursdays, you may focus on improving your basic techniques with the emphasis on maintaining the movement and rhythm. With these lessons, you will be gaining a new perspective on the learned.

Senior aikido

Despite the name, there is no age limit up or down – everyone is welcome to attend. The emphasis of these lessons is to decrease the physical strain that is more common to the other weekly lessons. You’ll focus more on the philosophical and theoretical side of the techniques. The techniques are studied in a peaceful way through discussion and practice.

Juniors

On Thursdays, all kids between 7 and 14 years are welcome to the junior lessons. The focus is on learning ukemis and basic techniques in a playful and fun way.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the focus is more on learning the actual Aikido techniques. Besides the basic techniques, the aim is to introduce new techniques while maintaining harmony between the opponents, uke and nage.

Graduation techniques

On Saturday mornings you may hone your techniques with the aim for clear and strong performance. The techniques are done with usually with high speed forming a high-intensity training. The techniques are selected based on the people attending – there is also a section of jiuwasa, performing techniques of free selection.

Bokken, jodori, jowaza, tanto-/tachidori

During these lessons, the techniques are done using various weapons. You are free to attend in case you have passed the 6th kyu exam. This is needed as it makes easier for you to understand why and how the weapons are used. The techniques and difficulty of training is modified based on the people attending.