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Iltispuolustus ClubOn this page you will find information about our school afternoon clubs (Iltispuolustus kerho) and download an application form.

  1. Ask your class teacher or  Contact us (by email)
  2. Complete the application form (jäsenhakukaavake) and bring it with you to the club on your first visit.
  3. Call in at the club and watch for a while to get familiar with us and our activities.

The iltispuolustus (school afternoon) Clubs are not just about learning fighting techniques and skills, but, include practical psychology and other skills useful for conflict prevention and management, collaboration, learning and other social skills. Unlike other sports and combat sports in particular, these skills and Mind SeTs are not incidental to the activity or otherwise left to chance. They are deliberately taught and practised as an integral part of the art of self-defense and our personal security and risk management system.

Generally speaking, we can say that we learn about life, and we practice 'Life Skills for Life'.










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Self-defense based on Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Specifically, Japanese Jiu Jitsu combined and integrated with Chinese Kung Fu to create a KungFu-JiuJitsu style we call Shorinjitsu. This core style is further augmented with Kyusho (nerve / vital point training) to provide a more practical, naturally flowing and mobile system of self-defense (3 dan black belt / 35+ years training experience).  More information about how Parkour and Break-dancing relate to self-defense training can be found on the  'Side Arms' page.


Liikan consists of two words Lii and Kan that are the names of  two symbols in the I Ching (book of changes) representting Fire and Water respectively. In the Finnish language however, reulting style name is rather close to another Finnish word with somewhat different meaning, so we often hyphernate the name Lii-Kan for the sake of the local language and market ;-).

To supplement the core system:

  • The modern style/school also utilises basic break-dancing for improved fitness, body control and movement/mobility skills. Many of the moves closely relate to self-defense techniques allowing us to augment and enhance our technical skills at the same time. More information and videos can be found on our 'Side Arts' page.

  • The learning programme includes situational control (qualified guard & security supervisor since 2001), anti-bullying skills, security and risk management in general. As a qualified vocational teacher for higher-education (HAMK/IPTE) in security and risk management turvallisuus (M.Sc.), we could also collaborate with the school security governance boards  in the design. More info from SeTs Freelancer.

  • We hope that, with some help from the schools, we can (I.e. The school pays for the trip ;), take the club members out on special excurssions to, e.g., Superpark or the  Parkour Centre for a little extra-training activities once a month or term. Otherwise the options are that the parents pay the costs if we cannot find a business sponsor between us. We call these 'Skills Enhancement Training Sessions' (SeTs). See an example with this SeTs video

Self-defense training is not the same as kick-boxing or other similar 'combat sports', in fact quite the opposite. Combat sports are individualistic and ego-centric actvities all about winning and beating others in pursuit of fame, trophies and other extrinsic rewards. Self-defense training and knowledge is inextricably bound to Asian cultures but, nowadays also updated for our own western values and social circumstances. The main focus is on conflict prevention and management which, necessarily includes a variety of skills including: behaviour (etiquette), concentration, tolerance/patience, respect for and taking care of others (particularly safety during training), collaborative learning and cooperation, practical psychology and communication skills, criminology, security and risk management in general. Unlike other more conventional sports, these vicarious skills are integral to self-defense objectives and not left to chance. They are specifically and directly taught as part of the training experience. For us, training spirit and effort (courage) are the most important qualities we look for and reward.


In short, we teach...

Life Skills for Life!



General club training

Secondary school kids and adults can continue their training after school hours by joining our main club, the Liikan Jitsu Club (Espoo) ry. The club currently trains twice per week on weeday evenings and at the weekend. You can find information on how to join via this link: Join us



Specialised Courses (In-Class)

By way of SeTs Freelancer, we can provide Dynamic Physical Education sessions/lessons for school kids or special conflict and risk management courses for schookids and/or teachers known as  'Assault Awareness and Risk Management' (AARM). AARM courses are usually held in a classroom and occasional in the sports hall and can last for 2, 3 or 5 days.  The courses cover the basics and principles of self-defense, stress and conflict management and personal security and risk management in general.  Oner day we also aim to have an on-line course for distance learning.

For more information, click this link: 


Afternoon club clothing and equipment

You will get more information as needed when at the training hall, but, generally speaking, you should not wear jewelry of any kind, nor zips or anything else that might cause injury to yourself or others. Hygiene is also important, such as clean feet and finger nails. It is important that nails are as short and smooth as possible. Judo suits are not needed, although you can wear club training T-shirts. The T-shirts you buy yourself along with logo badge and brand image transfers from the club. It would certainly by nice and beneficial to the club if everyone did where the club shirts at least ;-)


School Afternoon Club Payments

Training fees depend on arrangement with your school. Some schools pay the club instructor so that the service is provided free for their students. Ask you class teacher. Optionally, the parents can pay a training fee if a local business sponsor cannot be found.


References & recommendations

Kalajärvi School, Espoo

  • Ask the school principle: Leila Tuominen

    1. Kalajärvi School Afternoon Club (KIK) (since 2017.11.16 - primary school kids from 1st to 6th year) - Ask the school principle: Leila Tuominen.

    2. Suomi 100 Liikuva koulu demonstration 21.9.2017 - Ask class teacher: Maija Ylevä and other primary school class teachers

    3. Kalajärvi School P.E. Lessons for schoolkids

      1. secondary school: (20-40 kids/lesson) 23-27.10.2017 - Ask class teachers: Esteban Fernàndez and Maija Ylevä.

      2. Primary School: (40 kids/lesson) 21.3.2018 - Ask Eevi Astikainen (class 4a teacher)

Vantaa kaupungin 'Liikuva Koulu' tapahtuma, 8.5.2014

"The programme included a skillfully paced topic presentation, imaginative and fun exercises with some principles of self-defense.

The instructor communicated clearly in Finnish language, he had good contact and a warm authority towards the students, that he kept enthusiastic and focused. Our participation in this Liikan Jiu Jitsu workshop was in our opinion the highpoint of the event."

Tarja Malmi-Raike, luokkaopettaja (4b),  18.5.2014

Alkuperäisen palaute: suomeksi

Katso 2015 videon! Liikuva Koulu Video, 2015

Previous courses for school kids have included Liikkuva Koulu workshops for Vantaan kaupunki schools in 2014 and 1015, Viherlaakso Lukio (Espoo), Uomarinteen koulun (Vantaa) and schools in New Malden, England.

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