SEITOKAI
生徒会

Pääkaupunkiseudun korkeakoulujen aikidoseura

Aikido Club of Universities of Helsinki Metropolitan Area

Sessions CANCELLED starting from 16.3. until further notice.
Spring seminar and sauna SAT 28.3. CANCELLED.
Spring weapon seminar 22-24.5.2020 (if COVID allows).
Autumn weapon seminar 4-6.9.2020.

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Everyone who has completed the basic course is welcome to the sessions on weekdays. If you have not yet participated in Saturday sessions, ask first about the Saturday practicalities during the weekday sessions.

Day Time Place Instructor
Monday 16:00 — 17:30 Kamppi Jarmo
Wednesday 17:30 — 19:00 Kamppi Jukka / Kari
Friday 17:30 — 19:00 Kamppi Dan grades
Saturday 14:00 — 15:30 Porthania free / tutored

Kamppi, Lapinlahdenkatu 17, 00100 Helsinki

Dojo, 128 m2 of tatami. Walk through the passage to basement.

Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki

Unisport's facilities, basement of Porthania building.

Visitors

Aikidokas from Finland and abroad are welcome to visit Seitokai. First two visits are for free. For longer or regular visits, the fees are 5€/visit or 20€/month (students 10€/month). Visitors practice in Seitokai at their own risk.

In spring 2020 the basic course is organized simultaneously with general training sessions of Seitokai starting on Friday 24.1 and ending on Saturday 8.2. During the course you will learn some fundamentals, such as,

  • dojo etiquette, that is, the manners at the training session.
  • ukemi, the way to fall safely.
  • some basic techniques.

Basic course provides you with skills and information to continue in Seitokai's regular training sessions.

Schedule and location

Day Time Place
Monday 16:00 — 17:30 Kamppi (Lapinlahdenkatu 17)
Friday 17:30 — 19:00 Kamppi (Lapinlahdenkatu 17)
Saturday 14:00 — 15:30 Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3, UniSport)

Additionally, we organize tutored training sessions on Saturdays for the beginners also after the basic course.

How to participate?

In order to participate in the basic course you need to be a student or an employee of some university or applied university. You can join the course even if you can't make it to every single session. You don't need to register to the course in advance.

Bring sweat pants and a shirt suitable for sports, a towel and sandals or indoor shoes to walk from dressing room to tatami. No shoes on tatami and the feet should be washed before every training session. Please remove or cover jewelry and long nails.

If you have already practiced aikido before, and are affiliated with some university or applied university, you are welcome to join our regular sessions at any time. If you have some aikido background but no connection to universities, you may join our regular sessions first as a visitor and then inquire about the possibilities to join the club.

Fees

The course is for free but, in the long run, practicing aikido includes the following fees:
  • Seitokai's membership fee 80€ for practicing after the course.
  • Aikido-gi, about 40—50€ depending on size. After the course we will make a joint order of gi's and get some discount.
  • The license and insurance of the Finnish Aikido Federation, 90€/year. For the course, you'll get the insurance for free.
  • Aikido passport 10€ when you take your first grading (6.kyu).
  • Grading fee 15€ when participating in a grading.

For more information, ask the committee of Seitokai by email hallitus(at)seitokai-aikido.fi

According to the system of Finland Aikikai (the Finnish Aikido Federation), the members of Seitokai take the exams of the kyu grades in Seitokai's own grading events that are held 4-5 times per year. In these events, it is possible to acquire grades from 6th kyu (lowest) to 1st kyu (highest kyu grade).

If no participant has registered to a grading event, a regular training session will be held instead.

In Seitokai, all the kyu grades wear a white belt. Starting from the 3rd kyu level, aikidokas in Finland (including Seitokai) wear hakama, a black or blue pair of wide sleeve pants.

The 1st kyu level is followed by the dan grades from the 1st dan (lowest) to the 4th dan that are acquired through an exam held by the referees from Finland Aikikai. The higher dan grades can be appointed after a recommendation of a high-ranking aikido-instructor. The dan grades in Seitokai have been registered at the headquarters of Aikikai Aikido, Hombu dojo, in Tokyo.

The curriculum below is based on the requirements of Finland Aikikai and contains some additions specific to Seitokai, marked by an italic font.

Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) developed aikido after having practiced and mastered several traditional japanese martial arts. In his later years, he emphasized a blending way to adapt to the attack. This requires correct timing to disturb the balance of the attacker in order to avoid the need for extensive force or violence. The founder has said that there is no winner and loser in aikido as a loss will only create a seed for a next confrontation. The term 'aikido' translates to something like the way of the harmonic energy.

Aikido includes both armed and unarmed techniques. The weapons used are bokken (wooden sword), jo (wooden staff) and tanto (knife). There is no competition in aikido.

A fundamental principle in aikido techniques is to exploit the force and movement of the attack to guide the attack, often in a circular trajectory, against the attacker. This requires correct timing and positioning to balance-off the attacker. Practicing aikido does not require extensive muscle power as the goal is to learn to guide the attack to a beneficial direction, rather than to fight the force with another force. Aikido is safe to practice as the movements are controlled without free fighting between the practicioners. Everyone trains together independent of age or sex.

Learning aikido is a lifelong process and requires mental stamina to face one's own limitations over and over again. On the other hand, aikido provides its loyal practitioners great experiences of development and success in learning and understanding aspects that first may have seemed next to impossible.

In aikido, the mental development goes hand in hand with the physical development. Practicing aikido can help in facing confrontations without causing or suffering from permanent damage, whether mental or physical.

Ai - harmony
Ki - energy, force
Do - way

Seitokai ry

Seitokai ry (registered association) was founded in 1980 at University of Helsinki. Seitokai is a member of Finland Aikikai and associated with the student union of UH. The name Seitokai, 生徒会, is Japanese and means a "group of students".

Seitokai has about 50 members of whom about a dozen have a black belt. The majority of the members are current or former students or employees of the universities of the Helsinki metropolitan area. Nowadays, the membership is also possible for the aikidokas outside the universities. The activities of the club are of course mainly focused around aikido and we have 4 training sessions per week. Additionally, we organize two weapon seminars at peaceful Finnish cottage surroundings over the weekend, one in May and the other in September. We also organize weekend seminars at our dojo both with our own instructors as well as with visiting instructors. Over the last few years, many members have visited Japan to participate aikido seminars there.

Most new members enroll through our basic course but we have new members every year also from the aikidokas that have earlier trained elsewhere and have moved to Helsinki area. Regular visitors from other clubs are also welcome.

Seitokai has 3 chief instructors, Jarmo Halttunen (6. dan), Jukka Luoma (6. dan) ja Kari Stadius (6. dan). They all have been teaching aikido for over 30 years.

Many members also take part in the activities of the aikido club Aalto Aikikai in Otaniemi (at Aalto University).

Style

Seitokai follows Aikikai Aikido led by Moriteru Ueshiba (b. 1951), the grandson of the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba.

Particularly influential teachers for Seitokai have been Yasuo Kobayashi Sensei (8. dan Shihan, Aikido Kobayashi Dojo) and Kazuo Igarashi Sensei (8. dan Shihan, Aikido Igarashi Dojo).

Training with weapons (bokken, jo and tanto) is an essential part of aikido in Seitokai.

Membership in Seitokai

Traditionally, members of Seitokai have been students and employees of University of Helsinki and Aalto University. Nowadays, the membership is also possible to aikidokas outside universities (ask from the committee for more information). Participation in the basic course in Seitokai, however, still requires a student or an employment relationship with some university or applied university.

If you want to become a member of Seitokai, print this form and bring it to a member of Seitokai's committee.

Membership fee

Membership fee for year 2020 is 80€ but we hope that all members who financially are able to pay an increased fee, 160€, would do so as only in this way we can keep the fees lower also in future for those for whom this makes a difference in their yearly budget. In particular, we want to provide students and unemployed a decently priced opportunity to train aikido also in the future.

Please pay the fee by the end of January to Seitokai's account

Nordea, IBAN: FI71 1470 3000 2421 42.

Message: Jäsenmaksu 2020, own name, status

where 'status' may be a membership in some of the students' unions (e.g. HYY=Helsingin yliopiston ylioppilaskunta, AYY=Aalto-yliopiston ylioppilaskunta), or HEN=staff of some university. If you are neither a member of any student union, nor of staff of any university, leave 'status' empty. This information is needed when reporting our statistics to Unisport and HYY.

One can participate in the basic course without paying the membership fee but if one wants to continue training after the course, then the membership fee needs to be paid. Instructions are given at the end of the course.

Visitors

Aikidokas from Finland and abroad are welcome to visit Seitokai. First two visits are for free. For longer or regular visits, the fees are 5€/visit or 20€/month (students 10€/month). Visitors practice in Seitokai at their own risk.

Aikido license and insurance

Instructions about aikido license and insurance are given by Finland Aikikai.

Grading fees

When participating in grading, a fee of 15€ must be paid. The participant needs also an aikido passport where the grade will be registered. Passport costs 10€ and can be bought at the 1st grading event.

Chief instructors

Seitokai's chief instructors Jukka, Jarmo ja Kari have been following the teaching of Kazuo Igarashi Sensei (8.dan) and his teacher Yasuo Kobayashi Sensei (8.dan) from 1980s onwards.

Jukka Luoma (6.dan)

Jarmo Halttunen (6.dan)

Kari Stadius (6.dan)

Dan grades

In addition to the chief instructors, Seitokai has a dozen of other dan grades (1st - 5th dan) of whom several have over 20 years of experience with aikido and teaching aikido. Dan grades are teaching on Fridays.

Higher kyu grades

Higher kyu grades (3rd - 1st kyu) are teaching on Saturdays.

Documents (in Finnish)

Executive committee 2020

Laura Tolvanen, chair
Matti Pirinen, treasurer
Nina Karusto, vice-chair
Eero Mänty, secretary
Inka Tolonen

The shared email address of the committee is . Please send there the inquiries about the club or about the membership in Seitokai.

Aikidoliiton jäsenseura

Seitokai at Facebook

email: hallitus(at)seitokai-aikido.fi