Stavanger and Sandnes cooperate for a great summer schedule!

Aikido on the Pulpit RockJuShinKan Stavanger and Sunyata Sandnes Aikidoklubb are cooperating to offer as much training as possible during the summer holidays for all of our members and aikido-guests that may be travelling through the region!  Members can train at each other’s dojo for free and aiki-travellers are super-welcome!! From the end of school (June 20) until school starts again (August 17), you can train aikido here:

Tuesday:  18.30-20.00    JuShinKan Stavanger*
Wednesday:  20.00-21.30    Sunyata Sandnes**    (Call Patrick if interested: 95271653)
Thursday:  18.30-20.00    JuShinKan Stavanger*

Saturday/Sunday:  ad hoc practice in Stavanger* – check our Facebook page for info.

NB: the schedules may sometimes be adjusted a bit, please double-check for latest news on the Facebook pages: !!! Info and contact here:

*  Stavanger JuShinKan:  how to get there / Facebook / Website / email
**  Sandnes Sunyatahow to get there / Facebook / Website / email

Both JuShinKan  and Sunyata are back to full training schedule from school start (from 17 august), kids and juniors too. Have a great Aiki-Summer!


Extra: Self-Defence for Women, introduction course

IMG_9106-GROUPJuShinKan invites all the ladies in the club together with a guest group from Conoco Phillips and others who would like to try some self-defence, aikido-style!
(Guys are welcome of course – and they get to be the “bad boys”!!!)

It is a two-part course:

I. Thursday 24.4 – 18.30-20.30: Introduction, Techniques and Application
II. Sunday 27.4 – 12.00-14.00: Repetition, Practice and more

It is possible to attend just one of the days.

The instructor, Tomek Gaertner, has studied aikido at the special intensive one-year course for the Tokyo Riot Police in Japan – he will show effective techniques aimed at defending oneself with neutralizing the attacker.

Open for all women (15 yr-old minimum), with previous martial arts experience or without.

Price: free for members of JuShinKan – 50 kr/day for others.
Sign-up/more info: on the Facebook Event  or call 98250628 (Jacqueline) or 95708408 (Bob)


Great Season at JuShinKan

Not only does JuShinKan have a brand new and spacious dojo, we also have a great aikido season lined up year – do mark your calendars!

– West Coast Aikido Festival (14-16 March, 2014) details:  poster in english  – or FB event here


This year’s edition of the “West Coast Aikido Festival” (Vestlandet Aikido Festival or VAF) is hosted by Bergen Aikidoklubb and BSI Aikido. JuShinkan is co-organizing, and we will travel to Bergen as a club-event.

One instructor from each of the 5 dojos will each be teaching one session, and Erik Vanem (3. dan, Oslo Aikidoklubb) and from the NAF technical committee will both teach one session and preside over the grading (6th through 1st kyu) for the NAF candidates.

The aim of the event is to “know each other better, train with others than we are used to, learn from each other, and so that it will be easier to stop by in each other dojos and open our horizon”. You can count on some great socializing there!

Transportation to Bergen is sponsored by VAF and by JuShinKan and will therefore be free for members – so far we’ve almost filled up 3 cars, and have room for more!

Mid-week workshop with Antony Pinchbeck, 4th dan (26-27 March 2014) poster in English or see Facebook event here

TonyPic-croppedStavanger JuShinKan Aikido welcomes you to a mid-week workshop with focus on grading preparations, with guest instructor Antony Pinchbeck (4th dan Aikikai) from England, who is dropping by JuShinKan on his way to the weekend seminar in Trondheim.
Tony’s effortless and precise form is transmitted very supportively and with great humour. He runs his own club just outside of London: Kamo Aikido Club in Aylesbury

– Seminar with Roberto Martucci, 6th dan (23-25 may 2014) poster in English
Roberto Martucci, 6th Danor see Facebook event here

Roberto Martucci  is coming back to hold his 2nd seminar in Stavanger! It is very much a pleasure to practice with such a jovial, warm and generous sensei, who is able to amalgamate the teachings of Tissier and Endo sensei into his own beautiful contact-based, yet sharp, aikido.

This year Roberto Martucci is bringing some of his students, and already 6 aikidoka from Trondheim have bought their tickets! – This augurs well for good practice!!!


– Fjords’n’Aikido Marc Bachraty, 5th dan (28-31 May. 2014), see info poster in English and Facebook event 

2010-Marc&Henryk-cutoutFor the 6th seminar with Marc Bachraty – we’re going to the Pulpit Rock again! and Marc is offering an extra class on thursday evening!

If you like Christian Tissier, this Marc Bachraty seminar is for you! Marc is one of Tissier’s main students, substitute teaches at his dojo in Vincennes for him and serves as uke for Tissier in many demonstrations (see YouTube videos) and seminars, as well as giving many international seminars himself. A down to earth person with a warm personality, a good teacher with a powerful and clean technique! Bachraty Sensei is usually followed by many aikidoka travelling to Stavanger to practice and share a good time – this seminar attracts aikidoka  from Austria, Chile, England, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland (so far…) and from all major cities in Norway – so we have plenty of good practice partners!Welcome to Stavanger!  (also in between seminars, of course!)

New Dojo from March 1st!

It’s Bigger, better and it’s all ours, with great neighbours such as Elixia (biggest training centre in the region) and Idrettsklinikken (a therapy institution for sports injuries). 
For pictures of the new dojo on Facebook

The new Location’s adress: Hillevågsveien 31-33 (click for map). Entrance by foot from Hillevågsveien (look for the stairway in the building between Elixia and Esso)

There is parking behind the building, access via the Esso Station – 2 hours free, but do take a parking ticket!  Use the back entrance.  For direction on how to get there by bus / airport shuttle / train and info on accomodation nearby: click “location” in the menu on the right.

We now have 2 separate dojos: the main dojo is 130 m2 and can be expanded to 160 m2 if the corridor is matted as well (f.ex. when we have seminars). It is matted with judo mats, and a layer of under-mats to soften falls. 

The smaller dojo is a separate room of ca 50 m2 with mirrors on one side. Perfect for non-matted activities such as iaido, tai-chi, chi-gong, yoga, kung fu, etc. We are, in fact, looking for like-minded groups to sub-let time in our dojo.

We are currently building changin rooms, and installing a couple of showers. There is also a spacious area for socializing, complete with a kitchenette (with fridge/freezer, water cooker, coffee machine, microwave, oven (but no cooking plates) and a sink. The corridor will become a gallery as well.

In the back there are two additional rooms with windows from floor to ceiling, for which we would like to welcome like-minded therapists, or groups wanting their own room.

We’re all working hard to get the place up and going, and we will start practicing there the first week of March, after an inauguration party on March 1st.

COME ON DOWN and help get the dojo ready!  There’s more to do!

New dojo is open for more new-dojo-waza!!! Call Bob or Stancho to get access to the dojo if you have some extra time to volunteer. Even if you only have a couple of hours – no job is too small, anything you can contribute gets us closer to enjoying a wonderful new dojo!

We’ve already had one “dugnad” weekend (21-23 February 2014) during which we moved most of the mats/materials/uniforms, dismounted the mirrors, painted the imPossible Purple into Wonderful White, cleaned and redirected the ventilation ducts, and many other odd jobs.

Next weekend (1-2 March) – we will place the undermats and the mats in the new dojo and celebrate our good forturne on Saturday night.

Pictures from Day 1 & 2 & 3:  click here for photostream on Facebook)

Done So far:

Day 1 (fri 21.2): Two shower cabinets were delivered and carried upstairs. Truck and trailed time were donated for shuttle traffic between the dojos – we moved all the mats from storage, the blue mats, the uniforms, weapons, kitchen and other equipment to the new dojo’s little dojo, including the big box with the cherry tree, the pine and the bamboo (70 manhours)

Day 2 (sat 22.2): Kitchen doors, fixings and paint all fixed up. All lights in the dojo are serviced. Painted two coats in the main dojo: the ceiling is no longer black and the imPossible Purple has become peaceful White. Ventilation ducts are cleaned and rotated to maximize head room. Entry hall mirror removed, plastered and painted. Mirrors in the old dojo were dismounted. Thanks to those who came by with hotdogs and coffee!  (70? manhours)

Day 3 (sun 23.2): All painting done in main dojo and entrance. Storage stuff moved from small dojo to back room. Small dojo cleaned. Big dojo tidied and looking great (corridor needs a polish….). All mirrors moved to new dojo (no breaks!).  (50 man hours)

– Undermats are coming thurday or friday – to be carried upstairs
– Mat laying session (cutting old and uneven mats for the uneven walls) -> March 1st
– Party Satuday evening (1st March)
– Plan walls for a changing room
– Install showers and connect washing machine
– Install hooks and benches in the changing rooms

Holiday Practice? Yes!

Yes! we’ll be training throughout the holiday,
Nisse-ukemi-Jul2012though with a reduced schedule – as follows:

Mon 23                : 18.30-20
Tue-thu 24-26   : Merry Christmas!
Fri 27                     : 18.30-20
Weekend             :  free practice (use FB to agree on time)

Mon 30                : 18.30-20
Tue-wed 31.12-1.1   : Happy New Year!
Thu 2 jan             : First class of the year:
17.15-18.15 Juniors
18.30-20.00 Seniors

Have a merry holiday and a great new year – hope to see you on the tatami in between the great meals!!!

Massage and Aikido with 6. dan Mouliko Halén!


JuShinKan is grateful to the Kampsportforbundet (Martial Arts Federation) for bringing Mouliko Halén to Stavanger for a Massage course aimed at martial artists. Mouliko Sensei graciously accepted to teach a few aikido classes as well, since he was here already. It’s going to be a GREAT weekend! We’ve created a Facebook event – do sign up

*Offer A: Massage Course med Mouliko Halén (with 30 years of experience in massage): includes sports massage combined with acupressure & shiatsu for martial arts & for life
Price: for only kr 250,- pr person for 4 hours! Great offer subsedized heavily by the Martial Arts Federation (NKF)
Bring your better half, a good friend or a training partner!

*Offer B: Aikido Practice with Mouliko Halén (6. dan)
Sat afternoon (1 class) and sunday (2 classes)
Price: kr 100 pr class
Special offer for JuShinKan members only: kr 250 for all 3 classes

Sign up ASAP! To Jacqueline 98250628 or or on the Facebook event !
Place: JuShinKan dojo, Lagårdsveien 91, Stavanger

SATURDAY 23. nov.
A: 12.00-16.00 massage course (kr 250,-)
B1: 17.30-19.00 aikido (kr 100,-)

SUNDAY 24. nov
B2: 10.00-11.00 aikido (kr 100,-)
B3: 11.10-12.10 aikido (kr 100,-)


Support JuShinKan – for free!!!

grasrot_logoDo you like to play Lotto, Tipping and Joker
(or any other games organized by Norsk Tipping)???
(**for norsk – følg anvisning nederst ved **)

Some of your bettings go automatically to sports in Norway – but here YOU can decide WHO gets 5% of your betting money – so why not make sure that JuShinKan gets it?

Note that your betting amount is in no way diminished, nor is whatever prize you might win any smaller. In other words, it costs you NOTHING to support your favourite club – Stavanger JuShinkan Aikido! You don’t even have to practice actively, nor do you have to be in Stavanger to do so!!!

Here’s how: register your tipping card to JuShinKan, and the rest will go automatically from then on! There are 4 ways to do so really easily:

1.By text message (SMS): send GRASROTANDELEN 993938971 to 2020
(easiest and it’s free to do so!)
2. At any playing booth – print* and take along the barcode and your playing card.
3. Internett: go to, search JuShinKan, then klick “tilknytt”
4. Norsk Tipping’s Mobilspill

*To print the barcode and/or to see this text in Norwegian: click here  – then do a search on ‘JuShinKan’ – then click ‘Strekkode’ (for the barcode only) or ‘Vervebrev’ (barcode + this text in Norwegian)- then print the pdf
**For å se dette på norsk klikk her  – så søk på ‘JuShinKan’ – klikk deretter ‘Vervebrev’ (for denne teksten på norsk+ stekkode) – print gjerne pdf’en og ta med der du spiller)

Thank you for supporting JuShinKan via “Grasrotandelen” – it all helps!

Seminar with Marc Bachraty for JuShinKan’s 5th Anniversary!

This September, JuShinKan Aikido celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary and we are tickled pink that the Seminar with Marc Bachraty coincides with this joyous event!

BachratyStavanger6-8sep2013-updatedA few changes!
Be aware that there has been a change of venue to Tastarustå Idrettshall, right next to Tastarustå school, as well as an adjustment of the schedule (half an hour earlier on the saturday). Please see the updated poster for details and do visit our Facebook Event for the latest news and to see who’s coming and click “see more” for all the details”!
Do sign up yourself if you haven’t already, that will help with the organization!

Statistcs so far: there are about 40+ participants (that we know of), whereof a dozen from abroad and another dozen travelling from outside this region, and half the participants are 1. kyu and above – this looks quite promising!!!

Welcome to Stavanger!

Practical info: 

Weapons: there will be bokken classes!
If you are local or drive: please bring your bokken (if possible more than one)
If you fly: we’ll have bokken for loan

You can stay overnight at the dojo for free,  bring a sleeping bag and a sleeping pad, there will be extra covers there. There is a fridge, a microwave, a water cooker, coffee machine, plates and cups – and food shops nearby. If you stay there, please keep the place very tidy as we share the common areas with our neighbours. How to get to the dojo by foot/bus/train/airporter :  see this page
For hotel suggestions, see this page (and scroll to below the picture).

Seminar Location: 
Tastaruståhallen (see B on the map link below)
address: Gjerdeveien 32, next to Tastarustå school.
GPS coordinates: 58.985561, 5.692377
To get there by bus: Take Bus nr 2, goes every 10-15 mn (mon-fri) and every half hour (sat/sun) and get off at stop “Froastølveien” right outside the hall
From dojo to hall : take the bus nr 2 from across the street (towards city centre)
From city centre to hall: Bus nr 2 leaves from bus stop nr 25  (direction Tasta)
Bus information will be posted at the dojo for the people sleeping there or check the online bus routes (enter from: “Statens Vegvesen” (for dojo start) or “Stavanger Sentrum” (for city start)  and enter to: Froastølveien (the stop by the Hall).

A/C. JuShinKan dojo: Lagårdsveien 91
B. Tastaruståhallen (2 routes, one of them through downtown): Gjerdeveien 32, next to Tastarustå school
D. Snake Island Aiki-Inn (for the Barbeque saturday night): Ormøyveien 111

Friday 7th evening:
– 19.00 – 21.00
Saturday 8th:
– 10.00 – 11.30 (NB this is a new time!)
– 16.00-17.30 (NB we have to be out of the hall by 18 sharp!)
– 20-ish – BBQ at the “Snake Island Aiki Inn”
Sunday 9th:
– 11.00-13.30 (with a short break, bring snack)

Autumn season at JuShinKan starts 26 august!

20130501-GroupCrazyOn Monday 26 august, a new aikido-semester is about to begin, and we are back with aikido classes 7 days a week!

Monday through Friday 18.30-20.00 (easy to remember!) plus saturday/sunday usually at 12-13.30 (check Facebook or call Tomek for possible changes). More about the classes below! Should you forget, you can alway find the information on our website (click “schedule” in right column).
And for the younger crowd:
The Juniors (10-14 year-olds) start again on thursdays 17.15-18.15, and
New this year: Mini-Maxi-Mix (5/6 to 9 who bring along an adult to train with) will be on wednesdays 17.15-18.15
(see description of Mini-Maxi-Mix in this article)
Remember 6-8 september and “marc” your calendars for a great aikido weekend seminar with an instructor from France, Marc Bachraty (5th dan, Tissier student, look him up on youtube!). All levels are welcome!
More info and schedule here.  Come to practice and let’s get in shape for this together!
About the classes: 
We continue to focus on beginners and basics on Monday and Wednesday, so if you have family or friends who want to try aikido, these are good days to take them along!
Tuesday will be for the more advanced, meaning those comfortable with the art of falling (ukemi). If you’re in doubt whether you can attend this, ask Bob (it’s his class, and he’s the head instructor).
Thursday we continue to explore the connection between weapons and aikido techniques, this is open for all.
The Friday class will be a 2-hour weapons class, mostly jo (wooden staff) and tanto (wooden knife).
Saturday and Sunday offer the opportunity to train extra on something you need or are interested in, in the form of a workshop. Saturday will include one part with self-defence based on aikido techniques.
Welcome Back!

JuShinKan offers training all summer long!!!

sun_aikidoDuring the Summer (20. june – 25 august), we are reducing the number of classes – but we will be still be training all summer long  – 3 times a week (plus 2 times on the weekend!)!

Monday / Wednesday / Friday     18.30-20.00
Saturday / Sunday     12.00-13.30  
(check our Facebook page for possible changes)

Everyone is welcome to these practices: brand new beginner, old-timers, guests from other clubs (no charge!), and our juniors may also train with the adults during the summer.

On other days, members are free to arrange free practices or workshops – contact each other on our Facebook Page!

As O’Sensei said : “Always train in a pleasant and joyful atmosphere”
and JuShinKan wishes you a pleasant and joyful summer full of aikdo!