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!

JuShinKan goes to Sandnes!

Classes at the JuShinKan Dojo are cancelled this friday-saturday-sunday (24-26 May), but instead…
we’re all going to the Aikido Seminar in Sandnes (15 mn by car away from our dojo). Come along!

Let Jacqueline know if you need a ride on any of the days (98250628).


See info and sign up on the Facebook event:

Sunyata Sandnes ( Sandnes Aikido Klubb) Invites to a interesting seminar with Kim A. Tinderholt 2.dan Aikikai and Patrick Pettersen 2.dan Aikikai.

Patrick is the founder and leader of Sunyata Sandnes and Kim is the founder and technical leader of Haugesund Aikido Klubb, and also the technical leader of Bergen Aikidoklubb.

Prices: full seminar only! nok 200.-
single session nok nok 100.-
The seminar is open for everyone.

Friday 24.5:
19.00 – 21.00 Aikido

Saturday 25.5:
14.15 – 15.15 Aiki-weapons practice
15.30 – 16.30 Aikido

18.00 Party in the Dojo! we order food, everyone chip in!

Sunday 26.5:
11.00 – 12.30 Aikido
12.40 – 14.00 Aikido and weapons

Con la Norvegia nel cuore (with Norway in my heart)

Massimiliano Melone is one of four aikidoka from Kashin Dojo in Rome who followed their Sensei Roberto Martucci (6. dan) to Norway, to participate in the double aikido seminar, starting with a weekend in Trondheim, followed by a week exploring the Stavanger region, and sharing their wonderful aikido with the JuShinKan crowd.  Here is his experience of the trip: 

Catapulted into a magical and enveloping nature… thus began the adventure, new experiences beyond our imagination.

We were met by an unusual warmth; the burning anticipation to ignite the soul from the very first meeting. It was incredible to be able to touch this feeling inside the dojo with your own hands; the warmth surrounded us, invigorating us in a relaxed and joyous atmosphere.

Classes stretched out with the passing of time in a natural flow of mutual understanding; both teacher and students mixing perceptions and contacts, shaping a technical form onto an energetic substance.

Every opportunity was exploited to meet at a point, then the let oneself go in one’s own expression, amazingly in tune with each other, in full freedom.

MMarticleImage3Just as many emotions were engendered in meeting an attitude towards a more energetic and vigorous practice, yet at the same time was sincere and loyal. The desire to learn and experiment joyfully what was being proposed was palpable in the many exchanges, as if we’d known each other forever.

Mind, heart and soul were engaged at the same time through the sharing, gifting us all with an intensive and enjoyable practice.

… And it was exciting to get in touch with such vigorous spirits…   every day you could see their souls reflected in the depth of their eyes .. just as when, at sunset,  the deep blue sea reflects and merges with the sky… until you couldn’t tell aymore where the sky ended and the sea began.

This is the true image of people who are extraordinary in every situation, strong and open in their purity and devotion; a concrete example of how it is possible to live in harmony and freedom through a challenging but serene path, made of assiduous practice, sharing and silence, shedding the need to seek protection from what surrounds them… because they simply are present in the right attitude and real dimension every single day.

Now the heart is still beating strong… and will continue to do so while pulsing out thoughts and reflections that are always new and vibrant … I will always carry inside the feelings imparted by this wonderful experience, the meaning of which still runs deep in me, distilled in the words of our Sensei Roberto …. “He who is truly free needs no protection… does not need to protect himself ….. he who is truly free … just exists!”

Text: Massimiliano Melone     Translation by Jacqueline von Arb & photos from the original article ‘Con la Norvegia nel cuore’ on the Aikido Kashin Life blog (reposted with permission). 

New at JuShinKan: Mini-Maxi Mix Aikido

We received many enquiries about aikido for kids (age 5-10), and some also asked about training together with the kids. What a great idea, we thought – lets go!  Here are pictures from the first two practices (on Facebook). 

This is a trial-project for kids 5/6 until  9/10 years old and we would very much like that the child brings a parent or significant big person to practice with.


When: Wednesdays – 17.15-18.15
(do come at the latest at 17, so we get to chat and play a bit first)

Period: first time Wednesday 15 may – last time 19 June
(total 6 times, until school’s out)  

Price: free for members and their children, and kr 210* per family for 6 times
(NB: *this will be refunded if you join JuShinKan as a member after this course!!!)

Instructors: there will  always be a black belt instuctor in the class, as well as an assistant instructor. Primarily: Jacqueline and Pascal

Clothing: training pants & long-armed t-shirt is fine, those who have a uniform from another martial art, feel free to use that!

How does it work? 
Kids and parents will train together, sometimes adults and kids separately, and sometimes all together.
Since kids have a shorter attention span, there will be some playtime, but all the games will be aiki-games, meaning that even if we play, we’re still practicing aikido…  =)

WE are aiming to develop cooperation, respect, concentration, balance, compassion and more – all through the practice of aikido – and we aim to have fun together!

This is an introduction to something that we hope will become a permanent feature in the club’s aiki-schedule as of school start in the Autumn 2013. Kids will then have to join the club, and the parent who want to join too may do so at half (the adult) price, for as long as their child is a member.

Oh, and feel free to inform to friends and family who may be interested!  The more, the merrier!
Here’s the link to the info-poster:
And the Facebook event: