Aikikai 合気道

Stavanger JūShinKan Aikido dojo is now a reality!!!

Follow the link from the calligraphy here on the left side and you can find all the info about where we are, when we practice and some more!

But where does the name come from?

After quite a lot of thinking, finally Bob and I managed to find an appropriate name for Stavanger Aikido dojo, a name in Japanese that reflects the spirit and targets we set when we decided to start this experience.

Bob from his experience in judo, 柔道 ( じゅうどう, jūdō) and Tomiki Aikido is very fond of the term yawara, やわら, that is the kun-reading of the kanji 柔 [ju]. Also Inaba sensei at the Kashima seminar in Norway used this word a lot! A very good explanation of yawara is given in AikiWeb forums, with a special mention also for Mark Murray reply, about the “theory of yawara”. In the way it is expressed it is really fundamental in Aikido techniques and spirit.

Given that Bob has been the only Aikido presence in Stavanger for quite a few years (he is going to write a bit about Aikido history in Stavanger, how the different dojos disappeared leaving only us now!!), I wanted to repay him in some way for the efforts. And furthermore he is still standing my way of practice and teaching, without kicking too much my ass during his sessions!!! 😀

In a way our experience here in Stavanger has been based on being open minded, and it is the same spirit my closer teachers have always transmitted to me.

So the kanji we choose are (with the different readings!):

ジュウ [jū], やわ(ら) [yawa(ra)]
tender; weakness; gentleness; softness

シン [shin], こころ [kokoro]
heart; mind; spirit

カン [kan], やかた [yakata]
building; mansion; large building; palace.. intended as school..

Especially for Norwegian readers, the first sound is juu (long “u”, indicated as “ū”) not “yu”, so like in the English word “juice” not like “you” sound, still in English.

With a bamboo background, some color variations, also the header design of this blog will soon be changed accordingly with our new name!! The new design is here, just below! Hope you all enjoy the name and the spirit!!! And of course will come soon to practice!!

For the Aikido – 合気道 – Seminars, please refer to Stavanger JūShinKan Aikido seminar page for a very complete overview!!

3 responses

31 07 2008
Patrick HAMOU


I just left a message on FB as well. Since I am moving to Stavanger, I would like to know how to practice Aikido there. Can you maybe provide me your telephone details or the details on how to join your club. I am still a beginner with only 2 years of practice. But very eager to discover more !!!

Good luck with your new facility.


9 09 2008

Thanks, Patrick! We’re now moved in, the mats are great!

The best place to find info about the when, what, where ‘n’ how much is:

I sent you an infomail a while ago – we’d be very happy if you came and joined us for training! jacqueline


16 09 2009
patricia pellerey

Ciao Andrea, siamo parenti ma non mi chiedere perchè, non sono mai stata brava a ricordare questi legami, stessa cosa con le date, i compleanni ecc…Ti ricordo da piccolo, biondo quando venivo in vacanza a Netro con mia sorella Isabelle e Sabrina la mia cugina. Ora ho cinquant’anni che non sento per niente, sono sposata per la seconda volta e ho un figlio che si chiama Kevin. Vivo in Umbria in una casa di campagna e quando posso giro col camper. Sono appassionata di discipline orientali e pratico il tai chi e la meditazione. Non so perchè ti scrivo oggì probabilmente doveva essere così. Forse ci sarà un seguito…Chissà…Ciao Patricia


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