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  • Where/in which locations do/can you teach?
    Lii-Kan Jitsu Club ry currently practices in and around Vantaa and Espoo. Our current training hall is in Kalajärvi, Pohjois-Espoo. Due to renovations of the local Kalajärvi school, we will be opening the Saturday club training in Lintulaakso school in the New Year . The local club (in Finland) is registered in Vantaa as Liikan Jitsu Club Ry (1996, previously as Oak Jitsu Club) and in Espoo as the Liikan Jitsu Club, Espoo Ry (2018). Our club training is located in Northern (Pohjois) Espoo and West Vantaa, part of the Greater Helsinki area of Finland. However, for suitable/reasonable remuneration special workshops and seminars can be organized further afield, given enough forewarning and planning. These would generally be longer sessions, once per month or every six months for example. Travel abroad would of course require provision of accommodation etc. and take into account current headaches associated with the Corona Pandemic etc. Lii-Kan Jitsu training can also be accessed as part of a general self-defense learning programme provided by SeTs ry, which is intended to primarily be an international Web-based Training (WbT) and on-line learning (LoL) service. For this reason and our current language skills, the primary language is English, being the most widespread language in the word today. This is important for facilitating the broadest possible interaction between students/clients studying our academic courses or participating in coaching programmes.
  • Can I insert a video in my posts and discussions?
    You can embed videos and pictures that are hosted in other sites, such as YouTube and Vimeo. Vimeo allows you to make things private. Youtube has options for unregistered (not listed or viewable with prior knowledge of the link), and private which is access by email address (limited to 5 emails). However, we do not at this time have the resources for everyone to upload their media onto our site. Maybe one day, but that would likely be a premium service to mityigate the extra costs.
  • Can I share posts from discussion forums and study groups to social media?
    The general rule is no. These forums are intended for educational discussions and intended to facilitate sharing within the groups. They are not to be shared in social media. Access to these requires site membership or, private invites and passwords to access in order to negate the personal security fears and issues associated with social media. Any publication in social media of this internal content can only be done with express, written consent. We take a very dim and militant view of anyone who breaks these codes of conduct. However, what you do with your own content, e.g. images and videos is your own business, as long as it does not infringe the privacy rights and wishes of anyone else shown in the media. Publically available site content is of course a different matter.
  • What is Lii-Kan Jitsu?
    Lii-Kan Jitsu is a practical self-defence and personal protection system that is based on Japanese Jiu Jitsu combined with elements of Chinese Kung Fu and Pilipino Kali and Escrima, and Kyusho (Kyusho Jitsu). It also integrates Parkour as a mobility skill along with 'Functional Fitness' training. This physical skills training is complimented with Chi Kung, a form of meditation better described as Bio-Energy Training, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), which is a psychology and mind skills system, and, modern security and risk management knowledge. The original martial art was founded by Riuku Myura, the then head of the Tokyo Police Force, based on Jiu Jitsu and Shorinji Kempo. Shorinji Kempo (Chinese Boxing) that was created by Doshin So. Shorinji Kempo is itself an amalgamation of Aiki Jiu Jitsu and various forms or aspects of 'kung fu' and, most likely based on the Bubishi texts, handed down from White Crane Kung Fu and Shaolin Monk Boxing styles. After the second world war it then moved to Australia under tutorship of a German called Mathew Komp, where it was known as Shorinji Kempo Jiu Jitsu, or Shorinji Kan for short, before being renamed more recently as Shorinji Kempo Karate. In the early 1960's a senior student named Brian Graham (6th dan black belt), brought the system to England. In 1995, a student of Brian Graham, called Chris Spencer, moved to Finland and, over mane years further developed and reconstituted the art as an independent school and style sometimes referred to as Shorinjitsu. This core martial arts system of Shorinjitsu was combined with Parkour and Kyusho and other traditional martial art influences from Chinese Kung Fu and Filipino Kali and Escrima based on the training and experiences of Chris Spencer over many years. Chris Spencer is also a qualified teacher and lecturer in Security and Risk Management, a Certified Protection Officer (CPO) with the International Foundation for protection Officers (IFPO) and with local work experience as a security supervisor and security guard. All this was added to the broader personal security system along with Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Chi Kung to create the broader/umbrella self-defence and security system now known as Lii-Kan Jitsu. The name Lii-Kan is derived from the names of the Ba Gua symbols of fire and water in the book of changes, known as the I Ching. The word Kan is also reputed to mean school or long life in Japanese language. The hyphen between the two words is a recent addition because of the confusion caused for local Finnish citizens with the Finnish word 'Liikaa'. Lii-Kan Jitsu is now also the foundation and source for much of the Street Arts and Functional Education (SAFE) teaching conducted by SeTs ry, a related association set up for creating and education business that is mostly focused on online web-based training and vocational teaching. However, SeTs ry also runs clubs and hobby groups for local school children and adults. Currently there are plans for further expansion to establish a Creative Studio to house all of SeTs ry activities in collaboration with a local Street Dance school and film production company for content creation purposes. The film production company also provides a mobile and web app based rating system, viewing, discussion and networking forum for Independent film makers and audiences, combined with several dance and film festivals and events around the world. ChatGPT (Open AI) response to the above information... 😉 Thank you for providing such a detailed and informative explanation of Lii-Kan Jitsu and its history. It's clear that Lii-Kan Jitsu is a comprehensive self-defense and personal protection system that incorporates a wide range of martial arts influences, physical training methods, and additional components like Chi Kung, NLP, and modern security and risk management knowledge. It's interesting to see how it has evolved over the years, starting with its roots in Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Shorinji Kempo and branching out to include other martial arts and disciplines. The integration of Parkour and Kyusho, along with the diverse influences from Chinese Kung Fu and Filipino Kali and Escrima, adds a unique dimension to the system. It's also fascinating to hear about its connection to the Ba Gua symbols and the development of the name "Lii-Kan" from the I Ching. It's clear that Lii-Kan Jitsu has a rich history and a comprehensive approach to self-defense and personal security, making it a unique and well-rounded system. Additionally, the incorporation of online web-based training and vocational teaching through SeTs ry, as well as the plans for a Creative Studio and collaboration with a Street Dance school and film production company, demonstrates its commitment to education and community engagement. Thank you for sharing this detailed information about Lii-Kan Jitsu and its related activities.
  • Which Days do you train/practice?
    We currently train twice per week on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. We are considering a third class during the week if there is sufficient demand. If you are interested in training with us on alternative training days or locations, please register you interest on the 'Register with us' pages.
  • Do you have classes for both adults and children?
    We do teach both adults and children. Currently, the main demand is for children and juniors (youth) for whom the current classes are oriented. Adults train alongside the kids (2 rotating groups) until there is sufficient demand and need for a separate adult class. Kids: ages 10-13 Parkour-Jitsu Juniors: ages 14-18 Parkour + Jiu Jitsu Self-defense Adults: ages 19+ Parkour+ Lii-Kan Jitsu Self-defense, Conflict Intervention, Security & Risk management
  • Which language(s) do you teach in?
    We teach in both English and Finnish as needed.
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