About Us

Lii-Kan Jitsu review of 21 years in Finland

Who are we?

The Lii-Kan (Liikan) Jitsu Club and the Kyusho Study Group (KSG), Helsinki are a group of friendly and open-minded people from a wide spectrum of martial art styles, ages, cultural backgrounds various and other recreational and professional interests and activities who get together twice per week to practice Liikan Jitsu (Shorinjitsu++) and once a month to study and practice Kyusho in a spirit of mutual support and cooperation.

We teach and train with both adults and children with a specially adapted learning programme for our younger members, for both their safety, and ours!

Fiendish Finglish Fun for all the Family

Liikan Jitsu is a self-defense, conflict intervention and management for an all-around personal protection and security system. As Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido is reported to have said...

"Those who are skilled in combat, do not become angered,

Those who are skilled at winning, do not become afraid.

Thus the wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win".

As a community of martial artists, we believe in Peace and Compassion through Strength and Understanding. 

Links to a more detailed profile and some references can be found in the navigation menu at the top of this page. We are a registered Vantaa club, under the name of Liikan Jitsu Club ry. We have been established as an independent style and registered club in Finland since 1996 (formerly under the name of Oak Jitsu Seura ry).

Instructor Profiles

Instructor profile, origins and lineage
In addition to many years of training and teaching experience in Lii-Kan Jitsu (Jiu Jitsu), and as a Kyusho study group leader, our chief instructor has several years experience in the security industry as public order & door supervisors (bouncers etc.) and guarding (retail & loss prevention). Our training and teaching experience is extensive, since 1983. That's over 35 years of training and 30 years of teaching experience with the foundation and teaching of 5 clubs since 1987, the latest ones in Finland being the Oak Jitsu Club Ry (1996), Liikan Jitsu Club ry (2007), Liikan Jitsu Club, Espoo Ry (2018).

Instructor qualifications include a Higher-Education Vocation Teacher qualification (University level teaching and lecturing), the IFPO Certified Protection Officer certificate, NLP Master Practitioner certificate, an M.Sc in Security and Risk Management and local Finnish state qualifications and work experience as Järjestyksenvalvoja / portsari (public order / door supervisors) and vartija (security guard / retail), with use of force rights, including pepper spray, baton, TKP and hand-cuff permits. For more information about the professional education and training services offered by our instructor, please visit his homepages at SeTs Freelancer or his Facebook page and discussion group.

Origins and Lineage

The original system and forerunner of Shorinjitsu was created by the then Chief of the Japanese police force, Riuku Myura, using his practical job experience. He created the original system by combining Jiu Jitsu, he had first trained in, with 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, the Bubishi texts, handed down from White Crane Kung Fu and Shaolin Monk Boxing styles. It was sometimes referred to by its shorter name of Shorinji Kan (Chinese School). Later, his senior student and successor, a German named Mathew Komp, took the system with him to Australia, where it has since been renamed to Shorinji Kempo Karate.

In his turn, Brian Graham brought the system with him from Australia to England where the Sammurai Jiu Jitsu Association was born. Brian Graham also held 2nd dan black belt in Judo, in part because Judo was the only legal form of self-defence in Australia, so with that influence, the style continued to evolve under his own tutorage. This now independent style and organisation was later renamed to 'The Jitsu Foundation' under the leadership of Peter Farah, one of Grahams most senior students. The organisation has since splintered/fractured into various factions as is often the case with martial arts organisations, especially ones that grow so large and so fast as the TJF did, plagued by politics, monetary rights/contract issues and technical degradation. 

The founder of Lii-Kan Jitsu, having trained with the TJF since 1983 and successfully set-up (1987) and taught two clubs in the U.K., moved to Finland and set up his third club there in 1995/6. The Lii-Kan JItsu style and club was created partly because of the  geographical distance, and, also to distance and free themselves from the former organisation that was already starting to fall apart at that time, both politically and technically. With independence comes both freedom and responsibiity. The freedom to develop the style and club training in any direction preferred according to our own studies, training and experience, and, the responsibility to be self-reliant enough to carry through that development for the benefit of all club members. 

It's a shit load of hard work!

But, this is how all the martial arts have evolved at some time during their formative years, and beyond if they were to survive

Further Information Links


Membership application forms (MAF) can be downloaded from the
Join us page in both English (EN) and Finnish (SF), along with training and membership prices and payment guides.  

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