Welcome to the Weekendo seminar 2023

weekendo seminar 2023

Welcome to the WeeKendo seminar 2023! We are very excited to host this event once again. We hope you will have fun. Here are some info regarding the upcoming event.Senseis & guest of honors:

Kari Ruuhilahti (7 dan Kyoshi)
Sakari Jokinen (6 dan coach nat. team.)
Markus Frey (7 dan Kyoshi)
Markus Lyyrtö (7 dan)
Kotaro Nishida (6 dan) & Mr. Nakamura, his friend from Waseda University Kendo Club
Mercédesz Czimbalmos (6 dan)
Mia Raitanen (5 dan coach nat. team.)
Thomas Vikberg (5 dan FKA kendo representative)

HY Kendo organizer present at the event:

HY Kendo : contact (at) hy-kendo.com
Félix Bourgeau
Mercédesz Czimbalmos


This year again the seminar is held in the Porthania building of the University of Helsinki (Yliopistonkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki). The gym hall is located on the K1 floor. We will have the rightmost door open on the main building at 09:30 on Saturday and at 09:00 on Sunday. Once you are in the lobby turn right and take the stairs down, here is the hall.

There are some lockers and toilets on the right when you enter. You can bring your own lock if you wish.

Please empty the locker when you leave for the evening since the changing room will be used by another club after us.

You can leave shinai and bogu in the hall between Saturday and Sunday. We ask you to keep it tidy against the wall because there is another club (taido) training at 18.30 on Saturday evening. We would recommend bringing your kote home to dry them properly and keep a fresh smell in the hall Sunday morning 🙂.

Please come if you are healthy, the place should be less packed than last year and this weekend the temperature should be okay.

Simplified program:
Saturday 12.08

  • 10.30 – 12.30: Kendo practice led by Kari Ruuhilahti
    • Suburi / kirikaishi / uchikomi keiko /ippon shobu
  • 12:30 – 14:00: Lunch break
  • 14:00 – 16:30: Kendo practice led by Sakari Jokinen
    • Shiai keiko exercises / jikeiko
  • 18:00 – 01:00: Rooftop sauna at Syvistys

Sunday 13.08

  • 09:30 – 11:30: kendo practice led by Kari Ruuhilahti
    • Suburi / seme-tame waza & kirikaishi / team ippon shobu
  • 11:30 – 13:00: Lunch break
  • 13:00 – 15:30: kendo practice led by Sakari Jokinen
    • Shiai keiko exercises / jikeiko

Rooftop Sauna party Saturday – 18.00 – 01:00

We have a rooftop sauna reservation at Leppäsuonkatu 11, 00100 Helsinki. It is an HYY student facility and is bonded to some rules. We need to leave the premises no later than 02:00, and we need to leave them tidy. We ask you to respect the place and use the trash, and help us in cleaning the premises. You can bring your own food or have it delivered at the address and there is a fridge to store your own drinks.Lunches

You can bring your own lunch box and eat around the dojo. We only ask you to clean your own stuff and respect the place. There is enough time and enough places to go outside and eat in the Kluuvi area.Coffee and snacks

We will have a table with coffee and snacks to be freely used during the breaks. But you are invited to also bring your own snacks since the seminar will be pretty intensive.

Here is a link to a map with the different venues, closest transport hub and potential restaurant/cafés/shop around the dojo.

We won’t have anyone from outside taking pictures this year. But if you happen to take some pictures or videos and share them on social media, don’t forget to @hykendo and #weekendo. We are starting our next beginner’s course the 08.09 and will start advertising for university students massively, so anything can help 🙂 Finally, I use this channel to inform you that the shiai event #2 of the Capital Region Kendo league will be hosted by Lebudo and take place in Espoo the Saturday 30th of September, you can already register on Suomisport.

See you Saturday morning!


Félix and Merci

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