JKS Finland is a non-profit organisation and a karate club that teaches traditional Shotokan karate style as developed by Tetsuhiko Asai Shuseki Shihan. Our dojo is located in Helsinki.

Upcoming karate camps 2024! JKS Finland seminar 15.6.2024.
Kumite training camp 6-7.7.2024

Kumite training camp info

Strength, Speed, Agility, Balance, Self-Control

Welcome to Practice Shotokan Style Karate

JKS Finland is a non-profit organisation and karate club that teaches traditional Shotokan karate style as developed by Tetsuhiko Asai Shuseki Shihan. Tetsuhiko Asai Shuseki Shihan added 5 Junro and 16 Koten Katas into Shotokan Karate, thereby enriching the style.

JKS Finland is an international family, currently boasting more than 30 nationalities at our honbu dojo in Herttoniemi!

Learn more about our karate roots and JKS organization


Sensei Jari's special Friday trainings concentrating in self-defence!
JKS Finland summer training camp 15.6.2023.
Special kumite training camp 6-7.7.2024.

Kumite training camp info

Interested to start karate?

You can join our trainings all year round!

Whether you are curious about karate and want to try it for the first time, or you are already a seasoned karateka looking for a shotokan style training club in Helsinki, we warmly welcome you to our trainings.

For beginners we organize special beginners courses twice a year (starting in January and August), but if you miss the course or you have practiced karate before, you can also join all year round. Our teachers will always welcome you to training and the teaching is modified to be suitable also for newcomers and beginners. Training karate is suitable for everyone, so come as you are! You only need sweat pants, t-shirt and a drinking bottle.

To get you started you can just pick a training from the weekly schedule, come to the dojo, let the instructor know you are joining the class and we help you from there. You can also send us mail info@jksfinland.fi and ask more.

We train in eastern Helsinki

Our dojo is located at Mekaanikonkatu 17, 00880 Helsinki.
The dojo is on the 2nd floor of the "Saka-building".

Come in to the building using the door on the right side of the car dealership (Saka) and take the stairs on your left to second floor. Enter to the lobby. Our karate dojo is on your left side. Leave your shoes in the lobby.

How to get there

Dojo Schedule

Weekly Training Calendar

All trainings are held at our dojo (Mekaanikonkatu 17, 00880 Helsinki). Teaching is in English, and Finnish translation is provided. Karate is adaptable for all ages and physical conditions! JKS Finland - Shotokan Karate Helsinki has classes available for your whole family! As an art, karate aims to improve your motivation, self-confidence, discipline, reaction, respect, coordination, fitness, relaxation, and much more!

We are part of a bigger karate family

Suomen karateliitto
Japan Karate Shoto Federation (JKS)

Who are we?

Instructors, Black Belts and Board of Directors

Welcome to our dojo! Our instructors are some of the most diverse and skilled martial artists in the area. They have dedicated their lives to the study and practice of martial arts, and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with others.

Our chief instructor has been practising martial arts for over 30 years, and holds a Japanese rank of 5th dan. She has trained with some of the most renowned masters in the world, and has won numerous competitions and awards throughout her career.

The instructors are also highly experienced, and accomplished martial artists, with many years of training and competition under their belt. They have studied a variety of different styles and techniques, and are able to provide comprehensive instruction in a multitude of disciplines.

In addition to their martial arts experience, our instructors are skilled teachers who are committed to helping each student actualise their full potential. They understand that everyone learns differently, and are able to tailor their instruction to meet the needs of each individual student.

We are proud to have such a talented and dedicated team of instructors at our dojo, and we are confident that you will benefit greatly from their expertise and guidance.

Lisa-Lee Greenspan

6.dan, chief instructor and the head of technical committee of JKS Finland

Ramon Baturoni


David Bell


Ben Cowley


Sammy Rohner


Jari Reinikainen


Floriana de Matteo


Katrin Pawlitzky


Yamate Sakino


Soner Oymak


Burak Simsek


Omppu Alatalo


Teija Alasalmi


Giangabriele Casci


Jeffrey Vink


Jani Alatalo

1.kyu, President of the board

Johanna Toivonen

2.kyu, Vice president of the board and treasurer

Susanna Grimm-Vikman

1.kyu, Secretary of the board

Our karate roots

At the JKS Finland - Shotokan Karate Helsinki dojo we practice and teach traditional japanese shotokan style karate. We are part of the international JKS organization.

Learn more about our karate roots and JKS organization

Dojo-kun, our training rules

Build up and improve character

The ultimate goal of karate is to seek perfection through intense daily training by cultivating discipline, courtesy and endeavor. The other four principles of the Dojo-kun are the methods of which to achieve the ultimate goal.

In japanese: Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto.

Be straight and honest

This means to be sincere in everything you do. The true path of honesty lies through words of honor, always kept when given. To earn other people’s confidence, it is fundamental to keep promises and avoid lies.

In japanese: Makoto no michi o mamoru koto.

Be purposeful

Try hard in everything you do. You can’t be successful without being diligent. Nothing can be achieved in theory. Therefore, apply all of your efforts to achieve these goals. Here it is important to face what you have decided with great effort.

In japanese: Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto.

Respect others

The core of any system and order lies in courtesy and human qualities. Gratitude and respect to your opponent should be the common state of things, being at the same time courteous to yourself. Gratitude will let you draw the opponent’s sympathy and trust from the first glance. True human values emerge out of this courtesy, which, by no means, should be neglected.

In japanese: Reigi o omonzuru koto.

Refrain from violent behavior

Humans tend to be egotistical. One may lose temper after a minor incident and lash out at the other. A person might consider such behavior to be brave and valiant, but in truth is foolish. Those who practice karate and get angry over trivial things will disgrace the name of Karate-do. Anger should never mean that there is no room for a smile.

In japanese: Keki no yu o imashimuru koto.

Training fees

Spring 2024 season training fee (January - June): 220 euro
Club membership fee (per year): 45 euro

More detailed information about the payments will be provided.

Get In Touch

Contact Us

If you have any questions or you want to reach us just drop us a message to

We welcome everybody to train with us! Whether you are already familiar with training karate or just thinking about trying it, you are most welcome to join our trainings.