A few words from Senshido Internationals newest member Jani Luukkonen.
Jani and Jurgan were officially brought into our family as team members and certified instructors yesterday 24 May 2015
They have been assistant instructors for several years under the Senshido Europe team, they are dedicated, passionate and have worked extremely hard to get to where they are now.
We want to welcome you guys to the family. Well deserved from your long road to our membership.
I wanted to write something personal on this as my journey in Senshido has been wonderful. Sure there have been downs and lows, but overall a fantastic journey.
I first came across the Shredder (everybody was talking about, nobody mentioned Senshido) in 2004. One of my colleagues told me about and showed some stuff. Ok, it wasn’t even close to Senshido grin emoticon but the thought was interesting. I had read about Richard Dimitri in Black Belt magazine maybe 1998 or something? Didn’t make the connection back then, though.
We started training with Markus in 2005. Or we just started experimenting with the ideas, we didn’t have any material. We just kinda continued doing MMA with knives and stuff like that. We had hockey helmets on and we were just going full force without consent.
Then we had a trip to sweden with Niko to study some grappling. That was probably another turning point. We talked about this and somehow I knew I had to find a way to study Senshido more. So then I found out that Ville Kaivonen had brought this mysterious art to Finland and I ordered the two tapes he had produced (Puolustaudu 1 and 2). I watched them over and over again and we started training Senshido every week, even two or three times a week at best.
In 2009 or 2010 Richard came to Finland to host a seminar in Tampere. I was sold for good. I talked with Richard for a minute after the seminar and agreed that I would train with Ville about becoming an instructor one day.
There is a lot more to the story, but after 2010 I have studied and taught many people along the way. This has been (and will continue to be) an amazing journey.
I would like to thank couple of people:
Ommik: You don’t even probably know this, but you actually caused this. You threw the snow ball if you catch my drift. Niko and Markus: thank you for guiding me to this road.
Ville Kaivonen: without you this might not have been possible. Richard: for doing some shit. Especially Senshido. Tuomo: for your friendship and for kicking my ass forward. Janne: for your hard questions and your guidance. Anders: for challenging me more in the future.
All my students. We have learned a lot together and will continue to do so in the future.
.. and all the Senshido team members for accepting me in your family. I actually only recently learned something about the character I will strive for and for that is to thank Marc. You are an example for us all.
And most of all, thanks to my wife Paula, who has been there with me during the good, the bad and the ugly times of Senshido (“oh, so your nose is bleeding again? Go wipe it off”