Saario Academy

Legendary Self-Defence Training Since 1983

Our mission is simple – to educate people

Saario Academy is a community which allows its members to learn and succeed for their personal benefit – but also to give back and share experiences to generations that follow.

We like to support our instructors and students... but most of all...

We like to train

Safe Kids friends

Who are we?

Saario Academy

Saario Academy is highly respected by the industry professionals as one of the leaders in self-defence and use-of-force training providers.

We provide the most practical and effective training based on real life experience – to martial arts instructors and people of all skill sets and experience.

Jyrki Saario

My mission has always been to provide my students with the most practical and effective training based on real world experience.

When I started educating martial arts instructors back in 1983, I had one objective. It was to develop the best program and systems and to get the best instructors in the world to join my team.


Our Instructors


Saario Academy is a large international community with high level instructors in several countries.

We are also always looking for more certified instructors.
If you would like to join our worldwide community of licensed instructors, please contact us here.

What Do We Teach?

Instructor training for professionals

We are a professional team of instructors and we have team members in more than 15 countries.

We have been teaching professionals worldwide since 1983.

Training programs and seminars

We like to believe that we have the best self-defence training programs on the world.

It’s a bold claim but almost all of our students tell that they have never before taken part on such courses, where theory, practice and real-life experience are combined in a such compact way.

Self defense and personal protection for kids and teens

Our Safe Kid and Safe Teen concept is 100% unique and amazing.

We have lots of fun and teach kids and teens on how to keep safe and act in difficult and threatening situations.

Upcoming Events

Classic Krav Maga Straight Jab

Classic Krav Maga Instructor Course Level 1 (Group Leader) – Hungary

October 12 - October 16
Victor Hugo u. 6
Budapest, 1132 Hungary

This is the first level of the Classic Krav Maga instructor grading system. A Group Leader is an instructor, who can teach beginner groups and who is allowed to prepare students for yellow and orange belt tests.

Defendo Street Survival on the Ground

Defendo Instructor Course Level 2 (Combat Tech) – Hungary

October 12 - October 16
Victor Hugo u. 6
Budapest, 1132 Hungary

On this instructor course we focus on learning to controll a stronger opponent and defend against attacks from various directions while standing as well as on the ground. We will improve our skills gained on Hard Target level and strengthen the attitude of “never give up” through physical and mental training.

Defendo X Block against Stabbing Knife Attacker

Defendo Instructor Course Level 3 (S.T.A.R.) – Hungary

October 13 - October 17
Victor Hugo u. 6
Budapest, 1132 Hungary

Special Tactics and Response (S.T.A.R.) is the 3rd level of our Defendo instructor training program. The focus is on defending oneself against an armed opponent. The skills are honed in realistic training conditions. This is an advanced tactical traning that prepares to deal with dangerous situations such like knife threats and attacks, attacks with a […]

What do people say about us?

  • I learned Krav Maga and Defendo from master Jyrki Saario, I have known mr Saario since 1983 and begin training with him since 1999. I will strongly recommend his seminars and courses.

    If someone or my friends ask me where they can learn good selfdefence I will tell them go to a Defendo or Krav Maga seminar with master Jyrki Saario where they will learn the best selfdefence. Master Saario is the best teacher and instructor I've ever had.

    Ingemar JönssonIngemar Jönsson
  • Jyrki Saario is more then a unique fighting artist and mentor. He is a fair and loyal business partner and first of all a very good friend. This is exactly what Saario Academy is about.

    Istvan NagyIstvan Nagy
  • I have practiced martial arts since 1984, it’s been shotokan karate, wingtsun, ashiara. 1989 I started kickboxing with Ironman club and I have been practicing that since. I like the good feeling and great fellowship that we have at Saario Academy. In 2011 I went to a Defendo seminar in Gothenburg and got stuck to that also because I feel that it’s a very effective type of self defense. I’m now a father of four and grandpa and still active.

    When I attend a seminar I know I’ll get realistic self defense training, where I can choose the level of force that’s required for the situation that is at hand. for example I don’t necessarily need to hurt the person in front of me to get out of a threatening situation.
    The seminars held by Jyrki Saario is instructive, he shows techniques on a very educational way. I really can recommend Saario Academy Defendo to anyone that’s seeking for an effective self defense training that really will work when needed and Jyrki who brings out the best of you who wants to learn to defend yourself.
    If I were to tell you about Defendo I would point at the fact that it’s a effective system that is based on our natural reflexes, simple and effective.
    I have known Jyrki and practiced with him for over 30 years.
    I am Kickboxing 4th Degree Black Belt and Defendo 1st Degree Black Belt.

    Rainer HeinonenRainer Heinonen
  • If you want to learn a reality based self-defense or you are interested of fighting sports, you are in the right place.

    The founder of the Academy, master Jyrki Saario is a teacher, who has one of the richest experience, theoretical and practical knowledge of our times! I claim this with the responsibility of my 40 years experience in martial arts and fighting sports.

    Horváth JánosHorváth János
  • Great people - Humble Instructors - No Ego. One big family. If you looking for great training and self defense I strongly recommend a seminar with Jyrki Saario.

    Jan BjelkeJan Bjelke
  • Saario Academy is where I found my second family, my warrior family. Very profesional, very pedagogical way of teaching and great knowledge of self defence and combatives.

    Mikael PedinMikael Pedin
  • Saario Academy is on the sharp edge of self-defense education for professionals and civilians. Not only because of Jyrki but because of the community.

    Ilari SaukkonenIlari Saukkonen
  • I found a breath of freshness, knowledge, intelligent people with passion and motivation for further development in the broadly understood self-defence area at the Saario Academy.

    Jakub BorkowskiJakub Borkowski

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