Saario Academy

Legendary 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

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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.

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Our Instructors

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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

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Safe Kid Instructor Course Level 1 (2nd part)

December 13 @ 5:00 pm - December 15 @ 6:00 pm
Radiowa 1a
Warsaw, 01-485 Poland

This is the first level of the Safe Kid instructor course.

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Defendo Instructor Course Level 4 (RED) – Finland

January 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - January 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Sammonkatu 6
Lahti, 15140 Finland

This is the highest level of expertise in the Jyrki Saario Defendo system. It is the equivalent of the black belt in martial arts. Receiving the Defendo Red diploma for Jyrki Saario himself – means that the student has developed his/hers skills and understanding of the Defendo system to the highest degree, worthy of a […]

What do people say about us?

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Get In Touch

We are always looking for new ideas and friends – so don't hesitate to get in touch!

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