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Efo is usually practised on tatami mats. Normal duration of a training session is 1.5 to 2 hours. Every training session consists of basic drills, followed by more advanced exercises, depending on the composition and level of the group of trainees.

Body center, breathing and mind are trained during every session. Also relaxation of the body is important and constantly trained.

Any old training outfit for clothing is suitable for training Efo. Also a t-shirt and a normal sweat suit goes well. It is also beneficial to have some indoors footwear to shift between the dressing room and the training hall.

In Kouvola, Efo training takes place in the judo dojo of Haanojan Haali. Between the dates 1.8.2012-31.08.2012, training is scheduled on saturdays at 12-14 pm and between the dates 01.09.2012-31.05.2013 on sundays at 12-14 pm.

Possible extra training sessions are informed on occation.

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1.What does EFO mean?

EFO stands for Empty FOrce. It is a training method for human interaction employing body and mind. The method differs from the other methods because two or more persons are practising EFO together. EFO studies mind-body and mind-mind interaction.

2. Is EFO a combat art or self defence?

No, but it can be an additional tool for any self defence. Applying EFO's principles it may help to prevent a conflict or provocation from escalating to physical violence. EFO skills may also help in a situation where physical means cannot be used.

In japanese terms, EFO is not 'bujutsu', but it correlates with the meaning of the word 'budo'.

Rather than combat sport, EFO is a way for inner development and expansion of consciousness. EFO is a path inward to discover the power of the presence and state of being.

3. What are the EFO's principles?

When practising EFO, it is important to understand the concepts of Intention, Grounding, Heart and Knowledge. In brief, they could be translated as follows:

Intention: The same as “KI” in japanese terms, intention to do something, mental energy, willingness. For example aggression typically generates intention.

Grounding: Relaxation of the whole body and mind acknowledging the gravity of hara, center of the body.

Heart: Japanese term Kokoro for heart, not only the organ but could be understood as “soul” or “spirit” etc.. Opening one's heart means a change in one's mind and body enabling acceptance and fearlessness.

Knowledge: Ability to use intuition instead of thoughts, “the power of an empty mind”. This becomes easier when the previously explained concepts are utilised. For example: “Flow” state in sports.

4. How is EFO practised?

Usually two or more people practise together. During the practise, another person's feedback helps another to understand the changes in one's state of mind and eventually the body.

An example:

Another trainer performs a formal attack with strong intention. The opponent studies how EFO principles can be applied to reduce the intention of the attacker.

EFO promotes peace that neutralises all attacks through no reaction and no aggression, in order to avoid a situation where two forces collide and create tension between two counterparts.

Practising is executed in a respectful and relaxed way and through joy. In EFO no physical power is used to dominate the other person. No pain to is caused to others during the practice.

5. Are there some physical techniques in EFO?

No. The physical appearance or form of the attack is not relevant. Training is mainly concentrating on observing the intention of the attacker, and on reducing the willingness to attack by using EFO's principles, of which one being acceptance.

6. Why is EFO practise conducted on Tatami?

Training EFO includes physical exercises and it is more convenient to have a soft floor to prevent injuries and bruises.

7. Is it neccessary to use an "EFO-suit"?

No, anyone training EFO can use their own suit from what ever martial arts or sports they practise, or any other convenient dress. It is also possible to get an EFO-suit if one does not have any other suitable training clothes. It is better if the texture is strong enough to hold a grip.

8. Is there competition or belt grades in EFO?


9. Why does EFO "work" with someone but "does not work" with everyone?

When training EFO, two people are both training. For example a drill could be an attacker- a defender scenario.

The attacker practises how to generate a genuine intention, which can be felt by the opponent applying EFO to alter the intention of the attacker. That is why EFO is also a mental practise for the attacker, to understand the meaning of intention.

If one only performs a "fake" physical attack without a real intention, nothing should happen, because the aim of the practise is merely to reduce the intention of the attacker.

10. Why practise EFO?

Reasons to practise EFO may be manifold. For example:

  • To improve the ability to relax in scary situations
  • Nice hobby with people who are interested in similar things
  • Soft training without pain
  • To study and to develop mental skills


Jukka Lampila

Jukka is the head instructor. He has trained budo since 1985. In some ways, Jukka studies the same principles through his work his work

E-mail: jukka.lampila@kymp.net
Phone: +358 44 5511619

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