Youth Class (Ages 6-12)
Aikido is a non-competitive Japanese martial art that uses the energy of an attack
to neutralize an aggressor. We strive to offer a fun, energetic, yet disciplined
environment where children can learn cooperatively to resolve conflicts peacefully.
The class curriculum has recently been entirely recreated to make it appropriate
to young children on a number of fronts, for example:
- Aikido principles are reinforced through games and exercises.
- In addition to technique an emphasis is placed on developing skills in self control,
mindfulness, respect for others and personal safety.
- The new curriculum offers more opportunities to test and earn rank at smaller increments
to foster of a sense of achievement on an ongoing basis.
- Classes and the test requirements are designed to help students better understand
the interrelationships between body movements and defensive tactics in a way that
makes sense to children.
Who May Participate
The Youth Program is designed for children aged 6-12. There is some leniency for
5 year olds provided they are mature for their age and participate in class without
causing distraction to the others. Parents are welcome to participate with the children
as a family activity.
Classes will be held every Sunday except holidays from 11am-12pm (intermediate)
and from 12pm-1pm (basics). The class will be divided up approx. as follows:
- 15 minutes warm up, stretching and breathing exercises
- 10 minutes tumbling and falling practice
- 25 minutes Aikido defensive technique
- 10 minute Aikido-related games
What you need to get started.
We aim to make trying Aikido as inexpensive and enjoyable as possible. To that end,
new members do not need a uniform for the first month of practice. This allows your
child to try Aikido without the family making an investment in gear. Should your
child decide to stay in the program (or if they want a uniform earlier on) the dojo
frequently places group orders for gear and we will be happy to pick up a uniform
for you. Typically childrenâ€™s training uniforms (called do gi) cost about
$40-45 depending on size.
Questions? Contact us.
Prospective students and families are welcome to observe a class or try one out
for free during any regularly scheduled class time. If you have specific questions,
please contact Brian Lasher, Director of Youth Programs, at the dojo as follows:
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