Aikido for Children
Aikido classes allow children to train together in a physical discipline that is not based around competition. When practicing Aikido, children take turns applying a technique to each other and then “receiving” a technique. In this way, children work together to understand how each technique works.
This type of training allows each child to progress at his or her own pace in a supportive environment that emphasizes growth and cooperation. Children gain a greater awareness of themselves and their actions, leading to improved self-confidence and better understanding of responsibility.
Aikido Improves Strength and Coordination
Children grow stronger and more coordinated through regular training. They learn how to handle a bokken (wooden sword) and jo (short staff) in a precise and fluid manner. These improvements in coordination and dexterity will stay with them for life and give them advantages in other physical disciplines.
In Aikido, children learn by first seeing a technique, which often involves very complex body mechanics, and then attempting to replicate the technique on their own. We find that with practice, kids make tremendous improvements in their ability to “see” and then “do.” Eventually, they are able to absorb and replicate complex movements after only seeing them once or twice, a skill which undoubtedly gives them an edge in other disciplines or sports.
Regular Aikido Practice Develops:
- Better Coordination
- Improved Self-Esteem
- Ability to Focus
- Social Skills, including Cooperation with Others
- Confidence in Learning New Things
- Patience and Calmness
- Rolling and Falling Skills
- Self-Defense Skills
Our Children’s Aikido Program is geared for kids ages 8-14. Classes are approximately one hour long and meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:30- 5:30 pm. Additionally, Children are invited to join in special dojo trainings and potluck events periodically throughout the year.
For more information, please call (619) 992-9060 or visit our dojo during scheduled class times.