AIKIDO - Kids Classes
Aikido is a non-violent, non-competitive Japanese martial art. Its principles are based on non-resistance and harmonious movement.
Aikido is an ideal art for young people because its philosophy is non-confrontational and the techniques are designed to be effective without being destructive.
We Do On-Site
"Kids learn to protect their space & use their power in healthy ways."
What Kids Learn
The children's program emphasizes safety, cooperation and simple, fun Aikido. Initially, instruction is centred around exercises and drills that enhance basic physical skills and mind-body coordination. One of the first life skills the children learn is how to fall without hurting themselves and the principles of integrated, balanced movements.
Team work and leadership skills are also cultivated as the more experienced students work with the newer kids, ensuring mutual support and growth.
Kids learn about posture, centered-movements, attentiveness and courtesy. They also experience how to respect and protect their own space and use their power in healthy ways.
Classes start with a fun and lively approach to warm-ups. Then, there is practice in the art of falling safely using forward and backward rolls, and breakfalls. The rest of the class is partner practice, where each student pairs up with another to work on their program of movement skills and techniques. Interspersed throughout the class are Aiki-games, a fun, yet structured way to enhance their coordination and spatial awareness.
We always start and finish the class with meditation, so the kids can quiet their minds, relax and channel their energy.
What to Expect from Aikido Training:
Many of our students' parents have commented on the positive changes Aikido has made in their child's life.
Aikido helps at school. In class, kids are constantly challenged to remain alert and aware of themselves, others and their surroundings.
Actively receiving and harmoniously responding to their constantly changing environment stimulates their attention span and mental clarity. As a result, kids develop calm, clear minds, so their ability to absorb knowledge and stay focused naturally improves.
Aikido helps kids on the school ground. Confidence, as well as a strong sense of one's body and personal space can often prevent problems before they occur.
Learning that there are alternatives, mentally, verbally and physically, to fighting empowers the child instead of locking them into reactionary behavior.
Even in a physical encounter, the children learn there is a difference between fighting and defending one's self. This awareness and understanding leads to real, personal growth. Both the children involved and our society benefit.
Aikido helps in sports. Mind-body coordination and kinesthetic awareness translates to heightened performance in any physical activity the child may participate in.
Also, a greater level of safety and resilience is added, owing to a deeper understanding of balance, spacing and falling skills.
Aikido helps kids in the "real world"! Its practice provides tools and options for resolving life's daily conflicts.
Determination blended with flexibility affords one with formidable resources to meet challenges and attain personal goals.
Aikido is Fun!
Anyone can do it. Since Aikido is based on unbalancing one's opponent while staying balanced oneself, physical size, strength and athletic ability are not needed. Children of all sizes and abilities can enjoy the training and become good at it.
Our Goals in Teaching Aikido for Children:
Develop and expand physical and mental awareness
Improve flexibility and concentration
Develop interpersonal skills
Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence
Improve general fitness and body conditioning
Provide skills and options for self-defence
Cultivate teamwork and leadership skills
Getting started in Aikido is easy. Classes are offered in a spacious and safe environment. Our program is designed for children 5-13 years old (children 3 & 4 year olds welcome with parental accompaniment on the mats), with 3 classes available per week.
Tuesday 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Special family rates are available. Please call for fee options. To arrange your child's Free Try-Out Class, call us at (780) 908-1115.
You may join at any time - new students are given direct attention and everyone trains at their own level.
One of our advanced students in our Kids Program working on a basic self-defense technique