Our Kids Speak about Aikido

An interview with Sempai Tamara

Q: How old are you? 
A: 13

Q: How long have you been practicing Aikido? 
A: 7 years

Q: What Kyu(rank) are you? 
A: Jr. 4th Kyu

Q: Why Aikido and not another Martial Art? 
A: Because my Mom introduced me to it.

Q: What do you like most about Aikido? 
A: Learning new techniques.

Q: What are you good at? 
A: Kicks and punches.

Q: What is your biggest challenge? 
A: Falls and rolls.

Q: What words of wisdom do you want to share with your fellow students and/or newcomers?
A: Don’t give up because you get bored of repetition of basics.

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up? School? Job? 
A: I want to go to University but I am still not sure what.

Q: Have you ever used Aikido outside of the Dojo? 
A: My awareness is more open, and when I go down the hall and people are rushing, I quickly avoid them, or when I slip, I don’t hurt myself.

Q: Have your Parents or friends or teacher noticed anything different about you since you started practicing Aikido?
A: They’ve noticed I’m stronger and more agile.

Q: What's the most helpful move or what do you think you'll use the most out of what you've learnt in Aikido?
A: The idea of keeping my space, moving around people in a crowded area.

An interview with Airk

Q: How old are you? 
A: 11

Q: How long have you been practicing Aikido? 
A: 5 years

Q: What Kyu are you? 
A: 8th Kyu

Q: Why Aikido and not another Martial Art? 
A: Because my Dad got me into it.

Q: What do you like most about Aikido? 
A: Everything :-) (i.e. I can protect myself, helps me with my awareness, etc)

Q: What are you good at? 
A: Rolling and teaching others.

Q: What is your biggest challenge? 
A: Dealing with kids that won't listen.

Q: What words of wisdom do you want to share with your fellow students and/or 
newcomers?
A: 'Be where you are' (from Goldberg sensei via my dad).

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up? School? Job? 
A: Architect or Engineer.

Q: Have you ever used Aikido outside of the Dojo? 
A: Yes, at summer camp last year. A Bully kept trying to push me and I kept getting off the line and keeping my hands up. This made him run into the vending machine several times until he gave up. A few other times at school as well.

Q: Have your Parents or friends or teacher noticed anything different about you since you started practicing Aikido?
A: More aware.

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  Our new friend Khiana visiting from Bali Indonesia. Photo by: ZIM Reflections

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