Children & Youth Aikido
Classes are conducted in the most appropriate way for each age group. Students in all age groups learn the applicable techniques necessary for self-defense and rank testing. Ki meditation and breathing exercises are used in training with students of all ages. Age grouping is flexible to accommodate the needs of particular individuals.
We teach children how to calm down and show that calmness is a source of Ki power. Paying attention is one way of doing what we call "extending Ki. Learning calm attentiveness through specific exercises is the most basic training in Ki-Aikido. Practice improves children's ability to focus and respond positively in school and at home.
Children, ages 5 to 9
Young Children learn the basic movements and rolling exercises of aikido. They are taught the beginning throwing arts of Aikido. Games are often played to encourage students to practice the movements and do them correctly.
Youth, ages 10 to teens
Older children train in a more structured setting with more focus on learning Aikido movements and techniques. Games are still often used and are more directly related to Aikido arts. Focus, calmness and confidence are attitudes taught and encouraged during class time.