AIKIDO FOR KIDS & Teens
Kids classes at Logan Square Aikido focus on developing self-confidence, discipline, physical coordination and focus. In class, children will be challenged both mentally and physically and will take pride in learning new skills and finding increased confidence. Logan Square Aikido children’s classes focus on the following goals:
Physical and mental awareness
Flexibility and coordination
Self-esteem and self-confidence
Discipline and concentration
Cooperation and teamwork
Our Aikido for Kids program is available for ages 6-13 and classes are conducted in a safe, fun environment. Classes will be split based on age as appropriate. Classes are held twice a week and attendance is limited to 15 children.
5:30-6:15 p.m. (ages 6-8)
5:30-6:15 p.m. (ages 9 and above)
9:00-9:30 a.m. (new students)
9:30-10:15 a.m. (all ages)
Children who are interested in learning Aikido should enroll in our introductory course (Saturdays at 9am), which begins on the first Saturday of each month. This course will get them started in the basics of Aikido, and upon completion can join the ongoing classes.
Once becoming an ongoing member, dues are paid month-to-month and there are no contracts. Children must commit to training once/week.
KIDS/TEEN MEMBERSHIP (Ages 6-13)
(after completion of introductory course)
$10 off each additional adult
$15 off each additional child
NEW STUDENT 4-WEEK INTRODUCTORY COURSE
$75 for 4 weeks
9:00am on Saturdays
A training uniform is included with enrollment
More about our Aikido for Kids classes:
Aikido is a non-competitive art and the children’s program focuses on body movement, basic Aikido techniques, flexibility and focus. Instruction is initially centered around physical exercises designed to improve motor skills and increase physical coordination. The children are then taught how to fall in and out of balance on soft mats without hurting themselves.
After students are comfortable with falling, we introduce basic martial arts principles of movement. In conjunction with these principles, we instruct them in the techniques of Aikido. Cooperation and teamwork are stressed as the more accomplished children assist the newer students in developing their skills. Most importantly, classes are designed so kids of all ages have fun while learning.
About the Instructor
Enmei (Joanna) Hunter has been practicing Aikido for more than 20 years and has taught Aikido to children for 15 years. In 2014, she founded Logan Square Aikido as a non-profit organization to give back to the community where she lives. Enmei is ranked 4th Dan (fourth-degree black belt) and is certified to teach by Birankai North America.