aikido for kids/teens
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.