Youth Aikido Training
(Grouped by ages 4-7 and 8-13)
The focus in the children’s training is on development of basic skills and attributes. Their training involves learning techniques (Japanese word is “Kata” meaning forms) and ways of applying them to real life situations to help keep them safe.
Our priority in our teaching is “Safety first!” all while learning in a positive and enjoyable environment.
Through their training, they will develop:
*Focus and the ability to concentrate on a single task
*Coordination and balance
*Self Defense skills
*Falling and rolling skills
*Opportunities to learn to work with others
*Japanese culture, vocabulary, history
*Self control – mentally, physically
*The ability to enhance their self image and self esteem/confidence
*How to develop healthy habits
*All while having fun!
We have found that consistent attendance and practice gives the best results. Students should schedule to attend a minimum of 2 times per week for class.
The class routine starts with a formal bowing where the students ask the teacher to teach them and the teacher asks the students to learn. “Onegai Shamasu” (own-a-guy sha-mos = Phonetically) meaning “Please do me the favor of…..” The bow is to signify respect to each other. Very much like a handshake is a greeting in the Western world.
The students and teacher then meditate to relax themselves, focus on their breathing and prepare themselves to learn. They do this by closing their eyes, sitting still, and breathing deeply.
The teacher claps twice and they all open their eyes and recite the student creed.
Then they do a full body stretching routine followed by falling and rolling skill training.
The main part of the class involves working on their techniques (see the .pdf of their curriculum) in which they work with senior students and instructors to learn their skills for their next belt or stripe exam.
After technique work, they usually practice self defense drills or other skill-based drills and finish class with some martial arts oriented games (if they have earned the reward of the games by doing their work.)
They finish class with meditation and bowing and walk out to the lobby to put their shoes on to leave.
Simple, consistent practice yields consistent progress and results.
The next step is to come in and watch a class and then decide if you would like to try 2 FREE weeks of training to see if Aikido training is right for you.