In our Kid's Aikido Program we provide martial arts classes in Aikido for children and adolescents ages 6 to 14. We offers a caring and compassionate environment. Our goals for the program are to teach conflict resolution skills, increase attention span, increase awareness of surroundings, and the ability to focus. Aikido instruction for kids includes the focus on health and discipline found in other martial arts for kids, such as karate for kids, but with greater emphasis on compassion and conflict resolution. Our instructors help students learn to take care of their partner and keep them safe. This directly relates to their school life: working with others for a mutually beneficial outcome. Because Aikido practice is cooperative and non-competitive, it is well suited to these goals.
Students also learn self-protection concepts. They become "friendly with the ground" by learning to fall to avoid injury. They develop self-confidence. They learn how to "get off the line" and move to a safe place. They learn to avoid engaging unnecessarilly with anger or being drawn into fights. These skills will be useful throughout their lives. Because Aikido does not depend on size or strength, and because it is based on the physical application of non-resistance and conflict avoidance concepts, it helps students to be on guard against potential dangers, such as traffic, or even abduction attempts.
Aikido works for all sizes and ages. It does not rely on height or weight, so all age groups can practice together. The multi-age grouping has many positive outcomes. Siblings can train together. Older students can mentor younger students.