Children

Mini-Cranes Class for 4 - 6 year olds. This class uses focused play to introduce Aikido movement and awareness skills to young children. We work on spatial awareness, rolling, falling and basic Aikido techniques. Cooperation and respect for each other is emphasized and learned through various movement practices and games in a safe and fun environment.

Fundamentals Class for 6 - 8 year old students.These introductory classes focus on the fundamental movement skills in Aikido: rolling, knee-walking (suwari-waza), centering and blending. We emphasize self-discipline, energy awareness, leadership skills and fun. In addition, students learn the basic techniques of Aikido and the importance of posture and stance. Playing non-competitive games is part of the learning process. All levels are welcome to train in this class.

General Class for 9 - 12 year old students. These classes are designed for older students who are more able to study the techniques and philosophy of Aikido. Cooperation, focused attention and conflict resolution strategies are emphasized. Beginning students are welcomed and quickly intergrated into class with more variety and challenge available to them. Partner practices, rolls, falls and knee-walking are introduced along with more advanced techniques. Playing non-competitive games is part of the learning process. Beginning staff and sword handling are introduced.

General Class for 6 to 12-year old students. This class combines all ranks and age groups of children allowing them to learn from each other. Older students develop mentoring skills while younger students are encouraged to practice cooperation and focus. Variations of basic and more advanced techniques are taught, as well as self-defense skills, physical resilience and spatial awareness. There is always time for a variety of non-competitive games. Students from all levels are welcome to attend.

Class for Orange stripe and higher ranks, ages 9 -12. These classes are designed for students who have achieved the rank of orange stripe or higher to experience the techniques and philosophy of Aikido. Cooperation, focused attention and conflict resolution strategies are emphasized. A basic level of practice is assumed while more advanced techniques, partner practices, rolls, falls and knee-walking are studied. Playing non-competitive games is part of the learning process. Beginning staff and sword handling are introduced. This is a potential bridge for students moving from our children's to our teen classes.

Advanced Class for Children
This class allows children with a rank of Purple Belt or higher to work with each other in a more mature and challenging setting. Children may only attend this class with permission from the Director of the Youth Program.

Tuition covers two classes per week. Students 6 to 12 years old are encouraged to attend two classes per week in order to develop a sense of practice and refine their skills.

Rank and Demonstration. Our testing process is designed to enhance your child's confidence and self-esteem. Colored belts are awarded at the discretion of the instructor for progress made in training. Each child is given personal attention in this process.