Aikido for Kids at Two Cranes

"Aikido practice encourages students to learn how to get along. These teachings may include how to cooperate, how to defend ourselves, how to develop coordination, how to respond spontaneously to events as they arise before us. We learn skills to resolve an argument, roll when falling off a bicycle or turn to avoid a punch coming at our face."   Kimberly Richardson

Two Cranes Aikido offers a fun and dynamic training program for children and teens. Our black belt teaching staff is passionate about working with our younger students. We offer children and teens a safe and inspiring learning environment to develop calm minds, alert bodies and enlivened spirits. 

We emphasize learning how to get along. Aikido practice combines a dynamic physical practice and techniques of self-defense with the inner practice of centering and focusing one's attention.

Young people find that Aikido training helps them resolve conflict nonviolently, improve physical coordination and develop a positive approach to life's challenges, while having fun.

Athletic benefits. Training increases coordination, flexibility and balance. Aikido invites children to run, roll, jump and fall. It enhances their physical resiliency and complements other sports activities.

Children don't need be athletic to practice aikido. Aikido techniques help us find comfortable ways to be in our bodies and to move naturally. Aikido works for large and small people alike. It doesn't rely solely on strength to be effective, so children of all shapes and sizes find success in their training.

There are many social benefits to aikido. Parents appreciate the emphasis on safety, good manners and kindness. The skills that children learn in Aikido help them deal more effectively with the joys and challenges of daily life. Parents are delighted to see their children focused and listening attentively.

Aikido helps children at home and at school. In Aikido, children practice movements that connect them with the world in a positive manner. Rolling drills, self-defense techniques and imaginative games help them absorb body and mind knowledge more easily. They learn to rely on their abilities to assert themselves. Self-confidence and self-discipline grow with their commitment to practice.

Studying new ideas, making friends and using one's imagination are part of growing up. As children's physical and intuitive skills deepen, they begin studying the more serious side of martial arts. 

Self-defense is the art of sensing things energetically before they materialize. Kids do this naturally. We invite them to notice their excitement, their intuitive hunches and discomfort, and to learn what actions are required to keep them safe.

The type of self-defense kids learn in aikido helps them diffuse aggression and conflict not just physically, but also verbally and emotionally. They have opportunities to assert themselves in ways they previously thought impossible or handle a bully in a calm and confident manner. They become advocates for peace on the mat and in their daily lives. They learn about being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing, even without reward. They build respect and compassion for themselves and their partners.

Here are some other benefits of Aikido for kids:

  • The art of cooperation
  • The value of play
  • Good manners
  • How to live in our bodies: children learn how they feel by paying attention to their emotional and intuitive world, and listening to their hunches. 
  • How to deal with anxiety and aggression in self and others
  • The power of daily practice: children learn how to persevere when they might feel like quitting, and they understand that if they choose to stick with it, they will advance to a whole new level.

What parents like about aikido for their kids:

  • Two Cranes offers an uplifting, positive, and welcoming environment.
  • Aikido is different from other sports. It’s not competitive, and kids learn cooperation and balance.
  • Kids gain confidence and increase their self-control.
  • They learn to have a voice and express themselves more fully.
  • Two Cranes fosters young adults. Kids see themselves on a trajectory toward black belt and are inspired by the older kids and teens, who train and assist in kids classes.