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Winter 2023 Kids/Youth Registration

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

Aikido is an excellent martial art for children and teens. It teaches awareness and self-defense but is non-aggressive in both philosophy and practice, working to protect not only the defender but also the attacker.

Instead of competing, students work together to promote each others learning and development. They learn cooperation, concentration and self-discipline as well as respect for themselves and others.

Aikido improves fitness developing increased stamina, flexibility, coordination and strength. It promotes physical literacy while at the same time developing a better understanding of how to defuse conflict both emotionally and physically.

Child and youth classes in our dojo focus on the fundamentals of aikido: stance, body movement, and situational and spatial awareness. Students take turns being nage (defender) and uke (attacker). In Aikido the defender always wins, using uke’s momentum and balance to neutralize the attack, with uke usually ending up on the ground. We spend a lot of time learning ukemi (how to safely fall and get back up again) with the falls range from basic to acrobatic.

Kids/Youth classes are Saturdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM starting on Saturday January 14th.

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