Why should children practice Aikido?
Aikido is different than other martial arts since the focus isn’t on aggressive techniques, such as punching or kicking. In essence, it’s a martial art that serves to neutralize aggression, instead of creating it — aikido is a practical self defense without the need to hurt others. As such, your kids will learn a positive world view, learning to use their mind and body together by concentrating on the four basic principles of aikido, as defined by Koichi Tohei Sensei.
- Keep one-point
- Relax completely
- Extend Ki
- Keep your weight underside.
Aikido teaches kids to face adversity by remaining calm and dealing with the problems. We do not have tournaments or competitions and techniques are mastered by practicing safely and cooperatively with one another. Aikido does not rely on athleticism, or size, or weight, or speed, or reach and can be applied by adults and children alike. In fact, our kids classes are open up to adults so that families can learn together. It’s pretty amazing seeing how much power our kids can develop when applying proper technique — our adult helpers do get tossed around.
Kids / Family classes at the Aikido & Healing Arts Center are held on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and are taught by Troy Yee. All ages are taught together, but the focus of the kids class is currently for children between the ages of 6 and 14. If you are looking for classes for kids outside of this range or if you have further questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org