Avoidance of violence is the heart of Aikido. Children learn not how to fight,
but how to co-operate; how to resolve conflict in a positive way; how to make
friends and avoid making enemies. They learn self-defence, but more importantly
they learn self-confidence, self-respect and the path to self-discovery. In a world
increasingly filled with stress and conflict, these lessons are survival tools for
children of all ages.
Roberta K. Beach
in praise of “Children and the martial arts: An Aikido point of view” by Gaku Homma
Benefits of Aikido for Kids
Aikido Sydney City is a unique and sacred environment for children which promotes learning through laughter, imagery and games. All classes are led by fully insured and accredited instructors who have undergone police background and working with children checks as part of their accreditation. In the safe and peaceful atmosphere of the dojo, children learn to respect and co-operate with each other, and to move with grace and confidence. We do stretching and warm up exercises together, and play energetic games which improve our balance, co-ordination and concentration. Students are separated into different age groups to provide the best learning opportunities for each child. Basic Aikido principles and techniques are introduced with special emphasis on the art of ukemi (falling and rolling) to receive techniques safely. Children learn to protect and care for each other. We do not to teach children to punch and kick each other as an acceptable way to resolve conflict. Practice swords, a favourite amongst the children, help us to illustrate the lines and space present in the movements, and basic Japanese language, culture and etiquette are interwoven throughout each class.
1. Start with a FREE introductory class!
Interested parents and carers are invited to visit the dojo with their children to observe or try a class. Kids classes currently run on:
- Tuesdays: 5:15 to 6:00pm
- Saturdays: 10:30-11:15am
As per the MAIA’s recommendations, parents/guardians of all prospective students are asked to complete a membership agreement before their children can participate in a trial class (please contact us for an information pack). Comfortable clothing such as tracksuit pants and a t-shirt is recommended for the first class, and students should bring their own water bottles.
2. Get a starter pack
We offer subsidised starter packs for kids which include a white 100% cotton Aikido uniform (jacket, pants and belt) plus their first 2 weeks of classes (up to 4 classes), all for $79 (total value: $110).
3. Become a member
At the completion of the 2-week starter pack, students are invited to join the dojo and continue their training. A $40 annual membership fee is payable at this time. Subsequent tuition is conveniently paid with a 10-class pass ($130, valid 3 months from date of issue, non-refundable).