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Aikido, the Art of Peace

Aikido is a fantastic martial art for teens! It’s non-violent and is heaps of fun! You’ll learn together with other young people and there are no competitions or contests so you can practise at your own pace. You don’t need to be big, strong or fast to be good at Aikido – it’s all about the flow of energy, and the power of heart and spirit. Learn how to protect yourself and others by blending with conflict instead of fighting against it. You’ll get really fit and confident, learn some great skills, make new friends and train with people from all over world. If you’re really lucky, you may even get the chance to visit Japan and practise with our master Takeda Shihan and his top students! 
 

Benefits of Aikido for Teenagers

Aikido is for EVERYONE! All you need is a big heart and a willingness to try. With regular practise, you’ll learn how to:

  • stretch and strengthen your body
  • control your breath to relax and center yourself, and to generate power (kokyu roku)
  • perform and receive Aikido techniques while developing your fitness, co-ordination and self-defence skills
  • use weapons such as the Japanese sword and staff to explore the timing and spacing of Aikido movements
  • learn basic Japanese language and culture
  • discover how to move your body in new ways, somersaulting, spinning and gliding with ease
  • improve your self-confidence and self-esteem, and
  • experience the positive effects of Aikido in your life

 
Aikido Sydney City is the ideal space for teenagers to explore these principles in a beautiful, safe and affirming environment. All classes are led by fully insured and accredited instructors who have undergone child protection training and Working with Children Checks as part of their accreditation with the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). They’re passionate about their training and eager to share their experience with you!

 


1. Come and watch a class

The first step is to come and watch a class so you can see what Aikido training is like in our dojo. It’s also a great chance to meet some of the other young people you’ll be practising with. We offer dedicated teens-only classes on Saturday mornings plus 4 other beginners classes during the week. Please contact us to make an appointment and receive an information pack before visiting the dojo. A parent or guardian will need to accompany you on your first visit.

 

2. Complete a membership agreement

We are a fully accredited member of the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA), the peak industry body for martial arts in Australia. As per the MAIA’s recommendations, a parent or guardian will need to complete a membership agreement on your behalf before you can participate in our classes. This agreement must be signed and witnessed in person in the dojo.

Please note: if you have ANY pre-existing injuries or medical conditions, your application form MUST be accompanied by a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner, specifically clearing you for participation in Aikido training.
 
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3. Choose a starter pack

Beginning your Aikido journey is super easy with one of our subsidised starter packs. Our most popular beginners pack ($99) includes a 100% cotton Aikido uniform, your first 2 weeks of training (up to 10 classes if you attend them all), and a copy of ‘The Art of Peace’ by O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba – that’s a total value of $195! Ask for details on our complete range of packs for new and experienced students when you visit the dojo.
 

What comes next?

At the completion of the 2-week starter pack, you’ll be invited to join the dojo and continue your training. An annual membership fee is payable at this time and you can choose from different tuition fee options to suit your training goals.

 

Gradings

With dedication and practice, students progress through a series of ‘kyu’ or ‘white-belt’ grades (6th kyu to 1st kyu). This is followed by the ‘dan‘ or ‘black-belt’ grades where students begin to wear ‘hakama’. Gradings from 6th kyu to 2nd kyu are held at Sydney City Dojo four times a year in March, June, September and December for those who are ready. Gradings for 1st kyu and above are conducted at intensive training camps or seminars called ‘gasshuku’.
 

Aikido camps

From time to time, 1-2 day Aikido camps are offered as part of our teenagers program. These camps are special days where your learning curves and confidence are greatly increased. You’ll train hard and enjoy many different cultural activities in addition to Aikido practice, often in very beautiful surroundings. Camps provide richly rewarding opportunities for friendship and cultural exchange, often with students and instructors from other countries.

 

Further reading

For parents and carers who wish to better understand the benefits of Aikido training and the effect it can have on their children, we highly recommend Gaku Homma’s inspiring book, “Children and the Martial Arts: An Aikido point of view.” It is available online as a free PDF.