Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). He was a powerful man who mastered many martial arts, yet had a firm devotion to peace. He said, “[Aikido] is not a technique to fight with, or to defeat the enemy. It is a way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family.” Aikido is a powerful system of self-defense, but is deeply infused with a set of values and attitudes that seek to deal with conflict in a calm way.
Our children’s program is designed for kids ages 7 to 12. Aikido can help children develop physically, mentally and interpersonally. Instruction is initially centered on physical exercises designed to improve motor skills and physical coordination, and to teach how to fall safely. In conjunction with these skills, we introduce the basic martial arts principles of movement and the self-defense techniques of Aikido.