Aikido for Children




OUR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Our Children Program began in 1995, and since its inception has been providing an excellent introduction to Aikido to the younger members of the family.
Students in the program learn not only basic Aikido techniques, but also a variety of skills and principles through physical exercise and mental discipline.
Our curriculum encourages children to learn social skills as well as proper etiquette, and to develop sensitivity and patience towards others while keeping them physically engaged and highly entertained.



FOCUS AND BENEFITS

In the Children classes we emphasize safety, cooperation and simple Aikido.
Classes are taught by high ranking instructors in a disciplined yet fun setting, and activities include stretching, rolling, basic techniques and games.
These classes are open to children ages 5 to 11.
Children derive benefits in the following areas:

Personal: discipline, focus, concentration, self confidence, self awareness;
Social: cooperation, tolerance, relating to others, good manners;
Physical: flexibility, agility, balance, stamina, strength;
Cultural: etiquette, Japanese customs, tradition, counting, language.


TERMS AND CLASS TIMES

The Children Program is closely aligned with the school year. Classes take place in threee Terms in the Winter, Spring and Fall, with time off periods during March break, the Summer months and the Winter holiday season.
Class times during the week are as follows:

Mondays   5:00 -  5:50 pm
Wednesdays   5:00 -  5:50 pm
Sundays 10:30 - 11:20 am



TESTING

Your child's advancement and development in the dojo are indicated in part by their rank, which is reflected by the color of their belt.
Progression from rank to rank is attained through evaluations called tests, that take place periodically.
The system of ranks, the work involved in test preparation and the successful promotion to the next level help your child to develop and attain self-confidence and a sense of achievement.



FEES

Fees for the Children Program are as follows:

 1 month 3 months6 months9 months12 months
First child $ 65 $ 185 $ 360 $ 520 $ 670
Additional child $ 55 $ 155 $ 305 $ 445 $ 570

We do not offer any contracts, so you can stop your child's membership at any time.
Payments that overlap the Summer Break months are credited towards the next Term.
Please see our Fees page for additional information.



HOW TO JOIN

Joining is easy!
We recommend you first come to the dojo with your child to observe or try out a free class.
No appointment is necessary and there is no obligation.
If you and your child like what you see you can join the dojo by filling out the registration form and paying the corresponding fees.




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