The Children Program

Program Description

The Children Program introduces children to the basic concepts and techniques of Aikido.

● FOR WHO The Program is specifically tailored for children 5 to 11 years of age with or without prior experience who are interested in trying out Aikido.

● FOCUS With an emphasis on safety, children learn the fundamentals of Aikido practice including etiquette, footwork, body movement, posture, positioning, basic techniques, falling safely and weapons practice, all under the supervision of senior instructors.

● BENEFITS Among many other benefits, Aikido practice improves health, increases flexibility, sharpens reflexes, enhances coordination, improves body alignment, promotes relaxation and encourages harmonious interaction with others. And of course it's a fun and excellent way to learn self-defense and the most modern of Japanese martial arts.

How does my child join?

Joining the Children Program is really easy and consists of 3 steps:

  1. Registration
    Register your child by completing this REGISTRATION FORM.
    When we receive it we will send you a confirmation email with additional instructions and an invitation to a free trial class.


  2. Trial class
    Bring your child to the dojo for a no-obligation free trial class.

  3. Payment
    If your child wants to continue you make a payment and they join the dojo.

How much does it cost?

There are costs for tuition, uniform and rank examination, as follows:

● Tuition

$100 / month.
You get a discount if paying several months in advance:
$ 290 / 3 months
$ 565 / 6 months
$ 1080 / 12 months

● Uniform

$70
We do not sell sandals.
You can purchase them at any store that carries them.
Any kind of sandals will do.

● Examination

$25
Includes a diploma and a new belt.
Rank examinations for promotion to the next belt level take place during the last two weeks of the Term.

● HST

All prices include HST.

Payment can be made
  • in cash or by cheque at the dojo,
  • by e-transfer to torontoaikikai[at]gmail.com, or
  • through Paypal or a credit card by using the "Donate" button below.


Please note:
  • Please do not send payment via Paypal to the email address above as it only works for e-transfers. For payments with Paypal or with a credit card please use the Donate button above. Thanks.

Additional Information and FAQs

  • When and where are the classes held?
    Classes take place on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 5:45 pm and on Sundays from 9:30 to 10:15 am, at the dojo.
    Children can attend an unlimited number of these classes.

    We follow the school system, with classes organized in Terms.
    New students can join at any time, not just at the start of a Term.
    The 2024 Fall Term starts on Tuesday September 3, 2024 and ends on Tuesday December 17, 2024.

    As space is limited, it is recommend you register your child early to reserve a spot. Registration is without obligation, does not require payment and is done by filling the Registration Form above.

    This is the Children class schedule:

    MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
    IAIDO

    Eric
    9:30-10:30 am
    CHILDREN

    Joe, Kelly
    9:30-10:15 am
    WEAPONS

    Sensei
    10:45-11:45 am
    AIKIDO

    Joel
    10:30-11:30 am
    CHILDREN

    Joe, Roxana
    5:00-5:45 pm
    YOUTH

    Joel
    4:45-5:45 pm
    AIKIDO

    Sensei
    12:00-1:00 pm
    IAIJUTSU

    Joel
    11:45- 1:00 pm
    IAIDO

    Eric
    6:00-7:00 pm
    WEAPONS

    Sensei
    6:00-7:00 pm
    IAIDO

    Sensei/Yelitza
    6:00-7:00 pm
    AIKIDO

    Eric
    6:00-7:00 pm
    YOUTH

    Alireza
    5:45-6:45 pm
    AIKIDO

    Sensei
    7:15-8:15 pm
    AIKIDO

    Yelitza
    7:15-8:15 pm
    AIKIDO

    Sensei
    7:15-8:15 pm
    AIKIDO

    Yelitza
    7:15-8:15 pm
    AIKIDO

    Alireza
    7:00-8:00 pm



  • Do you have classes during the Summer?
    At present we do not have Children classes during July and August.


  • Can I visit the dojo to observe a class?
    Yes. You do not need an appointment to observe any of our classes.


  • Can my child try a free class ?
    Yes. Please register your child by following the instructions above.


  • What should my child wear and bring for the trial class?
    Comfortable clothes or gym clothes, but no shorts please.


  • Is a uniform required?
    After joining the dojo your child will require a white martial arts uniform and a pair of sandals for walking within the dojo while off the mat.


  • Are there COVID-19 related requirements?
    We follow standard safety protocols.
    Wearing a face mask at the dojo is optional.


  • What should your child expect when arriving for a class?
    Practice on the mat is barefoot.
    Before joining a class your child will be required to sanitize their hands and feet.


  • Do you have additional questions?
    We'll be happy to answer them.
    Please contact us.



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