The study of traditional martial arts has a lot to offer kids. Our space offers classes that suit children every night of the week.
While we hope you'll give aikido a try the other arts at our dojo may suit the temperament and interest of child more. Please contact Russell Macarthur to find out more about these other arts (Phone and email details onlink)
If you are interested in self defence for your child we highly recommend reading our Self Defence Primer
Monday Taekwondo (contact)
Tuesday Aikido with us
Thursday Aikido with us
Friday Taekwondo (contact)
Saturday am Taekwondo(contact)
We invite mature minded kids from 12+ to practice the traditional art of aikido with us together with a parent or guardian for a trial period and we can take it from there on a case by case basis.
Benefits to Kids
The study of traditional martial arts has a lot to offer kids. At a physical level there is the development of physical strength, co-ordination in a co-operative environment. There are regular milestones for progress through the awarding of belts that need to be earned, rather than just anded out. Steeped in traditions of the orient the practice of martial arts offers kids a temporary escape from the real world where they can re-invent themselves a little and be the best they can be, all the while developing a sense of personal responsability, pride in achievements and respect for authority and discipline (not too much though)
While some seek the dojo as a form of child minding with activities based on games and warm fuzzies our school is not such a place, though we invite you to try it and make up your own mind.
While the whole dojo practices together techniques are modified for the child and parent to work together in safety allowing a realistic assessment of the suitability of the practice to take place by the instructor, parent and child with regard to concentration, physical development and temperament.
Aikido is sometimes called 'the thinking person art', it uses no attacking moves but instead redirects the energy of the opponent. Exponents of the art are skilled in reading the intent and understanding the body dynamics of the attack and how to redirect it. The study of this art can be challenging but rewarding for children, studied too early in their physical development it can be hard on their bodies, too early in their mental development and it can lead to frustration.
Classes aimed at kids
At our training hall the arts of Hapkido (a sister art of aikido) and Taekwondo are also practiced. Some of these classes are specifically geared to children (including preteens) and we highly recommend them as classes of high quality and instructors of good integrity. These arts are practiced on other nights of the week in the same location.
Please contact directly via this email form
Aikido Classes >