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AIKIDO - Kids Classes

 

Aikido is a non-violent, non-competitive Japanese martial art. Its principles are based on non-resistance and harmonious movement.

Aikido is an ideal art for young people because its philosophy is non-confrontational and the techniques are designed to be effective without being destructive.

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Aikido, which means "The Way of Harmony", was founded in the mid-twentieth century by Master Morihei Ueshiba. The techniques of Aikido rely not on physical strength but on circular movements that blend with and redirect the oncoming force of an attacker. The practice of Aikido offers a non-violent approach to martial arts; it combines a powerful system of self-defence with a set of values and attitudes that lead to a peaceful resolution. The techniques of Aikido are derived from the Samurai arts of Kenjitsu (swordsmanship) and Jiujitsu (empty handed combat).

However, the founder of Aikido, whom we refer to as O-Sensei (great teacher) envisioned that the true value of martial arts is a path of creativity and personal growth, rather than a way of destruction.

He said, "Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is a way to reconcile the world and make 'human beings one family'".

Through the Martial Art of Aikido, children experience the power and joy of movement.

What Kids Learn

The children's program emphasizes safety, cooperation and simple, fun Aikido. Initially, instruction is centred around exercises and drills that enhance basic physical skills and mind-body coordination. One of the first life skills the children learn is how to fall without hurting themselves and the principles of integrated, balanced movements.

Team work and leadership skills are also cultivated as the more experienced students work with the newer kids, ensuring mutual support and growth.

Kids learn about posture, centered-movements, attentiveness and courtesy. They also experience how to respect and protect their own space and use their power in healthy ways.

Classes start with a fun and lively approach to warm-ups. Then, there is practice in the art of falling safely using forward and backward rolls, and breakfalls. The rest of the class is partner practice, where each student pairs up with another to work on their program of movement skills and techniques. Interspersed throughout the class are Aiki-games, a fun, yet structured way to enhance their coordination and spatial awareness.

We always start and finish the class with meditation, so the kids can quiet their minds, relax and channel their energy.

What to Expect from Aikido Training

Many of our students' parents have commented on the positive changes Aikido has made in their child's life.

Aikido helps at school. In class, kids are constantly challenged to remain alert and aware of themselves, others and their surroundings.

Actively receiving and harmoniously responding to their constantly changing environment stimulates their attention span and mental clarity. As a result, kids develop calm, clear minds, so their ability to absorb knowledge and stay focused naturally improves.

Aikido helps kids on the school ground. Confidence, as well as a strong sense of one's body and personal space can often prevent problems before they occur. Learning that there are alternatives, mentally, verbally and physically, to fighting empowers the child instead of locking them into reactionary behavior. Even in a physical encounter, the children learn there is a difference between fighting and defending one's self. This awareness and understanding leads to real, personal growth. Both the children involved and our society benefit.

Aikido helps in sports. Mind-body coordination and kinesthetic awareness translates to heightened performance in any physical activity the child may participate in. Also, a greater level of safety and resilience is added, owing to a deeper understanding of balance, spacing and falling skills.

Aikido helps kids in the "real world"! Its practice provides tools and options for resolving life's daily conflicts. Determination blended with flexibility affords one with formidable resources to meet challenges and attain personal goals.

Aikido is Fun!

Anyone can do it. Since Aikido is based on unbalancing one's opponent while staying balanced oneself, physical size, strength and athletic ability are not needed. Children of all sizes and abilities can enjoy the training and become good at it.

Our Goals in Teaching Aikido for Children:

  • Develop and expand physical and mental awareness
  • Improve flexibility and concentration
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improve general fitness and body conditioning
  • Provide skills and options for self-defence
  • Cultivate teamwork and leadership skills
  • Have Fun!

The Abundant Peace School

The Abundant Peace School was opened in St. Albert in 1996. The average junior student trains 2-3 times a week. The Head Instructor, Brad Schultz Sensei, has been studying the Martial Arts for over 25 years and through his teacher, Saotome Sensei, a direct lineage is maintained to the founder of Aikido.

O-Sensei, founder of Aikido - "True Budo (Martial Art) is the loving protection of all beings."

Getting Started

Getting started in Aikido is easy. Classes are offered in a spacious and safe environment. Our program is designed for children 6-13 years old, with 3 classes available per week.

  • Tuesday 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.

Special family rates are available. Please call for fee options. To arrange your child's Free Try-Out Class, call us at (780) 908-1115.

You may join at any time - new students are given direct attention and everyone trains at their own level.

 

An interview with Sempai Tamara

Q: How old are you?
A: 13

Q: How long have you been practicing Aikido?
A: 7 years

Q: What Kyu(rank) are you?
A: Jr. 4th Kyu

Q: Why Aikido and not another Martial Art?
A: Because my Mom introduced me to it.

Q: What do you like most about Aikido?
A: Learning new techniques.

Q: What are you good at?
A: Kicks and punches.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: Falls and rolls.

Q: What words of wisdom do you want to share with your fellow
students and/or new comers?
A: Don’t give up because you get bored of repetition of basics.

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up? School? Job?
A: I want to go to University but I am still not sure what.

Q: Have you ever used Aikido outside of the Dojo?
A: My awareness is more open, and when I go down the hall and
people are rushing, I quickly avoid them, or when I slip, I don’t hurt
myself.

Q: Have your Parents or friends or teacher noticed anything different
of you since you started practicing Aikido?
A: They’ve noticed I’m stronger and more agile.

Q: What's the most helpful move or what do you think you'll use the
most out of what you've learnt in Aikido?
A: The idea of keeping my space, moving around people in a crowded
area.

An interview with Airk

Q: How old are you?
A: 11

Q: How long have you been practicing Aikido?
A: 5 years

Q: What Kyu are you?
A: 8th Kyu

Q: Why Aikido and not another Martial Art?
A: Because my Dad got me into it.

Q: What do you like most about Aikido?
A: Everything :-) (i.e. I can protect myself, helps me with my awareness, etc)

Q: What are you good at?
A: Rolling and teaching others.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: Dealing with kids that won't listen.

Q: What words of wisdom do you want to share with your fellow students and/or
newcomers?
A: 'Be where you are' (from Goldberg sensei via my dad).

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up? School? Job?
A: Architect or Engineer.

Q: Have you ever used Aikido outside of the Dojo?
A: Yes, at summer camp last year. A Bully kept trying to push me and I kept getting off the line and keeping my hands up. This made him run into the vending
machine several times until he gave up. A few other times at school as well.

Q: Have your Parents or friends or teacher noticed anything different
about you since you started practicing Aikido?
A: More aware.

A parent demonstrating how to tie an obi!

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