Aikido Classes for Children
Notting Hill Aikikai offers aikido classes to children between the ages of 7 and 14 and to teenagers.
Please contact us to arrange to observe a class.
Children are keen learners and enjoy both the physical and mental elements of Aikido training. Through Aikido children:
Improve physical coordination, flexibility and strength
Develop mental and physical awareness
Practice cooperation and teamwork
Improve concentration and discipline
While self-defence is not the emphasised goal of Aikido training, the qualities acquired from its practice result in children being better equipped to deal with the everyday and less anticipated challenges of life.
A Typical Class
A typical class begins with a physical warm up. We then practice basic techniques that emphasise good posture, coordination and the ability to fall safely.
This is followed by work in pairs on Aikido techniques, ending with either Aikido themed games or stories and a brief meditation.
Children are graded on their progress one or two times a year depending on their level, and work their way through a prescribed system of earning coloured belts. Upon completion of the coloured belt system, children graduate to the adult programme.
While gradings are not the main goal of training, they offer a special opportunity for children to mark their progress and show their families and classmates what they have learned in a formal setting.