Aikido is a traditional Martial Art that reinforces the development of compassion and understanding. The cooperative atmosphere in our dojo gives children a chance to have fun while they learn the value of respect for others. We begin class with a kneeling bow. At the end of class we bow to one another and say "Domo Arigatoo Gozaemashita." Bowing allows students to show respect to the dojo, their teachers, their partners and most of all to themselves. Students are discouraged from boasting or showing off. All students in the children's class, regardless of rank, wear white belts so that they treat one another as equals. Two Rivers Aikikai is one of the few select dojos in the country that does not use a colored belt system. Children learn Aikido techniques that use a partner's energy to propel them away. They learn forward and backward rolls on our canvas covered mat to reduce the risk of injuries here in the dojo and out on the playing field, ski slope, or indoor court. Here at the dojo, children experience the result of win win situations and learn that a collaborative effort can produce lasting friendships. Learning can be fun, especially when you do it with a friend.
Please click here to download our Aikido for Children information sheet. our Rules of Practice in the Children's Aikido Class. or go to our Dojo Members page to view or download all documents related to the Children's Aikido class.
This is a big reason that we do not
award colored belts in Aikido.
Our new Welcome Booklet for Children
is now available here and at the dojo.
Working together is an important part of Aikido practice.
Instructors for the Children's Aikido Class:
- Alex Nelson, sandan
- Robert Fraley, nidan
- Michael Boeder, nidan
The Children's Aikido Classes for ages 6 to 11 on Thursdays at 5:00 pm and Saturdays at 9:15 am.
Children ages 6 to 11 may practice in both the Thursday and Saturday classes. Classes begin with stretches to help children relax, breathe and increase their flexibility. We move on to strengthening exercises and rolls before working on Aikido techniques. Toward the end of class if time permits, we incorporate Aikido into a few Aikido style games children like to play like freeze tag, dodge ball, whirling blades of death, and dragon. By age 12, we will move children into the teen/adult classes. We currently have several teens practicing with the adults. This gives them a great opportunity to focus on details of Aikido while interacting with other teens and adults in class in a more serious yet safe environment. The minimum age to move into the adult class is 10 for highly focused children.
Registration for children ages 6 to 11 is ongoing. Cost: $120.
New students and parents must observe a class before enrolling
Testing in the children's Aikido class
Testing is optional for children in Aikido class and all children wear a white belt regardless of rank attained by testing. Our emphasis is teaching children that learning can be fun and rewarding especially when we do it with our peers. We also try to encourage the children to challenge themselves and not be afraid to make mistakes. Being afraid to make mistakes can stifle taking the risks needed for developing a creative mind. Testing in Aikido for children and adults is a way to demonstrate to ourselves what we have learned. We do not charge any fees for children's tests.
Parents can join children on the mat:
Parents of children may join the Aikido class for children at no extra charge except for the purchase of a gi(uniform $60). Parents who join the class will learn along with the children and follow the lead of the instructor in the class. All parents and students in the class are expected to follow the Rules of Practice in the Children's Aikido Class.
The formal practice of Aikido at Two Rivers Aikikai will provide your children with improvements in the following areas:
Development of these areas will help your children improve in school and in sports.
- Personal Skills: Discipline, Focus, Concentration, Self Confidence and Self Awareness.
- Social Skills: Cooperation,Tolerance, Relating to Others, Good Manners.
- Physical Skills: Flexibility, Agility, Balance, Stamina and Strength.
- Cultural Skills: Japanese Customs, Etiquette, Tradition, Language and Clothing.
They will learn early on, that exercise on a regular basis will reduce stress and anxiety in their lives.
Monthly Membership Dues:
- Children ages 6 to 11:
- $50.00 per child.
- $135 ($45/month) for 3 months dues paid in advance
- $90.00 per month for two siblings and $120 for 3 or more siblings.
- $120.00 to register a new student ages 6 to 11
includes reg. fee, dues for 1 month & a uniform (gj)
- Practice uniforms size 00 to size 2: $50.
We accept trade-ins for uniforms as your child grows.
- Two Rivers Aikikai does not charge for children's tests.