Aikido is a non aggressive martial art which aims to teach kids to be calm and in harmony with their environment.
If your kids need to learn to relax, Aikido might be for them!
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Will your kids enjoy Aikido?
Could your kids benefit from a bit more of a positive attitude
Why not try aikido?Aikido is a martial art it is focussed on self defence rather than attacking or fighting and promotes a positive mindset and values such as:
- Clarity of mind
- Mental strength
Aikido also helps with strength and fitness as it is physically quite challenging. Kids may find that knowing how to fend off attacks gives them more self confidence, and could even help prevent bullying. Aikido activities for kids can provide them with a well rounded set of skills to equip them for the future.
Formal aikido training usually begins at 5 years of age and can continue through life. Aikido is non competitive and would suit children who like to learn at their own pace.
How can you organise Aikido lessons and matches for your kids?
There are many aikido schools located around New Zealand which offer aikido based kids’ activities. To locate one in your area check our ActiveActivities directory. Children’s training programs usually run in conjunction with the school terms with separate holiday camps and classes. Aikido lessons cost around $10-$20 per lesson and are usually payable by term. Uniforms cost extra and will be available from your school along with any necessary padding and safety equipment. You may also be able to purchase uniforms, equipment and books on martial arts from a specialised martial arts store if there is one in your area.
Before commencing any martial arts program with your child it is a good idea to visit the school and if possible have a trial class to make sure your child is suited to the activity before making a big commitment. There are a number of different types of martial arts for kids and it can be difficult to know whether Aikido will be right choice for your child until you observe a lesson in progress. Hopefully your child will love aikido and you might even end up with a more harmonious peaceful household as a result!