The traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido is taught to children at New England Aikikai in the spirit in which O Sensei its founder intended, in a non-competitive, friendly atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect. The gentle, flowing movements of the self-defense techniques in Aikido emphasize the use of leverage and blending rather than force and strength. As a result, this philosophy of non-violence and compassion in Aikido training helps in the development of a positive self-image, promotes self-esteem, and builds strong character and confidence in children.
Proper dojo etiquette is taught and classes are conducted in a safe, structured, focused and fun environment. Children’s classes consist of stretching, warm-up and conditioning exercises, basic techniques and Aikido related games. The physical conditioning benefits of Aikido training for children includes improved balance, flexibility, coordination, and strength. Children learn how to roll and fall safely, as well as how to practice with their partner in a cooperative, kind and caring manner with an emphasis on teamwork and positive attitude. You and your children are always welcome to observe any class at New England Aikikai. Please visit us during class hours and feel free to speak with instructors and our community of parents, children and adult students.
Children's classes are three times a week on Wednesdays at 4:30pm, Saturdays at 12:30pm and Sundays at 12:30pm.