So how do we teach Aikido to children? The curriculum we teach in our children's Aikido class is roughly along the same lines as the adult curriculum but without certain joint locking techniques that could be potentially harmful to young growing bones.
Games are also played as a reward for good work and to help build social skills. As such it is very important that our juniors understand the meaning of consideration for others, and the importance of trust. Fun, as always is a key element.
Why Kids Should Practice Aikido?
"Sadaharu Oh, the Japanese homerun king, started out as a mediocre player. He attributed much of his success to his training in Aikido. The calmness Aikido gave him enabled him to learn to wait for the ball. The balance Aikido gave him enabled him to develop a one-legged stance that allowed him to swing with great power."
Aikido is a non-aggressive martial artAikido is really for self defence only
- you have to wait until someone attacks before you can do Aikido on them
- Since you must wait until you are grabbed / attacked, you can't start a fight...
- but you can finish one
- they are not taught how to punch and kick
- So friends, siblings, dogs, and cats are safe from attack
What will they learn?How to be calm
- Of course, kids shouldn't be calm all the time
- Aikido gives them the choice
- Calm is no about keeping their emotions bottled up
- Aikido calmness feels good
- Sit still in school
- concentrate on homework
- focus during sports
- The child can avoid trouble where their only defense was punching or kicking
- Children can stand up for themselves in a non-aggressive way
- Aikido only starts when someone "Breaks the rules"
- With a calm, focused mind, they absorb knowledge easier
- think with greater clarity
- help develop their full learning potential
- Aikido does not require athletic talent
- The key to progress is simply persevering
- Encouraging a positive attitude
- Aikido works for little people. What better lesson can we teach our kids?
- Aikido does not rely on size, speed, weight or reach
- It can be quite surprising how much power our children can muster when throwing an adults!