Aikido teaches students to defend themselves without using potentially crippling kicks or punches. Instead, students of aikido learn to apply various wrist locks, arm pins and throws. These neutralize attacks without serious injury to the attacker. Aikido is ideal for children because the techniques do not depend on superior size or strength. Girls and boys can practice together and participate equally in training.
The Aikido of Austin Children's Program is designed to teach kids between the ages of 5 and 17 the basics of aikido. The program is broken into three tiers.
Early Childhood (Fireflies)
For children between 5 and 7, we offer an early childhood class on Saturdays (9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.) to help them learn the basics of etiquette (bowing, lining up for class), footwork, rolling, and falling, to prepare for the physical activity of our children's program. Taught by assistant instructor Billy Zachary, this class is shorter to accommodate the attention span of younger children.
Regular Children's Class
Our normal children's class is for children 7 and up. Classes are taught on Saturdays (10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.) and Sundays (12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.).
Our children's program provides:
- An opportunity to try out the most modern of all the martial arts in a safe, supportive setting.
- Active learning situations that will increase self-confidence while teaching the value of self-discipline.
- An emphasis on respecting other people, cooperation and resolving conflicts without fighting.
- An enhanced ability to pay attention, focus and work with others.
- Excellent conditioning, flexibility and agility training.
Advanced Children's Class
Our advanced children's class is held on Saturdays (9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.), and is designed to accommodate older and more experienced students. Students who attend this class are also invited to participate as teaching assistants in the regular children's class.