Our children’s classes differ from our adult classes depending on age. For our youngest children, beginning around age 4, we offer our Peaceful Samurais program, where kids learn aikido principles through movement, breathing, stretching, and balance in the context of fun, interactive games.
Beginning around age 6, we offer our Peaceful Ninjas program, where we introduce children to traditional Aikido in the context of more complex games and exercises. And we begin belt tests to help kids set goals. Each child is encouraged to grow depending on ability, aptitude, and emotional maturity.
Beginning around age 9, we offer our Peaceful Warriors program, where we continue traditional aikido training and belt testing, with more emphasis on technical detail, communication skills, emotional intelligence, self regulation, healthy social interaction and, if needed, anger management.
Beginning around age 12, our Aiki Teens practice adult-level Aikido using the full adult curriculum of techniques in a class devoted to their specific needs and developmental level focusing on both techniques and the underlying Aikido principles and philosophies. Bokken, jo, and tanto (wooden sword, staff, and knife) practice is also an integral part of these classes.
Finally, beginning around age 16, older teens are welcome to participate in our Adult classes, starting with our Basics classes and in time moving on to our General classes. They are also welcome to take part in our bokken (wooden sword) classes.
And, Peaceful Ninjas, Peaceful Warriors, and Aiki Teens may attend all younger classes as well as part of their membership.
We have chairs around the mat, so parents can stay and watch during children’s classes, or may leave and come back.
DUES & FEES
Our Peaceful Samurais program is $95 per month, while our Peaceful Ninjas, Peaceful Warriors, and Aiki Teens programs are $105 per month. For families enrolling more than one child, we offer a $10 discount for each additional child.
Though dues may be paid by check or cash, we prefer that members use credit or debit cards, set for recurring payments on the 1st or 15th of each month. We do not require monthly contracts.