Instead of competing, children work together to promote each others learning and development. They learn cooperation, concentration and self-discipline as well as respect for themselves and others.
MUN Aikido children’s classes focus on the fundamentals of aikido: stance, body movement, and situational and spatial awareness. Children take turns being nage (defender) and uke (attacker). In Aikido the defender always wins, using uke’s momentum and balance to the neutralize the attack, with uke usually ending up on the ground.
Classes are taught by Ivan Booth (4th dan), Esteban Ricaldes-Gonzales (3rd dan) and John Bell (2nd dan) sometimes assisted by other club members. Ivan and Esteban both started learning Aikido in kid’s classes: Ivan in 1985 and Esteban in 1995.
When: Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Our dojo in the St. John’s Martial Arts Centre, 21 Mews Place
(see Practical Info for more details).
Ages: 9 — 13 years old. Older teens are welcome to join our adult class.
Cost: $150 September-December, $150 January-April, $75 May-June.
Payments can be made by cash, cheque (made out to MUN Aikido) at the dojo or by e-transfer (contact us for details).
Registration Form: Please print and fill-out the registration form and bring it to the first class.
What to wear: To start out regular gym clothes are fine. Later on your child will need a gi (the white uniforms seen in the pictures).
More Info: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Ivan (864-4401).