Children's Classes

Philosophy: Aikido is an excellent martial art for children. It teaches awareness and self-defence but is non-aggressive in both philosophy and practice, working to protect not only the defender but also the attacker.

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.

Physical: Aikido improves fitness developing increased stamina, flexibility, coordination and strength. It promotes physical literacy while at the same time developing a better understanding of how to defuse conflict both emotionally and physically.

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.
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We spend a lot of time learning ukemi (how to safely fall and get back up again) with the falls range from basic to acrobatic. For safety, children’s Aikido omits the wrist and elbow locks commonly used by adults. Also, Aikido is fun! Apart from the training every class includes one or two Aikido-themed games (a game of shikho tag is shown at the top of the page).

Classes are taught by Ivan Booth (4th dan) and Esteban Ricaldes-Gonzales (3rd 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.
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Details

When: 4:30-5:30pm, Thursdays.
Classes for new members start on September 14.

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:
$120 September-December, $120 January-April, $60 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 munaikido@gmail.com or phone Ivan (864-4401).

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After our 7th kyu gradings in June 2017. The sensible and silly group photos…