Aikido Martial Arts for kids

Teaching Aikido to children requires some adjustments to make it safe and engaging for them. This article aims to provide comprehensive information about the fun and empowering classes offered in Melbourne that focus on teaching Aikido to children. Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art that promotes physical fitness, self-defence skills, discipline, and mental resilience. With experienced instructors and a nurturing environment, Aikido classes for kids offer an enriching experience for children of all ages.

Let’s dive into the details and discover the incredible benefits of Aikido for Kids.

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Aikido is a martial art that emphasizes the harmonious blending of energy and redirection of attacks rather than the use of brute force. It offers a non-aggressive approach to self-defence, making it an ideal choice for kids. Aikido for Kids is designed to introduce children to the fundamental principles and techniques of Aikido in a safe and enjoyable manner. These classes not only teach valuable self-defence skills but also focus on developing key life skills, including focus, discipline, respect, and self-confidence.

Why choose Aikido for children?
At Aikido Shudokan, we offer the following guidelines for introducing Aikido to children:

  1. Fun and Engaging Learning Environment: At Aikido Shudokan, children’s classes, becomes a learning and exciting adventure. The classes are structured to incorporate various activities and games that make the learning process enjoyable for children. Through these engaging activities, kids develop physical coordination, balance, and agility while having a great time with their peers.
  2. Age-appropriate classes: At Aikido Shudokan, we teach children as young as 5 years old, and the classes is tailored to their age and maturity level. The children focus more on developing their balance, coordination, and basic movement skills.
  3. Safety first: At Aikido Shudokan, safety is paramount when teaching children aikido. We emphasize various techniques i.e. proper falling and rolling techniques, which are essential for preventing injuries.
  4. Positive atmosphere: At Aikido Shudokan, we create a positive and encouraging learning environment. Children feel safe and are motivated to participate.
  5. Basics and fundamentals: At Aikido Shudokan, we start with basic Aikido movements and principles. Children learn proper posture, balance, and how to perform techniques safely. Gradually introduce more advanced techniques as they progress.
  6. Mindfulness and discipline: At Aikido Shudokan, we help children develop self-discipline and focus. We encourage them to pay attention to their movements, their partner, and their physical well-being.
  7. Cooperative learning: At Aikido Shudokan, we emphasize blending and redirecting an opponent’s energy rather than resisting it. We teach children the value of cooperation and working together.
  8. Conflict resolution: At Aikido Shudokan, we use aikido as a tool for teaching conflict resolution and non-violence.
  9. Qualified instructors: At Aikido Shudokan, our instructors have over 40 years’ experience teaching Aikido to children and working with young students. The instructors are knowledgeable about child development and safety protocols.
  10. Parent involvement: At Aikido Shudokan, we encourage parents to support their children’s Aikido training by attending classes, observing their progress, and reinforcing the values and lessons taught in Aikido.


Q: What is the minimum age requirement for Aikido for Kids classes? 
A: Aikido for children’s classes generally accept children aged 5 and above. However, it’s best to check with the specific Aikido dojo or training centre for their age requirements.

Q: Do kids need any prior martial arts experience to join Aikido for Kids classes
A: No prior martial arts experience is necessary. Aikido for Kids classes welcome children of all skill levels, from beginners to those with previous martial arts training.

Q: Is Aikido a safe martial art for kids? 
A: Yes, Aikido is considered a safe martial art for kids. The techniques focus on blending and redirecting an attacker’s energy, rather than inflicting harm. Aikido for children classes prioritize safety and provide a controlled environment for training.

Q: Are there any competitions or tournaments for kids in Aikido? 
A: While Aikido is not primarily a competitive martial art, some dojos organize friendly demonstrations or events where children can showcase their skills. However, the focus of Aikido for Kids classes is on personal growth, self-defence, and character development rather than competition.

Aikido Classes for children offers an incredible opportunity to learn a traditional martial art while enjoying a fun and engaging experiences. The classes promote physical fitness, mental resilience, self-defence skills, and discipline. With a nurturing learning environment and experienced instructors, Aikido classes empower children to develop essential life skills and build confidence.

Enrol your child today and let them embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth through Aikido.

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