Studying any martial art, and aikido in particular, has tremendous transformative benefits for kids. Apart from the physical benefits, studying a martial art improves concentration; teaches children self-discipline and respect, both for themselves and for others.
At Ryu, teaching kids is a vital part of what we do! In all our classes experienced teachers provide quality instruction for students and create a safe, fun-filled atmosphere in which kids learn and grow.
Kids aikido provides students the space to exercise and move around freely, the opportunity to make friends and the sense of achievement that comes from remembering new techniques and gaining the ability to do something they couldn’t do before.
Apart from regular training we also hold various activities, such as our annual summer camp and the Junior Aikido Tournament, which are aimed at encouraging interaction between students and at furthering the development of life and achievement goals.
Aikido Ryu Headquarters Dojo Kids Class Schedule
*This schedule is effective from the 1st of May 2021
- We are closed for training on Mondays.
Aikido Ryu Headquarters Dojo Access
Aikido Ryu Headquarters Dojo Kids Class Membership Fees:
(Twice a week)
|MONTHLY FEE||¥5,000 + Tax|
|ENTRANCE FEE||¥2,000 + Tax|
|YEARLY MEMBERSHIP FEE||¥2,000|
Q.What age can kids start learning aikido?
A.Kids classes at Ryu start from 3 years of age. Through studying aikido, children of this age can improve their co-ordination and socialization skills, preparing them for kindergarten and for school.
Q.Can my kids watch or try a lesson first before joining?
A.Yes! Click here to book your free trial lesson.
Q.What do my kids need to bring to their trial lesson?
A.They should wear clothes that are easy to move around in and we recommend long trousers. Students who wish to may bring something to drink.
Q.How do I sign my kids up for membership?
A.Click here for more information on how to join the dojo.
Q.What equipment do my kids need to do aikido?
A.All they need is a dogi (traditional training uniform) and a belt! These are available to purchase from the dojo on completion of the membership application process.
Q.Is there a class where I can do aikido together with my children?
A.Yes! At Ryu Family Club, parents can study aikido together with their children from 3 years old. This is a valuable opportunity for parents to bond with their children during their precious pre-school years.
Q.If there are no competitions in aikido, how is my child’s progress assessed?
A.Tests are held three times a year. There are six levels for students from 3 to 6 years old, starting from beginner and running through intermediate and advanced. Students aged from 6 to 13 years start from 10th kyu (grade) and test for progressively higher levels. The test syllabus differs at each level.
On passing their test, students are presented with a certificate and are entitled to wear the obi or belt in the color of their level.
Junior First Degree Black Belt tests are held with the adult tests and students receive a purple belt on passing the test.
Intermediate and Advanced blue
Q.What happens if my child is sick or can’t attend their lesson for any other reason?
A.If students miss their regular lesson for any reason, they can attend a class on a different day during the week as long as it’s within their membership and within the payment month. Please check with the dojo staff for more details.
Kids Summer Camp:
Every year we hold a very popular kids summer training camp, attended by students from clubs around the country.
The goal of this camp is to introduce children to communal life and to help with the development of valuable life skills, such as the ability to co-operate and to work in a team. Students also have the opportunity to learn important socialization skills by meeting and making new friends. At these camps, older students help and teach the younger students fostering a sense of responsibility. Furthermore, spending a little time away from home means children start to gain a sense of independence from parents and family.
Junior Aikido Tournament:
The Junior Aikido Tournament is held in February every year with competitors from pre-school to junior high school age gathering to compete for the top prize. Competitors are divided into categories according to age and level and they perform basic movements and basic to advanced techniques in a series of knockout rounds.
Generally, in aikido there are no contests or competitions but the Junior Aikido Demonstration takes the form of a tournament to give students a clear and achievable goal. This raises their enthusiasm for aikido and increases positivity towards their training.