Is Aikido suitable for children?

Aikido can be a suitable martial art for children, but it depends on several factors such as the child’s age, physical ability, and personality.

Aikido is a non-competitive martial art that emphasizes self-defense and blending with an opponent’s movements.

Aikido can help children develop:

  • Confidence
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-discipline
  • Physical fitness
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Respect, and
  • Focus.

Our experienced instructors are committed to providing a safe, positive, and fun environment where children can learn the art of Aikido.

At Riai Aikido, we believe that Aikido is an excellent martial art for children. It is a non-competitive martial art that emphasizes cooperation rather than competition and teaches children how to protect themselves without using aggression.

Our classes are designed to be age-appropriate, and our instructors take care to teach techniques that are safe and effective for children. We offer classes for children as young as five years old, and our curriculum is designed to help children progress at their own pace. Our classes are structured to include warm-up exercises, techniques, and games that help children develop their skills and have fun at the same time.

Our dojo is equipped with all the necessary training equipment, including mats and safety gear, to ensure that children can train safely and effectively.

If you are looking for a fun and safe way for your child to learn the art of Aikido, come and join us at our dojo. Our classes are designed to help children develop their physical and mental abilities, and to help them become confident and respectful members of their community. Contact us today to register for a trial class or to learn more about our program.

I started aikido when I was quite young – eleven maybe? – so I don’t really remember why out of all the things I could have done I did this, but I’ll tell you for free that I’m so glad I did. It’s invigorating, it’s calming; it really keeps me going. Aikido has done so much for me over the years and I’m so grateful.

Ali Kaye

Riai Aikido, Mt Cook, Wellington