Queen of Peace Fall Semester After School Aikido 5 Classes $100
This is the same for Kids or Teens. 5 Classes for $100. Class is about 1 1/2 hour long, depending on gym situation. There are usually water breaks on the 1/2 hour. For the beginners, the focus is on rolling and simple anti-bully techniques. As proficiency improves more traditional Aikido techniques are taught. After the second class the student is issued a white belt. Returning students should bring in in their belt. As the student learns requirements, mainly rolls in first test, a strip of tape is placed on the belt to show how the student is progressing. When the student has all the stripes for the first test, there will be a test to verify the student remembers what to do. We will trade belts after the first test. There will be a $7 charge for the first colored belt, yellow. This covers my cost for the belt. The second test is the anti-bully techniques. When the student passes that test, we can trade belts or the student must buy another belt.
Previous students have stories of simple techniques working. One father related how he watched a large boy pushing his son. The younger boy obviously told the boy to stop multiple times, but the bigger boy continued. When the large boy grabbed the small boy on the arm the smaller boy executed what we call “The Zombie Throw”. The smaller boy then saw his father and ran over to see if he was in trouble. The Dad told him, “I watched the whole thing. You did just right.” A young teen girl came for about 8 classes before going to Europe with her youth group last summer. She was accosted while waiting in line at a train station. She froze at first, then remembered what to do and reacted, putting the attacker on his rear end. The principal of PK Young told one father that he didn't worry if the boys used Aikido. He knew it wouldn't look like a fight and there would be no retaliation afterwards. So Aikido is OK defense at PK Young.