Mon. Wed. Thu. & Fri. Aikido for Kids &Teens Summer Time Classes......9:00am-Noon School Year Times .....2:30-5:30pm Normally $20 per 1 1/2 hour of class. from 2:30-4pm or 4-5:30pm (These times are flexible come have some fun learning. I don't worry much about the time.) Times while Public Schools are in session are from 2:30pm-5:30pm When the schools close for summer the times change to mornings from 9am-Noon. The designation of Kids or Teens times are not exclusionary. If the students (whatever age, 6-16) are having fun while learning they can stay the whole three hours.
1 Aikido Class per Week = 4 Classes per Month = $75 per Month -- or 4 Class Card = $75
2 Aikido Classes per Week = 8 Classes per Month = $120 per Month -- or 8 Class Card = $120
Unlimited Aikido Classes per Week = 20 Classes per Month = $200 per Month -- or 20 Class Card = $200
Classes may be purchased at the dojo (cash or check) or by credit/debit card online via the Aikido Lessons Store page under the Classes heading.
Variable time schedules and fees are negotiable.
Aikido for Kids --- Mon, Thu & Fri at 2:30 to 4 pm.
Aikido for Teens --- Mon, Thu & Fri at 4 to 5:30pm.
If you desire to come for the whole time in the afternoon, I'm OK with that too. The more time spent in class becomes more learned which means the faster the advancement.
Saturday Mornings...............FREE..Aikido for Kids..FREE............9:00 - 10:30am Saturday Mornings..............FREE..Aikido for Teens..FREE.........10:30am - Noon
The morning classes take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures.
Transportation options are available. Kids on Wheels is a long established, well respected business which can pick up kids from schools and transport them to various locations for a fee. I have been informed Kids on Wheels continues to run during the summer.
For the Kids and Teens the first test is mainly rolling skills along with the wrist warmups and two of the most important principals of Aikido.
The first principal is "Get out of the way". It's called Tai no Henko which means body change.
The second principal is to use your whole body to execute techniques and understand where you are strongest at and coordinate your movement to keep the point of attack in your power zone while off balancing the attacker to make the throw easier. To make it easier to remember how to move and what to do, we call this the "Drink your soda and look at the rainbow throw".
The second test includes the anti-bully techniques for use when the talking fails and things move to physical attack.
I am so proud of my students when I hear a story of one being bullied by someone bigger and the simple technique works and stops the confrontation without resulting in a fight.
I am now charging $7 for the colored belt after the first test. This will be a one time fee to cover the cost of the colored belt when a student decides not to continue on. I have lots of white belts turned in when people get a Do Gi (uniform) and don't need the white belt that comes with it. So I will still give the first white belt for free. ... Perhaps in the future I will need to charge for tests, however for now, I will continue to test students for free.
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, 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 (which is normal), 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 his 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.
Last fall one student, age 7, after practicing through the summer, told me this was the first year he wasn't bullied in the first weeks of school.