“The key to good technique is to keep your hands, feet, and hips straight and centered. If you are centered, you can move freely. The physical center is your belly; if your mind is set there as well, you are assured of victory in any endeavor.”
Juniors (age 6-18) are split into 4 age groupings: CHILD (age 6-8); YOUTH (age 9-12), JUNIOR TEEN (age 13-15), and SENIOR TEEN (age 16-18).
** NEW JUNIOR STUDENTS may join and start on the first class of any given month unless otherwise directed by the children's chief instructor.
CHILD aged 6 to 8
Tuesdays, 4:30PM to 5:25PM Thursdays, 4:30PM to 5:25PM
YOUTH aged 9 to 12
Tuesdays, 5:25PM to 6:20PM Thursdays; 5:25 PM to 6:20 PM
JUNIOR TEEN aged 13 to 15
Tuesdays; 6:20 PM to 7:15PM Saturdays; 8:25 AM to 9:20 AM
SENIOR TEEN aged 16 to 18
Thursdays; 6:20 PM to 7:15 PM Saturdays; 9:20 AM to 10:15 AM
There are widely recognized benefits to be derived from practicing Aikido.
At Victoria Aikido Centre, children will learn to roll and fall safely, breathe more effectively, relax, and respond appropriately to aggression. The children develop improved self-discipline, calmer dispositions, confidence, and respect for themselves and others. The classes are conducted in a safe, friendly, formal-but-fun atmosphere that allows each child to develop at his or her own rate of progress. We provide a fun and supportive environment for kids to develop into all they can be.
Aikido, because of its emphasis on mind body coordination, teaches children to locate and be aware of their centres’ resulting in a more focused, alert and self-regulated child.
Since there are no tournaments in Aikido, the child receives all of the positive benefits of martial arts training without the sometimes unfortunate “side effects” of competition. Aikido teaches a “win/win” approach to conflict resolution. In Aikido no child should ever feel like a “loser”. Aikido is a purely defensive Art – children are taught that punching and kicking are not acceptable ways of dealing with conflict. Rather, they learn that aggression only leads to self-defeat. If you share these values, we invite you and your child to visit our dojo to observe and/or participate in our classes.
“As a public school teacher I can attest to the many benefits Aikido provides to children: safe and fun physical exercise, positive friendships, and the role modeling of respectful, responsible behavior. Instructors in the Victoria Aikido Centre’s popular children's Aikido program create a non-competitive, fun environment with clear, structured rules of behavior.”