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Aikido for Children

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Aikido develops the ability to feel with all five senses and also the feeling that you can empathize with each other which becomes a companion for this stranger at the dojo to make new friends. Aikido has many benefits for children: The courses aimed at children offer gymnastic movement,games,concentration exercizes and balance techniques. Children learn through play, posturing, improved focus and attention There is no clashing or physical aggression, Aikido works on the value of deep respect and mutual co-operation Aikido is conducive freedom of expression and movement. Aikido balances the unity of body, mind gives power,calmness and decision. The various personal skills will be invaluable in the life of a child.


1. Aikido keeps you agile and helps the body grow well

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Aikido develops all of our motor skills. It increases our body's awareness and movement in space, with confidence, security and coordination. Through a working relationship in body and mind the children learn to be totally present to what they are doing. This improves the capacity to focus on their actions.

2. Aikido is non-competitive, so children develop at their own pace. And since they never feel inferior or superior they learn to co-operate with their fellow trainees.

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In Aikido we always work together (in pairs or small groups) showing that only if we work together can we improve our lives. You work with a partner (not against him or her) and you change many times during training. This helps to develop confidence in the group and society later on . Mutual trust, common values and social participation all develop the childs confidence and social standing

3. Discipline and etiquette are fundamental when we practice Aikido. Great importance is given to our etiquette, respect for one another, developing a non-violent attitude and adopting a positive and proper style of living.

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They develop a natural hierarchy based on experience and respect. They enjoy this order and always feel they belong.

4. Since all Aikido movement is natural and rational children find they are having fun and exercising at the same time.

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