Youth classes are for children 4-12 years of age (kids aged 13+ are invited to join the adult classes). Parents are welcome to practice in the youth classes and when on the mat parents are expected to step-out of a parent role and engage in class as students along side their children.
Instruction is centered around physical exercises that improve motor-skills, increase physical-coordination and foster mental-focus. Students are taught how to fall without hurting themselves and as they become comfortable rolling they are introduced to basic martial arts principles. In conjunction with these principles, we instruct them in the techniques of Aikido.
Cooperation and teamwork are stressed as more experienced children assist the newer students in developing their skills. There are no competitions in Aikido but examinations and demonstrations motivate students to continue to advance in their practice. Youth students must commit to attend practice at least once a week.