Our children’s classes are designed to teach discipline, focus, awareness, self-control and self-defense. Children are taught that there are ways to deal with conflict without necessarily fighting. In response to a physical threat, Aikido teaches methods that work with the attack to defeat an aggressor using their own energy, in this way negating size, speed, and strength.
We strive to offer a fun and energetic, yet disciplined, environment where students learn cooperatively. We focus on breathing, balance, awareness, and posture to develop efficient ways of moving. Aikido related principles are incorporated into games and martial techniques. Students practice in pairs or small groups, taking turns being the attacker (called uke) and the defender (called nage). Most aikido techniques finish with a throw, joint lock, or pin. Basic striking drills are also taught.
All of our children’s aikido classes are taught by senior level black belt instructors with many years of teaching experience. The aikido instructors at Roswell Budokan are volunteers who joyfully seek to transmit the art of aikido to a new generation of students.