Our Children Deserve This.

It’s a complex world we live in and our children need every bit of help.

Whether it’s boosting confidence, enhancing focus, developing grit, or simply interacting with others, studying Aikido can help prepare our Young Warrior (ages 5 to 13) to be better people.

Maybe success to you means helping your child avoid being bullied or the pitfalls of too much social media. Maybe it’s the triumph of learning a new skill or simply helping them being a better person.   Success comes in many styles and colors, and one size doesn’t fit all.

That’s a good thing and the true beauty of Aikido. We help our Young Warriors discover themselves through this martial art so they can be ready for the glorious adventure that lies ahead of them. There will be challenges and they will need help to win.

Our Youth Leaders

Gifford Pace
Gifford PaceYouth Leader
Gifford began his martial art training in close-quarters police tactics under the supervisor of Fred Burnside. He found aikido in San Antonio and trained under Lac Tran during the late ’80. Upon his move to Memphis, his abilities and knowledge of aikido and kempo grew by working closely with Gary Chase. He would go on to be one of the founders of the Keishinkan dojo in Memphis, as well as run an aikido class for Lausanne High School. He now has been training at Kyushinkan dojo in Atlanta since 2013.
Simone Maranto
Simone MarantoYouth Leader
Simone has been training in Japanese martial arts since 1992 and training with Aikido Association Atlanta since 1996. She is a 4th degree black belt in Aikido and 2nd degree black belt in iaido, the art of Japanese Swordsmanship.
Robin Johnson
Robin JohnsonYouth Leader
Robin is a 2nd degree black belt.
Keith Washington
Keith WashingtonYouth Leader
Keith is a 3rd degree black belt.