While people are already aware of the many benefits of martial arts for kids, parents often ask questions such as “Why should I put my child into Aikido?” and “How is it different from other martial arts?”
The answer to both of those questions is that Aikido is nonaggressive. During class, the students are constantly practicing with each other. They take turns, four times doing the technique (nage) and four times receiving the technique (uke). By changing roles they learn the full range of the movement, improving their coordination, balance and general fitness.
Develop Self-Confidence, Respect, and Cooperation
More importantly they learn how to work together and also how to work with different people. This cooperation leads to greater respect for and understanding of the other person. At a time when more and more children are victims of bullying, whether physical or cyber based, empathy and awareness are becoming more and more important.
Learn the Basics of Self-Defense
Aikido provides many other benefits for children. A portion of each class is spent learning how to roll and fall safely. This is called “ukemi” and is one of the cornerstones of Aikido. It is also the beginning of self-defense. As the student progresses and matures, they learn more of the practical applications of Aikido technique with the constant reminder that Aikido is a means of peacefully resolving conflicts.
Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids
- Self Confidence
- Exercise and Fitness
In the space of a few short months at the dojo, parents find that their child is healthier, happier and more confident. They are calmer and are able to concentrate for longer periods of time. They make new friends and become part of a larger community.
The benefits of martial arts for children are many. If you think that Aikido might be a good fit for your child, please come by and try a class. You might find yourself getting interested as well.
Sign up for a free martial arts trial class today
At Naka Ima, we offer both Aikido and Karate classes for children ages 10 years old and up. View our martial art class schedule here, and let us know which day your child would like to come in an try a free class.