We understand that as a parent, you have questions about how your child will benefit from martial arts outside the dojo. Our youth program carefully addresses parent's concerns such as: what mental and physical attributes do you want your child to acquire early in life, and how can we help? How is studying aikido good for your child in the context of relationships and school? How can studying martial arts uniquely facilitate character integrity and physical health to a youth? If what is written below does not address any concern that you have, call or meet with us and let's dig deeper.
Here is what you, as a parent, need to know.
Our children's classes are very structured and well-organized. They immediately begin learning the importance of hard work and self-discipline and the rewards obtainable from that hard work. Balance, strength, and good character are attributes that are imparted to their minds. Physical fitness and its importance are taught as a normal routine of daily life. They are tested once a month on a series of exercises designed to build strength and stamina. Children learn to communicate effectively with others through our planned curriculum of communication development drills. They are taught to be more alert and aware of their surroundings and how this keen mental acuity can avoid conflict with strangers. Each child is required to bring his/her quarterly report cards to the chief instructor for review. The importance of cleanliness and neatness at the dojo, at school, and at home is emphasized. Our goal with children is to impart the values of respectful living on a daily basis, not just twice a week.