Aikido is a non-competitive, non-aggressive Japanese martial art, Aikido
is ideal for boys and girls of all ages.
Can kids gain a black belt in Aikido?
The short answer is ‘”no”. Aikido black belt status is not awarded to
people younger than 13 years of age.
At the age of 13, your child will move from the children’s class to the adult class and at this stage he or she will begin to work towards a black belt grading.
"Hi I’m Amy and I’m 13 years old and I have been doing Aikido for seven years.
I have now been attending the adult classes for about a year now. I had my first grading in the children’s class when I was six and I remember being very nervous and afraid that I would forget my techniques. I was still a bit unsure of what I was doing at the time and didn’t have much confidence. I was fortunate to have a sempai (older student) that helped me. During my years of doing Aikido I found that as time went by and I kept practising I started to understand the more technical stuff and began to see Aikido as a life skill.
During my first adult grading I felt so nervous as I watched some of the higher grades do their gradings. From what I had been told about my grading I didn’t have a thing to worry about. Compared to the other peoples gradings mine seemed to go by extremely quickly.
I found that it was easier than my last children’s grading and that it was almost like my first grading in the children’s class. I was more confident and I knew exactly what to do. It was interesting watching the adults as you could almost feel their nervousness a meter away. You could see the all the levels of skill involved. It looks like I still need more work to get to the next level".
- Amy Tay 13yrs
Yes, children progress through a series of kyu gradings. They earn a different colour of Aikido belt to show the level they have reached.
How will Aikido help my child's fitness?
Aikido exercises the whole body. It teaches and develops not only flexibility and co-ordination, but also balance and quick reaction.
Aikido is a method of practical self-defense, so your child will gradually develop the skills of spontaneous reaction and effective movement which will prove useful in evading a threatening situation.
"I watched my son transform from a shy boy into a confident fun loving child who laughed out loud with other children he had never met before"
Where can we go to see Aikido in action?
There are throughout Auckland and throughout New Zealand. If you click on any of the locations on the right hand side of this page, you will be able to see training centre locations and training times.
You are welcome to come along to watch a training session.
Can my child try one or two Aikido sessions?
That’s fine. Either contact the teacher listed as the contact person a training centre near you. Or come along to a session 15 minutes ahead of time and introduce your child to the instructor – the instructor will be one of the black-belt members.
To receive your first free lesson, send us the following details.
Our page has some useful practical suggestions about what to
wear and how to get started.
What are the benefits of Aikido?
Here are some of the benefits our Aikido practitioners report;
- improved physical fitness
- a new confidence in being able to defend myself
- all the benefits of exercise for my mind and my body
- new friends who are positive and health-conscious
- increased concentration and focus in my life
- increased calmness
Take the First Step Today to Introduce Your Child to Aikido
For children's fees and concession offers, please contact your nearest
training centre - to find all contact details, click in the location shown
on the right hand navigation bar.
Our Instructors and members will be more than happy to help you and your children.
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to talk about Aikido.
Our instructors will be glad to introduce your child to Aikido!
If your child is a bit shy about coming along to an Aikido training session, it's sometimes a good idea to come along with a friend. Ask the friend to wear loose clothing and to think about taking part in the trial class with your child. The instructor will make both of them welcome!
- Aikido in New Zealand – Self defense, fitness, confidence -
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+64 09 537 6239
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