Kids' Class Schedule ChangesWe will be on a reduced schedule for July (to be announced)
Kids Classes will be closed for August.
Kids' Class at Brooklyn aikikai
Our classes are currently full but a new session begins in September 2018. Please email Kate Savoca at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waitlist for classes beginning after Labor Day (Wednesday September 5th for teens, and Saturday September 8th for children ages 6 - 12).
Please note: Our children's classes run on a reduced schedule in July and close for August.
Enrollment for the Teens' class (Wednesdays, 4.15 - 5 pm) is open and students will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
Through the practice of Aikido exercises and techniques in the setting of a traditional dojo, we strive to build each child's strength and attention. Learning "the moves" is all very nice, but what we are really working on here are the important things: looking someone in the eye when you greet them, paying enough attention to be able to line your shoes up neatly, practicing good posture, sustaining focus on a demonstration so that one can copy it to the best of one's ability, persevering in the face of a challenge, and more ...
There are no competitions in Aikido. Each of us is here to grow at our own pace. More experienced students are encouraged to help the beginners so that everyone progresses together.
The head instructor for the children's classes at Brooklyn Aikikai is Kate Savoca. Kate holds the rank of yondan (4th degree black belt) and is certified to teach by Birankai North America. She has been teaching aikido to children for more than 10 years and has also been an elementary school teacher since 1995. Kate is always happy to discuss any concerns you have about your child's training and understands that parents are vitally important in making the child's experience a positive one.
Schedule & Dues
4 - 4.45 pm
(ages 6- 8)
4.45 - 5.30 pm
(ages 9 - 12)
4.15 - 5 pm
(ages 11 - 14 and advanced age 9+)
8.30 - 9.15 am
(ages 6 - 8)
9.30 - 10.15 am
(Monthly dues, all ages)
(uniform - gi)
(promotion fee, 2 - 3 times a year)
(one-time trial class)
Over the four years that our boys, ages 9 and 11, have trained with Sensei Kate at Brooklyn Aikikai, they have progressed from beginners to green belts, but more importantly, they have gained self-knowledge and self-discipline. Sensei has taught them to achieve focus and respect for the practice and their fellow students, while also building confidence in their physical abilities. Attendance at the dojo, which is a lovely and calm space, is a highlight of their week, and they have particularly enjoyed summer camp, with its combination of cultural and physical activities. It’s been a privilege to be part of this wonderful community.
My daughters' self-confidence, self-discipline, and muscle tone have all developed through Brooklyn Aikikai's children program. Kate Sensei sets high expectations, but without pressure. She knows how to make exercises meaningful, challenging, and fun, all at the same time. I'm always impressed by how energized the kids are when they come out of class. While my children are not especially endowed with coordination or athletic skills, they love to test for their next belt. They trust Kate Sensei's guidance as well as their own commitment to learning and work hard to rise to the challenge.