Kids' Class at Brooklyn aikikai
Registration for children's classes is now closed. Our next session will begin September 9, 2017. If you are interested in getting on the waitlist for that session please send an email of inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will inform you in mid-August of any spots that are available. Thank you!
Brooklyn Aikikai Kids Summer Camp registration is now open! Camp weeks are June 26 - 30 and July 10 - 14.
Enrollment for the Teens' class (Wednesday, 4.15 - 5 pm) is open and students will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
Children's classes are separated by age groups: 6-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. All age groups can benefit from learning aikido. Children require regular exercise to stay fit both physically and mentally. Keeping this in mind, we strive to attain the following goals with the children:
- Develop physical and mental awareness
- Improve flexibility and coordination
- Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence
- Gain discipline and concentration
- Practice cooperation and teamwork
Instruction is initially centered around physical exercises designed to improve motor skills and increase physical coordination. The children are then taught how to fall without hurting themselves. After the students are comfortable with falling, we introduce basic martial arts principles of movement. In conjunction with these principles, we instruct them in the techniques of aikido. Cooperation and teamwork are stressed as the more accomplished children assist the newer students in developing their skills.
There are no competitions in aikido. Students must commit to attend practice at least once a week.
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
(6- 8 years)
4.45 - 5.30 pm
(9 - 12 years)
4.15 - 5 pm
(11 - 14 years)
(advanced 9 years +)
8.30 - 9.15 am
(6 - 8 years)
9.30 - 10.15 am
(6 - 8 years)
(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.