Kids' Class at Brooklyn aikikai
Our classes are currently full for January - July 2019. Please email Kate Savoca at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on a waitlist for fall classes beginning September 7th, 2019.
Enrollment for the Teens' class (ages 11 - 14, 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 really 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)
(one-time trial class)
Last week after class, I had my son stop and look at the outside of the dojo, and tell me what he observed and noticed. He mentioned the wooden sign that looked like it had hand-carved Japanese writing, the wooden doors, the handwritten sign on the door, and the rock with the salt offering. I asked him what these things told him about Brooklyn Aikikai. He said something like, “They put a lot of care and thought into what they do. They want to teach us the tradition, and aren't just about making money. He got it. : ) Thank you for all you teach our children about discipline, practice, respect, and tradition.
My 8-year-old daughter, Cordelia, is crazy for Brooklyn Aikikai — she would go every day if she could! Kate Sensei is a wonderful teacher, inspiring a love of aikido, and bringing out its philosophy of non-violence and respect in ways the kids can relate to. Cordelia particularly appreciates her “secret power” for making the class at once disciplined and fun. The techniques don’t always come easily to my daughter (she gets PT at school to help with strength and coordination), but with the patient guidance of the teachers, she has made great progress. She has also grown a lot this year outside the dojo, learning to bike and swim, becoming more confident and independent, and more sensitive in her interactions with others, and I have no doubt that her training has played a part in this. I am grateful to have found in Brooklyn Aikikai such a special community, where Cordelia can continue to develop and learn from year to year — as a martial artist and a human being.