Aikido is based on an non-aggressive, non-violent yet strong, peaceful philosophy—taking responsibility for the protection of not only oneself but of the attacker.
Our Aikido Classes for Children are open to boys and girls age 7 (potentially 5 or 6 yr. olds depending on dojo and the child's developmental stage) thru 12. Boys and girls practice together in the same classes.
Aikido is an effective yet non-violent, non-aggressive way of self-defense where strength and size do not matter so it is especially suited for children. Because Aikido is based on circular principles of absorption and redirection children learn to blend with attacks and redirect the attack safely away. Children gain the ability to defend both themselves and others easily and effectively without the use of violent or aggressive behavior. Aikido builds street-wise awareness and self-confidence and a sense of social and community responsibility. There are no tournaments, contests or competitions. The atmosphere is one of friendship, cooperation and mutual respect. Aikido for children is effective, safe, and most importantly—fun.
With our Aikido programs children learn how to:
- have confidence and overcome shyness.
- handle bullies and how not to become one.
- relax in stressful situations.
- focus and concentrate.
- coordinate their minds and bodies.
- defend themselves effectively.
- refrain from kicking, punching or striking.
- calm their minds.
- listen attentively.
- take responsibility.
- have fun-yet be ready to focus instantly.
- respect themselves and others.
- cooperate with others and help one another.
- use their natural instincts and intuition.
- be disciplined and have fun at the same time.
- interact appropriately with others.
- develop leadership skills.
- remain in balance physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
- escape from an attacker.
- fall and roll safely.
- sit quietly.
- walk and move silently.
- use all their senses.
- and much more!
Children's Class Times:
David Burch, East Hanover Children's Program Chief Instructor
Wednesdays 6 - 7 pm
Saturdays 8:30 - 9:30 am
Rich Turi, Sparta Children's Program Chief Instructor
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Sundays 8:30 - 9:30 am
Tuesadys 5:45-6:45 pm
Saturday 11:15 am - Noon*
* Two extra kids Aikido classes per month are scheduled on a month to month basis. Children can attend any and all classes above. Also - when your child is a member you are always welcome, and encouraged, to stay to watch them in class and enjoy their progress.
How to get your child started in Aikido
We recommend that you and your child watch at least one children's class in its entirety. In this way you can determine if Aikido is right for your child and your child can determine if they would like to join the class.
No appointment is needed, just come visit any of the classes listed on the other side. While visiting feel free to speak any of our staff, and/or any of the other parents. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
In order to better help guide your child, and better understand Aikido, parents may want to consider purchasing The Aikido Student Handbook which is available at each ACNJ dojo.
When visiting the dojo
You are always welcome and encouraged to and watch Aikido class. While visiting and watching please respect the decorum of the dojo and the class in session.
Why at least 5 or 6 years old to start?
Children reaching the age of 5 or 6 are physically able to practice Aikido and it is about that age that they are acquiring the attention span needed for our Aikido class.
At 5 or 6 years old you can tell, as their parent, if they want to join the class. This is important because their desire to join the class, and the concentration that comes with that desire, contributes greatly to what they get out of our Children's Aikido classes.
Your child's membership dues
Paying dues in any traditional dojo such as ours is an honor-based responsibility. The dojo does not send out invoices or reminders and we do not use contracts. Therefore we ask parents to remember to pay their child's monthly dues on or before the 1st of each month.
- Discounts are available for adults and children of the same household.
- Discounts are on membership dues only.
- 2nd family member receives 10% off their dues. 3rd or more receive 20% off their dues.
- After 6 months additional discounts are available with our Dedicated Membership option.
Children's Membership Fees
To inquire as to our current Children's Aikido Program membership fees you have several choices -
Visit - Feel free to visit the dojo you would train at most often, watch a class and pickup the current membership info at that time.
Click on the ACNJ you would like your child to join - We will promptly mail you our current full info brochure which includes current membership choices and fees.
Call 973 599 9300 (our East Hanover dojo - ACNJ headquarters)
We will promptly send you our current full info brochure which includes current membership choices and fees. Just leave us a voice message with your complete mailing information. Please speak clearly and spell out both your name and address.
After your child's first 6 months you have the option of considering our Dedicated Membership which is our best savings option. Your child's discounted dues are automatically debited from your Visa or MasterCard at the beginning of each month. There's no hassle of remembering to submit your child's dues every month, the time it takes in paying them with cash, check or credit card, and no worries about late fees.
Ask for an Auto-Pay form at the dojo desk.
*for Manasquan costs and further info call 732 309 0822