Play and Practice

by Dash (age 12, 5th kyu) and John (Dash’s dad) Dash has been studying Aikido since he was six years old. He has happily set aside the practice time to devote to the classes at the dojo twice or sometimes three times a week. He has really enjoyed his training and has developed in many ways beyond his ever increasing Aikido skills. The children’s classes that he began with were full of fun and easily accessible movements that kept him interested and enjoying each lesson.  Dash says of his early sessions, “The teachers in the kids classes were really great with the play and practice ratio. It was exciting and fun to join the Aikido classes. At the beginning I didn’t always want to come to class but by the end of each class, I was always glad that I had. I had learned new things and it was great practicing new techniques.” This spirit of learning and playfulness in classes kept him coming...
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Family Time / Aikido = Awesome!

by Falon Webb, parent Our experience with Aikido Shugyo Dojo has been nothing short of wonderful. With such a limited amount of time available to families nowadays, how we choose to spend that time is becoming increasingly important.  When our children embark on new classes we consider: are they enjoying themselves;  does the activity provide the opportunity to learn new and valuable skills; by spending our time engaging in this activity are we helping our children learn the value of today's most fleeting resource—time? We can, without a doubt, say that Shugyo has shone far above our hopes and expectations. Upon leaving after his first class, our son Jack, a cautious fellow, announced for the first time in his history of first classes, “That was awesome! Can we come back tomorrow?” It took only the first class to convince us we had found what we were looking for.  It was beautiful to see the true nature of the children come flooding out. The older ones...
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Aikido Lessons Learned: Power in small hands

"Tap, Daddy." I hear it every week; I help out in the kids' class and invariably wind up practicing with my daughter in her diligent practice of Aikido. Inevitably, I find myself in the awkward position of being calmly but firmly pinned to the ground by an 8 year old. I'm used to it now, but it always takes me by surprise. I struggle to get up off the ground without too much success. I hear the familiar refrain again, "Tap, Daddy." Though any other parent-child battle of wits could continue in this stalemate endlessly, the outcome of the Aikido submission is brief and one-sided. I sigh and submit to her gentle demand. As she releases me from my prone position, I reflect on the subtle power of Aikido, and the relative physical advantage that a girl one-third my size can effortlessly deploy with a careful application of her limited strength, coupled with the patient lessons learned every week on the mat. By...
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