Akido Kid’s class is one of the most important classes offered in Shin Sen Dojo. When babies are born they radiate a Ki Energy as they are fresh from the source of Ki (the Hara).
If you play with a baby or small child, you will notice they have the ability for example to hold their arm extended substantially (relative to their size) without the use of force or struggle. That is when you can see the evidence of Ki existing in the body in that pure state.
As children grow older most often they lose contact with that original state and develop conditioned responses to interaction.
In other words they can react in a non-centered way for example with anger, aggression or conversely feel overwhelmed and withdrawn.
By kids doing Aikido they reconnect to that original energy – we call Ki, and develop confidence to deal with interaction in a centered way. They can calmly deal with aggression so as to disarm bullying behavior.
They develop group awareness-skills that teach them the power of inclusiveness and win/win outcomes.
On a physical level they reconnect to their bodies in an active way that increases health, fitness, suppleness and physical and mental resilience.
Kids Aikido is the way of developing self defense skills and beyond in a focused concentrated way whilst maintaining relaxed enjoyment and a sense of fun.