Children’s Program The New York Aikikai’s children’s program offers younger members of your family an excellent introduction to aikido. Students in the program will learn not only basic aikido techniques, but also a variety of skills and principles through physical exercise and mental discipline. The curriculum encourages the students to learn necessary etiquettes and respect for tradition, to develop sensitivity and patience towards their fellow students, while keeping them physically engaged and highly entertained. The program also emphasizes cooperation with peers, comprised of a variety of ethnic backgrounds, all ages from 6 to 14, and an equal amount of male and female students, fostering a keen sense of empathy. The system of ranks, marked by colored belts (from 10th to 6th Kyu), will also help the student develop a sense of self-confidence as they advance through testing, offered every 3 months.
Children’s Program Rates The dues are collected every month via automatic payment system operated by Affiliated Acceptance Corporation, through a bank account or credit card (please have a voided check or credit card information ready. ATM cards are not accepted). Non-refundable cash payments are also available on a 3 month advance basis. There are no long term contracts, but 30 days notice to the New York Aikikai is required for cancellation of membership, or to temporarily freeze payments for a leave of absence.
Children’s Program Instructors
Indra Gandi · 3rd Dan
Indra began training aikido at the New York Aikikai about 15 years ago. She has been involved in the children’s classes for the last five years.
Paul Alexander · 1st Dan
Paul has led children's aikido classes for over two years. His teaching approach is best summarized in a poem by Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf Schools: Receive the children with reverence.
Educate them in love.
Send them forth in freedom.
Peter Kiama Kiai · 4th Dan
Peter started his aikido training at the
New York Aikikai in 1989 and almost simultaneously began helping with the children’s program. He loves to teach kids and does so each Saturday.
10TH KYU YELLOW BELT (20 HOURS)
1. Answer these Questions:
What is Aikido?
Who is O' Sensei?
What is a dojo?
Where do we practice Aikido at?
Who is our head instructor?
What is dojo etiquette?
What is a Gi and why should we keep it clean?
What is the role of the Nage?
What is the role of Uke?
What is Ukemi?
2. Demonstrate understanding
of basic footwork including:
Left / Right Hanmi
3. Demonstrate understanding
of basic Ukemi / falling including:
Partial Back Roll / Back Fall
9TH KYU GREEN BELT (30 HOURS)
1. Demonstrate basic Aikido exercises: A. Wrist techniques (solo practice)
Ikkyo Nikkyo Sankyo Kotegaeshi
B. Rowing Exercise
Ikkyo Exercise Tai No Henka (Tenkan exercise with partner)
2. Ai Hanmi Katatetori (cross hand) Ikkyo (omote & ura)
4. Front Rolls & Full Back Rolls
8TH KYU BLUE BELT (40 HOURS)
1. Demonstrate control of Ukemi:
Small front rolls
Large front rolls
Roll slapping out/Break falls
2. Gyaku Hanmi Katatetori Kokyuho
3. Ai Hanmi Katatetori Iriminage
4. Ai Hanmi Katatetori Kotegaeshi
5. Ryotetori Tenchinage
Katatetori - One hand grab to wrist
Morotetori - Two hands on one
Ryotetori - Both wrists held from the front
Shomenuchi - Strike to forehead
Tsuki - Thrust or punch
Ushiro Tekubitori - Both wrists held from behind