Pacific Aikido’s children’s classes are open to girls and boys from 5 years old. Students not quite 5 are welcome to try a class if we have the space and we can assess the student to see if they can join on a regular basis.
Aside from our classes at TAC, where only TAC members can join, our classes are open to students regardless of where they attend school. Students at each school we teach have priority to join, any available places can be filled with students from other schools.
Our classes are a great place for children because of the balance of discipline and fun. As Aikido does not have any tournaments, children learn how to work with others and how to be a productive member of a group while at the same time focusing on their own personal development. We focus your child’s energy in a positive, productive manner while maintaining courteous, respectful behaviour in class at all times.
Our adult classes are open to those 15 years and older and to anyone interested in working with others in an enjoyable atmosphere. While the practice can be serious we try to ensure that while getting a great work out we also have fun. No experience is necessary, come and give us a try!
The benefits of Aikido are endless. Emphasis on correct basics, balance, and posture results in the steady improvement of physical and mental conditioning in daily life and provides a sense of being energized and centered. Although each Aikido student practices at a pace that is suitable to their rank and ability, beginners will gradually build endurance. The level of concentration that a person focuses on aspects of their own body movements, as well as those of their partner, increases awareness and powers of concentration.
In Aikido we have partners, not opponents, and the key is working together with the partner so both can improve. Students will learn that by focusing on aspects of their own movements, as well as those of their partner, they can increase awareness and concentration. Regardless of rank, partners need full attention and relaxed concentration to apply the most effective techniques. The lack of competition in the dojo, as well as the emphasis on blending with an attack rather than meeting force with force, gradually helps develop an attitude of calm towards situations of physical or emotional conflict.