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Aikido is a unique art that teaches children self-defense in a non-aggressive and non-violent manner.
There is no wild kicking or punching. It does not rely on
a child’s strength or size for effectiveness. Aikido is a
practical form of self-defense that promotes agility,
strength, and flexibility, which will help a child in all
other sports-related activities.

Aikido’s non-competitive learning system allows
children to progress at their own pace while developing
physical fitness, a cooperative nature, self-discipline,
self-esteem, confidence, and concentration. Aikido is
taught in a “one room schoolhouse” manner. Senior
students help guide new members through warm-ups
and tumbling drills while demonstrating proper
etiquette and manners.

The children’s program is designed to stimulate the
developmental process using exercises designed to
increase balance and coordination, visual attention,
deeper respiration, and spatial awareness.

These exercises have also been shown to increase
alertness, focus and concentration, listening and
reading comprehension, memory and creative thought
processes, as well as critical judgment, perception,
and self-expression.

Aikido techniques, Japanese words, etiquette, stretching, meditation, and movement games are incorporated into an interesting and exciting

Children’s Classes:
Designed for children from ages 4-7, the emphasis is
on basic movements, vocabulary, etiquette and
discipline in a fun, playful environment.

Junior Classes:
Designed for older kids from ages 7-16, the program
builds on the basics learned in the children’s classes.
Techniques and ukemi (falling) are learned.

Teens who train at Aikido of Santa Barbara may qualify
for physical education credit from the Santa Barbara
School District.