The Yoshokai Aikido Youth Program at the Genyokan Dojo was developed by Kushida-sensei.
In this program, which is offered for youth ages 5-13, students learn to give and receive pinning and throwing techniques, as well as study movements with bokken (wooden sword) that represents a Samurai sword on which our techniques are based.
Although we throw and pin each other in technique, we do not try to compete or win over others but work in harmony so that we can create smooth techniques together.
Youth students begin at the introductory level (Youth I) and progress up to advanced level classes (Youth II).
In Youth I class, students learn the basic concepts of Aikido in a fun, energetic environment. Correct Dojo etiquette, respect for oneself and others, Japanese language and culture are taught through Aikido study. The class includes physical activity games and Japanese folktales that enhance the study of Aikido techniques.
In Youth II class, students learn more complicated hand and bokken techniques, do more breakfalls, and practice leading class in warm-up exercises. The pace and skill level in Youth II class help prepare youth students for transitioning to adult class at age 14.
Testing and Rank
Tests are held two times a year as opportunities to study a certain set of techniques and to demonstrate what students can do. Tests and rank are not the main focus of Aikido training and are purely optional. The ranking system in the youth program parallels the adult Kyu (rank) such that when students move up to adult class, their ranks transfer seamlessly.
- Saturday 9:30-10:15 a.m. (Youth II); 10:30-11:15 a.m. (Youth I)
- Thursday 5:00-5:45 p.m. (Combined Youth I and II)
- Join anytime of the month except during July and August (no classes)
- $5 discount for siblings
- $70/month for Youth I
$80/month for Youth II
Genyokan Youth Schedule