Q.What age can kids start learning aikido?
A.Kids classes at Ryu start from 3 years of age. Through studying aikido, children of this age can improve their co-ordination and socialization skills, preparing them for kindergarten and for school.
Q.Can my kids watch or try a lesson first before joining?
A.Yes! Click here to book your free trial lesson.
Q.What do my kids need to bring to their trial lesson?
A.They should wear clothes that are easy to move around in and we recommend long trousers. Students who wish to may bring something to drink.
Q.How do I sign my kids up for membership?
A.Click here for more information on how to join the dojo.
Q.What equipment do my kids need to do aikido?
A.All they need is a dogi (traditional training uniform) and a belt! These are available to purchase from the dojo on completion of the membership application process.
Q.Is there a class where I can do aikido together with my children?
A.Yes! At Ryu Family Club, parents can study aikido together with their children from 3 years old. This is a valuable opportunity for parents to bond with their children during their precious pre-school years.
Q.If there are no competitions in aikido, how is my child’s progress assessed?
A.Tests are held three times a year. There are six levels for students from 3 to 6 years old, starting from beginner and running through intermediate and advanced. Students aged from 6 to 13 years start from 10th kyu (grade) and test for progressively higher levels. The test syllabus differs at each level.
On passing their test, students are presented with a certificate and are entitled to wear the obi or belt in the color of their level.
Junior First Degree Black Belt tests are held with the adult tests and students receive a purple belt on passing the test.
＜KIDS (6-13 YEARS)＞
＜KIDS (3-6 YEARS)＞
Intermediate and Advanced
Q.What happens if my child is sick or can’t attend their lesson for any other reason?
A.If students miss their regular lesson for any reason, they can attend a class on a different day during the week as long as it’s within their membership and within the payment month. Please check with the dojo staff for more details.