Have Fun getting Fit and learn a Japanese Martial Art!

These classes are for kids age 7 till 10, and juniors age 11 till 15.

In its definition as ’way of harmony’, the peaceful martial art is the perfect physical and mental discipline for children.
Rooted in non-aggressive philosophy and techniques, Aikido teaches us self-control and control of the other’s energy.
So you cannot start a fight, only finish one!
In the dojo we are all the same under the instruction of the sensei (teacher), so we learn to work with other students in a non-competitive way, while developing skills of self-defence.

Ki-Ai Club
Ki – from the Japanese word for ‘life energy’.
Ai-Ki-Do means the way of joining your energy with another’s.

Ki-Ai is the sound we make when we perform a technique.
It is the sound of bringing our mind, body and spirit into a single purpose.

To do this we train using exercises to strengthen our posture, co-ordination, breathing, concentration and control.

A typical training session consists of:

  • Focus and centering by a short meditation technique
  • Learning respect for the dojo & each other by bowing to the shomen (shrine of the dojo) and saying the Japanese words for ‘let us work together’
  • A physical warm up to get ready for learning a new technique, or practise a known one
  • Partner practise
  • Group games
  • Training ends with focus, centering meditation and bowing again to thank the sensei (teacher) and each other for the lesson
  • Cleaning up

About the Instructor:
Gráinne-sensei has been training with Shinbukan Dojo since 2008.
She has experience teaching children from her job as a Drama teacher and mother of two.

To join the classes or for more information please send an email to gronyad@yahoo.co.uk

Join us after school for regular training on Tuesdays,
Kids (7-10 yrs) 15:45 – 16:45
Juniors (11-15 yrs) 17:00 – 18:00
Van Ostadestraat 155hs, Amsterdam
(Classes are given in Dutch and English)

Monthly contribution is 30 euro

Special times and longer workshops during the school holidays will be announced on the website and via the mail-group.