Aikido of South Florida
Kamisama
Kids Class 1
Kids Class 2
Kids Class 3
Stephanie Yap Sensei

Aikido for Kids

Aikido of South Florida's primary philosophy for teaching Aikido to children is to develop each child's own natural sense of self-worth through diligent training and discipline. We work to develop children levels of confidence, respect, awareness, their ability to interact with others though practice, patience and perseverance.

Aikido of South Florida highly emphasizes etiquette and discipline in a traditional dojo environment in hopes of integrating these skills into their everyday life for years to come. The benefits of entering aikido at an early age is to develop a calmer, more focused child which in turn promotes a better home life, better choice in peers, better school interaction and better grades. With the right instruction, children are able to overcome physical and emotional difficulties and begin to learn that the path of the warrior is actually the path of peace. Aikido affords children the confidence and integrity needed to avoid conflict and resolve differences peacefully in a manner that will evolve into something far more important and necessary as they mature.

Aikido is not a competitive sport. In fact, Aikido has no forms of contests or tournaments. O'Sensei believed that such things only fuel egotism, self-concern and disregard for others, and is a great temptation that lures people into combative sports, misrepresenting the true training of Budo.

Our children's classes are from ages 5 - 15 years old. You may join at any time of which new students are given individual attention initially while all others train at their own level. The children advance in ranks utilizing the colored belt system. Although this is not the case for the adult classes, we feel that the children have a need for motivation and gratification to a certain extent, and the colored belt system proves it service by doing so.

Children are naturally active and full of energy. Our responsibility is to provide traditional instruction to all of our students to develop all aspects of their character. Building confidence, focus skills, camaraderie, self-worth and coordination are invaluable tools that will give your child the advantage in life.

Are you interested in your child's personal development? If you are looking something more exclusive, personalized and engaging for you child, we offer an outstanding After School Program as well as excellent Summer Camps and Spring Camps.

Our highly acclaimed, stellar After School Program not only academically educates your child, but also teaches them many life lessons in the process. Aikido of South Florida's After School Program provides personalized instruction in a traditional Japanese environment. We provide on site tutors who focus on getting your child on the honor roll by introducing study skills that have had high success rates in the advancement in school. We also have a group of extremely talented and experienced teachers that teach Aikido, Yoga, Meditation and Fun Core Classes to explore their mind, body and spirit.

Our mission is to develop all aspects of children's character, enhancing their ability to interact with others, confidently make better choices and learn to resolve differences peacefully.

When school is out make sure your child is mentally and physically active during the breaks. Aikido Summer Camp For Kids is the greatest way to keep your child mentally engaged during the summer break. Our summer camp provides an exceptional opportunity for kids ages 5-15 to discover and experience Japanese culture, learn the non-violent martial art of Aikido, Yoga, Meditation, Cooking, Fun Core classes, learn to Write & Speak Japanese, explore their creativity in our Arts & Craft classes and simply submerse themselves in a world of Learn and Create!

Our summer camp set off on several excursions a week such as Ice Skating, Paradise Cove water park, Cast Away water park, TY Park and museums. Our summer camp also focuses on several team- building challenges as well. Building confidence, focus skills, camaraderie, self-worth and coordination which enhance their ability to interact with others will prove to be invaluable tools that will give your child the advantage in life.

Our mission during summer camp, as well as all our programs, is to develop all aspects of your child's character, enhancing their ability to interact with others, confidently make better choices and learn to resolve differences peacefully.

Whether a member of our exceptional Spring Camps, Summer Camps or our After School Program, we take enormous pride in providing the highest quality of instruction and care for your child – all in a very clean, disciplined but fun environment.