Kids Classes

Kids Classes

The dojo will be closed Feb. 9th-12th due to instructor travel & training.

Youth self-defense program in Bismarck - Aikidoka performing kotegaishi

A Self-Defensive Martial Art for Kids

The essence of Aikido is a non-violent philosophy.  Aikido is for regular life and is designed for self-defense and harmony.  It is not for seeking fights, winning tournaments, or transforming into bullying behaviors, because Aikido training teaches an “Art of Peace” that reacts to aggression and promotes conflict resolution. 

Aikido builds stamina and strength, teaches good body posture, balance, awareness, respect for others, and even Physics.  The lessons learned in Aikido will carry over well into any other art (and many sports) that a student pursues in the future.

Our youth martial art program is geared for the maturity and physical ability of the typical 8-16 year old.  We accept 7 years olds and even younger kids on a case by case basis.

Program fees are $70/month and siblings receive a $10 discount.  Two months of tuition is due to start.  A free uniform is provided to youth students once a year.  There are no testing fees for the first 7 ranks and then there is a nominal fee for the advanced youth ranks.

Kids at our dojo also learn the Iwama Aikido martial art weapons curriculum.  This includes the bokken (wooden sword) and the jo (short staff).  Practice weapons are real hardwood weapons and provided by us for use at the dojo.  Students do not have to buy any weapons or additional gear as they continue their training.

Youth classes are taught by Melonie Sensei, 2nd Dan, and additionally by Jason Sensei, 4th Dan.

How to Get Started

  1. Watch a class to get more familiar with Aikido. (This is optional but recommended). See our SCHEDULE.
  2. Register ONLINE or in person.
  3. Pay tuition for 2 months minimum to start.  (check/cash in person or PAY ONLINE here)
  4. Adults – Purchase a gi or take advantage of one of our free gi offers.  Kids – uniform is free with 2 months tuition prepaid.
  5. Attend class. Welcome!

Questions? Call us at 701-471-2306

Is Aikido a Good Martial Art for Children?

Children are excellent students of Aikido!  Although Aikido was once considered a “finishing art”, most Aikido dojos now have robust children’s programs.

In our opinion, Aikido is the best martial art for children to learn first — to ensure that they pick up good body movement in training and the use of hips in all techniques.  In addition, Aikido is a self-defense that teaches a child to carefully de-escalate confrontations with peers while also empowering them with techniques that can effectively be used to escape a larger and much stronger attacker.

What perhaps makes Aikido a bit more difficult than other youth martial art programs is the fact that we perform precise techniques and manipulations always on a partner instead of performing katas solo for the sake of demonstrating memorization and form. Therefore, there is a level of effectiveness being tested constantly, even though students are trained to not block or resist a beginner too much.  

Learning to be a good uke (receiving partner) involves practice of tumbling, safe break-falling, and improving on one’s overall athleticism and physical coordination. Aikido is a full body “rough and tumble” workout for kids with the extra benefit of having a group of “aiki” friends rooting for them.

youth martial arts jo-staff bismarck