The Aiki-Dragons, also known as our “Advanced Kids Class” got started because overcrowding in our basic kids program.
In order to deal with crowded conditions in one class, the students that had obtained the rank of Green Belt Stripe were offered a different class on two different days from the beginning class during the week. Basically, this class has served to allow the kids that have been training for at least a year or two to train at an advanced level.
These kids have good handle on ukemi (falling and getting back up) and don’t need as much supervision in this regard. The age for these kids, generally speaking is from about 9 to 12 years old and as mentioned with at least a green stripe ranking.
However, this class has been used to save some kids from leaving the dojo due to other activity conflicts, e.g. baseball, basketball or soccer. Additionally, we have inherited some other kids from outside the area that have trained at other schools and because we have an advanced class, the parents like the idea that they can transfer, so to speak, over to Makoto Dojo and not have to start at the beginning.
Skills include more advanced game playing and physical self-defense skills development. We focus on the Japanese language and technical Aikido terminology. We expect a more sincere attitude from these students in regards to behavior, working together and leadership development.
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