In Aiki 2, a child member continues to cultivate the physical, mental, and spiritual fundamentals gained in Aiki 1 only this is done more through Aikido Kihon Waza (basic Aikido technique) and less through developmental games. Additionally, Aiki 2 participants are more fully introduced to traditional dojo culture. Combining traditional dojo culture with Aikido technique allows child members to further develop the virtues of compassion, wisdom, love, and harmony. This occurs because both traditional dojo culture and Aikido technique ask us to bring awareness to our departures from these virtues. Training undertakes this process within a controlled field of experience, where a child's sense of self-responsibility can mature in a safe and healthy manner.
As with our Aiki 1 program, our Aiki 2 program takes advantage of our adult dojo members. This allows us to have the benefits of group training while providing us with the benefits of private instruction. More importantly, since children will be training in martial technique, filling the mat with our adult members allows for a level of supervision that will more guarantee that training remains safe at all times. The dojo always seeks to have a ratio of at least one adult member to two child members.
Our Aiki 2 program is a precursor to training in Aikido at Senshin Center as an adult. As such, two of our adult classes are open to child members in our Aiki 2 program - one body art class, and one weapons class. Please see our schedule for days and times. For more information on our adult program, please click the link at the bottom of this page.
To have a child enter our Aiki 2 program, parents that would like to have their children add Aiki 2 training to their Aiki 1 curriculum should make such interests known to Sensei. Thereupon, Sensei will set out to determine the design and development of such training.