Children In Aikido
I am interested in the points of view of the AikiWeb posters, on the subject of children in Aikido.
I have found that some people are very much opposed to children in Aikido, and believe that they cannot achieve the same level of technicial and spiritual skill/technique as an adult Aikidoka.
In my club there are over 300 junior members (below the age of 16) and they are treated on the whole with the same respect as adults on and off the mat. Yet, there are some who share the view expressed above, but would not openly voice this opinion, because my Sensei believes greatly in Aikido for children and is very proud of all his junior members as well as senior members.
Is this view shared by any posters? Any 2 cents would be welcomed.