Originally posted by Ghost Fox
I've seen a few kids programs for aikido, I even help cover a class or two (a very good form of birth control if you ask Me.), but I never saw young children pick up the movements very well. The moves are so subtle in aikido that children seem to have a hard time grasping the concepts. Also, aikido is not very physically active martial art. I find the kids tend to get kind of bored.
Probably because they are teaching children like adults - they are a different species.
Childrens Aikido class here looks alot like Childrens Judo class - with a bit of allowance made for the intensity of joint techniques they do everything the adults do. The classes aren't as intense either.
Speaking of joints - you average karate class makes me worry about the kids joints far more than the Aikido classes I observe.