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Old 06-22-2009, 02:46 PM   #10
Dunken Francis
Dojo: Institute of Aikido Auckland
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 33
New Zealand
Re: Tips for kids class

We do several "games" in our kids classes. Ukemi races (mixing the teams up after each race, so everyone gets to be on a winning "team") body movement mix-up (sensei calls the tenkan, tai-sabaki, irimi etc and tries to catch them out) and we use plastic cones too to make up slalom courses for ukemi and to create a kind of "circuit training" base whereby the kids can move from partner to partner doing a different technique with each. Still Aikido, but keeps them interested, especially the younger ones (we start them at 7-8 years)

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