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That's sad that the funding got cut. OC Aikikai used to have a similar program in the early seventies under Ishisaka sensei. From what the old timers tell me, it was a very successful program and brought in a lot of kids from the city who otherwise would be doing something else, let along learning about aikido. But the city's funding got cut.
I will start an aikido class in a few weeks at a school with extra care on numerous subjects.
It is a school for kids from age 11 until 15.
Lots of them have social problems. I also give a course which is called Rock and Water.
It has a lot of aikido principles but no techniques. The next group is a more aggressive group with only boys who in fact stand alone when it really matters. Contact in this group is not done so I thought: maybe teach a little aikido and tenkan principles so the learn to see the other way too.
I hope it will work out.
The course is a bit short; 6 weeks, but when it turns out ok I will try to get another group for a longer time.
Off course for the whole year is fantastic but that will not happen I am afraid.