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Old 05-21-2020, 09:55 AM   #1
Dojo: Free style Aikido ,Coos Bay Oregon
Location: Coos Bay Oregon
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Aikido for kids

I have a hard time trying to teach the technique names to kids . Even the adult class. Is there any other way . Some people say, "why is it important to learn the names , we cannot use it anywhere else." like If someone attack you cannot say "shomenuchi kiawase".
How can you approach a different level group the technique names that are a totally different language
Don't get me wrong these student willing to learn but its like a doors stopper. these kids are at "risk".
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Old 06-27-2020, 05:38 PM   #2
Location: Halifax
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I don't think this is an aikido-specific thing. From my (non-aikido) teaching experience, kids generally don't care too much about the names or the actual technique most of the time (that comes later), they just want to do something. So don't put too much emphasis on the names of techniques, mentioning them once in passing is enough.

[edit] When you do start teaching them the names when they know what they are doing and how to move, I'd break it down for them.
i.e. shomenuchi is this overhead strike. Ikkyo is when you put your hand on their arm (show them too!). [edit]

I'd focus more on opportunities for them to roll, falling, and the associated throws involving rolls and falling.

Nothing is more fun and weird than telling their parents:
I learned how to fall today! I saw a person roll and I'm gonna do that next!

Last edited by PuppyDoggie : 06-27-2020 at 05:41 PM. Reason: missing important detail
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Old 06-27-2020, 06:37 PM   #3
Peter Goldsbury
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Dojo: Hiroshima Kokusai Dojo
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
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Re: Aikido for kids

In the dojo where I am the chief instructor, we do not bother with names for kids until they are older.

A young father brought his twin boys to the dojo and they all train together. All are beginners but they train separately, up to a point. The twins are identical and it is hard to tell the difference, but they usually train together. Dad trains separately and has little contact with them in the dojo. Very interesting. Ours is a real family dojo, with many parents and their children training together.

Of course, everything is in Japanese, but I sometimes use English as a teasing device.

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Old 08-09-2020, 08:06 AM   #4
Dojo: Shoheijuku Aikido, Fukuoka
Location: Fukuoka
Join Date: Sep 2002
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Re: Aikido for kids

The names are only important if you wish to train Aikido elsewhere. What I do initially teaching kids English in Japan, is start by saying some things I want them to do, such as "sit down" or "stand up" in English, but I'll initially repeat them in Japanese. It doesn't take them long to connect the meanings, so eventually I can just use English.

That being said, in the dojos here, we have a 22-level system for children. That can start at 4 years old and by 15 can potentially become shodan. Until pre-4th kyu, each grading they have to know only one more technique for the next grading. They regularly get confused even still.

Naturally having something useful to say is like natural responses during training: It takes much practice.
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Old 09-14-2020, 03:56 PM   #5
Dojo: Free style Aikido ,Coos Bay Oregon
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Re: Aikido for kids

Thank you all for ideas and thought I appreciate it very much
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