"A psychological study found that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility, a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks, and a higher sense of self-esteem."
NAPMA (National Association of Professional Martial Artists)
We all love our children and will do anything to keep them safe, well, and happy. There is a genuine family atmosphere at Aikido Schools of New Jersey, a reflection of a truly healthy community. The future of families and the world in general is in the hands of our children. Our responsibility is to instill in them core values that will ensure a bright future for generations to follow. At ASNJ, our commitment is to create an environment in which your child can grow on many different levels. More than just self-defense, the practice of Aikido and the traditional dojo setting at ASNJ will enable each child to develop physically, intellectually, and emotionally. ASNJ's instruction staff and adult community provide dozens of positive role models for your child to emulate.
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that is fun, practical, effective, and extremely appropriate for today's challenging conditions. Children learn how to defend themselves without exhibiting violent or aggressive behavior. Its circular, flowing techniques teach children balanced body movements and develop a heightened sense of spatial awareness. Concentration and the ability to focus are greatly enhanced.
Aikido teaches children to be "Peaceful Warriors," able to defend themselves without seeking retaliation as the initial and only viable option. Aikido techniques blend with an attack, redirect and neutralize it. Through mutual respect and cooperation, children learn to help each other rather than compete with each other.
- Discipline, better coordination, and concentration
- Elevated self-esteem
- Self-defense and improved physical conditioning
- A heightened sense of awareness of surroundings
- A calming and stress-reducing effect due to breathing and meditation techniques
- Practical approaches to dealing with the "bully" at school and on the playground
- Development of a positive, "can do" attitude
- The cultivation of leadership qualities
- Learning to live with passion and identifying positive personal goals
- The thought-action-consequence process
- The concept of unattached "giving back" to others
- Building character and maintaining a sense of loyalty to family and friends