Teenagers are in a unique developmental stage.
Not children anymore, but also not quite adults, they have their own set of challenges to meet. Their peers are everything and how they rank among their peers is a high priority. Things that seem small to us as adults feel like life and death situations to teens who are trying to navigate the social and emotional throes of puberty.
Teenagers who have a sense of belonging and an opportunity to work hard and succeed are able to face their daily challenges with confidence and inner strength.
Aikido class is the place for belonging and hard work. If you are considering aikido class for your teen, here are some things that you need to know:
What class should my teen go to when he is new to aikido?
Even though teens new to aikido are beginners, teens do best with their peers as opposed to much younger beginners. Therefore, new teens often start in the intermediate and advanced class which is composed of teenagers. Older teens may do well in the beginner adult class. Teens are welcome to try both classes to see where they are most comfortable.
How is the teen’s class different than the children’s class?
The teen classes also called intermediate and advanced training, reinforces the basics. The class will also cover multiple attacker scenarios and weapons training. Synchronized movements and falling are also practiced. The teen classes also work together to create a demonstration of aikido.
How can aikido benefit my teen?
The world of a teenager can be defeating and discouraging. Aikido can give a community of support. Also, aikido provides meaningful, real-life reward for hard work. Not only will they move up in rank as they work, but there is the opportunity to work hard with others. There is also the opportunity to develop skills in leadership and mentoring. The spirit of non-competition in aikido can be a haven for teens who struggle in school. The practice of aikido improves concentration in all areas of life. The exercise itself improves the teen’s physical health and coordination skills. When the teen’s life feels chaotic, the dojo can be a place of order and respect. The teen will learn how to use gentle power to solve problems rather than aggression or anger.
What should my teen wear to class?
Those new to aikido or just trying it out may wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Once your teen is registered in a class they will practice in a traditional uniform called a gi or a school t-shirt with gi pants.
Empower your teen. Contact Emerald City Aikido and schedule your free trial class for your teen.