AIKIDO is a defensive
martial art that aims to enhance one’s physical and mental balance. Practice in Aikido develops both
self-confidence and respect for others, while enjoying a physical activity that
teaches how to neutralize rather than
promote aggression. This demeanor is emphasized in both the children’s and the
Classes are one hour long.
The first 10 minutes are occupied with warm-up exercises. The remainder of
class activities alternate between repeated body movements to improve body-mind
coordination and defense techniques. These are all done with a partner.
In children’s classes we
also include games designed to emphasize Aikido principles and techniques. For proper training and safety, children’s
classes are conducted with several adults co-instructing. This allows us to
group the children according to age and ability. The children are given a
sufficient amount of activity to work out their day's tensions.
primary goal in any class is for no one
to become injured during practice.
Rolling in response to a technique is a basic skill in Aikido. Our instructors teach how to fall and
roll safely from the very beginning. This enhances self-confidence when doing
the techniques. Techniques for children focus on simple avoidance, taking the
other person’s balance, and neutralization methods. The joint locks associated
with adult Aikido are not used with young children.
are no competitions in Aikido. One of the basic tenets of the art is to teach
that a practitioner is not meant to vanquish an enemy, but to restore harmony to
a situation. Sometimes this means neutralizing an aggression; but more often it
simply means avoiding a bad situation. While Aikido emphasizes awareness of one’s
surroundings and demonstrating a respect for other people, reacting decisively
with correct technique equally important.
has a ranking system (colored belts) for children. Practical tests are taken
after prescribed numbers of practice hours and attainment of minimum levels of
The head Aikido instructor in the children’s class is Tom Milucci (5th
degree black belt). He is assisted by Ray Farinato (6th degree black belt) and
other adult members of Aikido of Fairfield
County, which is certified by the United States Aikido Federation.