Young people

"Aikido practice encourages students to learn how to get along. These teachings may include how to cooperate, how to defend ourselves, how to develop coordination, how to respond spontaneously to events as they arise before us. We learn skills to resolve an argument, roll when falling off a bicycle or turn to avoid a punch coming at our face."   Kimberly Richardson

Two Cranes Aikido offers a fun and dynamic training program for children and teens. Our black belt teaching staff is passionate about working with our students. We offer children and teens a safe and inspiring learning environment to develop calm minds, alert bodies and enlivened spirits. 

We emphasize learning how to get along. Aikido practice combines a dynamic physical practice and techniques of self-defense with the inner practice of centering and focusing one's attention.

Young people find that Aikido training helps them resolve conflict nonviolently, improve physical coordination and develop a positive approach to life's challenges, while having fun.

The social benefits are numerous. Parents appreciate the emphasis on safety, good manners, focus and kindness. The skills that children learn in Aikido practice assist them in dealing effectively with the joys and challenges of daily life. Parents are delighted to see their children listen attentively and display good posture.

Aikido helps children at home and at school.Aikido training lets children practice movements that invite them to blend with their world in a positive manner. The rolling drills, self-defense techniques and imaginative games assist them in absorbing body and mind knowledge with more ease. They learn to rely on their abilities to assert themselves. Self-confidence and self-discipline grow with their commitment to practice.

Athletic benefits. Training increases coordination, flexibility and balance. Aikido invites children to run, roll, jump and fall. It enhances their physical resiliency and complements other sports activities.

Children need not be athletic to begin practice. Often the techniques of Aikido help us find comfortable ways to be in our bodies and to move naturally. Aikido works for big and little people alike. Because it doesn't rely solely on strength to be effective, children of all sizes and shapes can find success in their training.

Studying new ideas, making friends and using one's imagination are part of growing up. As children's physical and intuitive skills deepen, they begin studying the more serious side of martial arts. 

Self-defense is the art of sensing the state of things energetically before they materialize. Kids do this naturally. We invite them to notice their excitement, their intuitive hunches and discomfort, and to mark these sensations as signs that certain actions are required to create safety.


The self-defense emphasis they learn helps them diffuse aggression and conflict not just physically, but verbally and emotionally as well. They have opportunities to challenge themselves in unexpected ways, like asserting themselves in ways they previously thought impossible or handling a bully in a calm and confident manner without anger or force. They become advocates for peace on the mat and in their daily lives. They learn about being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing, even without reward. They build respect and compassion for themselves and their partners.

Other benefits Aikido offers our students:

  • How to live in our bodies-children learn to know how they feel by paying attention to their emotional and intuitive world, and listening to their hunches. 
  • The art of cooperation
  • The value of play
  • Good manners
  • The power of daily practice-children learn how to persevere when they just feel like quitting, and understand that if they choose to stick with it, they will advance to whole new level.
  • How to work with anxiety and aggression in self and others