Children are the future. We treat them that way.

We believe that the future of our country and world depends on polite, thoughtful and reliable children. Our program not only focusses on martial arts lessons but also reinforces the good lessons kids learn at school and at home. Role playing for socialization skills, games to teach teamwork and group dynamics, and games or activities that teach physical and mental coordination are the backbone of our program, with Aikido technique as the encompassing theme. We have frequent events like our dojo movie nights and sleepover training sessions, and our trips and retreats to the mountains of the Northwest are always a hit. Kids are first here!
Our children are the most precious resource we have, yet in recent years, parental guidance and child development often have seemed to be secondary when it comes to societal priorities. Sometimes a child's personality, life skills, & physical development have taken a back seat to convenience and tight resources in our under-staffed, poorly funded school systems.
At Aikido Heiwa we intend to reverse this trend and focus entirely on the child as a whole; physically, mentally, & emotionally.

Obviously, if you are interested in a quality martial arts program, as part of the education of the children in your life, then you have their best interests in mind. That is wonderful, and we would love to help you. We will try to tailor our programs to meet most needs.

AIKIDO HEIWA'S Available Children's Programs
1) KOKORO-KIDS is a "game centric" program for children 5 to 7 years of age. We have been developing this class for a few years and have had wonderful experiences with the kids. The program is less focused on martial arts techniques, but more centered around developing athletic, polite, cooperative and healthy kids, with an aptitude for learning and helping others, while adapting to a dojo atmosphere and learning teamwork play.. Excercise, Positive Interaction and Love!

Children are accepted to this limited size, class based on interviews and class visits. Parents are encouraged to join in with thier children, at no monthly cost, to help out and have more bonding time.

2) YOUTH Aikido = Ages 8 - 15 yrs.

Our Youth program is also about athletic play, teamwork play, politeness and fun, but the kids will learn responsibility for thier partners wellbeing while learning practical and beautiful Aikido Self-defense techniques, how to move effectively, falling and rolling skills and improving coordination, dexterity and body awareness.


Basic and fun calisthenics and stretching start every class. Kids, more than ever, need physical activity and excercise on a daily basis, and here they will get plenty of it! We want kids to have strong bodies, not just strong video game fingers!
Curriculum is a combination of Aikido techniques, and basic karate (Strikes, blocks, parrys, and kicks). Self-defense skills and peaceful interaction are a big theme in this age group's classes at Aikido Heiwa.

Because age, body size, grace, balance, personality, and strength will differ between students, the daily curriculum requirements are flexible, so that different children can work together, and practice a variety of techniques that will accomodate these differences. This means that each student can work at his or her own pace. As skills progress, a student frequently gets to test his or her self-defense techniques on a variety of attacks with his or her fellow students. This helps to polish the skills so that with regular training, reaction to attack becomes second nature. With regular martial arts training, self-confidence is gained so that one can be calm in stressful situations in all walks of life, whether it be sports, schoolroom or playground, or in a real crisis.

Mr. Holloway works with one of the many young children at Aikido Heiwa. She is learning to protect her personal space, and it is fun because it is taught as part of a game.
4) "Youth In Budo" = (10 - 15) Special class for the older kids and young teens, set up to help with the transition to ADULT training and classes. Class includes a harder workload, more technically challenging martial arts based curriculum, and more self-defense training scenarios. While still a fun training environment, the "YIB" students are expected to train hard and learn more material.
In addition to learning a wide variety of physical techniques to learn balance, coordination, cooperation and to neutralize an attack, children will learn how to protect themselves from a much more common threat: FALLING DOWN! We train kids in the same art of Ukemi Waza that the adults learn. Ukemi Waza can be defined as the ability to take falls and rolls safely to protect the body. We make Ukemi into more fun for the kids. Although easy to do with training, jumping into the ground is not something most adults are comfortable with in their first few classes, but children love to tumble and roll around, therefore many games can be created that teach.

One of our main focus points at Aikido Heiwa is to make learning a lot of fun for the children. Kids that have fun and are excited about their martial arts school are more likely to continue training and not get bored. Continued training is the only way for a student (child or adult) to acquire usable martial arts skills. The mechanics of martial arts technique can be taught to a person reasonably quickly, but only through regular partners-practice can a student be able to have the skills become instinctive and more importantly: Effective.

These pictures show a basic forward roll. This is the most important and most common ukemi. For the kids ukemi is a lot of fun.
Kids gain self confidence as they play and interact with other people. Below: In a kind of "martial tag" the children learn that in the dojo it is okay to push, so that they can learn to defend against such an asault.
The "Blending Line" or "Defense Line" allows a child to practice the most basic and yet important self- defense skill of all: Simply, to get out of the way of an attack. They also think it is lots of fun.
( Especially if the "old" teacher is too slow to move out of the way!) Everyone takes turn being the defender or "Pushee"!

I have been teaching children for going on 2 decades. I love it. I think my patiance, attention to the children's wellfare, as well as their enjoyment is apparent right away. I try not to focus on the martial arts education alone, but also on the child's education beyond the mat. Manners, good vocabulary and grammar, an understanding of human biology, structure and hygiene, (so that kids learn to take good care of their bodies,) and even physics (to help them better understand the martial art they are learning, as well as the world outside,) are all part of the education process at Aikido Heiwa. We try to reinforce the good lessons the kids get at home, which helps validate that mom or dad are always looking out for their best interests.

W. Holloway

An important note for PARENTS, thinking of registering their child:

Aikido Heiwa is NOT a day care facility. We do not offer our classes so that parents can get errands done. Parents, you should be PART OF your child's education. See what the kids are learning. Learn the curriculum as well so that you can help your child to excell and to study. I have no problem with folks running next door to get a coffee, but I do not want to see kids waiting at the door for me to arrive, and parents nowhere in sight! Occasional exceptions are always made, without any fuss, but I will not allow the latch-key kids syndrome here. This is even more important with the younger kids and Kinder Keiko students. Young kids sometimes have rough days. I need parents to be near by, in case of any problems. I hope you understand.


W. Holloway

We learn about courtesy, respect, responsibility, and caring. Just a few of the many lessons that help develop kids into socially well adjusted and thoughtful, friendly individuals.

Curriculum for young students also includes the mental side of self defense; Learning to Avoid conflict, Redirect anger, and Manage hostility. ( A.R.M.) Knowing how to defend yourself physically does not preclude trying to avoid having to. The best form of self-defense is one you don't have to apply physically. Kids need to be smart about the situations they put themselves into. Awareness, threat avoidance, and the confidence to say 'NO' when the time comes are key. Children are also educated on the fact that violence is never the answer to difficult social situations. They are taught physical defensive skills, as the primary martial arts portion of the Aikido education, but they also need to understand HOW to attack, so that they can understand how to defend against it. So children do learn some striking, blocking and kicking techniques, so that they can help teach thier fellow students to defend against such threats. We are very serious however about teaching the kids that they must never use their martial arts skills, for any reason, outside of the dojo training classes. Social and emotional development is paramount to develop happy and healthy children so we really focus there, then self-esteem and self-discepline become second nature. Stop by and speak to the instructor for further information on his Aikido for children programs, his philosophies on teaching and how Aikido Heiwa can possitively impact the future of our community's children...including yours.
Mr.Holloway, the dojo's head instructor, works with one of the kids during an outdoor class at our annual summer retreat in the Cascade Mountains.


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