Mind and body co-ordination for children aged 4 – 13 years.
"Mere weeks after Lilah (9) began her Aikido journey with the Brighton Ki Society, we noticed a marked improvement in her concentration and self-confidence as well as her posture and stamina – a credit to the encouragement and careful instruction of her always patient and fun sensei Petr, and the empowering philosophy and practice of Shin-Shin Toitsu Aikido."
– Adam (Lilah's dad)
Our classes introduce children to the principles of mind and body coordination. This helps them direct their energy more positively and effectively, and gain self-confidence. Japanese yoga and Ki-aikido training are combined in a non-competitive environment to allow children to develop their full potential.
This training promotes tangible benefits such as good mental and physical health. By applying the principles they learn – such as mindfulness and positivity – children can improve their performance in activities such as schoolwork, sports, music, and art.
Students also gain the intangible benefits of having a positive attitude, concentration, self-discipline, respect, always doing one's best and being able to calm one's mind. We teach the art of non-dissension, which applies to leading and following in the dojo. It also applies directly to being able to get along with family, siblings, peers and schoolmates.
These benefits are the result of fundamental applications of Japanese yoga and Ki-aikido training. Good learning skills — listening, concentrating on tasks, and following through to completion — develop naturally as a result. Children gain confidence in their abilities, and as they grow, the tools and direction of Ki training provide something for them to rely on. A disciplined, cooperative environment helps them learn to work and grow with others.
The support of a parent and/or other responsible adult is important to a child’s success. This involvement helps to direct and encourage the child to use Ki principles in daily life.
We appreciate that parents/guardians make as much of a commitment to the children’s program as the teachers and children. One important avenue for parental involvement is an understanding of Ki principles. Parents can reinforce our lessons in the child’s daily life, thus greatly increasing the impact of training. We encourage our parents/guardians to participate in our introductory lessons for adults. Communicate with your child’s teacher about his or her progress and difficulties on or off the mat. This provides valuable insight for the instructor to use in helping your child.
All our instructors are CRB checked and certified by Ki Society HQ and participate in ongoing instructor training programs to maintain their certification. The UK Ki Federation has been successfully conducting children’s classes for many years, and our instructors at the Brighton dojo are among the most experienced of the UK Ki Federation.