Aikido for Teens
Tacoma Aikikai’s Teen Aikido program is open to all teens age 12 and older. Registration is ongoing and classes held year-round. Beginners can start in our regularly scheduled teen classes at any time.
The Teen Program at Tacoma Aikikai offers a safe and encouraging environment for teens to grow and thrive. Through Aikido training, teens build fitness, confidence, and leadership in a supportive peer community. Aikido classes for teens provide a disciplined setting for focused practice, similar to adult classes, while emphasizing physical conditioning and gymnastic challenges for young bodies. With commitment and dedication, teens gain proficiency in self-defense and a disciplined foundation in martial arts training.
In addition to our regular program, camps, special events, and workshops for teens offer fun and immersive training experiences for all levels.
Skills teens develop through Aikido
- Physical conditioning: strength, flexibility, & endurance
- Body awareness and control
- Joint locks, throws, and strikes
- Safe falling and rolling
- Balance and coordination
- Reaction time
- Dedication and commitment
- Leadership and cooperation
- Focus and concentration
- Japanese culture and language
Teen Aikido Class Schedule
Teen Aikido classes provides a disciplined foundation in martial arts practice. Focused classes pave the way for participation in the adult’s program. Training sessions emphasize physical conditioning to promote fitness for younger bodies. Drills and partner practice teach Aikido techniques and self-defense. Challenges and games allow teens to test their physical limits.
Randori (multiple attackers) and jiu-waza (free-form techniques) provide students with the opportunity respond naturally and freely in higher pressure or self-defense situations. Weapons work and weapons disarming techniques are gradually introduced to more advanced students.
Mondays 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Fridays 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am (all ages)
*Teens may attend adult classes with instructor permission.
Please see our class schedule for up-to-date class information.