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Children’s Afterschool Aikido Program

ChildrensThe goal of our children’s program is to provide a safe, positive and non-aggressive environment for the practice of Aikido. As a martial art, Aikido fosters a healthy outlook- it develops respect for self and others, fosters an atmosphere of cooperation, and cultivates flexibility and coordination. The principles of centering, mindfulness and blending our energy with that of our partner are emphasized, without tournaments or competitions.

Challenge and fun are essential elements of our children’s program. Aikido provides youths with the opportunity to develop their physical and mental awareness, improve physical condition, enhance self-esteem and improve interpersonal skills. Through Aikido training, young people learn the power of movement, while having a good time.

Classes begin with stretching and coordination exercises, followed by rolling practice. This helps to develop strong, flexible bodies and improve control and awareness. Following these important basic skills, various techniques are taught and practiced. Students pair up with each other and take turns playing the role of attacker and defender. Training is monitored by instructors who interact with the students, help them to learn, and challenge them to grow with appropriate guidance.
We work with parents and welcome their input, and our classes are always open for observation.

Aikido Classes for children can:
**Increase Focus and Mindfulness
**Develop Physical and Mental Awareness
**Teach Non-Violent Ways to Deal With Conflict
**Improve Social Skills
**Enhance Physical Coordination and Agility

At Rising Sun Aikido, the Children’s Program is designed for ages 7-15.

The first class is free!

5:00pm – 5:45pm Tuesday and Thursday program is $88 per month.

About Jim Rodriguez

Jim RodriguezJames (Jim) Rodriguez has been training and teaching Nippon Karatedo Genwakai for over 40 years. He holds the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) and is a licensed instructor. He founded and operated Ohio Budokan, a Martial Arts and Japanese Culture Center for over 25 years prior to moving to Texas. His studies include earning a Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Yamate Ryu Aikijutsu and Renshi (4th degree black belt) in Tenshin Ryu Kenjutsu. He has trained in Urasenki Cha no Yu (tea ceremony) and Shodo (Japanese calligraphy). Mr. Rodriguez privately published a Martial Arts magazine, “Fighting Spirit” for 5 years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Internationally he travels to Holland to train and teach and has trained in Japan, Canada and Italy. For 10 years he taught arresting and handcuffing techniques to an Ohio county probation department staff. His students include military and police and he has traveled all over the United States teaching and training. He has promoted over 60 people to various black belt ranks. His warrior name is “Yonezato Goyo.” You may visit his website at or contact him personally at He is accepting new students.