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How does my child get started?

Bring your child to a free, trial class. Look at our schedule on the website and/or call Tenzan Aikido at 206-525-4032 to discuss which time is best for your child’s age and experience level. If you reach our voicemail, please leave your contact information and we will get back to you promptly. You may also contact us by email at

How often should my child practice?

Most children see good progress practicing twice a week. Membership entitles your child to unlimited classes. We encourage children to practice as often as possible and some practice almost every day. The more they put into it the more they get out of it.

How big are the classes?

The classes vary in size depending on age group, experience level and time of day. Regardless of the class size we strive to maintain a ratio of at least one teacher for every 8 students on the mat.

Is Aikido about learning to fight?

No. While children learn non-aggressive self-defense techniques, aikido emphasizes bringing balance and harmony to any situation. Children develop confidence that becomes apparent in their daily interactions.

How will aikido benefit my child?

Aikido is a multifaceted discipline where children learn focus, athleticism, confidence and how to master a complex art form. Children learn how to be a productive member of a group and how to be sensitive to others. Rather than seeking immediate gratification, they gain the kind of patience that allows them to see the benefits of long-term dedication. The philosophical underpinning of aikido points towards good social tendencies. Children learn an approach to life that follows them into the classroom, the playground, other physical activities and in their social interaction.

Do I need to watch my child’s class?

Although they are encouraged to watch as much as possible on a regular basis, parents may come and go during their children’s class time. We know that life can get hectic, preventing you from always being at your child’s class.

What should my child wear for aikido class?

Children may wear loose fitting clothes that cover the elbows and knees until you purchase a uniform for them. Uniforms range from $45 to $55. With 6-month dues packages, a uniform is included for first time beginners (dues are also cheaper than paying on a monthly basis).