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Monday, January 17, 2011

1st Yoshinkan Aikido Class

The higher grade Aikidokas in training

Ian went for his Aikido trial class last Saturday afternoon.  I signed him up for the starter programme soon after the class ended.  The starter programme allows him to have unlimited lessons for 3 months.  He was so eager and excited that he couldn't wait to wear his new dogi set (uniform) and wanted us to take him there the next day.  After going through  the timetable, there's a total of 8 classes in a week that he can attend but too bad we just don't have this much of time to spare.   I think the best I can do is to let him have a back to back of two sessions (1 hr each) on Saturday and another one on Sunday but then again it depends solely on whether he has exams approaching or not. :(

I fell in love with the ambience of the dojo (training centre) the moment I stepped in, very airy and filled ith natural sunlight.  It's converted from a spacious old bungalow.  The flooring of the dojo is covered with tatami mats.  My boy loves the mats so much that he can't resist rolling on them as soon as the class ended. LOL....

This starter group was led by a handsome young guy with black belt

Ian trying to copy his peer's movement

All set to go for his 11am session in his new dogi set(uniform) yesterday

Why hubby and myself choose Aikido......

1.  Aikido is a non-aggressive martial art.  Basically, that you can't really start a fight with Aikido - you can only finish one. Aikido doesn't encourage kids to have Power Rangers Syndrome, in which they go around punching and kicking their friends, siblings, dogs, and cats. Aikido technique starts when someone else "breaks the rules", i.e. attacks.

2.  It teaches him to be calm and alert.

3.  It teaches him self defense

4.  It teaches him to work in harmony with the environment

5.  It makes him tired!!!  LOL....

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Blogger Hayley said...

Next time you can ask your boy to teach you some self defense tactics liao ;) Then you can share with us, hahahah :P

January 17, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Mommy to Chumsy said...

ahh..nice. does he enjoy the class? my hubby is a martial artist and he's into Jujitsu. he wants ashley to join him too next time :D

January 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Ohh, Aikido? I only knew karate and judo, kekeke... But sounds like a 'tame' martial art. Learning some martial art is good for health and self-defense :)

January 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!!! He looks good in the outfit. Like a real Japanese boy.

January 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Alice Law said...

I love Aikido too, among the other Japanese or Korean martial art, I reckon this is the most powerful one!^-^

January 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Sheoh Yan said...

Aikido is a good activity for a boy like Ian. Extra curriculum will produce a better health.

January 17, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger mNhL said...

Point #5 is a good one! I think I want to sent my son to such classes.....because I wanted to make him 'TIRED' too.

January 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Small Kucing said...

i like the 5th point the most

January 17, 2011 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Oliveoylz said...

I'm also looking at sending my boy to self defense classes. I think it's very important for a boy to burn out some energy there! Ian looks real cool in his aikido attire! Btw, I've also added you to my blogroll :)

January 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Mommy Ling said...

I thought of sending my gal to this type of class too...but i m not sure if she has the interest or not.

January 18, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Inspired Momx1 said...

Hayley: I told him the same thing.. learn and then come home and teach me.. hahaha

Barb: Yes, He enjoys it so much that he keeps practising the steps taught at home...

Yvonne: They just do rolling, front and back and some movements for now and he loves it.. :)

stp: He is all excited about learning martial art.. :)

Alice: I feel the same too, that's why we send him to Aikido out of so many types of martial arts.

Yan: And a good form of exercise to make him sweat and tired. Hahaha..

mnhl: Hahaha.. YX is as active as our Ian and it's good to send them for some physical activities to burn out some energy.

Oliveoylz: This one is in Jalan Gasing and it's near for someone who live in PJ area. Email me if you want more info. :)

Mommy Ling: You can send her for a free trial lesson before deciding. I sat in for the whole session of his trial lesson before making up my mind.

January 18, 2011 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Lian said...

My DH also had idea to join Aikido, for himself and the kids but never got around to doing it. And I like your last reason for sending your son. I too am always on the lookout on how to get them tired :)

January 18, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Annie Q said...

You know what, my boys just can't wait to grow "older" and go to "big" school, so they can learn karate or taekwando.

Aikido, sound interesting, where is this centre?

I like this - "Aikido doesn't encourage kids to have Power Rangers Syndrome, in which they go around punching and kicking their friends, siblings, dogs, and cats."!!! LOL!

January 25, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

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