Lil’ Samurai Ki-Aikido Martial Art Class. (In-Dojo & Online)

West Linn Ki Aikido is committed to building the leaders of tomorrow by teaching kids to be the best versions of themselves today.

Our LIL SAMURAI classes are aimed at teaching kids ages 4-8 to be confident in themselves while learning how to build a strong character, a strong mind and a strong body. We offer this in a fun, safe & nurturing environment where kids learn to push themselves, make mistakes, get back up and try again. Our tool is the martial art of Aikido. Our goal is to build future leaders.

We offer Ki-Aikido classes for kids as an extension of the Children’s Program of the Oregon Ki Society. Our Lil’ Samurai class is aimed at children ages 4-8, in a shorter 30 minute format that focuses on getting kids moving while learning some of the basics about martial arts training, such as etiquette, focus, discipline and physical fitness.

During COVID, we offer this class in a HYBRID format, so students can train in the dojo or from home. During lock downs, we switch to online only. When training in the dojo we follow strict COVID safety protocols (To learn more, see here:)

Monthly rates for the children’s program is $65 for the first child, $45 for additional siblings.

If you would like to speak with us about your child joining class, please call (971-407-8263) or email. We can help you to determine if Ki-Aikido is right for your child. If you would like a Zoom invite to join class, please email us.

About the Lil SAMURAI Martial Arts Class

By cultivating good habits at an early age, Aikido gives children a foundation they can rely on for a lifetime of positive growth. While a child’s body grows, so does their mind. It is natural to develop the two together. In a physically active and cooperative learning environment, children learn the martial art of Ki-Aikido. As they grow, they learn how to apply these lessons to all activities: school, play, sports, and relationships.

At the heart of our Children’s Program is the development of positive habits.

Children are taught how to concentrate, remain calm, challenge themselves physically and approach life with a positive attitude. Through regular training at the dojo, children acquire positive habits they will retain into adulthood so they can become leaders in their community.

What Is a Lil SAMURAI Ki-Aikido Class Like?

Classes are taught in a traditional dojo setting as a hybrid in-person / online class. Class times are a concise 30 minutes engineered to get kids moving in a fun and encouraging environment. We focus on teaching how to remain positive, calm and focused while also teaching the basic ethics of the Bushido code: Rectitude, Courage, Compassion, Respect, Honesty, Honor, Loyalty and Self Control.

Children learn a variety of activities and skills, including stretching, warm-ups, proper posture, agility, how to focus, and exercises intended to build their bodies. There is also an emphasis on learning to meditate so they can calm their mind.

In each class, time is devoted to learning the Ki-Aikido arts. Arts consist of one person attacking and another person performing the Ki-Aikido technique in defense. Since the result of every Ki-Aikido art is the attacker is sent falling to the ground, it is necessary to learn how to fall safely where thrown by the defender. These skills are taught at a pace children are able to learn. In addition to the instructor, adult assistants ensure that each child gets the attention he or she needs to learn the lesson and to train safely.  For additional fun, kids are also taught the basics of how to work with bokken (wooden swords) and jo (staff).

Lessons are often summarized at the end of class, showing students how the day’s learning can be applied to their life outside the dojo.

Getting Started in the Lil SAMURAI class.

Your child may start his or her study of Ki-Aikido at any time. Please contact your local dojo ahead of time and let them know you wish to visit. We offer free, one-on-one introductory lessons.

PRIOR to arrival, parents or guardians will be asked to fill out a registration form and a COVID form so we can insure new students are following comparable safety protocols as the rest of our dojo community.

Attire for the first class is a cotton T-shirt, and warm-up pants that cover the knees. Children who train regularly are encouraged to wear a special uniform called a gi. This uniform is available for purchase at your local dojo for a nominal price.