Take a Field Trip to Aikido Dojo | KidVision Pre-K

Upbeat orchestra music (drums and flute playing rhythmic music) – [Narrator] Aikido is a
physical fitness activity that I love. I am a sixth degree black belt. (drums and flute playing rhythmic music) Today I am excited to bring
you to my aikido dojo. Aikido is a Japanese self-defense and a dojo is a school where you train. I come regularly to aikido classes to keep my mind and body active. It helps me stay fit and healthy. It takes a long time and a lot of training to become a black belt. Aikido is a physical activity
that can be practiced by people of all ages and sizes. The whole family can participate. Men, women, boys, and girls. I’d like to introduce
you to Peter Bernath. He’s a seventh degree
belt and chief instructor at this dojo. Peter travels all around
the world teaching aikido to adults and children. Peter, can you tell us
why you think aikido is a good physical fitness
for children and adults? – Well, aikido is a Japanese martial art, a self-defense art. It teaches children movement,
how to protect themselves. They develop strength,
flexibility, agility, mental focus, concentration. It helps them work socially in a group. So, I really think it
helps them both mentally and physically. Children learn how to
move to avoid attacks and protect themselves from injury. Size doesn’t matter. Children learn through repetition, repeating the same technique many times with many partners. Children practice
energetically and positively. You must move your body in order to learn. Everyone progresses at their own pace. Once must concentrate, be brave, and practice enthusiastically
to see improvement. – [Narrator] Aikido
gives children a chance to play physically with
others in a cooperative, yet challenging and fun activity. It is performed in partner practice, which means that children
must work together in order to learn and succeed. Children take turns. One is the attacker and
the other is the defender. Then they switch roles. Because of this exchange, special and respectful
relationships are formed. – [Peter] Aikido promotes
good social manners. People bow to each other before
they do an aikido technique to acknowledge each other and to agree not to harm each other and bow after each technique
to thank each other for a good practice. Aikido practice stresses
cooperation and respect for others. Aikido is a non-competitive martial art. Children are not pitted against
each other to be promoted. Instead, they must work cooperatively to perform required skills. – [Narrator] Aikido is more
than a physical fitness program. It is a Japanese martial art. We respect Japanese traditions,
etiquette, clothing, language, and arts. Aikido provides an opportunity
for children to learn about and experience a culture
that might be different than their own. The Japanese culture. For example, we all
wear Japanese clothing. These are gis and black
belts wear hakamas. – [Peter] We bow as a
group at the beginning and at the end of each
class to show respect for the man who created aikido and the person who’s teaching it. – Okay, we are going to
practice some of our Japanese. Ohayo Gozaimasu. – Ohayo Gozaimasu. – [Narrator] Children
learn Japanese words. – Can everyone touch their atama? – Atama. – Kata. – Kata. – Ashi. – Ashi. – Ude. – Ude. – Tekubi. – Tekubi. – Te. – Te. – Very good job. – [Peter] Children learn
Japanese self-defense techniques, such as tenkan throw, tenchi
throw, and irimi throw. (gong ringing) – [Narrator] At this
dojo, children are taught to calm themselves through meditation. (gong ringing) – [Peter] Children learn to
respect where they learn. They say thank you to the
teacher at the beginning and at the end of class. They clean up the dojo after class and fold their gis properly to take home. Today we’ve arranged a
special aikido demonstration. The children are going to
show you all the techniques that they learned over our summer camp. – [Narrator] Great. Children progress at their own pace. Children of varying sizes and
ages test for the same rank as they alone are ready. There is no competition. Children work together. They advance through a series
of sequential aikido moves and aikido techniques. Each test combines new
skills to previous skills to accomplish increasingly
challenging physical tasks. – Are you guys ready? – [Narrator] Aikido cultivates
coordination, balance, agility, body awareness, and mental focus. It takes practice and
repetition to improve. (sticks hitting) (hands pounding on the floor) Thank you very much for
letting us come to your dojo. Domo arigato. (jazzy flute music) (upbeat orchestral music)

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