Woodstock Aikido currently offers a unique class for children every Saturday morning from 9:00-10:00am. The kids in these classes learn to be calm, peaceful, disciplined, and in control of their bodies and mind. One very unique quality of Aikido is that it is non-competitive. There are no tournaments and no desire to defeat someone else. We do not train in groupings based on age, rank or weight because the effectiveness of Aikido is not contingent on size, or physical strength. Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of the art, was only five feet tall. Aikido is dynamic, powerful, fun and inspiring. Many parents who watched their kids take classes at Woodstock Aikido – have started adult classes themselves.
Ralph Legnini is a fifth degree blackbelt (5th dan), and the director of the children’s program at Woodstock Aikido. His lineage in the art is direct to the founder of Aikido through his primary teacher, Harvey Konigsberg Shihan and his teachers, Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan and Seiichi Sugano Shihan.
Ralph has been teaching Aikido to children for over 20 years. He is a professional music producer with a degree in music education, and former President of the Onteora Central School District Board of Education.
How To Start
Please stop by on any Saturday morning, watch the kid’s class from 9:00-10:00am – and check it out. If your child wants to try it – the first class is free. To continue, your child will become a Woodstock Aikido Dojo member, pay dues of $50 per month, and start training with us. There are no contracts, or long term written commitments. However, like many of us here at Woodstock Aikido who have been training Aikido for decades, once you start – you may not be able to stop!
For any additional information, please contact Ralph Legnini directly.