Teens have a lot of choices and demands on their time. Some endeavors are temporary – and some will sustain themselves over time throughout their lives.
Aikido is a discipline that will have a positive effect on the adolescent years and carry over into adulthood. It is a physical activity that is done with others – but there is no competition. No need to see who is better. Everyone helps each other be as good as THEY can be. It is a win for all.
Teenagers who do Aikido become calmer, grounded, and in control of both themselves and their surroundings. The precise movements and balance along with equal training on both left and right sides of their body will carry over to elevate the level of all other physical activities and sports that they are involved in.
Harmony – the blending of forces, energy and movement. Freedom. No conflict. No struggle. Aikido is the physical manifestation of taking what comes at you and controlling it in a positive way. A life lesson.
The Saturday teen class is taught by Ralph Legnini who has been teaching kids and teens for 20 years. He is also 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 a class, and check it out. Or your teenager can get on the mat and try it that same day. The initial class if free. After that, there is a student rate dojo membership of $50 per month. There is no long term contract – the commitment is month to month. Many continue training on into adulthood, and Aikido becomes an important part of who their are! The teen class on Saturday morning is from 10:00 – 11:00am. At the discretion of Sensei – after a high level of skill is achieved – teens may be invited to participate in a number of adult mixed level classes.
For any additional information, please contact Ralph Legnini directly.