"To educate means to guide the physical development and the development of mental and social qualities of the child, thus educating means forming independent personalities, but without losing sight of the social relations in which the individual is placed."
The AiKids® method is the first method of teaching Aikido to children and is a project of Sensei Fabio Ramazzin ©. AiKids® is a pedagogical method created and designed by the Sensei, who designed and developed it on the basis of his long experience, to accompany the young trainees in their educational and martial development, starting at the youngest age.
Lessons include practice both individual and in pairs or in groups. During the game-lessons, through specific exercises which always reunite a playful and an educational aspect, children learn to manage their body, the space and their body in space, under the constant and careful supervision of the teacher and his collaborators . The lessons are divided into two main parts, the first concerning the warm-up, and the second concerning the practical lesson where the students perform exercises, games or routes each time different and interactive.
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art, created by Master Ueshiba, known as O-Sensei. Through the study of defensive techniques, both with bare hands and with weapons, it allows students to increase their psychomotor skills and to discover a new self-awareness.
The educational value of Aikido
The martiality of Aikido is accompanied by a profound educational value that fills every aspect of the aikidoka's life: an aikido student will bring the spirit and the deeper lessons learned on the mat outside the dojo, in everyday life.
The practice of Aikido in fact merges the education of the body with the education of the mind, and, ultimately, of the spirit: the physical, mental and spiritual are intertwined and complement each other.
The first goal, on a physical and bodily level, is in fact the acquisition of a deeper and more conscious perception and coordination of one’s body and its movements, which also passes through the learning of the games and exercises that are proposed and which will gradually help to build a mastery of one’s body that is easy, fluid and without uncertainty.
This first level is then accompanied by a second dimension, which indeed could be considered a double dimension: mental or psychological and psychosocial. In this second dimension the goal is the personal growth that comes from the deeper knowledge of one's self, of one’s talents and virtues, as well as limitations and flaws which become obstacles to overcome, both on the mat and in "real life". The physical training and play are therefore tools geared towards a deeper and more complete end, the exercise is only means aimed at the discovery of consciousness and of a more intimate and sincere awareness of the self and of the self in relation to others. The balance and security that emerge in the movements tend to first be translated into a balanced and safe attitude, a thoughtful stance that allows the young aikidoka to handle the daily challenges he or she faces not only on the mat, but also outside of the dojo, in the school environment, the family or the peer group, where the harmony and the deep balance that are experienced and acquired during practice can be transposed. It is necessary to specify how such secure attitude has nothing to do with arrogance or haughtiness, aspects that have neither merit, nor place in Aikido philosophy and specifically in the practice of our school.
Just think about the fact that in Aikido there are no races and competitions (unlike most martial arts that precisely because of this competitive nature have betrayed their origins, thus ceasing to be martial arts and becoming instead combat sports ), as its intent is not to win the enemy and destroy him, maybe to earn a medal or place in the rankings, but to understand his movements and enter into a relationship, always without harm.
In Aikido we can no longer speak of "adversary" or "enemy", but rather of practice mate or colleague. It is therefore by synthesizing between assertiveness and respect that the child learns to know himself and others, to manage and control himself, overcoming shyness and insecurity in certain cases, and mitigating and funneling excessive exuberance in the opposite cases.
In general, the practice of Aikido promotes the acquisition of that sensitivity which allows one to adopt the attitude and the right strategy to achieve his goals and harmoniously find his own place in the social world, with awareness, consciousness, and according to a profound moral sense.
Sensei Fabio Ramazzin, creator of the Method
Sensei Fabio Ramazzin is a professional teacher and has practiced Aikido for over 20 years. In addition to being a Federal Aikido teacher and formation and training referent for ASI, he is co-author of the sociological project “Aikicensimento 2015” (Aikido census analysis).
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