Youth Aikido Instruction

We offer youth aikido martial arts classes under an experienced instructor in a safe, fun, and disciplined environment. Classes include self defense and anti-bullying tactics, and each child is given lots of personal attention to keep them challenged according to their own level of physical and cognitive abilities and growth. For more information or to sign your child up classes, use the following form (all fields are required) or email Class size is limited, so get your child’s name in today!

White Belt Class (Ages 6-15)

Our White Belt Class is a great way to start a young child out in the martial arts! Lessons are based on skill-building, instilling children with seven core characteristics of the samurai, including respect and courage. Students receive individualized attention from highly experienced instructors, and in addition to martial arts, learn lessons in safety and social skills, and even some easy Japanese – all while having a great time!

Youth All Levels Class (Ages 6-15)

In the All Levels Class, children increase their awareness, confidence, and posture. Rather than teaching them how to fight, they are taught how to stop a fight as quickly as possible. This is accomplished through the practice of redirection techniques, which in turn teaches them to align themselves to meet the situation at hand. These classes turns eager youth into self-motivated leaders.

Teen/Pre-Teen Class (Ages 10-16+)

Teen/Pre-Teen Class builds on the strengths of maturing youth! Kids in this group are exploring newly developed physical stamina, mental acuity, and overall increased self-awareness. We introduce challenging new martial skills and self-defense techniques, and gauge progress through active goal-setting.


Cumulative Curriculum Means Continuous Progress

We strongly believe that children achieve great things through consistency, persistence, and fulfilling aims.  In class, even the youngest child’s effort counts in the progression to higher ranks, and older children accumulate credit which can eventually be applied to black belt testing.  On top of attendance tracking, and along with frequent repetition in class, we also implement test prep sessions and frequent parent/child check-in sessions.

About the Instructor

Julie Tollen, a.k.a, Jet, has taught aikido to youth starting in 2010 in Philadelphia before relocating to the Tampa area in 2013.  She holds a third-degree black belt and has been training in aikido for over 20 years.  For nearly five years, she practiced aikido in Colorado under one of the nation’s highly regarded aikido instructors, Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei.  She spent another five living in Kumamoto, Japan, and studying under Munetsugu Sakabe Sensei.

Teaching Aikido to children is a passionate undertaking for her; she recognizes aikido’s potential to guide the youth of today’s world to make engaged, aware and courageous choices. Ultimately, this helps them to become tomorrow’s powerful and peaceful leaders.  You can learn more about Sensei Tollen by reading her instructor biography page.

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Youth Startup Package Inquiry

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For tomorrow’s class in the park, I want to do a short review of last week’s material, then move on to some new stuff–kata #3. This one is very dynamic and fast-paced, using full body power.

Weather looks sunny and hot–bring a hat/sunglasses if desired!
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Aki Matsuri?
Every year for the last 6 years in June, the Tampa Aikido Youth have performed a demonstration at the Japanese Summer Festival in Tampa. This year, the festival is tentatively rescheduled for October as the "Fall Festival."

I’m going to sign us up for a spot; no one can predict what things may be like by that time, so I say prepare for the worst and plan for the best.

I have a great idea for a weapons demo that will be vivid to watch and a lot of fun to execute. It would allow for distancing and protocol as well. As always, in the spirit of Budo training, we prepare our minds and bodies for "what if!"
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Hey Guys, here are the 5 bokken kata we’re going to work on at the park classes. We will break them down step by step. Seniors, if you learn all 5 well, you may get to start on 6-12! See MoreSee Less

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