Aikido for Children

Currently, the kids’ classes are held outdoors at Ohlone Park at the corner of California St. and Hearst Ave. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Kids’ classes are open for ages 7-14. For teens, ages 13-15, we suggest watching both a kids class and an adults class to see which might be a more comfortable fit. 

Kayla Feder Sensei taught a special class for pre-schoolers as a fundraiser for Children’s Community Center Preschool (CCC) in Berkeley.  A large turnout of over 20 four and five year olds showed up and had a great time learning some basic Aikido skills and etiquette.  Here was one of the parent’s responses…

It was truly a pleasure on seeing Kayla in her element. And as all cited the kids had a wonderful time!
On a note for those parents that didn’t have the opportunity to join the event, Kayla is doing something special. I’ve been involved in youth development and youth camps for over 20 years. Working with beginners, national level competitors, and international exchange programs for elite youth. Kayla and her staff were wonderful, balancing the philosophy and history of the practice with great instruction. It was truly a wonderful experience for my kids and I’ll be sure to spread the word beyond CCC.
Thank you Kayla!

Aikido gives children a way to learn about themselves, their bodies, and their environment. Movements and the development of the child are closely related. Aikido is about movement in harmony with oneself, others and the world.

Practicing Aikido supports the total development of your child.
Children practice in a friendly, coed atmosphere. Our specially qualified instructors use games, techniques, and tumbling exercises to teach children how to defend themselves without hurting others.

It is difficult to describe Aikido in words. The best way to understand it is to visit our dojo, watch a class, and decide for yourself if Aikido would benefit your child.

Aikido training improves strength, balance, physical coordination, and flexibility. Aikido offers a good workout, enhances agility, and increases sports ability.

Family Benefits
Aikido offers families a new perspective on fitness, fun, and parental involvement and offers a variety of ways for parents, family, and friends to support and celebrate their child’s learning, accomplishments, and promotion.

Social Benefits
Aikido teaches children how to cooperate and succeed. Regular training will help your child develop good learning skills and the kind of follow-through that gives children self-confidence as they grow. Aikido of Berkeley youth programs will help your child learn to:


  • make friends and avoid making enemies
  • take responsibility and consider others
  • relax in stressful situations
  • focus and concentrate
  • increase mind-body coordination
  • develop emotional intelligence
  • sit quietly and listen attentively

Children’s Testing Requirements