Aikiplay has started up for a second year at the Raincoast Martial Arts dojo in Port Hardy.”It’s a popular program, the kids really enjoy it and the parents really like seeing their kids learning respect and following direction,” said Jeanne Alley, owner/instructor, adding that Aikiplay is a six-week program for four-five year olds, held two times a week on Monday and Friday, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Aikiplay teaches “body movement and body awareness,” said Alley. “You also learn stretching and breathing exercises, and the beginnings of self defence. The kids learn the techniques, and by the end of the program they are training some aikido moves.” Parents are welcome to join in and participate in the program with their children. Registration for the Aikiplay program is open till June 10.