'KIDO cubs'


Aikido is more than just a martial art !

It is a fun and exciting way to learn about and study self-defence but is also a great way to get or stay fit and healthy, meet now friends, learn new skills, and most importantly to have FUN while doing so.

In class we cover how to fall safely, how to balance and move better, how to use technique to overcome stronger opponents, how to relax, and how to plan out YOUR future success and promotions by earning Certificates, Badges and Belts as you get better and better.


Our 'KIDO CUBS' class is open to everyone aged 8 to 15 and is based at our KILMARNOCK DOJO.

We meet on Thursdays from 5.45 to 6.30, and you can enrol and start on the same evening if you want to.

Just bring clean, loose fitting clothes (no zips or hoods) that cover the arms and legs fully. In time you can purchase a MEMBERSHIP and the proper equipment. There is no rush for the  first month.

Oh ! and don't forget to bring yourself and be willing to learn.


Aikido, like all traditional martial arts,  is not about fighting. It is about building better people.

Our culture often glorifies violence, evident in many different sources from music to television to video games and even sports. With that in mind the concept of enrolling a young adult into a martial arts class may not seem like a good counter-balance to this.

Today, the true purpose martial arts is misrepresented in movies and media which is filled to the brim with violent behaviour, even sports and mixed-martial art contests attract millions to events filled with ego, inappropriate behaviour and lack of respect.

The truth is that genuine, traditional martial arta training, particularly in the Budo Arts (traditional warrior arts of Japan) such as Aikido, Judo, Jujutsu etc is actually very different to what we see and can be very beneficial to our physical and mental well-being.

Aikido may be translated as ‘The Way of Harmony‘ and is a modern martial system derived from the traditional samurai arts of Aiki-Jujutsu (unarmed), Kenjutsu (Sword), and So-jutsu (Spear) disciplines. The purely defensive movements in Aikido do not rely on overpowering an opponent through strength. Instead it utilises techniques to turn an attackers own power or size against them to throw and immobilise the attack, rendering both attacker and defender safe throughout the encounter. This makes Aikido an art that is ideal for all, regardless of age, gender, physical limitations, and ability.

Below are just a few of the reasons why Aikido training for is beneficial for young people and allows them to discover the skills that gained in the training hall but which can be carried forward into their daily lives:

•Self-Esteem. Confidence comes with achievement, a young adults self-esteem level will get a boost with every little bit of progress and every belt they attain. Children and young adults who struggle with a low sense of self-worth often become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class.

•Social Skills. It is important that people can communicate confidently with others. Children and young adults who don’t always thrive in highly social environments will find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. in Aikido, working in partnership instead of competitively, they learn to work both together and independently, not only on technical functioning but also on discussing the principles and practicality behind the art.

•Self-Discipline. One of the central tenets of aikido is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s children and young adults are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Children and young adults with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.

•Physical Activity. Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting children and young adults off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle, but also gives them an enjoyable activity that inspires while they get fitter.

•Setting and Achieving Goals. Aikido is based around an accomplishment system of graded progress toward attaining cartificates, badges, and coloured belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. As students strive toward each new goal, they learn valuable lessons about self-appraisal and setting realistic targets and applyingthemselves toward achieving these.

•Respect. Learning Aikido teaches young adults to understand the need for respect toward themselves and others. To work together to achieve progress and to recognise that they are stronger in partnership than alone. Today’s culture and icons do not always identify with respect for authority, adults or even those of greater age or experience and by studying Aikido students will also be learning lessons about respect for the abilities, experience, and knowledge of others alongside their techniques.

•Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution. Aikido is a defensive martial art, teaching children and young adults peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasise the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.

Improving Listening Skills. In order to understand the skills they are being taught to advance through the gradings and belt ranks, student must foster listening skills. Children and young adults who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in the dojo as they learn and enjoy from the experience of gaining skills in Aikido.

•Developing Teamwork Skills. There are many activities in the Aikido class that a student has to practice on their own, whether it is learning a new technique or movement or learning how to turn correctly - this is independent learning. However, practicing techniques requires team work with one or more additional students. As a result, in order to progress, the students all learn how to help one another to develop and improve. Working together to learn new skills and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for children and young adults to learn, and instruction in Aikido can help them learn that lesson.

•Improvement in Other Areas of Life. The benefits of Aikido training don’t end in the dojo. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills also help young adults navigate the academic and social aspects of school and learning, offering positive benefits to their behaviour at home and promote benefits that aids them in all-round development as they grow and expand into the adult world.