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Upcoming events

Monday, 1 January 2018
Dojo closed in observance of New Year's Day.

Saturday, 13 January 2018
Kagami Baraki
Aikido of San Leandro

Morning Weapons keiko is cancelled. Please support our sempai in their embukai.

Monday, 15 January 2018
Dojo closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day.

Saturday, 24 February 2018
CAA Division I Training
Aikido of San Leandro
Pat Hendricks Shihan
Mat Fee: TBD (Usually $35)

Sunday, 25 February 2018
CAA All Division Training
Aikido of San Jose
Mat Fee: TBD (Usually $15)

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Hikari Dojo - Juniors Program


Hikari Dojo offers Youth Training program a dynamic, non-competitive, experiential program for students between the ages of 6 and 14. Our young students learn Aikido self-defense through body awareness by practicing movement in harmony with a partner, blending energy cooperatively rather than competitively. The non-competitive environment allows each student to grow at an individual pace by setting individualized goals. Having a mixed-aged program allows the older, more experienced students to assist in teaching the newer students, developing leadership and teaching skills while becoming mentors for younger students to emulate.


At the center of the youth training program are the martial art techniques of Aikido Basics: self-discipline and the ability to focus. In a fun and respectful atmosphere, Sensei teaches students to change their perspective by both physically applying and then receiving the techniques. Off the mat at children Aikido learning program, students are encouraged to expand their learning of the art by writing or drawing in their journals and reflecting on their growth: how to set goals, achieve success, and face challenges.


The youth training program focus on Aikido self-defense and conflict resolution develops in students a deeper awareness of the world around them. Aikido Basics allows students to learn simple and effective verbal and physical self-defense techniques. They learn to manage fear and anger to help resolve conflicts. Through being grounded, centered, and focused on breathing, students learn to neutralize rather than accelerate conflict. All of these enhanced skills lead to greater self-confidence, decision-making, and focus in the student.


An added benefit of the youth program is that parents may join their children on the mat and begin their own Aikido experience. Practicing Aikido as a family profoundly enriches a family’s communication, relationships, and conflict resolution. Children Aikido is a shared meaningful activity where children and adults grow together physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The Aikido experience is multi-dimensional and unlimited: the totality of mind, body, and spirit working together in harmony and love.

Juniors train three times a week, Monday 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 pm. and Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 PM Juniors 10 - 14 yrs

Tiny Tots 3-6 years will train Thursday 4:15 - 5:00 PM