Community Centre Classes

BigRock Aikikai’s community centre program offers a convenient location to introduce your child to the art of aikido.  Classes are offered at the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex, in the heart of the Shawnessy shopping area. 


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Child (6-8yrs) – A convenient introduction

This 45 minute class is filled with fun activities and basic skills.  Training sessions are efficient and tailored to beginning-level students.  All participants are expected to show good manners and consideration for others.  Students are encouraged to give 100% effort in every class helping to improve coordination and strength, while having fun at the same time.  Students who wish to further their training are welcome to transfer to the main dojo at any time.  Students set regular goals by the use of a colored belt ranking system.  The BigRock Aikikai system utilizes the following belts: yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, brown, advanced brown, junior black, intermediate black, advanced black.  Each colored belt rank comes with an increasingly challenging set of requirements and an increased number of required classes.  All classes are supported by our Instructor Training Program – a win/win scenario seeing junior students benefiting from the knowledge and experience of seniors and leadership skills being acquired by senior students.


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Youth (9-11yrs) – Always challenging

We pack this 45 minute class full with activities that encourage students to challenge themselves.  While building self-confidence and having fun, students are improving physical fitness, focus and building a solid foundation of self-defence skills.  Participants are expected to behave courteously and respectfully toward others.  Students who wish to further their training are welcome to transfer to the main dojo at any time.  Students set regular goals by the use of a colored belt ranking system.  The BigRock Aikikai system utilizes the following belts: yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, brown, advanced brown, junior black, intermediate black, advanced black.  Each colored belt rank comes with an increasingly challenging set of requirements and an increased number of required classes.  All classes are supported by our Instructor Training Program – a win/win scenario seeing junior students benefiting from the knowledge and experience of seniors and leadership skills being acquired by senior students.


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Home School Child (6yrs to 9yrs) – Discipline & Fun

If you are looking for an energetic daytime introduction to a martial way, this is the class for you.  This is the longest class BigRock Aikikai runs for the under 18yrs age group (80 minutes).  This allows us to accomplish so much the class runs just once per week.  Students are expected to behave politely and show consideration for others – good, solid social skills are very important to us.  All students are encouraged to give 100% effort in every class.  It’s not so important who is fastest or strongest what is important is everyone should be putting in all of their effort.  This is how we guide kids to reach their potential.  Activities are designed around building coordination, strength and having fun – healthy kids are active kids.  Our intention is not to teach kids to become fighters but rather help kids to be respectful citizens with strong self-defence skills.  Students set regular goals by the use of a colored belt ranking system.  The BigRock Aikikai system utilizes the following belts: yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, brown, advanced brown, junior black, intermediate black, advanced black.  Each colored belt rank comes with an increasingly challenging set of requirements and an increased number of required classes.  All classes are supported by our Instructor Training Program – a win/win scenario seeing junior students benefiting from the knowledge and experience of seniors and leadership skills being acquired by senior students.