Aikido is a dynamic martial art, it is both elegant and effective, combining practical self-defence techniques with ethical motives.
Your kids will:
- Have fun and get fit
- Increase flexibility and agility
- Learn new skills including anti bullying
- Develop co-ordination & focus
- Build self confidence
Our Instructors are:
- Highly qualified and insured
- Garda Vetted
- Trained in First Aid
- We have over 20 years teaching experience in the local community
Some tips for parents:
- Please contact us to book your child’s place
- Track pants and a t-shirt are perfect for their 1st class
- Come early, you’ll need to fill in a registration form for your child
- Bring a bottle of water
- They train on the mats in their bare feet
- The age group is strictly 7 – 15 years. Proof of age may be required.
- Please pay your child’s membership fee before they get on the mat
- Please ALWAYS be on time for classes!
Aikido Kids – Class times:
Monday 5.15pm 7-11 years, Wednesday 5.15pm 12-15 years, Saturday 10.45am 7-15 years.
Please note that our classes run with the school term. For the summer, we stop classes at the end of June and resume in September. We do not run classes during midterm breaks, Easter holidays and on public holidays. Some Saturday classes may be cancelled due to events that may take place in the Dojo. If this occurs, you will be notified in advance. We advise you to check the timetable for changes.
See our full timetable here!
Balance Ireland’s Ethos in relation to Young People
We are committed to provide high standards of training and all the Instructors have been carefully selected to uphold these standards.
A proportion of our students are children and young people under the age of 18. As an organisation, we are fully committed to providing a safe place for children to learn our martial arts and operating in accordance with the current national policies and guidelines: the revised Children’s First Guidelines and Our Duty to Care. We also have taken cognisance of the Code of Ethics and good practice for children’s sport.
All young people should be treated in an equitable and fair manner irrespective of age, gender, religion, race, ability, social or ethnic background, or political persuasion, and have the right to protection at all times from physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
Balance Ireland is committed to creating a child-centred ethos within its organisation, which ensures that participation, competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place. Balance Ireland is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of behaviour and conduct at all Balance Ireland activities and events.
All those involved in Balance Ireland are expected to respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, treating everyone equally. In particular, they must be aware of the special needs of young people and the need to maintain their well-being. All those involved have a responsibility to ensure that every young person involved in Aikido, Jiu Jitsu or its different disciplines are able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and to be protected from any form of abuse.
Duty of Care
Balance Ireland is committed to ensuring that all martial art activities, whether recreational or competitive, organised under the auspices of Balance Ireland operate to the highest standards and in an environment that promotes safety, equality, and fairness.
Balance Ireland accepts that it has a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of any person involved in it’s activities run by Balance Ireland and to support all individuals placed in a “duty of care” situation through their involvement in the promotion, organisation and development of Balance Ireland Martial Arts activities.
Balance Ireland will maintain an ongoing risk assessment policy that will contribute to ensuring it makes every effort to minimise all risks involved at all participation levels within the its organisation.
All instructors, assistant instructors, volunteers and event organisers, should have a clear understanding of operating with an appropriate code of ethics, awareness of what their “duty of care” is, and how this duty relates to their position of being responsible for others.
Please click on link below to view Balance Ireland’s Child Safeguarding Statement. The Safeguarding Statement, a copy of our Child Protection Policy and Code of Behaviour for working with children/young people and our Risk Assessment is available at the dojo for any of members, Parents and Guardians to view.