The Teen Program at One World is a unique opportunity for kids ages 12-18,
or in grades 6-12. The Teen Program is designed to provide middle and upper
school age kids a chance to train with other people their own age who are
committed to aikido practice. In addition to building aikido skills, the
teens are working to develop skills in setting and achieving goals, problem
solving, leadership, teamwork and self reliance. Teens practice all of the
throws and pins that the adults practice, as well as practicing with the jo
and bokken. For more information about weapons practice, please refer to the
Weapons Practice page.
Students in the Teen Program have training requirements. Teens are
required to attend 6PM class on Wednesdays, and must practice at least one
other day per week. They may train more if they wish.
In addition, the teens often have special activities which they plan and
arrange. These might include an impromptu gathering to play games, and
overnight at the dojo with the Chief Instructor, a swim party, or other
Teens are tested in two ways, depending on age. Students in middle school
are tested by the colored belt requirements. You may wish to read more about
this on the Children's Program
page. Teens in upper school are tested as
adults. In general, it takes 3-4 months of training to be ready for the
If you have questions about this program, please mail our Chief Instructor.