Children playing on the mats

About the Program

The Children’s Program is designed for kids aged 7-13 and offers your child a means to improve concentration, discipline, confidence and respect for themselves and others. What makes Aikido excel in this is it’s non-competitive and cooperative nature. Hard work and self improvement are rewarded as your child progresses through the ranks – all in a fun and supportive environment!

In the Children’s Program, a high emphasis is placed on life development that gives children what they need to grow healthy and achieve their goals.

Schedule

Greenwood

When?

Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Where?

École Rose-des-Vents
6 Bedford Rd,
Greenwood

Please see the map at the bottom of the page. The entrance is at the far end of the school.

Halifax

When?

Mondays
from 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Where?

Trinity United Church
67 Trinity Way,
Timberlea, NS

Please see the map at the bottom of the page. Please use the entry from the back parking lot.

Instructor

Steve Nickerson, chief instructor, sits in seiza on training mats
Steve Nickerson, 6th Dan Shihan teaches class on Mondays in Halifax and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Greenwood. If you’d like to read more about him, please see our chief instructor page by clicking here.

Training Fees

All students will be required to pay a yearly membership fee of $20.00 per year each September and immediately upon joining the Dojo for new members.

For families of the same household with three or more members, the maximum membership fee payable per family is $40.00 per year.

The membership will be from 1 September to 31 August. Membership fees will not be pro-rated.

Greenwood

$35 / Month

$85 / 3 Months

Halifax

$30 / Month

$75 / 3 Months

Family plans are also available.
To read the full fee schedule, please click here.

What to bring to your first class

  • Proper training attire - sweat pants and T-shirt are okay!
  • A hair tie or elastic (if your child has long hair).
  • A great attitude!

When you arrive

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
  • Please remove your shoes before entering the Dojo.
  • Please remove all non-essential jewelry.
  • You will be asked to fill out a waiver and attendance form for your child prior to training.

Questions?

If you have any questions or would like to register for your first class, please visit our contact page by clicking here.

Patrick Potter

4th Dan


Patrick Potter, 4th Dan, started Aikido in 2000. Patrick is very active in supporting the operation of the Dojo and is one of the primary coordinators of the Wednesday night training. Patrick has attended many clinics with senior instructors. Patrick teaches both the adult and children’s classes.

Zan Rosborough

4th Dan


Alexander (Zan) Rosborough, 4th Dan, started Aikido in 1999. Zan has attended many clinics with top instructors from across North America and Japan. Zan has visited Japan in 2004 and again in 2005 during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Yoshinkan Aikido. Zan teaches both adult and children’s classes at the Makotokan Dojo.

Jamie Corlett

4th Dan


Jamie Corlett, 4th Dan, started Aikido at the age of 7 in 1997 and attained the rank of Junior 2nd Degree Black Belt in the Children’s program in 2005. Jamie was the first Yoshinkan Aikido Junior Black Belt in Eastern Canada. In 2015, Jamie trained intensively at the Honbu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Jamie is an instructor for both the adult and children’s programs.

Dave Kay

4th Dan


Dave Kay, 4th Dan, started Aikido in 2001. Dave has attended many clinics with senior instructors from across North America. Dave has taken an active roll in supporting the operation of the Dojo as the main coordinator of the Wednesday night training. Dave is very active in teaching both the adult and children’s classes at the Makotokan Dojo.