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Aikido for Kids in Carbondale

by Ann O’Brien

Cooperation. Focus. Confidence. As parents, we wish our kids embodied these qualities 100% of the time.

We may feel like broken records. “Remember to share. Give your friend a turn.” Or, we wish the shy ones would stand up for themselves. We may wonder if they’ll ever self-motivate enough to get their homework done, or get out the door on time.

Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, kids ages 5-14 are learning the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Also known as “The Art of Peace,” Aikido teaches them to find harmony in the face of conflict. One student will punch, grab or strike, and the other performs a technique designed to defend him or herself without harming the attacker.

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