6 videos: exercise for parents and children during the quarantine (Part 1)

Both chil­dren and adults need move­ment during the qua­ran­ti­ne – move­ment stren­gthens your immu­ne sys­tem and cre­a­tes sha­red expe­ri­en­ces. So dear parents, if you work from home and have chil­dren between 5–8 years old- we offer you inspi­rati­on for pla­y­ful fun. These videos can help you unwind after a long week of work and home­scho­o­ling.

The head tea­cher of our club Mar­tin Švih­la (5th dan Aiki­kai) and his dau­gh­ter recent­ly made Aiki­do videos for chil­dren. We pre­sent  them in this series of articles (this is part one) edi­ted for home use.

Here’s how:

  • Watch the videos with your kids
  • Cho­o­se one you like
  • Try it
  • Have fun—the most impor­tant part!

We use games and exer­ci­ses in our chil­dre­n’s Aiki­do tra­i­ning- here we have selec­ted the ones you can do at home, which are:

  • sim­ple and safe,
  • manage­a­ble within limi­ted spa­ce,
  • only requi­re com­mon hou­se­hold equi­p­ment,
  • do not requi­re spe­cial knowled­ge or tra­i­ning from the adults,
  • can most­ly be done by one adult and one or more chil­dren,
  • some may be led by older chil­dren without adults.

You and your chil­dren can also think of your own exer­ci­ses!

Find the first six videos here:

Dodging

Per­cep­ti­on of spa­ce, fle­xi­bi­li­ty, move­ment ver­sa­ti­li­ty – these can be deve­lo­ped by slow and fast dod­ging. This video inclu­des 7 dod­ging exer­ci­ses and a stuf­fed ani­mal.

Atten­ti­on: use only soft objects and do not throw too fast.

Giant and Dwarf

An endless game for litt­le ones! Adults can enjoy some ple­a­sant stret­ches if they make big, slow move­ments. We recom­mend the Giant make terri­fy­ing sounds for the Dwarf.
Recom­men­ded age (dwarf) 4–8 years.

Animals

These exer­ci­ses deve­lop basic loco­mo­ti­on (craw­ling, clim­bing, jum­ping) whi­le pla­y­ing ani­mals. Adults can also play – you can even race.  And don’t for­get to say hello after each round.

Basic fall and returning to upright

The first exer­ci­se is a ple­a­sant stretch, the other will be appre­ci­a­ted more by chil­dren who have alrea­dy practi­ced aiki­do. Adults can do some squats. You can use car­pet or sle­e­ping mats inste­ad of gym mats.

Warm-up

This small warm-up incre­a­ses bodi­ly aware­ness and focuses on indi­vi­du­al body parts… Older chil­dren can try to twist the­ir elbows in the same directi­on, or the­ir shoul­ders aga­inst each other (one arm for­ward and the other back).

We recom­mend war­ming up befo­re exer­ci­sing – espe­ci­ally for adults.

Tying your belt

This article was ori­gi­nally writ­ten for the parents of our youn­gest practi­ti­o­ners of Aiki­do – so here is how you tie your belt. This makes an excellent coor­di­nati­on exer­ci­se – we uplo­a­ded it espe­ci­ally for small Aiki­dists.

These exer­ci­ses deve­lop basic motor skills and coor­di­nati­on. They deri­ve not only from tra­di­ti­o­nal Aiki­do exer­ci­ses, but also from modern phy­s­i­cal edu­cati­on and peda­go­gi­cal practi­ces (we take a lot of inspi­rati­on from the Cana­di­an sys­tem Phy­s­i­cal Lite­ra­cy, for exam­ple).

Soon we will add more parts of this article soon – you will find videos with exer­ci­ses for heal­thy feet, jum­ping, throwing and catching, balan­ce… lea­ve your e‑mail and we will send you noti­fi­cati­on e‑mail:

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We wish you a lot of fun. And good health!