Ninja Kids Eikaiwa
Ninja Kids in Japan is a combination of teaching English and Ninja skills!
The Children love being able to dress up and ” play ninja ” while also being challenged at English. I always want to keep them enthused about the training, so I always change the games and routines. We learn to roll from various kamae, pick up tools for self defence, jump away from flying shuriken balls and foam samurai swords. We also play with blindfolds and practise our ninja walking and running. I sometimes do juggling to enhance hand/eye coordination. I emphasize taihenjutsu greatly. It is very important for them to be not afraid of the ground.
The parents love me when you tell them that the ninja were very quiet and noone could ever hear them! The parents want me to keep telling their children this. Lol. I think this is the same for most parents around the world eh!
Recently I graded my students ( ages 4-10 ) to 9th kyu. They are getting a firm grasp of ukemi,kaiten,shi ho tobi and kamae.
They also receive certification for their efforts in learning English each year.
Soke and the Shihan used to teach children. Soke mentioned that it was very important to do so. We also learn many lessons ourselves. For me, it helps me maintain the lightness of heart and the feeling of “playing”. When watching the kids practise, they do so earnestly, but with a sence of real enjoyment. They pick things up and advance into new techniques on their own without my instruction. Because they love it, they “play” and naturally progress through the correct attitude. They are free and happy!
Teaching children is challenging but fun. Good luck!