aikido for kids



Make Aikido a part of your child’s life

Would you like your child to learn better self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-defense while engaging in a fun activity?

If so, then the Children’s Aikido Martial Art Program will be well worth the investment in you child’s future health, physical fitness, and well-being. After school and weekend classes are offered for school-aged children under the direction of Gentil Pennewaert Shihan, Chief Instructor and Charn Pennewaert Fukushidoin, Assistant Instructor.

Pennewaert Shihan has over 40 years experience in martial arts and is a second generation student of the founder of Aikido (Morihei Ueshiba). He has been teaching children Aikido for over fifteen years. Children may attend as many or as few of the scheduled classes each month as fits their wants and needs. Aikido for kids is the best choice because it offers them valuable lessons that they can continue to help them develop focus, awareness, and the concept of harmony.

The Aikido children’s program is also available to schools and associations that would like to incorporate the gentle art of self-defense. Since we focus on cooperation rather than competition or aggressive martial arts training, Aikido is ideal for homeschool programs. Our Aikido for kids program is an hour long class of basic Aikido techniques, stretches, rolls, and games. A professional mat is provided for training and uniforms are required. 

aikido stretches for children



Aikido Samurai Summer Camp

Relive the arts of the Samurai through Aikido!

During the month of July, we offer the popular “Aikido Samurai Summer Camp” for ages 6-12. Have fun all summer long learning advanced Aikido skills, foamed bokken (samurai sword) patterns, and stranger awareness skills. Feel safe knowing your child is learning important skills of awareness, discipline, cooperation, and self-defense. Full and half days are available, meals are included. Sign-up early as space is limited.

6-12 years old children can attend any of the days available. Tuition is determined upon the number of days selected. Contact the dojo for more information.


our rates

aikido schedule

introductory offer

Free uniform valued at $65
2 months of unlimited practice
$90 yearly registration fee required. 

once a week or twice a week+

Children ages 6-8 can attend classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Advanced kids class for ages 9 and up on Thursdays.

 payment schedule

Pay monthly or get discounted rates by paying every quarter (3-months). $90 yearly registration fee required. Monthly pricing $115/child for once a week or $130 for two or more times/week  (Save $10/month with quarterly payments). Please call the dojo or stop by for more information.

Aikido pricelist


Tatsuaki Hatsukari

“Newport Beach Aikido is a great place to come and learn in a very family friendly environment. The class is very traditional and great for any skill level. My two sons (9 and 7) are in kids class and they also enjoy the learning in well disciplined practice. I personally enjoy Aikido to train my inner-core strength while learning fundamental self-defense skill. Sensei is very kind, patient, and professional. Highly recommended if you are looking for a dojo that offers both high-level spirits and respectful camaraderies!”

Anna Racheva

“I am so fortunate to have found Newport Beach Aikido-Shin Do Kan Dojo and Sensei Pennewaert both for myself and for my family. The adult classes provide a lot more than mere instruction in the techniques and skills of aikido. For me they also bring harmony and coordination between body and mind and are the source of new energy that always leaves me recharged and looking forward to the next class.”

Anthony Fiore

Sensei Pennewaert does an amazing job! I have been training for my entire adult life and we recently had Sensei out for a seminar and he was truly amazing. His knowledge, teaching style, and through understanding of his art allow him to connect with you and your students. We hope his schedule will allow him to visit us annually. If he is near your town do yourself and your students a favor and get there. It will be time well spent.


Begin your aikido journey

Contact us

 (949) 553-0160 

2018 Quail Street , Newport Beach, CA 92660

Try a class for ONLY $35