Youth Aikido

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver of liability and concussion awareness form prior to participation. The SDC is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please do not leave valuables unattended.

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial arts training that focuses on the power of body movements and momentum. Rather than punches and kicks, students learn blocking, rolling, locking, and throwing movements to control the force of an opponent. It’s a great way for children and teens to gain confidence, practice focus and concentration, and learn non-violent strategies for self-defense.

Location

SDC Studio

Special Requirements

Uniforms are required and are available for purchase for $35 on the first day of class.

Fall Session 1: September 20 - November 1

Registration closes September 21.

  • Level 1 (age 5-6 or with approval) - Friday, 6:30-7:00pm
  • Level 2 (age 7-10 or with approval) - Friday, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Level 3 (age 11-14 or with approval) - Friday, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Level 4 (age 11+ with approval) - Monday, 8:15-9:05pm (with Adult Basic) and Friday, 7:00-9:00pm

Cost

  • Level 1 $42
  • Level 2 $48
  • Level 3 $54
  • Level 4 $60

Fall Session 2: November 8 - December 20

Registration closes November 9. No class November 25, 29.

  • Level 1 (age 5-6 or with approval) - Friday, 6:30-7:00pm
  • Level 2 (age 7-10 or with approval) - Friday, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Level 3 (age 11-14 or with approval) - Friday, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Level 4 (age 11+ with approval) - Monday, 8:15-9:05pm (with Adult Basic) and Friday, 7:00-9:00pm

Cost

  • Level 1 $42
  • Level 2 $48
  • Level 3 $54
  • Level 4 $60

About the Instructor

Mark Campbell-Olszewski is the coordinator of the Aikido program at Michigan Tech. He has studied Aikido under Mitsugi Saotome Sensei for over 26 years and holds the rank of 4th degree black belt. He received his master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1983. Mark considers Aikido a perfect blend of his two passions—martial art and psychology—and considers himself privileged to teach these principles to community children and adults.

The Aikido program at Michigan Tech is affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) an international organization under the umbrella of the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters.