We offer weekly kids classes each Saturday morning
Saturday morning at the Bujinkan Namiryu Dojo
11am to 11:45am Class for kids 7 to 14 years of age.
Our goal in these classes is for kids to have fun in an environment where they are safe and secure, and where they can learn the basics of a martial art. They’re taught how to fall safely, tumble and roll on padded surfaces, how to escape grabs and holds and how to stay safe when they’re out and about.
We play games that will improve their fitness, sharpen their reflexes and challenge their growing sense of confidence in their own physicality. We’ll teach them how to deal with bullies, how to stay safe in public spaces and how to handle conflict using their words, not their fists, when conflict arises.
We’ll build their confidence, make them resilient and, importantly, we’ll tire them out.
Each term costs €90, each lasting approximately two months, and parents/kids are welcome to watch a class at any time. There is a 20 per cent discount for any additional family members that would like to train.
How do I reserve a place for my child?
We have 20 places for kids in total. Each term, these places are filled by kids who took part in the previous term. Any left over spaces are filled from a waiting list. If you'd like to enquire to see if a term is full, just drop us a mail and we'll let you know.
Are there additional costs?
Yes, uniforms are required but are available through many online retailers and cost between €20 and €30. We wear plain black lightweight karate uniforms, and they usually come with a white belt.
Are there changing facilities?
Yes, but no. We train in a full time facility with ladies and gents changing areas, but we ask that all kids arrive already dressed for class, either in their uniform or in loose fitting clothing suitable for exercising in.
What is ninpo taijutsu? What will my child learn?
In our adult classes, we teach a comprehensive Japanese martial art, designed to provide practitioners with self-defence skills based on a deep historical legacy. For kids, we teach a version of this same art but focus on their unique needs and capabilities.
For example, the kids’ version focuses on escaping dangerous situations rather than confrontation, prioritises de-escalation and avoiding conflict where possible and is mostly concerned with being a fun and interesting way to get some exercise and learn some solid skills.
Everything in our kids’ classes is taught in a child-centric and age appropriate way. While we do teach self-defence skills like punching and kicking, escaping holds and avoiding dangerous situations, we don’t teach kids to be aggressive.
All kids’ classes are taught by licensed, experienced and fully insured black belt instructors of the Bujinkan Dojo and we actively encourage parents to stay and watch for the duration of their kids’ class.
Instructors include Alex Meehan Daishihan and Rae Perry Shidoshi, both of whom are Garda vetted. Our Dojo is a member of the Irish Martial Arts Commission, the Government recognised body for supervising martial arts in Ireland.
I have a question?
No problem. Drop us an e-mail here and we'll do our best to get back to you promptly. Facebook group: NinjaKidsDublin