Japanese + Aikido Program
Japanese culture and language learning can combine with Aikido training, primarily, but
not exclusively, for children age 8 and up. Our integrated program comprises:
Note: Japanese language learning is also available
separate from, or without, Aikido!
- Immersion in Japanese speaking and introduction to reading and writing
- Custom online learning Japanese tools, including:
- A dictionary "app" for creating and editing vocabularies according to
each student's interest;
- Page displays organized by individual parts of speech (Adverbs, particles, verbs,
- Verb and adjective conjugations;
- A growing Japanese <=> English dictionary, with currently nearly 1,200 frequently used
words and phrases in Kana, Romaji and English, etc.
- Aikido training, also in Japanese, and fully coordinated with the
Japanese language curriculum.
About Active Language Learning
Learning through the body is a powerful way to build language
comprehension and fluency--for all ages. Repetition and recombination of grammar
and vocabulary in motion is far more effective, and certainly more
motivating, than memorizing rules and lists.
Enjoyable Aikido training in a small, friendly group provides a
meaningful way to use, and retain, Japanese over the long term. At the same
time students build physical competence, self-confidence and positive
social skills. The Aikido win/win mindset supports self-paced,
non-competitive learning throughout the program.
Active, holistic teaching for natural language learning and long-term
- Immersion in Japanese for both language and Aikido study. We begin with bilingual study for
those who need it and move everyone toward 100% immersion as their comfort level and language skills
- A comprehensive curriculum, across language, culture and Aikido study.
- Real, memorable contexts for vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation:
- Practical, day-to-day conversation
- Meaningful social interactions
- Cultural studies and arts
- Traditional games, crafts and songs
- Aikido class interactions, as well as Aikido concepts and technique
Physical movement, both fine- and large-motor activities, for
comprehension, practice and longterm retention:
- Active Learning through physical and verbal role playing
- Aikido training and Aikido-related physical activities
- Japanese arts & crafts: Origami, Harie, Sumie and calligraphy ( Shodo )
- Japanese reading and writing
- Class sizes limited to 3 to 6 students for optimal individual attention and practice,
with instruction tailored to each student's best learning avenues.
- Open enrollment throughout the year.
- Age-appropriate grouping, with lessons adapted to the students' levels of language, social and
- Other, personally-tailored programs, such as just Japanese language or culture, available
by request and arrangement.
- Enroll at any time. Each applicant will be evaluated and placed in the appropriate class for
age group, language experience, etc.
- Members of Sierra Aikido are eligible for a 'credit' discount for participating in multiple Sierra programs.
- Class Location: Sierra Aikido, Suite B, 2134 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View 94043
- Contact Info:
- Email: Sensei
- Telephone: 650.493-1074