Aikido parties at the dojo provide a very unique birthday experience. It is not simply a place to throw a party in order to keep kids entertained. The framework for the party is a total immersion into a traditional aikido dojo with a focus on the elements of Japanese culture that are inherent to the art and the dojo itself. Proper etiquette, behavior, bowing, language and attitude are at the forefront of the party, from how to enter onto the tatami (mats), to counting in Japanese, to moping the tatami on our hands and knees in order to set the table for cake when class is over. Special care is given to understanding the non-violent prinicpals of aikido techniques, and it is within this unique structure that the fun begins, using games and exercises to enhance learning in a joyful format.
What does the fee include?
The $250 fee is for a 1.5 hour party and includes all activities, a snack (gold fish, raisins or pretzels) with an 8 oz water bottle, a craft and table settings for cake: table cloth, plates, forks, napkins, cups, knife and spatula
How much is a birthday party at the dojo?
The fee is $250 for a 1.5 hour party (not including arrival time) with a maximum of 15 children. Enrollment over 15 children is an additional $10 per child. The party can be extended in segments of 30 minutes for $50 per segment if you chose to add pizza, or time for opening presents. There is a 10% discount for aikido dojo members.
What is the structure of a dojo party?
Here is a sample of a 1:30 -3:00 pm birthday party at the dojo:
Family arrives 1:00 pm
Guests arrive 1:15-1:30 pm
1:30 - 2:30 Aikido related instruction, lessons, and games. Japanese culture will be introduced including proper etiquette, language, and crafts. In traditional Japanese dojos and schools, the children help clean the space and set up all activities. This tradition will be incorporated into the party, as a low table will be set up on the mat after the lesson is completed, and table settings placed for enjoying the cake.
2:30 - 3:oo set up and birthday cake
3:00 pm departure
What is the family responsible for?
Invitations, party favors, the cake (and any food other than the mid-class snack), drinks, and candles. Party decorations need to be discussed prior to the party.
Should parents participate at the party?
Parents are welcome to join in at any time. However, if a child is unable to participate in the group in a cooperative way, the instructor will request a parent assist one-on-one with the child during all activities.
How to proceed with booking a party?
Arrangements can be made to see the dojo in advance of booking. A signed agreement will be required along with a $100 non-refundable deposit at time of booking. The balance is due at the party. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.