Creative Aikido for NDIS clients

Griffin ‘Creative’ Aikido offers a unique therapeutic experience for youths on the Autism Spectrum. Participants will build their capacity for improved daily living, increase their health & wellbeing and develop improved confidence as they work towards increased functional independence and social participation.

The traditional Japanese martial art Aikido can be broken down into three core themes, ‘Ai’ which means peace, harmony or love, ‘Ki’ which means strength or peaceful power, and ‘Do’ which means the path of practice. The practice of Aikido builds confidence, self-control and compassion for others, all of which have beneficial outcomes that reach far beyond the Dojo.

Classes can be structured as pure Aikido, or they can incorporate elements of creative performing arts principles. Either option will result in an experience for participants to enjoy the journey building capacity in, or develop:

  • gross and fine motor skills
  • concentration
  • self confidence/esteem
  • physical strength & muscle tone
  • balance & coordination
  • self defence skills
  • physical and emotional flexibility
  • socialisation skill (if in group program)

Care givers/parents are encouraged to be apart of the journey by participating in the classes.

Private sessions or group bookings available by appointment.

Sensei Rob (Director of Griffin Aikido) has over 20 years experience guiding students in the art of Aikido & physical movement, an extensive career in performing arts, and 13 years as a front line youth worker.

Sensei’s credentials include the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts – Performing arts
  • Fifth Dan Blackbelt in Aikido (Institute of Aikido Australia)
  • 25+ year career as a performing artist and educator of movement/dance & aikido
  • 13 years working in Child Protection as a Youth Worker and Senior Youth Worker
  • Currently actively enrolled in a Diploma of Creative Therapies
  • Cert IV in Child and Family Intervention
  • Diploma in Leadership and Management
  • Instructor of MAPA (Management of Actual and Potential Aggression) by Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
 

Contact Sensei Rob for further information or to schedule private, individual or group sessions.